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Customer Appreciation Post — The Scarlet Witch

Another pic from New Year’s Day:

  
Pictured above is my Scarlet Witch cocktail.

This drink has been going over really well.

I’ve sold it to a few different people who were debating between wine or a Cosmo or Vodka/Cran.

It’s a nice little twist on those flavors — with Ramazzotti, Chambord & Cabernet lending extra dimensions to the taste:

  

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We Call It… The Banana Gun!

This drink was a surprise stroke of genius that came as a result of a little back-and-forth with a customer.

Most times, as a bartender, I’ve got a couple different drinks on my mind in case anyone wants something but doesn’t know what they want. When someone wants me to pick for them and surprise them with something, I’ll still work with ’em to either direct ’em to a classic or one of the slate of drinks I’m holding onto in my brain — I’ll ask a couple of questions and try to read ’em and make sure they get a drink they’re going to like.

Then there are those moments when a little back-and-forth banter leads to a collaboration you would’ve never thought of on your own — which happened to me Tuesday night. 

I’d served a friend a Manhattan after his dinner and then we were discussing where to go next. The idea of rum was raised and the possibility of a banana daiquiri was discussed, but then I brought up the Revolver.

The Revolver is a bourbon drink with coffee liqueur and orange bitters. It’s a simple three-ingredient cocktail, but it’s surprisingly easy for essentially being all booze.

And as I explained all this, my friend nodded in agreement and then said something like: “Yes, but banana.”

So, into the drink went banana rum — which definitely made a sort of sense. I mean, the coffee liqueur we were using in the drink was Kahlua, which is a rum-based coffee liqueur that tastes like vanilla.

And so it was settled and we made the following, a Revolver with all the typical ingredients of the traditional drink plus banana rum — making it a Banana Gun:

  

Banana Gun
•2 oz Woodford Reserve
•.75 oz Kahlua
•.75 oz banana rum
•2 dashes orange bitters

Thirsty For More?
— Read here about the Revolver.
— Liquor.com’s page about the cocktail.

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Customer Appreciation Post — The Blinker Cocktail

Here’s a photo of a cocktail I made for LochNessie last night:

 A classic Blinker cocktail:

This drink is one I have saved in my Highball app.

Highball is a really great app for saving cocktail recipes. It’s easy to use, it’s pretty minimalist and it allows you to save and share your recipe cards.

Here’s my recipe card for The Blinker:

 

When I made the Blinker last night, I didn’t stick exactly to the recipe.

I didn’t use grenadine for the drink, as the only grenadine on hand was the typical pre-packaged grenadine full of sugar and preservatives and whatnot.

Instead, I used a grenadine-style simple syrup comprised of Pom Pomegranate juice and my restaurant’s housemade simple syrup.

It’s not a full-blown grenadine, as it’s missing a few ingredients and flavor components, but it’s a start — and it’s a nice flavored simple syrup to have on hand.

Here’s a link with more info about Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s method.

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Portland, Oregon & Sloe Gin Fizz

Today is Loretta Lynn’s birthday — April 14.

If we stocked Sloe Gin at the bar where I work, I would’ve had a Sloe Gin Fizz in her honor.

What’s the relationship between Sloe Gin Fizz and Portland, Oregon? I have no idea, other than the fact that the drink is named in the song “Portland, Oregon” by Loretta Lynn — on the album she recorded with Jack White.

  

About This Drink

I can’t rightly call the Sloe Gin Fizz a proper Highball because of the citrus, but it’s served in a Highball glass — or Collins glass. Though, now that I think about it, the drink is basically just a simple twist on the  traditional Tom Collins.

Liquor.com calls it “an old-timey recipe” and a “delicious fruity classic.” Here’s their recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Plymouth Sloe Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • .75 oz simple syrup
  • Club soda

Preparation:

Shake all ingredients except the soda over ice and strain into a Highball or Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with the club soda and garnish with a lemon wedge and a cherry.

You can find the Liquor.com recipe online here.

Sloe Gin:

Sloe gin is made from infusing liquor with sloe berries, which are a relative of plums. Because of the sugar added to extract the flavor from the berries, sloe gin is less an actual gin and more a gin liqueur. Additionally, I read online that some of the mass-marketed brands use neutral grain spirit as a base rather than proper gin — which is why Liquor.com specifies using Plymouth.

Thirsty for more?

— Read a more detailed write-up about sloe gin.

Van Lear Rose:

I had figured I would end this post by creating a Van Lear Rose cocktail, but it seems like there’s already a recipe out there, using Lillet Rose, Plymouth gin, rose water and more.

I remember really liking this song when it came out. I even own this album. Did this collaboration pre-date Jack White’s band The Raconteurs? I can’t remember. I’m getting old. This has to have been like a decade ago.

Watch the video for “Portland, Oregon” by clicking here

I guess it’s time to dig a bunch of those albums out and load ’em onto my iPod. But first a quick little lyrical snippet:

Well sloe gin fizz works might fast
When you drink it by the pitcher and not by the glass
Hey bartender before you close
Pour us one more drink and a pitcher to go

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