Party Notes

Drink Menu

Creole Cocktail: 1 1/2 oz Sazerac Rye, 1/2 oz Carpano Antica Vermouth, 1/2 teaspoon Benedictine, 1/2 teaspoon Amer Picon. Stir, strain. Lemon twist.
London Buck: 2 oz 209 Gin, juice 1/2 lemon in a tall glass. Stir and ice. Fill with ginger ale.
Mai Tai: Build 1 1/2 oz Appleton V/X, 3/4 oz St. James Ambre, 3 teaspoons Orgeat, 2 teaspoons Orange Curacao, Juice of 1/2 lime drop in shell. Ice and stir. Garnish with Mint Sprig.
Mi-So-Pretty: 2 teaspoons white miso, 3 oz Grapefruit Juice, 3/4 oz Orgeat, 1 1/2 oz Herradura Blanco. Shake, strain. Orange twist.
Niman Ranch Old-Fashioned: Build 1 oz Bacon infused Bourbon, 1 oz Eagle Rare, 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup, Dash Angostura bitters. Ice, stir. Orange twist.

After trying a Mi-So-Pretty just before the guests arrived, I am sooooo glad no one asked for one. I am slightly cheating by using orgeat instead of the roasted almond syrup it calls for, but all the same it should be in the ball park. I just have no idea what they were thinking when they created that drink or selected it for Food & Wine Cocktails 2008.

Again, I will remind folks that roasted Shitake Mushrooms rule. Crispy delicious nuggets of umami perfection. I tell you they are almost better than bacon.

Also, while I may have slightly over smoked the peaches, boy was that a fantastic idea for dessert. Mrs. Underhill had requested grilled peaches, but the ones we got weren’t quite ripe enough for that. Instead I halved the slightly under ripe peaches, dusted them with sugar and gave each half a little knob butter. Smoked them in a pan over indirect mesquite coals until they were soft. Served with vanilla ice cream and lemon pound cake. Wow.

BOTW–Pliny the Elder

Pliny the Elder

Recently, one of my favorite California Breweries, Russian River Brewing, expanded their facilities. This has enabled them to bottle a couple beers which had previously only been available on tap.

Pliny the Elder is their beer in the Double IPA style. I think, Russian River Brewing is among the best brewers in California and their Pliny the Elder is one of their best beers.

It has a beautiful balanced and complex hop character, but isn’t as weighted down with sweetness as many of the other beers in this category. It is simply a fantastic beer. If you enjoy hoppy beers, you owe it to yourself to try this beer.

Pliny the Elder

Crystal Bronx Cocktail

Crystal Bronx

Crystal Bronx Cocktail

The Juice of 1/4 Orange. (Valencia)
1/4 French Vermouth. (3/4 oz Noilly Pratt Dry)
1/4 Italian Vermouth. (3/4 oz Cinzano Rosso)
1 Lump Ice.

Use medium-size glass and fill up with Soda Water.

Seems like something is missing from this cocktail!

Like, the other 1/2!

Anyway, even though I find no recipes which call for it, I wouldn’t blame you if you decided to add 1 1/2 oz of Dry Gin to the Crystal Bronx. In fact, I think you would find it quite tasty.

This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.