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Hard Cider Cocktails

Last night I made two cocktails with DeMunck’s Hard Cider.

The first was a recipe I found online here through Liquor.com’s DrinkWire.

The article was a list of cider cocktails to make this fall, curated by Chilled Magazine. This first drink is their recipe and also their picture:

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Orchard Flowers
Ingredients:
•1/2 oz. Dry Gin (I used Boodles)
•1/2 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
•Splash Lime Juice
•3 oz. Dry Cider (I used DeMunck’s)

Preparation
Shake gin, elderflower liqueur and lime juice over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with cider. Garnish with a lime wedge.

The drink was good. Sort of like a French 75 in a way, swapping lemon for lime and using hard cider in place of champagne (plus the addition of elderflower liqueur). With that drink in mind, I came up with this next drink using whiskey, dark rum, bitters and ginger liqueur:

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Haunted Hayride
Ingredients:
•3/4 oz whiskey
•3/4 oz dark rum
•1/2 oz ginger liqueur
• Dash Angostura Bitters
•Splash lime juice
•3 oz. Dry Hard Cider (I used DeMunck’s)

Preparation
Shake whiskey (I used Knob Creek bourbon), dark rum (I used Meyers), ginger liqueur (Domaine de Canton) and lime juice over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with cider and add a dash of Angostura bitters. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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Yes, But What About The Rum?

It’s Jamaica Independence Day today, marking Jamaica’s independence from the United Kingdom.

A little history: On August 6, 1962, the Colony of Jamaica became an independent country, the Union Jack was ceremoniously lowered and replaced by the Jamaican flag throughout the country.

Celebrate with a Jamaica Swizzle!

I took the follow recipe from a 1947/1950 cocktail book published by Angostura:
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Jamaica Swizzle

Ingredients
•6 dashes Angostura Bitters
•1.5 oz Jamaica rum
•Juice of 1 fresh lime
•1 teaspoonful fine granulated sugar

Preparation
Pour ingredients into a glass pitcher, add plenty of shaved ice, churn with a swizzle stick until pitcher frosts. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

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Seelbach On Esquire Network

Another new episode of “Best Bars in America” will air tonight on the Esquire Network.

I’ve written about the show before. In short though, the show follows two comedians (Jay Larson and Sean Patton) as they go from city to city checking out the list of “Best Bars In America” as published by Esquire Magazine.

This was my reaction last week when a Boston bartender served the guys a Seelbach Cocktail:
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Saaaaaayyyyy whhaaaaaaaattt!? Seelbach!?

One of the things I’m starting to love about this show is that every episode there tends to be some cocktail which was recently on my mind.

I first tasted Peychaud’s Bitters last August when a package I ordered from Buffalo Trace arrived. I immediately began making Sazeracs for myself at the bar, but in recent months I stumbled upon the Seelbach Cocktail and the Vieux Carre.

Now, I love the area in which I live. In fact, part of this blog’s focus is to celebrate Western New York. That being said, the only way I ever get to taste any “Classic Cocktails” is by making them for myself.

In the last year or two I’ve really been educating myself on old drinks and the new methods which have sprung up around the classic cocktails revival. So, of course, my research is going to overlap with what people are doing in bigger cities.

It’s no surprise then that a show like “Best Bars” would feature a “Jungle Bird” or a “Seelbach.” Still, I’m just happy to see it. As I said, I’ve only ever gotten to taste these cocktails when I’ve made them for myself, so it’s educational to watch as another bartender constructs them and talks about them.

Here’s the Imbibe recipe:

Seelbach Cocktail
•1 oz. bourbon
•1/2 oz. Cointreau
•7 dashes Angostura bitters
•7 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
•Champagne

Stir ingredients briefly over ice, strain into a chilled champagne flute, top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

Here’s the cocktail as they served it at Drink in Boston last episode:
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Oh, and I can’t believe I haven’t yet mentioned: 14 dashes of bitters.

New episode tonight on the Esquire Network. I’m not sure of the city, so if you know… Leave me a comment.

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