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.
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.
Let’s be honest. The only reason people put orange juice into a mimosa is to justify it as appropriate for breakfast! By freezing your orange juice into a perfect sphere, you can top it with champagne and get just a touch of orange juice.
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...
An infused ice ball cocktail recipe. It takes 24 hours of prep, but it's worth it. "Obrigado" is Portuguese for "Thank you", and we are ready for spring to arrive, so we created this to say "thanks, winter, it's been great but we need some spring time already." And springtime in Brazil is pretty great...as long as you stick to the coastal beach areas like Rio and São Paulo is nice too.
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...
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.
Some of our most favorite cocktails are the ones that your grandfather, or even your grandfather's grandfather may have enjoyed. The Jockey Club No. 2 is a revival of the original, from the 1930s (so we'll call this one "old school" since your grandfather or perhaps great grandfather may have enjoyed it).
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.
Sometimes the best craft cocktails are new takes on old classics. Today, we take a spin on the classic Collins. We call it the Voiron Collins, named for the small town in France, from where Chartreuse is made.
When we think about the oldest "old school" cocktails, one that is making a welcomed resurgence is the Whiskey Sour. For what seemed like, well, way too long, some people (including some who called themselves 'bartenders') had been using fluorescent green and yellow "sour mix" that only had the word 'sour' in common with lemons (as it is doubtful any real juice was an ingredient). This was a crime and if you are still guilty of the mass produced "sour mix" usage, step away from it immediately.
After spending what seems like every waking minute on new product development, we thought we would share some of the good stuff we have been working on to bring to you. If you know us, you know that one of our Favorite cocktails is the Old Fashioned. History tells us that the famous cocktail (and the first to use the now ubiquitous term "cocktail") originated in the early 1800s. The Old Fashioned was created and served at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, KY and later brought to the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
If you know us, you know that we love the deliciously bitter and complex flavor that is Campari, the signature ingredient in the Negroni. It is a rather bitter and sweet concoction that brings smiles to some and grimaces to others, thanks to its somewhat acquired taste.
The origin of the Fanciulli Cocktail is somewhat hazy, but the flavor definitely is not. A reference to the Fanciulli Cocktail was published in 1931 book "Old Waldorf Bar Days," by Albert Stevens Crockett, a book that reminisced about just what the name implies, "days at the Waldorf (hotel) bar," before it later merged with the Astoria and became the "Waldorf-Astoria" that we know of today.
Campari® is one of those unique flavors that people either 'get' or dislike completely, similar to peoples reaction to cilantro (love or hate). It is a shame too because Campari® has a beautifully complex bitter-sweet flavor combination that is almost indescribable. It can make the ordinary exquisite and extraordinary even more unique and amazing.
From fruity to bitter, rich to spicy, liqueurs come in a wide range of flavors, textures and styles. While popular as components of other cocktails, many people shy away from drinking them on their own due to the sweetness many possess. By pairing a rich cream liqueur with a black coffee ice ball, you’ll find...
While often made with gin, the gimlet is a classic cocktail known most for one key ingredient: Rose’s lime juice. By adding the Rose’s lime directly to the ice ball, you’ve not only dressed up the presentation of this great cocktail, but enhanced its enjoyment as well.
We are sometimes asked whether ice balls are good with other drinks, besides whiskey or whiskey drinks, the answer is YES! We use the Whiskey Ice Co. spherical ice ball maker for many different drinks, in fact, one of our favorites is a Gin Martini with a "Dirty" ice ball.
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.