Archive for the ‘Vermouth’ Category

1.5 oz Rye
1 oz Mezcal
1 oz Sweet Potato Rosemary Shrub
0.5 oz Honey Syrup
0.5 oz Sweet Vermouth

Shake all ingredients well with ice, pout over crushed ice, garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

NOTES: One of my favorites from earlier in experimenting, it’s smokey and a little sweet, and surprisingly smooth for how much stiff, strong-flavored liquor is in it.


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1.5 oz Scotch
0.5 oz St Germain
0.5 oz Luxardo maraschino liquor
0.5 oz lemon juice
0.25 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes plum bitters
Absinthe wash

Wash a rocks glass with a few drops of absinthe. Combine all ingredients in a shaker and stir. Pour into absinthe-washed glass. Serve garnished with cherries.

NOTES: First, don’t mind the shit picture. I forgot to take one until I’d already started drinking it. Otherwise, not bad, but not great. Potential is there, and scotch is well balanced, but too sweet and syrupy. Maybe eliminate vermouth completely and reduce Luxardo to 0.25oz. Absinthe was also interesting, but unnecessary. Would also increase scotch to full 2oz next time. Consensus was strip it down a bit, and flavor will improve.

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1.5 oz Rye
1 oz Mezcal
1 oz Sweet potato & rosemary shrub (recipe below)
0.5 oz Honey syrup (recipe below)
0.25 oz sweet vermouth

Shake ingredients and pour over crushed ice.

NOTES: surprisingly tasty. Not overly sweet, smoky, and packs a pretty solid alcoholic punch. Would benefit from garnishing with rosemary for the scent, had I not used it all in the syrup.

Sweet Potato & Rosemary Shrub
1 small sweet potato
8 oz apple cider vinegar
6 oz light brown sugar
1 sprig rosemary

Peel and slice sweet potato into smallish chunks. Place in container and submerge in vinegar. Allow to sit [sealed] for 4 days, shaking daily. Strain 8 oz vinegar, and combine in saucepan with brown sugar and rosemary. Once boiling, simmer for 10 minutes, strain well and bottle. Good for a month if refrigerated.

Honey Syrup
8oz honey
8oz water

Boil together until thoroughly mixed, and bottle. Good for at least a month if refrigerated.

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2.5 oz Rye
0.5 oz Sweet vermouth
0.5 oz Dry vermouth
0.5 oz Strawberry basil syrup (here)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Club soda
1 strawberry

slice strawberry and muddle in glass with bitters. Combine rye, vermouth and syrup in shaker. Pour over crushed ice. Top off with seltzer (not much. roughly 1 oz). Garnish with basil, preferably less sad looking than mine.

NOTES: Pretty tasty. Maybe muddle orange slice with strawberry next time.

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2 oz Bourbon
0.5 oz Pineapple basil shrub (recipe below)
0.25 oz maple syrup
0.25 oz dry vermouth

Shake ingredients with ice, pour over crushed ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with pineapple left over from making the shrub.

Pineapple Basil Shrub
1 small pineapple
1/2 bottle apple cider vinegar
5 oz sugar
10 leaves basil

Cut pineapple into chunks and place into container. Fill with vinegar until pineapple is submerged. Allow to sit in sealed container for 4 days, shaking once a day. After 4 days, strain solids from vinegar. Combine 6 oz pineapple vinegar with 5 oz sugar and 10 leaves of basil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Strain again and cool before serving or bottling.

NOTES: Wish I had used rosemary instead of basil as recipe called for, but I didn’t have any. Not bad, but rosemary would have been better. Next time, try honey syrup instead of maple syrup, perhaps try sweet vermouth. Overall, not bad. More refreshing than expected.

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