Category: T.D.I.D.


New York Cocktail

It’s a New York celebration today!  Not just because the New York Giants just won the Superbowl… not because my wife is living her bi-coastal life right now with a week in New York City… and not because on this day in 1985 “New York, New York” became the official anthem of New York City… but because I found a recipe for a “new” cocktail.  What more perfect a cocktail then than the New York Cocktail?  Time to see if I can truly say that “I heart [a] NY [cocktail]”!

  • 2 ounces Canadian whiskey (Crown Royal)
  • 0.75 ounce lime juice
  • 0.5 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 tsp grenadine
  • orange peel for garnish

Shake all the ingredients together over ice, strain and serve either up or over ice, your choice.  Garnish with an orange peel.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • First taste, and this is a nice drink, very smooth.
  • A little on the sweet side, but not overly so.  It is pink too, so its got that.
  • This is a keeper and will be added to my regular bar list for friends – it tastes great and is made of common stuff that I generally always have in the house!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness:  7/10
  • I thought New York earnerd a reputation as being full of unfriendly people, ’cause if that is true, this drink does not belong.
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Tonight we are going to start two new periodic features on the blog.  The first is that tonight I will be reviewing a drink made for me in a bar instead of some homemade concoction.  This means that I may not have the measurements on how to repeat the drink, but I tell you what the menu says, how it tastes and where you can get it.  If it’s that good I may even try to replicate it at home.  The second new addition will be a “This Day in Drink”.  Periodically we’ll see what happened in the world that relates to the art of making drinks, call it a fun interesting fact de jour.

T.D.I.D.:  On this day in 1990 Darryl Strawberry voluntarily entered alcohol rehab.  Thought I would start with a positive one!

Back to the drinks.  Tonight we joined our friends for dinner and drinks at Saltbox at the Palomar in downtown San Diego.  After reviewing the choices, it seemed easy – the Bourbon Peach Tower.  It was intriguing as it not only contained bourbon, but also because it was made with an egg white!  I have always been nervous about a drink with an egg in it, so have always been too chicken (pun intended) to try for myself.  So here goes:

  • Peach Tea Infused Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon
  • lemon
  • honey
  • egg whites
  • Peychaud’s Bitters

Drink served up in an old fashioned champagne glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • First the looks – what a cool looking frothy top!  I guess there is a reason to add egg whites to a drink.
  • Now on to the taste – the first impression is – “wow this is fragrant”, it almost tastes of perfume.
  • For a drink advertised as containing peach you sure has heck can’t taste it!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 4/10
  • Strength: 3/10 (did it have alcohol – just asking…)
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Basically the drink taste of grandma… like bad perfume.  You can skip this one.

Final note:  Saltbox is one to skip.  The food is okay, but the prices are outrageous.