Friday, May 25, 2012

Drink Local!

Hey friends!  Let's drink local, with craft spirits from our friends over at St. George Spirits in Alameda.

- St. George Botanivore Gin.  Incredibly aromatic, bursting with an array of 19 different botanicals.  Bright and herbaceous, floral; versatile in a variety of cocktails.
Cocktail suggestion:  Try it in a classic Martini with some Dolin Dry Vermouth and a dash of orange bitters, or in the:
Botanical Eater Fizz 
1.5 oz. St George Botanivore Gin
.5 oz. Yellow Chartreuse
.5 oz. Briotet Creme de Peche
.5 oz. Egg White
Dry shake without ice; add ice; shake well and fine-strain into a footed pilsner glass over new, cubed ice
Top with a splash of Brut sparkling wine
Garnish:  a small sprig of rosemary for aromatics and grapefruit peel (be sure to squeeze the grapefruit peel over the top of the cocktail before dropping it in, so that the oils from the peel coat the surface of the drink)

- St. George Breaking & Entering Bourbon.  To make this bourbon,  the fine folks over at St. George took whiskeys from 80 different barrels (sourced from different whiskey distilleries in Kentucky) ranging in age from 5 to 7 years old, and then brought them back to Alameda.  These whiskeys were then blended at St. George into something much greater than the sum of its parts.  The result?  A bright, spicy bourbon with notes of maple, clove, banana, and vanilla.  Cocktail suggestion:  Try it in a classic Manhattan, or in the:
Strawberry Felony 
1 large strawberry
.5 oz. Honey Syrup, or to taste
Muddle
1 oz. Lemon Juice
.5 oz. Barolo Chinato
1.5 oz. Breaking & Entering Bourbon
Shake well with ice
Fine-Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish:  half slice strawberry attached to rim of glass

- St. George Single Malt Whiskey, Lot 11.  Aged in a combination of French oak, used bourbon, and sherry-port casks.  This is one delicious, totally unique single malt whiskey.  Subtle notes of hazelnut and cocoa on the nose; stone fruit and floral notes on the palate with just a hint of port and sherry.  Truly wonderful when enjoyed neat or with just a couple of ice cubes.  Cocktail suggestion: Try it in the:
Jose McGregor
2 oz. St. George Single Malt, Lot 11
.5 oz. Licor 43
Dash of orange bitters
Dash of maple bitters
Stir well with ice, strain into a chilled coupe glass
Garnish:  flamed orange peel

- Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom Vodka.  Wow!  Orange and honey on the nose.  Flavors reminiscent of tangerine and mixed spices on the palate.  Crisp and clean.  Truly an amazing hand-crafted vodka that's bursting with flavor.  Cocktail suggestion:  Chilled and "up" or try it in the...
Moroccan Evening
.75 oz. Hangar 1 Mandarin
.75 oz. Hangar 1 Straight
.5 oz. Cardamom Simple Syrup
.25 oz. Pomegranate Juice
.75 oz. Lime Juice
Shake well with ice
Fine-strain into chilled coupe glass
Orange twist and orchid for garnish

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