No, this is not blood. It is cochineal, a little bug used as red dye in food and beverages. The famous Campari used it until 2005 before it switched to chemical red dye, but @leopoldbros uses it in his great aperitivo - my go-to Campari replacement - as well as @stgeorgespirits in its Bruto Americano.
That little parasitic bug lives on its host, the Nopale (here, in our friends' yard in Tucson). It is typically harvested, dried and crushed to a powdered form.
Just look at this sunrise shot of Riptide that @sip.ponder.repeat posted. We are so excited to have LaShawn experiment with our new rye whiskey.
Our Manhattan variation (aptly named Cinnamanhattan) is perfect for winter. You can also batch it for holiday parties!
About the cocktail: Instead of bourbon or rye, we used @infusespirit's Cinnamon Apple vodka. The newer batches taste like freshly baked apple pie. However, if you're lucky like us to have Batch 2 sitting around, the 2015 bottling now tastes like a mellow sherry vinegar infused with cinnamon. As such, we used it as a substitute for a sherry. The cinnamon adds heat and the cardamom adds a little sweetness and delicacy to an otherwise bold drink.
2 oz Infuse Spirits Cinnamon Apple vodka
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
1 dash Infuse Bitters Cardamom
1 half-spray Infuse Bitters Clove
Directions: Stir Cinnamon Apple, sweet vermouth, and Cardamom bitters. Strain into chilled coupe, then spray with Clove bitters.
Batching directions: Multiply vodka and sweet vermouth for desired quantities and place into bottle (or tap). Shake bottle (or stir tap) and then place into fridge. When ready to serve, pour 2.75 oz into chilled coupe and add one dash of Cardamom before spraying Clove bitters.
This cocktail community that we have been privileged to feel a part of, continues to show it's sharing spirit. (Hah, that pun was not planned!) @cocktaildetour admired this glass in a post by @susandjones27 , so Susan generously shipped it to them. When Joakim and Mattias got the glass, they created this cocktail using both American and Swedish components.
Here is their 🍹
Customs Clearance ...
1.5 oz apple juice
0.75 oz Swedish apple brandy
0.75 oz Etrog Liqueur
Shake, double strain.
We are honored to be a part of this worldwide community.
Prop to @alka_shpalka for posting this cocktail somewhat recently. Any drink involving Malört is something I have to give a whirl. I’m also Team Malört tasting not so bad. You do get some grapefruit notes in it for sure. If you don’t know what Malört is...fly to Chicago and seek it out. Extremely bitter liqueur that reminds me of gasoline sifted through dirt and burnt tires.
Anyway, this cocktail is from Tobey Maloney over at @violethourchicago. A Negroni riff that I riffed and swapped ingredients for to try and keep it all Illinois based. Koval makes some amazing Gin and the artwork of their bottles are just beautiful. I subbed in Two Brothers Amaro for the Campari. A craft Brewery in Chicago who also is slaying the Spirits game. When I have the option to tinker around with Vermouth I always love going with my dear pal LoFi. Their Vermouths and Amaro are just so top notch. If you have a bottle of Malört laying around, mix this up. It’s surprisingly very pleasant.
2oz Gin (@kovaldistillery)
1.5oz Sweet Vermouth (@lofiaperitifs)
.25oz Campari (I used @twobrothersbrewingcompany Amaro)
.25oz Malört (@jeppsonsmalort)
Stir with ice, strain into chilled Coupe, express a flamed orange peel over drink and discard.
There are two weeks left till Christmas, and we’ve got loads of great gifts in store! Check out these new bitters gift sets from @honestjohnbittersco. 🤩 The set includes samples from their full line- Sarsaparilla, Coffee + Cherry, Lemongrass Cardamom, Orange, Black Walnut, Aromatic, NOLA, and Grapefruit plus a little bundle of Palo Santo. The perfect starter kit or addition to a bitters collection. 🏕🔥🥃✨ #honestjohnbittersco #themixingglass #socoandtheocmix
Ancho Reyes, a complex chile liquor that I probably need to start using more.
It has a nice warm smokey spice, but there are also notes of chocolate and clove in there. All of those flavors allow it to pair with tons of different drink ingredients even beyond the obvious ones like tequila and lime (although those are damn good).
It’s fun to experiment with when creating your own cocktails, but it also works well as a substitute for the sweetener in classics. The bio link has the full blog post on Ancho Reyes.
You have any ways you like to use it, or a flavor combo you think would be good!
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☠️ Ugh. I lost my @canonusa Rebel T6 ☠️
Man. I've just had my camera for over a year. I was biking to teach a night class (high school geo) in the pouring rain and somehow my camera fell out of my backpack 😢 I spent the better part of 2 hours searching my route and nada. SOOOOO it looks like I'll need to get a new camera 😟 I liked my Rebel T6 with a nifty 50 but perhaps my IG friends here can send other recommendations Or does anyone have an old/extra body or camera they'd be willing to sell! 🤑 ***
Last photo ever taken but will never be posted was of our night out at @shipwreck enjoying this Joan Wilder
🔸Japanese Melon Liqueur
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If Brexit was a Martini.. 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 Thought this would be the best day for this. A martini combining a quintessentially British Gin with a variation of European friends (Cocchi & Byrrh) - finished with an Irish backstop (Jameson Gold) & tears (saline solution)
I give you 'Article 50'
Beefeater Dry // Cocchi Americano // Byrrh Grand Quinquina // Jameson Gold & Tears
Ps.. this is a bit of fun.. not a political message. 😁
Looking for bright and zesty flavours on these cold dark winter nights Look no further than the limited edition Eden Mill release. This is another creation in the creative collaboration with Aldi that seems to be going from strength to strength. Eden Mill released some very different gins from Chilli to Blueberry & Vanilla, bold flavours is certainly the name of the game. Tonight we focus on the ‘Traditional Batch Gin’. The key botanical of focus in this variety is caraway. Most often used in cooking and also medicinally it has a distinct fresh flavour it makes an excellent addition to gin.
On the nose it is bright and fresh, there are citrus notes that certainly stand proud.
To taste, delightfully juniper forward. This gives way to an interesting medley of flavours on the palate, whilst the citrus is ever present there are also floral and spiced aromatic notes that add a real depth to the overall profile of this gin.
We garnished with cucumber and lime, this enhanced those bright citrus notes perfectly.
This is another excellent tasting & great value gin from Eden Mill. We are looking forward to see what’s next in this unique collaboration... @edenmill @aldiuk
Not Dead Yet ...
Darrin Ylisto, barman at the NO French quarter staple Sylvain, relates the tale of an old man who left his wallet behind at the bar one night. Looking for an ID in order to contact the man, Ylisto was shocked to see exactly how old the man was. He announced, “He’ll probably be dead by the time we get this back to him”, then immediately felt bad about saying it. To make amends to the karma gods, he created this drink in the man’s honor. It’s a pleasing mix of rye and ruby port, a great combination for the winter months, with lemon and cinnamon syrup, which turns anything into a winter holiday drink. I don’t know if the old man ever got his wallet back, or if he made it to his hundredth birthday after all, but I know you’ll enjoy this drink. For more and a puzzling wallet too head to the blog now. Here’s to good health, long life, warm spirits and merry companions. Cheers!
Dead Man’s Wallet by Darrin Ylisto
1 ½ oz rye
¾ oz ruby port
½ oz lemon
1/3 oz cinnamon syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Shake together with ice and strain into a favorite glass.
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Did’ja know that you’re never supposed to hang a horseshoe upside down It’s supposed to point up so that the good luck it brings won’t drain out, or at least that’s what Louisville native, Shannan, told me, as I rehung the horseshoe in the proper direction. (Don’t worry, she wasn’t standing there with a tray of horseshoe cookies muttering “horseshoes up” like Ray Finkle’s Mom in Ace Ventura. #lacesout
I mentioned in one of my stories but almost everything on this wall has some meaning to the homeowners, and we did so on a reasonable budget (after purchasing a custom bar, hand knotted rug, vintage chesterfield sofa, etc.). We digitally turned some of their favorite NY bars into black and white sketches, framed a 1960s Marist High School football program (Greg’s alma mater) found on eBay, framed some Ole Miss pennants (where the couple met), and added a vintage horse paint-by-number as a nod to Shannan’s love of all thing Kentucky Derby. #horseshoesup #somebodystopme
Happy #WineWednesday and my 1st entry for @Homebarawards Home Bartender of the Year - the winning drink will feature on the @amoryamargo menu!
Today’s recipe features an aromatised wine-based aperitif called Byrrh (pronounced Beer!) as they’re next on the #MixMannVermouth history series! Like Bonal featured last week, #Byrrh is a Quinquina aperitif
Created by brothers Pallade & Simon Violet, textile & wine merchants, who eventually settled in Thuir, France to open up shop in 1866. Simon used his deep knowledge of wine to create his “Hygenic Tonic Wine with Cinchona”, like others of its kind it claimed health & restorative qualities. They had to drop the word cinchona (quinine) due to objections from jealous pharmacists due its sales success
By 1892 production moved to the legendary Caves Byrrh famed for one of the Worlds largest oak Vats, able to hold over 1m litres, it took 15 years to make – that’s a lot of Byrrh! Indeed it was needed as by 1910 they were the leading #Quinquina producing 30m litres per year!
Sales declined after the effects of Prohibition & WW2, by 1961 CDC took over (also had Dubonnet & Cinzano in their portfolio). By 1977 Pernod took over Byrrh. Interesting fact: today Caves Byrrh also produced Suze, Dubonnet, Pernod Absinth & more!
Byrrh is a sweeter, fruitier & full bodied in style with a blend of grape mistelle, dry Red Rousillon wine and mix of botanicals including coffee, cocoa, orange. This makes for a gentler quinine bitter note in a Negroni, or an intriguing MixMannhattan!
60ml #doorlys.uk XO Rum
45ml @byrrh_fr Grand Quinquina aperitif
10ml #Fairdrinks Café Liqueur
5ml #cherryheering1818 cherry brandy
2 dash #MsBettersBitters Pineapple Star Anise Bitters
Combine all in a mixing glass half filled with ice, stir well for 45 seconds, double strain into a chilled coupe. Optional Garnish – Maraschino Cherry & Orange Zest
This delivers a rich flavoursome drink with subtle coffee cherry finish, perfect for #ChristmasCocktails too!
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