Bitters

Fir Coat: Cocktails with Pine Trees

I finally got my hands on a Douglas Fir Eau-de-vie from Oregon's Clear Creek Distillery. I've been lusting after this since Adam Bernbach over at Proof managed to craft a cocktail for me that followed my directions (so botanical it tastes like a pine tree) but still tasted good. Now I have to start re-creating that concoction.

Resin the Bar
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Orange Spritzer

1 fresh orange slice
1/2 honey syrup (mix equal parts honey and hot water)
2 dashes orange bitters
1 oz lillet
4 oz dry prosecco, chilled

In a shaker, muddle the orange slice, bitters, and honey syrup. Add Lillet and stir. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled champaign flute and slowly add the prosecco. Garnish with orange twist.

From Tiny Bubbles via http://www.expressnightout.com/printedition/reader.php?date=2010...

Orange Spritz
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The Big Apple

2 parts apple cider
1 parts brandy
1 part bourbon
½ part sweet vermouth
½ part lemon juice
dash of bitters

Basically a Manhattan with apple cider standing in for some of the sweetness. Garnish as usual with a cherry and/or an apple slice.

Big Apple
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Mint Julep Manhattan

A juleped Manhattan or Old Fashioned

4 parts Mint Julep Makers Mark (or 3 parts bourbon mized with 1 part simple syrup muddled with mint)
2 parts Cognac
1 part sweet vermouth
1 part dry vermouth
Dash Peychaud's bitters

Garnish with a cherry and a sprig of mint.

Mint Julep Manhattan
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Pink Gin

2 ounces gin
3 dashes of bitters
Garnish with a twist of lemon peel

Stir the gin and bitters (traditionally Angostura, but Peychaud's also works) in a cocktail glass, and garnish with lemon peel. This is generally served without ice, but you may want to chill the gin in the freezer. The British occasionally add water or a splash of soda.

Recipe stolen from http://www.chow.com/recipes/10285 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Gin

Pink ish Gin
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Manhattan

Custom version:
2 oz rye bourbon
1 oz cognac
1 oz vermouth, split between sweet and dry
dash of aromatic bitters
1 maraschino cherry

Instructions

Pour bitters, liquors over ice in mixing glass. Stir and strain into martini glass, garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Dive deep: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/21/WI1O...

Joy of Drinking focuses on a simple bourbon or rye manhattan, and adds in peychaud's bitters to the mix, with a
1.5 oz rye, .25oz each sweet and dry vermouth, 2 dashes angostura, 1 dash peychauds.

Manhattan
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Old Fashioned

  • 1.5 oz Rye whiskey
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 splash soda water

Place sugar cube in old fashioned (low tumbler) glass and saturate with bitter, add a dash of soda water. Muddle until dissolved. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey. Garnish with orange slice, lemon twist and two maraschino cherries.

Room 11 has a variation:

Old Fashioned
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