Purchased Goods Feb 11, 2011

Right, well, so I was reading posts on the Chanticleer society forums and Martin Doudoroff, who recently launched a website devoted to Vermouth (Vermouth 101) proclaimed,”In the US, my benchmark Italian rosso-style vermouth is Martelletti.” What? I haven’t even had this vermouth! Martin is the technical driving force behind the cocktaildb and the author of several cocktail apps, (sadly only for iPhones,) so I figured he must know something about Vermouth. So I pointed my browser at drinkupny and searched for Martelletti.

Goddamn, they had the Martelletti Vermouth.

Well, if I’m going to order booze all the way from Brooklyn, I might as well get the free shipping. Hm, we don’t get Banks 5 Island Rum in CA, that should go in the cart, but it really isn’t very expensive. What else can I get to push me over $100?

Del Maguey Chichicapa, as endorsed by no less than the Old Grey Lady herself (Spirits of the Times: Mezcal, Tequila’s Spicy Cousin)? Why yes, that would do the trick quite nicely!

It’s San Francisco Beer Week!

For this week’s six pack, I went with Lagunitas Brewing’s Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale. “A Wheat Beer…the Brewers really like it because they can eat the malt for breakfast…it is packed with hops…It has every Hop in it that starts with the letter C”.

And a bottle of Bear Republic‘s Hop Rod Rye. Well, along with being SF Beer Week, it is Strong Beer Month, after all. I actually was hoping for Iron Springs’ Casey Jones, but sadly not at the grocery store this week.

Some nice cheese to go with my beer, according to the label it is Fougerus from Fromagerie Rouzaire, I assume, in France.

XYZ Cocktail

X.Y.Z. Cocktail
1/4 Lemon Juice. (3/4 oz Lemon Juice)
1/4 Cointreau. (3/4 oz Clement Creole Shrubb)
1/2 Bacardi Rum. (1 1/2 oz Solomon Tournour Rene Alambic Rum)
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

A daisy? A daiquiri with Orange Liqueur?

In any case, I am happy to report this combination, is pleasantly dry, even with the Creole Shrubb standing in for Cointreau (no open bottles convenient).

The Rum, I suppose, is a bit of a stretch from Bacardi, of any decade, or century. Well, what are you going to do? Until I find a Dry Cuban Style Rum I actually like, rather than just tolerate, I shall feel free to improvise.

Banks 5 Island? Why not? Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!

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.

Xeres Cocktail

Xeres Cocktail
1 Dash Orange Bitters. (1 dash Angostura Orange Bitters)
1 Dash Peach Bitters. (1 dash Fee’s Peach Bitters)
1 Glass Sherry. (2 oz Blandy’s 5 Year Alvada Madeira)
Stir well and strain into cocktail glass.

I just couldn’t find a Sherry I wanted to drink during the day before the night I had to make this.

On the other hand, I had this Madeira sitting around…

Swap one Old Wine for another?

Why not? I’ve never really bonded with most Sherry, anyway.

Wow, tasty!

Feel a little bad about messing with such a tasty Madeira, but all the same, a more than pleasing cocktail.

And, I got to share the rest of the bottle with Mrs. Flannestad after dinner!

A win for both of us.

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.