2 basil hydens
1 allspice liqueur
4 drops cranberry bitter
Serve in a whale's anus.
I am enjoying my cocktail. A lot. I think I am going to call it the Vernal Equinox. The pic is an old one; I've been working on this cocktail for a while. Tonight it is Petruchi Spanish Vermouth in place of Dolin and Cocchi, and really, using Calvados instead of Laird's Bottled in Bond is a BIG difference:
1.5 oz. Busnell Vieille Réserve
1.25 oz Petrucchi Sweet Vermouth
0.25 oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
one barspoon 1:1 simple
I think the Pegu Club is a great, great cocktail. I'm glad that you enjoy it.
I read Morgenthaler's post about the Blood and Sand, too. I am totally perplexed, so I look forward to when you return home and to Le Lion so that we can gain a better understanding. I also don't have any particular rancor about Morgenthaler's Amaretto Sour; his alteration doesn't alter the fundamental nature of the drink. I think mine is better, but that's just preference. I note in his video that he thought it would be great with George T. Stagg (and its astonishingly high proof), so I will try that sometime since I have a bottle of Stagg and it will only take a little bit.
None of the major brands are better than Canada Dry; if you see a small brand, try it. I think that's the best we can do unless you have a list of what your grocery stores carry. Some stores have a few more cocktailian ingredients wherever they have the sour mix. That's how I first discovered Fever Tree.
Excellent. That's nice; my life is such that most of my friends are far from where I live, so I can't share my bar with them; my local friends aren't into spirits (except my boss, and that's a whole different ballgame), so I don't really get to share my bar with anyone but my father and gf. It's a little sad for me.
my modest home bar. very bourbon-centric with a few excellent bottles (i'm a bourbon snob)
4 roses limited edition small batch 2012 (won pretty much every american whiskey award last year)
4 roses limited edition small batch 2011
W.L. Weller 12 year (this and the Elijah Craig 12 are arguable the best budget bourbon/everyday pours you can buy)
Elijah Craig 12 year
knob creek single barrel
not pictured- 2 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle 15 year
tito's (anything better is really just wasted on me)
bacardi light (same as tito's, anything better is wasted on me)
I love a French 75, however I prefer the "Brooklyn Beauty" http://crepesofwrath.net/2012/02/01/the-brooklyn-beauty/
At the moment I am drinking my take on the Vesper Martini.
2 oz Stoli Blue Label (100 proof).
3 oz Hendricks Gin
1/4th oz Lillet Blanc
A pinch of quinine powder
All of that with a large lemon peel and served ice cold.
angel's envy is interesting, in a good way. it's a mellow bourbon and very sip-able. you get the port flavor right away in the nose and in the palate. it really brings out the vanilla, maple and dried fruits.
the limited edition small batch four roses are great if you can find them. they're recently becoming ghost bottles in the same way as the van winkle line and the buffalo trace antique line. i picked up 2 bottles of the 2012 since it was so good. the limited edition single barrels are great and i love the fact that four roses has different mash bills and yeast recipes that you can (hopefully) find.
i think that's what makes AE interesting. it's not a traditional bourbon, it's bourbon for non bourbon drinkers. my girlfriend called it a "girl's" bourbon which i think could be a very true statement. it's light and fruity, and while not bold or rye heavy, it tastes interesting and is very approachable, but i don't think it lacks a depth of flavor at all, it works a different part of your palate as far the usual bourbons go. it's too bad the cask strength version wasn't widely released. i think the increased ABV would carry the flavors much better, but i think it's still a very good bourbon.