The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book | The Peacock

The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book | The Peacock

The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, one of the most important collection of pre-Prohibition cocktail recipes, has finally been given a makeover. Frank Caiafa, manager at the Peacock Alley, the lobby bar at New York’s renowned Waldorf Astoria, has dusted off A.S. Crockett’s bar books, and augmented them with his own recipes, as well as many other classic drinks omitted in the 1930’s manuals. The results are nothing short of amazing: Caiafa managed to condense years of research…

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Amor y Amargo – The Bar, The Cocktail and Sother Teague

Amor y Amargo – The Bar, The Cocktail and Sother Teague

 On my most recent visit to the cocktail Mecca called New York City I had a couple free nights to gallivant through town and sip my way to enlightenment. Drinking and eating in NYC is a blessing and a curse. A visitor only has so much time. Battle lines must be drawn, strategy chosen and routes locked in. The East Village cocktail scene is like something out of lore. You can’t swing a bat without…

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A Winter Negroni, warm and smooth for the cold months

A Winter Negroni, warm and smooth for the cold months

 1 Part Averna Amaro 1 Part Remy Martin VSOP 1 Part Carpano Antica Formula  Stir all ingredients with lots of ice, allowing proper dilution. Garnish with a blood orange slice.  Tasting Notes:  Nose: Floral and herbal with notes of fennel, orange, cloves and winter spices. Palate: Smooth full mouthfeel, with an oily texture. The finish is long with herbs and citrus notes. Perfect as an digestif.   My inspiration was the blood orange itself. After scanning…

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Flip D’hiver, the winter flip and the history behind it.

Flip D’hiver, the winter flip and the history behind it.

45ml House Chinese 5 Spice Appleton VX 15ml Amaro Averna 1 Whole Egg 10ml Pear Nectar 10ml Maple Syrup Dust of nutmeg Add ingredients to shaker tin, shake hard and strain into beautiful coupe.   Meaning ‘winter flip’ in French. This drink is a culmination of a drink concept I make every winter….  I think I got it right!  Always changing slightly, and improving upon the classic Flip recipe. Velvety texture of egg and the…

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A cocktail for the Polar Vortex, Faith and Music

A cocktail for the Polar Vortex, Faith and Music

Faith And Music “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”  – Edward George Bulwer-Lytton 3 parts Remy Martin VSOP 1 part Braulio Bormio Alpino Amaro 1 part Cointreau Orange Curacao 1 brandied cherry Combine ingredients in stirring vessel. Add ice, stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a brandied cherry. Stuck at home and need a drink of simple construction? Check. A beverage that has the complex…

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Braulio Bormio Amaro, for the morning after

Braulio Bormio Amaro, for the morning after

La Mattina Dopo 2 parts Braulio Bormio Amaro Alpino 3 parts Fresh brewed Coffee or Americano Brew your ideal roast. Combine with Amaro and serve. Delicious, and as all bon vivant know, sometimes necessary after a night of dedicated imbibing. For this post, I used the excellent Costa Rica Leonardo Rojas from Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters. What is Braulio Bormio? It’s an Amaro from Bormio, a gorgeous ski resort town in the Italian Alps. The Braulio Distillery, pronounced…

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Ungava Montauk, A Canadian spin on the classic cocktail

Ungava Montauk, A Canadian spin on the classic cocktail

   Ungava Montauk Ingredients:  1.25oz Ungava Canadian Gin  .5oz Vya Dry Vermouth  .5oz Cynar Amaro  1 coupe, washed with Herbsaint 1 grapefruit peel Method:  Combine Ungava, Vya and Cynar in a stirring vessel. Stir until well chilled and strain into chilled coupe that has been burnt with Herbsaint. Express grapefruit oil over top of drink and garnish with the peel. A classic Montauk cocktail is made with Gin, Sweet and Dry Vermouth and garnished with a citrus peel. The…

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“Bakers Blood”

“Bakers Blood”

1 part Bakers Bourbon – or something similar that is high proof, cutting the sweetness of the other ingredients and giving the drink further character. 1 part Luxardo Limoncello 1 part Luxardo Amaro Abano – The Abano is not available in all markets. Averna Amaro makes the ideal stand-in. 1.5 parts Sicilian Blood Orange Juice fresh pressed. Volcano Organic brand, is a great substitute for fresh blood orange juice, if none is unavailable. Method: Combine…

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“North York”

“North York”

Variation on the Classic “Toronto” Cocktail 2 parts Bakers 107 proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon 1/8 part Giffard Elderflower syrup 1/8 part Amaro Sabillo 1/8 part Bittered Sling Orange & Juniper Extract 8 heavy dashes Angostura Aromatic bitters Method: In a stirring vessel, combine all ingredients. Add ice. Stir until well chilled and strain over a large ice globe/cube in a rocks glass. Garnish : Oil top with lemon peel, and drop it in.

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“Bitumen Bubble”

A hurtin’ Albertan Cable Car 4 parts Champagne 3 parts Gosling Black Seal Rum 1 part Cointreau 1 part fresh Lemon Juice 1/2 part Fernet Branca Dash of Angostura Aromatic bitters Method: Combine all ingredients, except bubbly, into shaker, add ice, shake hard and double strain into large flute glass. Top with Champagne, stir and serve. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

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