Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Birthday, Jerry! Oh...and Calvados with rain?

On this day in either 1829 or 1830, Professor Jerry Thomas was born.  To celebrate, I'm drinking a variation of the Brandy Crusta (a cocktail invented by Joseph Santina, and featured in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 book The Bartender’s Guide).

1.5 oz. Ferrand 1840 Cognac
1 bar spoon of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
.5 oz. Ferrand Dry Orange Curacao
.5 oz. Lemon Juice
1 dash Boker's bitters
Shake well with ice
Fine-strain into a small, chilled coupe glass rimmed with sugar
Lemon peel for garnish

Rain, Autumn, Music and Calvados?  Yes please!

Man, I LOVE it when it rains.  We got a little bit of rain last night, and I realized I'm beyond ready for some real Autumn weather!  I was listening to La Mer by Claude Debussy last night while the rain was gently coming down. Drinking this little spirit-driven tipple seemed apropos:

La Mer
1.5 oz. Chateua du Breuil VSOP Calvados
.5 oz. Benedictine
.5 oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth 
1 dash Baked Apple Bitters
Stir well with ice
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass coated with oil from a lemon peel (discard the peel)
No garnish needed 


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