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Old-Time Whiskey Punch

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2014 by cocktailvultures

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This is an easy way to get a large party started; the only prep work is the homemade ginger syrup which can be made days in advance. It’s also simple to cut this recipe in half for a more intimate group of happy holiday drinkers. A few floating pineapple slices and a ton of mint would make a nice presentation.

To a large punch bowl, add:

6 cups (or a large block) of ice
2 750 ml bottles of Seagram’s Seven American whiskey
2 cups homemade ginger syrup
64 ounces orange-pineapple juice
2 liters of club soda or plain seltzer

Stir thoroughly and anticipate frolicking!

Always drink responsibly; always drink well.

Homemade Ginger Syrup

Take a generous “hand” of unpeeled fresh ginger and chop it thoroughly — alternately, hack it up and throw it in a food processor. Measure the result and add it to a saucepan along with 1.5 times the same amount of water (for example: if you wind up with 1 cup of ginger, use 1.5 cups of water). Bring to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes.

Let cool for a minute or two, then strain and measure the remaining water (I strain mine into a large heat-worthy measuring bowl). Add an equal amount of sugar (1 cup water gets 1 cup sugar) to the warm ginger-water and keep stirring until all the sugar is dissolved. If you’re not going to use it right away, add a jot of white rum or vodka as a preservative and refrigerate. Keeps for about a week.

(Quickie-Cheat: substitute ginger ale
for the club soda in the cocktail above and leave out the ginger syrup.)

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The Hudson Witch, a Strega based cocktail

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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Strega, that sweet, herbal liqueur from Italy, was an under-utilized ingredient until the Cocktail Vultures came along. We enjoy it not only for its witchy name and origins, but for the breath of spring meadows it lends to a drink, without the bitterness of other aperitifs and amaros. This is one of the first recipes the Cocktail Vultures concocted together, and so we gave it the name of the mighty river near our homes. It was a hit at a local charity event here in Poughkeepsie, and cast its spell over a hundred costumed revelers.

To an iced shaker, add:

2 ounces bourbon
3/4 ounce Strega
3/4 ounce lime juice
1-2 dashes bitters — we prefer aged, whisky-flavored varieties

Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with some maraschino cherries speared on a contorted twig from a spooky hollow, or just a nice plastic sword pic.

Voodoo Volcano

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Girl Drink Drunk, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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The original Volcano Bowl was featured at Don the Beachcomber’s — we added a little VooDoo with some Deadhead Rum and a Zombie formulation for an easy pour.

To a large shaker, add:

3 ounces Deadhead rum
3 ounces gold rum
3 ounces silver rum
3 ounces pineapple juice
3 ounces grapefruit juice
3 ounces freshly-squeezed lime juice
1 ounce maple syrup
3 dashes orange bitters
3 dashes allspice dram
A hearty scoop of crushed ice

Shake vigorously and pour unstrained into a volcano bowl filled with ice cubes. Garnish as desired; we enjoy a few pineapple slices and maraschino cherries. Add 151 proof rum to the volcano reservoir and light carefully.

Serves two to four — time to get out the loooooong straws!

Always drink responsibly; always drink well.

The Switchblade

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Drink It Like a Man, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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At the end of a busy day, or when a flock of thirsty vultures descends suddenly upon your roost, it’s nice to be able to serve up a sophisticated yet two-fisted drink without ruffling your feathers. You can accomplish this easily by always keeping a supply of your own homemade sweet-and-sour mix on hand.

Sweet-and-sour is quick to prepare and can be put together while you’re prepping for other cocktails or even making a meal — hey, you’re messing up the kitchen anyway. To a clean bottle or jar, add:

One part freshly-squeezed lemon juice
One part freshly-squeezed lime juice
One part simple syrup

Shake vigorously and refrigerate. If you don’t know how long you may keep it, add a jot of vodka or white rum as a preservative. Throw it away after a week and make more. If you have more lemons than limes in hand, or vice versa, don’t sweat it — sweet-and-sour can stand a little fudging in its preparation and eventually you can adjust it to your own tastes.

Now, on to our manly cocktail!

The Cocktail Vultures love both bourbon and amaretto and have now put them together in this very American take on the Stiletto. It will nonetheless stand you in good stead when contemplating your next vendetta.

To an ice-filled shaker, add:

1.5 ounces Bourbon
1.5 ounces Amaretto
1.5 ounces sweet-and-sour
A hearty dash of Peychaud bitters

Shake vigorously and pour into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with lemon and lime peels and add a straw.

Mint Julep meets Brown Sugar Syrup

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Drink It Like a Man, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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Mint Julep season is about to begin. The Kentucky Derby coming up sooner than you think and mint growing season is about to start blooming.

We have come up with an improved sweetener for the classic Mint Julep using a staple of Southern cooking: Dark Brown Sugar.

This methodology provides for another level of depth of flavor as well as a surefire guarantee against undissolved sugar in the bottom of the cup.

Dark Brown Sugar Syrup

1 1/2 cups Dark Brown Sugar

1 cup water

5-6 good dashes of Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters

Place sugar and water in a non-reactive saucepan and simmer until sugar is almost completely dissolved.

Remove from heat and stir until completely dissolved.

Add the bitters and when cooled to room temperature, bottle it up and keep refrigerated.

 

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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How Rye I Am

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Drink It Like a Man, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2013 by cocktailvultures

Templeton Rye

This weekend we explored a couple of very old-timey recipes that make use of rye whiskey. The Algonquin was invented at the bar in the venerable NYC hotel of the same name; a jot of pineapple juice is among the ingredients and it smooths and sweetens the drink Just Enough without taking over the well-balanced flavor profile. We also took The Oriental out for a spin; it uses sweet vermouth and fresh lime in perfect proportions to showcase the beauty of a good rye.

So what’s a good rye? We love Templeton, a smooth, complex whiskey without any of that stinky-old-man thing you get from some ryes. This IS the good stuff!

Always drink responsibly; always drink well.

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