Monthly Archives: March 2012

Root

I’m kind of in love with this stuff.

Root beer booze! Just totally delicious.

Although, to be completely honest…I haven’t quite cracked the code on it yet. It’s great on the rocks. And I’ve splashed it into some cocktails, which seems to work quite well. I just can’t seem to find that perfect drink that uses this as a base. I figure some Root Egg Nog might really kick some ass, but with it being 70 degrees out here in New York City, egg nog is completely out of the question. So, the search continues.

Still, the folks at Art in the Age seem like they have a few other delicious tricks up their sleeves. Ginger Snap? Rhubarb?! You’re doing good work over there in Philadelphia, Art in the Age. And as fortune would have it, I’m on my way to Philly this weekend. I sense a Rhubarb Gimlet in my future.

Anyway, since I’m not yet fantastic enough to come up with a delicious Root drink, I figure I should post another creation. Here she goes:

The Rambler

1 part Hendricks Gin (Hendricks is really the only gin I’ll accept in anything)

1/2 part Aperol

1 part seltzer

Splash of ginger tea

Dash of orange bitters

Lemon twist

 
Now that’s a 70 degrees in March kind of drink! Up next. Champagne cocktails. Yes indeed.

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My first creation

In the annals of history, I may not end up contributing a whole lot on a grand scale. But when it’s all said and done, I think my greatest contribution to society may be this:

I call it the Irish Wolfhound, and it’s the first drink I’ve ever completely made up on my own. Now I’m sure that someone has made this drink at some point in history, but I’ve got it DOWN. Plus the name is just perfect (thanks to my friend Michael Terry for that particular stroke of genius). Here’s how to make it – and bear with me! Some people think it sounds like it might not work. Trust me. It works. Here it is.

IRISH WOLFHOUND

1 part Jameson
1 part grapefruit juice (make sure it’s the good stuff – from concentrate will ruin the drink)
1/2 part club soda
Lime for garnish (optional)

Simple and delicious. And if you don’t already know, Jameson is just fantastic in most drinks.

I think a coworker of mine said it best – “Man, I feel terrible this morning after drinking fucking Irish Wolfhounds all night!” Ringing endorsement!

And for those who want a little bit of sweetness, here’s a different take on the new classic.

IRISH SETTER

1 part Jameson
1 part grapefruit juice
1 part ginger ale
2/3 passion
tea

We’ll get to my love of infusing things for drinks in another post, but know that a little bit of passion tea (particularly the Starbucks variety) goes a long way in making a killer cocktail.

That’s all for now, kids. More soon!