Each year we celebrate all the moms out there who do their best to make sure we grow up and survive until we can take care of ourselves. One of the staples of Mothers' Day is brunch with mom and one of the staples of brunch is the venerable Mimosa. We've already posted about how to kick the standard Mimosa up a few notches but today we thought, why stick with just a Mimosa? So today, to celebrate mom in a very special way, we give you a simple cocktail in the spirit of the Mimosa but is as unique as mom is.
Legend has it that the Death In the Gulf Stream cocktail was one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite drinks. The drink first appeared in Charles Baker's Gentleman's Companion. The description of the drink in Baker's book is brilliant:
Take a tall thin water tumbler and fill it with finely cracked ice. Lace this broken debris with 4 good purple splashes of Angostura, add the juice and crushed peel of 1 green lime, and fill the glass almost full with Holland gin...
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.
Much like the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan is one of the oldest and (and in our opinion, one of the finest) cocktails. The Manhattan is the first cocktail documented to use vermouth as a modifier. And just like the Old Fashioned, there are many variations of the Manhattan, but we’re partial to this variant – with an ice ball of course.
A drink we created while inspired by one of our favorite summertime hotel spots - The Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas. This drink is named for the location of their "Poule" (their pool/bar area), from which said swimming pool hangs over the side of the 10th floor. Talk about a killer view.
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.