Sunday, November 20, 2011

Welcome to our bar

Welcome.  For years people have been telling us we have the best bar and best bartender (Scott) in town.  Subscribing to the philosophy that life is too short to drink cheap liquor, we stock a pretty top shelf bar.  Cocktails don't always require the finest booze, but don't slum it too much.  Remember, life is too short...

Ok, first of all, allow us introduce you to our bar:

Top Shelf:  Ron Zacapa 23 anos.  Anniversario Pampero. 
Mid Shelf:  Bacardi Gold, Captain Morgan's, Malibu Mango, Malibu Coconut, Myers's Dark (Coruba Dark is preferred if you can find it.)

Skyy (Scott says "It's the only way to fly...") Absolute vs. Grey Goose (This is a running debate around here.  Scott says Goose is just popular and over-priced.  Suzi kinda likes it.)

Tanqueray No. 10.  Bombay Saphire.

Crown Royal

Top Shelf:   Knob Creek.  Woodford's Reserve
Mid Shelf:   Maker's Mark

Top Shelf:   Herradura Anejo
Mid Shelf:  Jose Cuervo Gold

Trul Absinthium 1792.  Trul Absinthium Red.  Trul Absinthium Black. Le Muse Verte. (Our favorite Czech and French high thujone Absinthe's, ordered from

Grand Marnier.  Kahlua Especial.  Disaronno Amaretto.  PAMA Pomegranate Flavored Liqueur.  Limoncello.  Bailey's Irish Cream.  Hpnotiq.  Chambord.  Blackberry Brandy.  Dry Vermouth.  Sweet Vermouth.  Angostura Bitters.  Agave Nectar.  Simple Syrup.

You will have your own favorites and preferences, so feel free to substitute brands as you see fit.  The only rule is that you use good liquor.

Of course, you will need the proper bar tools and glassware.  A good shaker is a must.  Big Boy highball glasses, chilled soup bowl "up" glasses and frozen beer glasses are necessary.  Daquiri/girly drink glasses are helpful, as well as a wide assortment of toothpicks, stirrers, straws and proper garnishes.  (When we get to Absinthe we'll have to talk...)

The next thing you should know is that math is not too involved.  Scott generally free pours and eyeballs his measurements.  Mixology is as much an art as it is a science.  In our experience, the best cocktails are the ones you have a "feeling" for, rather than a strict, measured recipe.  Method of mixing is just as important (i.e. "shaken, not stirred" or "bruising" the liquor instead of simply mixing it.)  For those needing numerical volumes, this is about as good as it gets:          

1 Shot  = 1 oz
1 Jigger  = 1 1/2 oz
"Short Shot" = about 1/4-1/3 of a shot
"Splash" = fairly self-explanatory
"Threaten" = literally 1-3 drops
"Parts" = ratio for mixing large quantities

Happy mixing!  Cheers!


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