Friday, June 28, 2013

Brandy Alexander


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The Brandy Alexander is the easiest cream drink to make.
  • 1 part cream - No skim milk allowed! No watered-down concessions!
  • 1 part creme de cacao (The only difference between light and dark is the color) dark looks nicer
  • 1 party brandy (as you see in the video, cognac is not unreasonable)
Note, the recipe calls for equal parts. That makes it easy. You don't need a measuring vessel of any specificity.
Shake some ever-loving sense into it and strain it into a cocktail glass.
Some people make it with two parts cream to one part each of liquors, but you don't need to.

Cocktail Moment: Old Fashioned (the original way)

    1 sugar cube
    Bitters - Use Angostura. Don't fall for those fancy artisanal bitters
    2 ½ oz whiskey - Rye or Bourbon
    Lemon
    Ice

Begin with a sturdy glass because this is going to get a little rough. Drop a sugar cube into the glass and add a few dashes of bitters on top of it.

Use your bar muddler to crush up the sugar cube really well (this is the rough part). If you're feeling a little shy, adding a bit of water or club soda is not out of the question.

Add a little over 2 ounces, say, 2½, of whiskey to the glass. Drop in a few ice cubes and set the glass aside to water while you make the garnish.

Cut a big but thin slice from the peel of the lemon. Set that aside for a second.

Stir the drink with a bar spoon.

Squeeze the slice of peel over the drink with the color side down to ensure the citrus oils go into the glass, then drop the garnish itself into the glass.



The Maddow Colada



The Maddow Colada
1.5 oz light rum
1 oz 8 year old Bacardi or other nice medium-bodied amber rum
1.5 oz unsweetened coconut milk
1.5 oz orgeat (almond syrup--Maddow recommends Teisseire. Torani is most common.)
4 oz pineapple juice
blend with ice
don't strain, serve in a short glass, garnish with pineapple wedge, tiny umbrella
serve with short, stubby (fat) straws

All in with Chris cocktail