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Well, I guess it has been a while since I've had a full-on cold, so can't complain too much, I suppose.  That said, I'm such a baby when I get sick.  Had to leave the house this morning to get chicken soup and more Puffs with lotion.  Nose is still bright red.  I've been drinking tea, eating soup & napping all day while trying to squeeze in some work in between.  The annual reports won't wait for me to recover, I'm afraid.  Also missing my maiden voyage to the Rum House -- I was supposed to go there tonight.  Instead, more nose blowing, soup, and pro bono reports.  Woe is me.  Many thanks to Twitter & FB folks wishing me well and hoping that @daisy17 & @PhiStu get well soon too!

Booze You Can Use

First of all, head to the Counting Room to check out their new cocktail menu (starts tomorrow), including this beauty.  It's called Look Both Ways, and it's Tanqueray gin, lime, Chartreuse, and a float of Cote de Rhone. Sounds odd, but tastes amazing.

Second of all, a big mazel to Abigail Gullo and Karen Fu for their success at the 42 Below vodka Cocktail World Cup ‘Carnival of the Cocktail.’  Their recipes are below.

Mahuika's Hand, by Abigail Gullo
1 oz 42 Below Vodka
3/4 oz Lime juice
3/4 oz spiced simple syrup
bar spoon Pimento Dram
Shake and pour over crushed ice.  Garnish with a spent lime shell filled with a sugar cube soaked in high proof vodka..light on FIRE!

Manuka Sage Southside, by Karen Fu
1.5 oz. 42 Below Manuka Honey Vodka
.5 oz. Canton Ginger Liqueur
.5 oz Fresh Yuzu Juice
.25 oz. Nardini Acqua di Cedro
3 Sage Leaves
Muddle 2 of the sage leaves then add the rest of the ingredients. Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled coupe. Top with 1 oz. Kiuchi Brewery Sparkling Yuzu Wine. Garnish with a spanked sage leaf.

Bring on the Bitters!

My latest piece on the Tasting Table (this time, National):  Bitter Competition, about BarKeep Bitters.  Many thanks to Marshall Altier, who created the Baked Apple Bitters, for hooking this up.  Here's an additional recipe, just for Sweet Blog o' Mine readers:

Otoñal Old Fashioned
Adapted from a recipe by Joaquin Simo, Death & Co. New York

1.5 ozs Herradura Reposado
.5 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
1 teaspoon cinnamon bark syrup* (simple made w/cinnamon bark)
1 dash Angostura bitters
2 dashes Baked Apple bitters
Strain over fresh ice in an old fashioned glass. Express the oil of 1 orange peel and discard it. Garnish with 1 cinnamon stick.

(and P.S. - I've got them all at home in case anyone wants to taste them!)

Weekend Wrapup (Three-Day Edition)

Friday night at Mayahuel; domestic goddess duty on Saturday, including a trip to the Greenmarket, Greenmarket brunch, making pinto bean soup and tomato sauce, Lani Kai and Fatty Johnson's on Saturday night; lazy Sunday with a big nap and an early evening visit to the Rhum Rhum Room followed by a trip to Terroir; Monday I had brunch at El Cobre, did some laundry, and topped off the weekend with a cozy Sunday dinner featuring lasagna.  All in all a wonderful weekend, but given the weather today, I could have used another day to laze about in my pj's.


I am not a fan of transcribing interviews.  That said, I do it from time to time.  Last night, one of the things that helped me get through a good chunk of a particularly long interview was this cocktail, recipe (and Firelit) provided by Dave from St. George Spirits.  The pretty new glass was provided by Mom (and the crappy photo was provided by my phone).

The Antagonist
1.5 oz Firelit (coffee liqueur)
1 oz Gin
.5 oz Green Chartreuse
2-3 dashes Regan's Orange Bitters

Stir all ingredients in a pint glass with ice until desired dilution is achieved. Strain into an up glass, squeeze a lemon twist over cocktail and rim the glass. Finally, discard twist, as it'll overpower the nose.