Were you at the Belle of Dayton cocktail tasting at the Dayton Celtic Festival? Here are the recipes so you can enjoy them at home!
Who ever heard of a Snozzberry? With that lamentation, we all knew that Verruca Salt was not going to have a good time in Willy Wonka's factory. That was asked by a friend of mine one day in jest, and I held on to the idea for this part of the #100DaysOfCocktails. I pictured them as a little sweet with just a hint of sparkle to them. And that I what I made.
Day 62 of #100DaysOfCocktails, but Day 1 of using my own concepts. The first thirty days I explored the classics. The second thirty days (plus one) I explored the modern cocktail scene. After learning all I could about the past and present, it was time for me to apply it. District 4 was created for a friend, based on what he told me he enjoyed.
There was a bit of a counting error, so the exploration of modern cocktails received an extra day. Who else to dedicate that to other than "King Cocktail" Dale DeGroff. He was one of the pioneers in the late 1980's and early 1990's that brought fresh ingredients and classic techniques back to a thoroughly artificial bar scene. If you are interested in craft cocktails or are working in the industry, it is probably because of this man.
It is fall, and as the weather gets colder and colder, flavors in cocktail get richer and deeper. Gone are the lemonades and muddles berries and touches of mint from the summer months. We are now in cinnamon and allspice and vanilla...and smoke. Smokey cocktails come out of the woodwork in the fall. Most reach for scotch when trying to add smoke; Elena Lepkowski of Serious Eats reaches for the mezcal for a Sierra Madre Sunrise.
Dick Bradsell was approached by a young lady in his London bar with one request: give her something that will "wake me up and [expletive] me up." This cocktail is the one he created in his London bar for that purpose. While I may disagree with this being a Martini, I understand why it was named as such. Considering the flavor profile, I can give it a pass.
Toosie Rolls have been part of the military since their inception, but there was one battle that this candy was a little more than a treat for tired soldiers. This cocktail by Aisha Sharpe blends rye whiskey, chocolate bitters, and sweet Pedro Ximenez sherry to replicate this sweet treat. It works quite nicely.