Trying to avoid the news this morning because it made me too angry yesterday. I can't hear that ridiculous voice without flying into a rage. I scared my neighbor yelling my disapproval of government spying, imprisoning and torturing.
The animals are used to Mama's "speeches". Toastmasters for the crazy. Loud enough that the old dog could hear me and scuttle out of the room.
This morning's article (and photos) in the San Francisco Chronic about east versus west cocktails are just what the doctor ordered. Here's the part I especially liked:
If gas prices keep soaring we might be headed right back to the 19th century when it comes to supplies, but for the time being bars here and in New York have access to just about any ingredients they want to play with, so it's interesting to look at what kind of drinks they choose to make. I asked a handful of bartenders on both coasts if they'd like to share an original cocktail recipe they believed represented their home city. (...)
Makes 1 drink
The formula here is adapted from a recipe by Jonny Raglin, head bartender, Absinthe, San Francisco. It shows its creator's abilities to knit together some very complex ingredients and bring them together harmoniously, without leaning on citrus or fresh fruit.
- 1 1/2 ounces Herradura añejo Tequila
- 3/4 ounce B&B liqueur
- 1/4 ounce Lillet Blanc
- 4 dashes Peychaud's bitters
- 1 lemon twist, for garnish
Instructions: Combine the Tequila, B&B, Lillet Blanc and bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the garnish.
The Final Ward
Makes 1 drink
Adapted from a recipe by Phil Ward, head bartender, Death & Co., New York. The classic Last Word is made with gin, maraschino, Chartreuse and lime juice. Here the whiskey replaces the gin, and Ward changed the citrus from lime to lemon.
- 3/4 ounce Rittenhouse rye whiskey
- 3/4 ounce Luxardo maraschino liqueur
- 3/4 ounce green Chartreuse
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
Instructions: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.