Florida’s winter take on the gin fizz. The first step is to steep coconut chai in a simple syrup. Once ready, grab your rum and fresh egg white.
2 1/2oz Bacardi 8 Rum
1/2 oz coconut chai simple syrup
1 egg white
2 dashes of orange bitters
Combine all ingredients and shake aggressively for one-to-two minutes, until the cocktail is frothy. Strain into a coupe and garnish with toasted coconut.
Merry Christmas from the “Bar Room” family.
We will resume publishing our crafts and cocktails in the new year.
This is a seasonal rendition on the classic Alexander No. 2 cocktail:
2 oz Gin
.05 oz Creme de menthe
1 oz Sweet cream (or heavy cream)
1 oz Orgeat
Prepare a cocktail class with an absinthe wash. In a mixing glass with ice, combine all ingredients with the exception of the absinthe. Shake 20 times. Strain into cocktail glass and serve. Garnish with star anise and a light nutmeg dusting.
As we enter the cold and flu season, we thought we’d resurrect a recipe the cure all that ails you.
The Romans called it ars medicina; or, the art of healing. Preventative medicine was the primary care for disease in ancient Rome; however, when sickness reared its ugly head, the Romans relied on a number of curative cocktails and elixirs to mend their pains. Strong wines mixed with herbs and other medicines aided the common cold, flu, and other ailments. Fresh citrus and other fruits helped fortify the body. Oftentimes these medicinal mixes were close-guarded family secrets. As children of physicians, we continue to honor these family traditions with our own batch of medicinal cocktails.
The Hot Toddy is no standard cocktail. The recipe can be any combination of spirit with sweeter and other ingredients served hot. The history of the drink is just as clouded. It could be an imperial return from an East India Company training mission to India. Or, perhaps it is a 1700s Scottish staple for the long winters. Either way, the Toddy is a fine drink to help cure a cold, or to just sip on a chilly evening.
1 part Bourbon
1/2 part Lemon Juice
1/2 part Honey
1 Stick of Cinnamon
Hot Water to Taste
Our family recipe involves boiling the bourbon with honey and water, then adding lemon juice and a cinnamon stick. Stir, and serve in a mug. Feel free to top off the mug with hot water. Drink to good health.
A New Orleans favorite, the Gin Fizz takes its name from the splash of soda water to give it some effervescence. In fact, the Gin Fizz was so popular at one time, drinking establishments would employ teams of bartenders to shake the frothy cocktail. Take your time with this one, it requires a heavy dose of shaking.
1oz Club soda
2.5oz Green Hat gin
1oz Lemon juice
.75oz Simple syrup
1 Egg white
Add the club soda to a Coupe or Collins glass and set aside. Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker and shake without ice for about 3 minutes. This is called a dry shake. Shake hard to create the froth. Add 3 or 4 ice cubes and shake very well. Double-strain into the prepared glass.
* The trick is to use all fresh product; make your own simple syrup and use fresh squeezed lemon juice.
1 1⁄2 oz. mezcal
3⁄4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
1⁄2 oz. fresh lime juice
1⁄2 oz. maraschino
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Using leftover lime, line the rim of your glass with salt and chile (we used crushed New Mexican red chile). Add a lime wheel or bacon to complete the garnish.
Often associated with Tiki cocktails, the Painkiller is a rum cocktail trademarked by Pusser’s Rum.
This cocktail was created in the 1970s by Daphne Henderson at the Soggy Dollar Bar at White Bay on the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. Supposedly there is no dock nearby, so patrons have to swim to get to the bar – hence the name Soggy Dollar.
1.5 oz. of Pusser’s Rum
1 oz. dark rum floater
2 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 oz. cream of coconut
1/2 oz. orange juice
Grated fresh nutmeg
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add first four ingredients and stir. Pour into cocktail glasses and top with grated nutmeg.
This cocktail has been my go-to this week. Slightly sweet, but strong enough to hold its own next to a traditional martini. The Tuxedo cocktail was first recorded in the 1880’s; some say it comes from Harry Johnson’s Bartenders’ Manual of 1882, while others claim the cocktail made its first appearance in Lippincott’s monthly magazine: Volume 41 – Page 493 in 1888. Another uncertainty surrounds the cocktail’s origins; it is most commonly believed that the Tuxedo cocktail was created at the Tuxedo Park Club in New York’s Ramapo Mountains. The Tuxedo Club, however, did not open until 1886, and one of the earliest known recordings of this concoction dates back to 1882 – we’ll let you do the math. While this cocktail has some uncertain origins, one thing is certain: this cocktail is perfect for a cold winter night.
1 oz Old Tom gin (Hayman’s Old Tom)
1 oz dry vermouth (we substituted Lillet)
½ bar-spoon Maraschino
¼ bar-spoon Absinthe
3 dashes orange bitters (homemade)
Stir all ingredients with ice and strain in to a cocktail glass. The traditional recipe calls to garnish with a Maraschino cherry and a lemon zest twist.
The Army & Navy Cocktail first appeared in David A. Embury’s Fine Art of Mixing Drinks in 1948. The original recipe calls for equal parts lemon and orgeat, and for less gin. We are a little heavy-handed with the gin in the Barrister’s Barroom. If you dont prefer a gin forward cocktail, try one and a half ounces of gin instead of two full ounces.
-2oz gin (London dry)
-3/4oz orgeat (almond syrup)
-1/2oz lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
-2 dashes angostura bitters
Combine ingredients and shake with ice. Strain and add a lemon peel or the traditional maraschino cherries for garnish.
“A dry martini,” [Bond] said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.”
- “Oui, monsieur.”
- “Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”
- “Certainly, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
- “Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,” said Leiter.
- Bond laughed. “When I’m…er…concentrating,” he explained, “I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.”
- —Ian Fleming, Casino Royale, Chapter 7, “Rouge et Noir”