New Thing #335: Drink a Tea-based Cocktail

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As a nice change of pace tonight, Shauna whipped up my new thing of the day: an Orange Blossom Oolong Tea cocktail.

After attending a tea mixology seminar last week she’s been eager to try out her new found knowledge. Plus, they sent her home with said orange blossom oolong syrup and some recipes.

The syrup itself is a normal simple syrup with tea used instead of water. Why I never thought of flavoured simple syrups before now is beyond me. And this little lemon-gin-oolong ditty knocked our socks off.

Now I think some experimenting is in order.

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New Thing #316: Drink A Rickey

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I was going through the list of classic cocktails tonight, trying to figure out if there was really anything that I haven’t tried at this point. Only one seemed to float to the top, and that was a Rickey

Sure, they’re usually made with gin, but, as I found out when I went to my cupboard, we’re fresh out. Thanks to Wikipedia though I learned that original Rickey was conceived as a bourbon based drink. Lucky for me I don’t care for the stuff too much so that bottle of Jim Beam we bought a few years ago is still half full. I can’t say for long though.

I think I’ve finally found a drink that takes the hardness out of the bourbon that I find overpowers for my palette. And yes, I’ve tried good bourbons as well. I usually break out the Beam when I need to cook with it.

The lime also sweetens it up a notch. Overall this concoction changes the bourbon into something refreshing rather than something to get through. This is going to make a great hot-summer-day-on-the-back-deck-waiting-to-flip-the-ribs-on-the-grill kinda drink.

New Thing #66: Barbary Coast Cocktail

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It’s been another very long day and I thought a cocktail would be a nice end to my evening. I pulled out my iPad, opened up my cocktail app and found this:

The Barbary Coast Cocktail
1/4 gin
1/4 Scotch whisky
1/4 crème de cacao (white)
1/4 cream
Serve into a highball glass.

It’ll put a few more hairs on my chest (seven, I believe) but after a few sips it is very, very smooth. Me likey a lot.

New Thing #39: Broker’s Gin

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Man today was long. On top of that I forgot to set something up new to try. So I’m trying some Broker’s Gin.

So hot on the heels of the Broker’s Promise cocktail I tried a few days back I’m trying the gin that I should have been making it with in the first place.

Much to my joy I really could tell a difference between it and the Tanqueray immediately.

The nose was much brighter and flowery and the taste smoother, almost sweet by comparison.

And you seriously can’t beat a bottle of booze that comes with a plastic bowler cap on top. It makes an excellent addition to any action figure as Optimus will agree.

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New Thing #36: Broker’s Promise

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Relatively speaking, I’ve come to appreciate gin rather late in my life. It’s become one of those things I drink on a sunny afternoon when I want to keep things fresh and cheery instead of something I make use of it at home. I’m normally more of a dry vodka martini guy anyway.

But last night my friend (and booze aficionado) Steve, sent me this recipe. This afternoon the ingredients were in my shopping cart.

Broker’s Promise
2 parts Brokers Gin
2 parts Cranberry Juice
1 part lemon-lime soda
2 sliced strawberries

Put strawberries in old fashioned glass. Cover w/ice cubes. Add Gin, cranberry Juice and lemon/lime soda. Stir gently.

I feel a little dirty using Tanqueray gin instead of Broker’s since they’re the ones responsible for creating the drink, but I’ll be sure to pick that up when this bottle runs out.

And after taking one sip of this cocktail I don’t think it’ll be long before it needs replacing.

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