Tag Archive: Peychaud’s Bitters


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A new drink book showed up in the house this weekend in preparation for a Tiki party that we will be part of next weekend. This particular book is the official Smugglers Cove guide to all things Tiki, including a number of recipes from the world famous restaurant.

While we have not had time to digest all of the advice within, we did at least take the time to flip through the pages and find a couple of drinks to sample. Look for the second cocktail in my next blog post! I wish this cocktail had the most ridiculous name in the book, but it actually isn’t!

  • 0.75 ounce lemon juice
  • 0.75 ounce pineapple juice
  • 0.5 ounce orgeat syrup
  • 2 ounce blended aged rum
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice, and add all of the ingredients. Shake vigorously and poor (ice and all) into a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • From the first taste, this is all Tiki. It’s sweet, it’s got rum and it has a distinct almond flavor.
  • Despite the long list of ingredients, it’s an easy cocktail to make, and likely would be a good candidate for a premixed drink at a party.
  • It’s a very sweet drink, leaving the sweetness in the back of your mouth long after you swallow its goodness.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10 (if you like some Tiki)
  • Strength: 4/10 (lots of juice)
  • Sweetness: 10/10
  • With a bit of practice, the name is not that hard to pronounce to order at a bar, but I’m guessing they will just look back at you with a blank stare.
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San Francisco Cocktail

What is Sloe Gin? I’ve always wondered… What makes it sloe? Is it really a type of gin? Who knows. Turns out the internet has answers. It’s made of sloe berries, that are a relative of the plum. It’s very red and looks like it could place a nice bright stain on your beige carpet!

Next job is to determine what this goes with. Tonight’s cocktail is the San Francisco Cocktail.

  • 2 ounces Sloe Gin
  • 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 ounce Dry Vermouth
  • Dash of Peychard’s Bitters

Shake everything over ice and strain into a chilled Martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Is red, very red. And frothy – an attractive presentation for sure.
  • The mouth feel is syrupy, but it’s not as sweet as you would think, the gin and the dry vermouth help tone it down.
  • Interesting flavor, not too fruity, but lots of interesting flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating – 7/10
  • Strength – 3/10
  • Sweetness – 7/10
  • Unique cocktail, to enjoy the flavor, probably best not to mix with food. Enjoy the subtlety.

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.

Venus

Fresh from the Hornblower kitchen came a plate of raspberries tonight, so I just had to take advantage.  So after 20 minutes of scouring for a recipe that called for them I found the “Venus”.  I prepared myself to enjoy and sweet beverage, fit to join yesterday’s Ballet Russe, but I couldn’t have been more wrong, and not necessarily in a bad way.

  • 2 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 1 once Cointreau
  • 0.25 ounce simple syrup
  • Dash of Peychaud’s bitters
  • 8 fresh raspberries

Place all the liquid ingredients in a shaker over ice plus 6 of the raspberries, shake vigorously, strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the two remaining raspberries.  You have made yourself a Venus.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • This drink is not really sweet at all, with the dryness of the gin keeping the drink well-balanced.
  • Honestly, the drink doesn’t taste that much of raspberry either, with the orange flavor of the Cointreau coming through just as much.
  • A pleasant surprise.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • A fruity drink that’s not sweet.