Day 76: Alaska Forest

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz Eau de vie of Douglas Fir, Clear Creek
  • 1/2 oz green chartreuse

I’m not completely immune from cheesy holiday bullshit, so I decided to make a green drink for St. Patrick’s. This was dry, punchy, and fragrant. I used the Citadelle this time, so I might like to try a different gin next time. I made it specifically for Dane because it used one of the pine liqueurs that we have.


Day 73: Gimlet

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz lime cordial

I went to the store and got Rose’s after wanting a gimlet on Friday, so I could make one today. Even though I used my favorite gin this was not great. I think the Rose’s was at fault…it didn’t taste much of lime, and didn’t seem to sweeten the drink very much either. I may try my hand at making a cordial myself in the future.

Day 72: Improved Gin Cocktail

  • 4 oz genever
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • 2 tsp maraschino liqueur
  • 4 dashes Angostura
  • lemon peel for garnish

I was toying with the idea of adding another feature around here, and while I couldn’t come up with an alliterative title we’ve now got Classic Fridays. This gives me a chance to focus on revivals of classic and prohibition era cocktails.

Tonight I really wanted to make a Gimlet, but found I have no lime cordial in the house. That’s not particularly surprising, since I’ve almost completely moved to fresh juices when possible. Problem is that a gimlet requires cordial. So, instead I found this recipe. The name for this (like the Old Fashioned) strikes me as extremely funny. “Improved” from what? Just gin in a glass?

I was surprised that I liked this. Genever is kind of a strange gin to me, very malty and woody, but the maraschino brightened it up significantly.

Day 71: Green Like a Fox

  • 3/4 oz blanco tequila
  • 3/4 oz pisco
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 green chartreuse
  • 1/2 oz agave syrup
  • 1/4 oz maraschino

Occasionally I like to try making something with a liquor I haven’t used in a while. This time I stuck my head into the cabinet and saw the bottle of Pisco.

This cocktail reminds me a lot of a Last Word, but the Pisco and tequila give it a slightly smoky flavor. Very easy drinking.