Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 Year in Review II

52 weeks. 196 different drinks presented for the first time, many of them featuring obscure ingredients or requiring elaborate preparation or special tools. Tonight we continue our presentation of the drinks that were the most well-received and requested this past year. I’ve excluded those that have wound up on our cocktail or specials menus, and hot drinks that are currently available otherwise.

Derby Cocktail $6.50
An aristocrat: Old Tom gin, mint, peach bitters, up. Sublime.

Harvard Cooler $8
A generous helping of Calvados (aged French apple brandy), lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda, on the rocks. Evidently this drink is currently quite popular in Japanese cocktail lounges. I could not find out much history on the drink, but since it was served at the old Waldorf bar I think we can safely assume that it was a favorite among students and alumni of the institution for which it was named.

The Millionaire $9
There are several Millionaires, this is often referred to as #4 and is the most enchanting of the bunch. Old school Jamaican rum (Smith & Cross), sloe gin (the real stuff !!), apricot liqueur, and a good amount of lime juice. Fabulous, baby, and a portion bigger than your glass.

Star Cocktail $6.50
Essentially an old-school Manhattan (1:1) and of similar vintage (late 19thC), but made with applejack instead of whiskey: applejack, Dolin red vermouth, Angostura bitters, up.

Yellow Mist $7
Dry gin, apricot liqueur, orgeat, and lemon juice, up.

Zombie Punch (1934) $15
Each drink serves two to four people and contains the equivalent of approximately three servings of alcohol in total. Don Beach’s original, authentic recipe in all its complex, boozy glory. Unfortunately it cannot be reduced - Mt. Everest cannot be made into a gentle, rolling hill! Your best bet is to split the drink with a friend or three. Three kinds of rum (gold, dark, overproof demerara), Falernum, lime and grapefruit juices, pomegranate and cinnamon syrups, Angostura bitters, trace amount of Pernod, crushed ice & mint.

Breakfast Nogg $7
1 part homemade Egg Nogg to 2 parts Founder’s Breakfast Stout. Not historical.. a bit of my own nonsense that people seem to like.

Mr. Hunt’s Bourbon Nogg $6
Bourbon, eggs, sugar, milk, cream, nutmeg, and a little cognac and rum. Potent. This is a newer batch mixed up a couple weeks ago in anticipation of the recently published story in the Post Dispatch.

next week: C.F.H. Cocktail, Lion’s Tail, Mai Tai, Missionary’s Downfall, Sloe Gin Fizz, Wintersmoon.

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