Archive for December, 2012


Southern Martini

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Sometimes you need a classic martini to set the evening off right.  No fruity pretense, and none of that dry vermouth to scare us away.  Allow me to present the Southern Martini.  A classic gin martini that features a hint of orange to add to the flavor.  A freshly poured martini has that naturally cloudy texture, that gradually fades to a crisp clear liquid.  No one will mistake you for an armature.

  • 3 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 0.5 ounces triple sec
  • 3 dashes of orange bitters

Combine ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker, stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Don’t let the triple sec or the orange bitters fool you, this is a dry martini.
  • There is an oh so subtle hint of orange deep down inside, but you will need to let the drink sit on your tongue to notice.
  • If served to an unsuspecting friend, they would swear there was a full measure of dry vermouth included.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10 (a little too dry for my taste)
  • Strength: 9/10
  • Sweetness: 2/10
  • A great alternative to a classic martini.
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Presbyterian

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I missed you. Really, I did, and more so when I checked the stats and I am still getting great traffic!

So its Christmas time, and my original goal of publishing a book for friends and family was unfortunately not realized, so we have another long year ahead of us of sampling new and interesting cocktails. Since our last installment, I have read a history of rum in the new world and I have become an official Makers Mark ambassador – so it’s not like I forgot how to drink!

Today, it’s the Presbyterian. Apparently this was originally a non-alcoholic concoction, giving it a temperance flair, but the 18th Amendment couldn’t prevent a happy marriage with bourbon. Lets see how this goes…

  • 3oz bourbon (Makers Mark)
  • 1oz ginger ale
  • 1oz club soda
  • Mix everything over ice in a rocks glass, stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Unsurprisingly, the bourbon comes through, the other ingredients are just there to soften the blow.
  • I never have been a fan of club soda, to me it just has a flat taste, and there is a hint of that here.
  • Very drinkable, especially as the ice melts and continues to mellow the flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • Proving once again why the 21st Amendment was passed.