Creating cocktails with strong, complex flavors can be a bit of a balancing act. Much like food pairings with wine, you have to make sure that if you plan to use strong flavors, those flavors need to stand equally on their own but also should not overpower or (especially) not be overpowered by another ingredient in the cocktail.
We wanted to make another cocktail that uses ice for more than just the utilitarian aspect (i.e. more than just chilling the drink), and we love introducing subtle flavors with an ice ball since it melts more slowly than regular ice shapes.
One of our favorite old(est) school cocktails is the Old Fashioned. We have posted several recipes and there are dozens of variations. Hailing from the late 1800’s, it was the first drink actually referred to as a “cocktail.” Traditionally made with bourbon, this cocktail is actually quite simple to make. We have experimented with other types of whiskey, such as rye, but also rum, and in certain parts of the USA, an Old Fashioned is even made with brandy, instead of whiskey.
Originally introduced by San Francisco bartender Jon Santer more than a decade ago, the Revolver cocktail is typically made with orange bitters and a dose of coffee liqueur. We decided to take to a whole new level by using a black coffee ice ball so the coffee flavor slowly releases into the bourbon...
When we started thinking about the old school, and even the "oldest school" cocktails that your great grandfather enjoyed, several classics came to mind, the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan, etc. We thought to ourselves "selves, we should go major old school." So we dusted off the Bourbon Crusta...
Originating in the late 1890's, the Ward 8 is said to have been created to celebrate the election of Martin Lomasney to Massachusetts' General Court. In particular, Boston's Eighth Ward was known for delivering Mr. Lomasney a high voting margin, which is where the cocktail's name came from.
Speaking of World's SImplest Craft Cocktails... We thought that there would be no better way to celebrate National Margarita Day, than to post another World's Simplest Craft Cocktail a la Margarita.
The floral notes of elderflower liqueur pair remarkably well with the woody aspects of a great bourbon. While quite different from a classic old fashioned cocktail, this lighter, brighter version is quite the palate pleaser and sure to draw compliments on taste and presentation.