Friday, June 17, 2011

Exhibit #34.1 - Drinks for Dads II

The Automobile $6
Gin, lemon juice, ginger ale, and mint, on the rocks. Of late 19th century derivation, when the horseless carriage was still a novelty.

Double Standard Sour $7
Rye whiskey (Old Overholt), Old Tom gin, lime juice, raspberry syrup, up. The name and the ingredients of the drink refer to the old debate about backing US currency with either silver (gin) or gold (whiskey).

Free Silver Fizz $7
Old Tom gin, a little funky Jamaican rum, club soda, milk, a little lemon juice and simple syrup, up. Another late 19th century drink that references monetary policy debates of the time.

The Jupiter $7
Father of the Gods. Gin and dry vermouth with a little OJ and Parfait Amour (a purple, sweet French liqueur with notes of orange, almond and marshmallow). Essentially a wet martini with some unique high notes, rarely offered because of that obscure but necessary final ingredient.

And a couple drinks for me, cuz I’m a Dad, too:

Gin Tonic Cocktail $7
A 21st century cocktail by Sean Muldoon from Belfast, recently brought to my attention by my Monday night partner Kimber and easily among the best drinks I’ve had so far this year: equal parts dry gin, Lillet Blanc and lime juice, with some simple syrup, fresh cilantro and Peychaud’s bitters, up.

La Florida Cocktail $8
Light Cuban-style rum, lime juice, red vermouth, orange curacao, creme de cacao, and grenadine, up. The creation of master barman Constantine Ribailagua of Bar La Florida in Cuba, where he worked the mahogany for a good 40 years until his death in 1952. Tart and tightly woven, this is an excellent example of a drink that is greater than the sum of its parts and one of the most pleasant surprises of the year so far.

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