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My Thai

My Thai

2 parts gin
1 part lime eau-de-vie
juice of 1 lemon
ginger simple syrup

Shake with ice, pour over an ice cube made from watermelon juice. Serve with a twist of lemon.

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Gin Rickey

Gin Rickey

DC's signature drink, the Rickey, is "an airconditioner in a glass" as Columbia Room's Derek Brown puts it, and fiendishly simple. While the original uses bourbon, I prefer the gin version.

In a highball with ice, add in:
The juice of a key lime (and both shells, or the juice of 1/2 of a normal lime and a dash of simple syrup or an orange syrup)
2-3 oz of gin - and, for DC's own drink, use Green Hat, DC's own gin.
fill the glass with sparkling mineral water (pellegrino works well)

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The Leland

Gin with Campari and St. Germain

Stir together with ice equal parts of campari, gin, and St. Germain in a tumbler.

Top with soda and serve with a lemon twist

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Unusual Negroni

Unusual Negroni

Equal parts:

  • Gin (a fruit forward, botanical gin like Catoctin Creek is great for this)
  • Aperol
  • Lillet blanc

Shake or stir with ice, serve in a lowball glass with ice, garnish with an orange peel.

From http://projects.washingtonpost.com/recipes/2007/10/03/unusual-negroni/

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Glazed Pear

From http://backyardbartender.blogspot.com/2011/06/mxmo-lviii-carmen-..., yet another way to use Poire William, this time with balsamic syrup:

1 oz Poire William eau-de-vie
1 oz cachaça (I might sub in a darker rum here?)
1/2 oz balsamic syrup (Make it from scratch with her recipe here: http://backyardbartender.blogspot.com/2010/10/el-sangre-de-fresa..., or buy it at a gourmet grocery store)
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
dash of orange bitters
club soda

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Strawberry Salad

Via http://backyardbartender.blogspot.com/2010/10/el-sangre-de-fresa..., a recipe from Jeff Hollinger and Rob Schwartz, of the Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in San Francisco.

2 strawberries, hulled and quartered
4 to 5 basil leaves (thank you, backyard herb garden)
1/2 oz balsamic syrup (Recipe at link above, available in many gourmet grocery stores)
1 1/2 oz cachaça
1/4 oz Cointreau
1/4 oz fresh lime juice

Soda water

Muddle the strawberries, basil and balsamic syrup, add ice, then the liquors and lime juice, shake, strain into a highball, and top with soda

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Mexican Martini

Mexican Martini

Back in Austin, Trudy's has an epic drink called the Mexican Martini. Epic enough such that there's a relatively strict 2/person limit. Luckily, there are multiple Trudy's in town...

The recipe is somewhat contentious. Many have tons of orange juice and even sprite in the recipe, but I remember hearing from a trusted source that there was definitely a bit of rum in the mix. You're aiming for a strong and slightly briney margarita, shaken and served up.

Juice of 2 limes
3 oz tequila (or split with mezcal)
1 oz cointreau
1 oz rum
1 oz orange juice
dash of olive brine

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Negroni

Negroni

Equal parts:

  • gin
  • Campari
  • sweet vermouth

Mix with ice in a lowball.

If you have genever, this is one of the few cocktails where you can sub it in directly for gin, though TheGinisIN recommends "In fact, if you up the Genever and Vermouth in the 1:1:1 ratio to a 2:2:1 you come up with a cocktail that is the sophisticated brother of the Manhattan. The Campari brings a lot of the qualities that the bitters in a Manhattan bring to the table."

Variations:

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Fir Coat: Cocktails with Pine Trees

Resin the Bar

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.

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Rickey

Bourbon Rickey

DC's signature drink, the Rickey, is "an airconditioner in a glass" as Columbia Room's Derek Brown puts it, and fiendishly simple.

In a highball with ice, add in:
The juice of a key lime (and both shells, or the juice of 1/2 of a normal lime and a dash of simple syrup or an orange syrup)
2-3 oz of rye or bourbon
fill the glass with sparkling mineral water (pellegrino works well)

Enjoy.

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