Category Archives: NEW TO ME

Blackberry Lavender Shrub

My home bar is the best bar because of gifts like this from people like my sister-in-law who has always supported and continues to encourage my research and experiments as a bartender.

It must be in the DNA. My wife and her parents are similarly some of my all time best test subjects.

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The Walking Dead Cab Sav 2016

This was actually quite good, and I intend to get another bottle for this Sunday’s episode.

Winemaker’s notes:

Don’t let this wine catch you unaware, The Walking Dead Cabernet Sauvignon opens with notes of blackberry with nutmeg and mocha spices. This full-bodied wine reveals flavors of dark cherries and currants which pool on the palate, giving way to notes of mocha and spice. Fine, chocolaty tannins hold the long smooth finish.

This website, Lot 18 has individual Rick, Darryl & Negan bottles.

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Working With Sweet Annie Herb

This week I’ve been working with Sweet Annie Herb — a strain of wormwood that’s super interesting and aromatic:



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Whiskey For Christmas Day

Merry Christmas to me! Thanks, sister!

 

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Brandy Milk Punch

Woke up this morning with a strong urge to make Brandy Milk Punch.

Got some good photos.

It was a beautiful day here in Western New York and the natural light really made all the difference for these photos:

  
  
  

My recipe on the Bar Notes app:

 

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Olive Oil As A Garnish

I spent part of my Monday night scrolling through April Wachtel’s Instagram account, checking out her food photos and cocktail photography.

I had just earlier in the day listened to an episode of The Speakeasy Podcast where Damon Boelte was interviewing her about mocktails.

Anyway, one of the photos I came across was of a drink with interesting little bubbles floating in it.

So today when I got to work I decided to try floating olive oil in a cocktail:

  
In total, that’s about three drops of olive oil. After I got the drops in the glass, they kept floating closer and closer to one another — and of course, when they touched, they became one big bubble of olive oil.

FURTHER READING

April Wachtel’s not alone in adding olive oil to cocktails. Check these links:

—Four olive oil cocktails from Wine Mag.
—Some “Cocktail Science” from Serious Eats.
—A fat-washing article by Camper English!
—Straight from the horse’s mouth!
—A recipe for a gin sour with olive oil called the Slick Rick.
—One last link from PairMag.

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New To Me: Arak

New To Me
Gantous & Abou Raad Arak

  

Arak is liquor distilled from grapes and flavored with Anis Seeds.

It is the traditional alcoholic beverage in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Israel.

The Arak I tasted last night is from Lebanon and clocked in at 100 proof.

It tasted like a less viscous, more potent sambuca. 

Like Sambuca, Arak is also compared to Ouzo, Pastis & Absinthe.

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