Tag Archive: Bitters


Laurel & Hardy

Couple of days behind, but fear not, I have been keeping up with the drinks!  I have a couple more drink reviews from our trip to New York and have made a few of my own in the past couple of days and just haven’t found the time to post.  So forgive the gratuitous Facebook updates.

First up – the Laurel & Hardy.  This concoction (this is the correct word) comes from one of the Momofuku chain of fancy New York eateries, you know, the places that lunch costs $200 per person.  That was too pricey for us, so we planted ourselves at their new bar called Booker and Dax for a cocktail and a pork bun.  This place is definately one to check out – they use all kinds of fun stuff like liquid nitrogen to make their cocktails.  My selection was the Laurel & Hardy.

  • Rye
  • Congnac
  • Maraschino Liqueur
  • Fernet
  • Benedictine
  • Mole Bitters

I could not tell you the proportions, but this drink is stirred (about 100 times) in a pint glass over ice and strained into an old fashioned champagne glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Before going any further, I need to confess that I have no idea what Fernet, Benedictine or Mole Bitters are.  So don’t ask.
  • The taste is very herbal, almost minty.  Almost.
  • VERY smooth.  These guys no what they are doing.  All of the ingredients seem to come together as a very balanced  cocktail.
  • You get that great maraschino (nutty) flavor in the aftertaste.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10.  No question as exquisite cocktail, just wouldn’t call it MY favorite.
  • Strength: 7/10.  Just about perfect.
  • Sweetness: 3/10.  Not a frilly drink.
  • This was advertised as a great sipper, and they tell no lies.  I don’t think with the effort I saw the bartender use to make each of his cocktails you can go wrong here.  Add it to the places to visit.
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Canadian Cocktail

What the hell happened you may be asking.  You started this blog, you whetted our appetites and then you go dark for a week.  Not cool.  Well I agree with you.  Problem was that my inspiration to drink, my wife, was out-of-town.  It’s an odd thing, when she’s not at home, I am not driven to drink with the same virosity.  Strange don’t you think?

Anyway, on to today’s cocktail – the Canadian Cocktail.  This one is in honor of my company’s origin – the great white north.  I tried this before my silence, and wasn’t that impressed, but on a second drink, it’s actually pretty good.

  • 2 ounces Canadian whisky (Crown Royale)
  • 0.5 ounce triple sec
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Shake vigorously over ice, serve in rocks glass over ice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The drink has a pleasing orange flavor that blends well with the Crown.
  • Definitely needs a minute to settle, try to hold off on that initial sip and let the ice melt a little, definitely don’t mix this drink in a glass and stir – it needs to be shaken over ice.
  • Very pleasing cocktail, especially on the second look.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • My boss’ countrymen should be proud of their cocktail.

Kentucky River

Happy New Year… almost.  One last drink for 2011, and it’s a good one – the Kentucky River.  This fantastic libation was discovered at Noble Experiment.

  • 1.5 ounces Makers Mark
  • 0.75 ounce creme de cacao
  • Splash of Angostura bitters

Pour into a rocks glass over ice and give it a stir.  Done.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Chocolate and bourbon – how do you go wrong?
  • Adds a touch of sweetness to great bourbon.
  • Approachable even if bourbon ain’t your thing.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 2/10
  • I like it!