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Persephone’s Bouquet

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2014 by cocktailvultures

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The Queen of the Underworld and the abducted bride of Hades, Persephone has had a lot of cocktails named for her. After all, this goddess not only represents Spring and rebirth, but she famously made the trip up from Hell while munching on a pomegranate. What cocktail creator doesn’t love a myth that starts with an ingredient?

We wanted to make a drink for Persephone that included her favorite fruit, along with fragrant jasmine and ripe blood oranges. It’s a bouquet worthy of honoring her return to the Earth, as a long winter gives way again to sweet fecundity.

To an iced shaker, add:

2 ounces Pomegranate juice
2 ounces freshly-squeezed Blood Orange juice
2.5 ounces Vodka
1 ounce Jasmine Syrup *

Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. We think this cocktail’s brilliant color requires no garnish, but if you’d like to add a sliver of blood orange peel, it would give us no pain.

Always drink responsibly; always drink well.

* Jasmine Syrup:
Brew jasmine tea and add an equal amount of sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.

The Ghosts of Manhattan

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2014 by cocktailvultures

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What to do with those interesting, un-oaked whiskeys hitting the market? They need taming if their flavors are to be enjoyed and not eliminated with an overabundance of sweet mixers. We took some Coppersea Raw Rye http://www.coppersea.com/blog/ and fashioned it into a dry, transparent Manhattan of sorts — cool and astringent, with an almost papery aftertaste. A couple of cocktail cherries won’t go amiss, as they add a touch of sweetness.

To an iced shaker, add:

2 ounces Coppersea Raw Rye
1 ounce Lillet Blanc
2 dashes lemon bitters

Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a few cocktail cherries.

A Drink With Something In It

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, The Vulture's Library with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2013 by cocktailvultures

A DRINK WITH SOMETHING IN IT
by Ogden Nash

There is something about a Martini,
A tingle remarkably pleasant;
A yellow, a mellow Martini;
I wish that I had one at present.
There is something about a Martini,
Ere the dining and dancing begin,
And to tell you the truth,
It is not the vermouth-
I think that perhaps it’s the gin.

There is something about an old-fashioned
That kindles a cardiac glow;
It is soothing and soft and impassioned
As a lyric by Swinburne or Poe.
There is something about an old-fashioned
When dusk has enveloped the sky,
And it may the ice,
Or the pineapple slice,
But I strong suspect it’s the rye.

There is something about a mint julep.
It is nectar imbibed in a dream,
As fresh as the bud of the tulip,
As cool as the bed of the stream.
There is something about a mint julep,
A fragrance beloved by the lucky.
And perhaps it’s the tint
Of the frost and the mint,
But I think it was born in Kentucky.

There is something they put in a highball
That awakens the torpidest brain,
That kindles a spark in the eyeball,
Gliding singing through vein after vein.
There is something they put in a highball
Which you’ll notice one day, if you watch;
And it may be the soda,
But judged by the odor,
I rather believe it’s the Scotch

Then here’s to the heartening wassail,
Wherever good fellows are found;
Be its master instead of its vassal,
And order the glasses around.
For there’s something they put in the wassail
That prevents it from tasting like wicker;
Since it’s not tapioca,
Or mustard, or mocha,
I’m forced to conclude it’s the liquor.

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Posted in Booze News and Events, Drink It Like a Man, Girl Drink Drunk, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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No movie monster deserves a summery green drink more than The Creature; when you’re ready to entertain friends at the seaside or relaxing near your favorite lagoon, our cocktail is a perfect accompaniment.

The Brazilian locale of the movie makes Cachaça the obvious choice, and we were careful to include a “black lagoon” feature.

To an iced shaker, add:

2 ounces Cachaça (we enjoy http://www.LeblonCachaca.com)
2 ounces Midori (www.midori-world.com)
1 ounce Cruzan Coconut Rum (www.cruzanrum.com)
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce pineapple juice

1 ounce dark spiced Rum (we prefer http://www.krakenrum.com)

Shake VIOLENTLY! for a good 30 seconds (we demand a well-shaken cocktail). Strain into a large rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Set the reamed lime half in the ice as a bowl and fill that with the Kraken or other dark rum. Add a straw and enjoy.

The vegetal nature of the Cachaça offsets the Midori and makes a clean and refreshing drink with a hint of Tiki influence. Just don’t go swimming alone!

Always drink responsibly; always drink well.

Licorice Whip

Posted in Booze News and Events, Drink It Like a Man, Girl Drink Drunk, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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The Cocktail Vultures don’t always have to be so fancy. Occasionally, we like to imbibe one of our favorite spirits in a more casual way, maybe even allowing a professional bartender to mix it for us so we can enjoy some nightlife. We think our latest drink does this very well — with absinthe, that most formalized and mysterious of spirits. It’s pretty, too, and may have you singing “Choo Choo, Charlie!” by the end of an evening.

The Licorice Whip

Fill a rocks or highball glass with ice. Add:

1 ounce absinthe
1 ounce real grenadine
3 ounces club soda
Stir thoroughly and add a straw.

If you wanted to dress it up with a cherry, it would do no harm.

[Note: real grenadine is made by warming pomegranate juice (we recommend Pom) on the stove and adding an equal amount of sugar. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Bottle and store in your refrigerator for up to three weeks. An ounce of vodka or silver rum will help preserve it.]

Mai Tai 44

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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Mai Tai 44

The Mai Tai is a classic cocktail. It is truly a masterpiece of mixology and the shining jewel in the crown of Trader Vic, its inventor. The story goes that he was experimenting with the drink and handed off a sample to a couple of friends who responded in Tahitian, “Maita’i roa ae!” Out of this world, the best! And made properly, it IS one of the best rum drinks you’ll ever taste.

The Vultures, of course, are never happy with leaving well enough alone. So here’s our very-slightly-tweaked version, including a hint of passionfruit.

In a shaker:

1 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce orange curaçao
1/4 ounce orgeat syrup
1/2 ounce passionfruit syrup
1 ounce aged Jamaican rum
1 ounce Martinique rum

Shake vigorously. Pour unstrained into a double rocks glass.

There is a traditional garnish that involves using half a squeezed lime — which we refer to as a “shell” — and placing it atop the drink. That’s your “island.” Then add a healthy sprig of mint to represent a palm tree. At this point a straw is enough — but to make it even more festive and special, spear a pineapple chunk with a cherry and add it to remind you of a tropical sunset. An umbrella would be nice, too.

Don’t let this frippery fool you — this is a concoction for two-fisted rum drinkers and you should go carefully with it. Aloha!

Giving the Raspberry

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2013 by cocktailvultures

Marco Polo Raspberry Syrup

Your Vultures usually shy away from commercial syrups because it’s so easy to make great syrup with fresh ingredients in your own kitchen. But fruit syrups are only as good as the fruit you just bought and at the wrong time of the year, those pretty red berries are actually flavorless.

Marco Polo to the rescue! We were enticed to pull this bottle off a shelf at our favorite market, Adams Fairacre Farms, and were rewarded by its bright taste of raspberry and natural sugar, with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. It makes a delicious Knickerbocker and a great Clover Club. It would also be lovely with some ice and seltzer to make your own natural fruit soda. Watch this space as we explore Marco Polo’s other flavors!

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