Archive for July 2010

Just Add Water

I'm starting to sound like a teetotaler here, but the New York Times just published an article about how water can actually enhance the flavor of a cocktail (and coffee too). They explain by saying "the more alcoholic a drink is, the more it cloisters its aroma molecules, and the less aroma it releases into the air. Add water and there’s less alcohol to irritate and burn, and more aroma release."


Hmm. I'll have to give this practice.

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The Art of Drinking

Sometimes is good to step back and examine the social culture in which we are so deeply immersed. In the summertime the culture of drinking is magnified. Everyday a new fest or concert. Every week, a different friend in town. I enjoy the excuse to indulge in a Bloody Mary at brunch and then mimosas at a baby shower during the day and then beer at Cubs game in the evening, but at some point it becomes too much of a good thing.


The term "art" refers to skill or mastery and its nature has been described as "one of the most elusive of the traditional problems of human culture". This means, that we must toil and struggle to master art, and not all of us will succeed. In reference to drink, this may just be that we don't know what to order in the bar. It can also mean that we don't know how to enjoy our drink, will drink whatever is handed to us, and then will drink too much.

That's where all the problems occur; when we lose our intention, our focus and ultimately our ability to appreciate the value of alcohol we're in trouble. Hangover, accidents, poor health, fights with friends and lovers. Detriments are endless.

So this post is not to preach... it is a meditation to remind myself not to settle for mediocrity and challenge myself to find the balance between heart and head and ultimately have a better drink.

Cheers.

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Thirsty Birdy

Working on some new summer cocktails to help you span these hot summer nights...stay posted!

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Hey Baby it's the 4th of July


I was trying to come up with some fancy cocktails in patriotic colors to put on this here blog. But, after several minutes of pondering, I decided instead to put up the recipe to one of my very favorite cocktails of all time. A 19th Century New Orleans staple and also rumored to be Frank Sinatra's favorite cocktail...drum roll...

The Ramos Gin Fizz

2oz Beefeater
1/2 oz Lemon juice
1/2 oz Lime juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Cream
1 Egg White
5 drops Orange Flower Water (found in the baking section of most grocery stores)

We are looking for a big frothy head at the end of this process. Build in cocktail shaker and give a good pre-ice shake (also known as a mime shake), this should help incorporate the egg white. Add scoop of ice and shake in cocktail shaker approximately 1-2 minutes, or until ice emulsifies. Strain into Collins glass and top with chilled soda. For added effect, garnish with red and blue berries. P.S. This can be a very labor intensive drink. Make sure to have plenty of extra hands near by for shaking.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Independence Day!

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