50th Post!! 7 Cocktails I Want to Try

7 Cocktails I Want to Try
In the following list you will see cocktails inside an ice egg, cocktails with foam, carbonated cocktails, cocktails that use unique syrups and even one with smoked ice. I’ve never had any of them but I hope I get the chance to try them all.

7. Vessel 75


This drink is a creation from one of my favorite bartenders, Jamie Boudreau, whose blog and now video series I continue to look to for innovation and inspiration. It was a tough choice in deciding between this and the Mexican Cloud. In the end they both managed to make it onto the list. This is a beautiful take on an old fashioned with the foam adding a wonderful demention to the drink without seeming overwhelming.

6. Eve’s Answer
This cocktail is the creation of Charles Joly of the Drawing Room in Chicago. It is a complex blend of reposed tequila, raisin syrup, cider, cinnamon and a rinse of mezcal. The raisin syrup really drew me in. This is something that I would never have thought of but I feel that the flavors would work well together. It sounds like the perfect drink to usher in the cooler days of fall.

5. Otro Clavo
This is a mix of gin, Aperol, St. Germain, pineapple juice, and almond tincture that is carbonated and bottled. It looks tropical and refreshing with just enough fizz to keep it dancing on your tongue. This cocktail can be found at Botanica in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

4. Don Draper
The Don Draper was created by Adam Brewer for the 2011 Australian World Class Bartender of the Year competition. It is a mix of Ron Zacapa Centernario 23 year, Coffee Infused Sweet Vermouth, Apricot Brandy, and Sun Dried Pineapple Syrup. They are flavors that I would not have put together and while I made pineapple syrups many times I’ve never came across a sun dried pineapple syrup.

3. Smoke Signals
Scotch and Mezcal are often used to add smoke to cocktails. Then there are the new wave of smoked cocktails in which the entire cocktail is added to a smoke filled container before being poured into the glass the cocktail is served in. However this cocktail goes in a completely different direction by smoking the water that is used to make the ice with hickory chips. The cocktail consists of Tennessee whiskey, sherry, pecan syrup, lemon juice, and bitters shaken and poured over a large smoked ice cube. I can just imagine the drink getting smokier as the ice slowly dilutes into the drink. This drink was created by Daniel Shoemaker of the Teardrop Lounge.

2. Old Fashioned In the Rocks

This cocktail was created at the Aviary in Chicago. The drink is simply an old fashioned but it makes it’s way onto the list for its inventive presentation. A cocktail that is incased in ice; how can you go wrong?

1. Mexican Cloud


Another original by Jamie Boudreau of Canon. I can only imagine how the tartness of the pomegranate juice intermingles with the richness of the agave and the silkiness of St. Germain foam. I couldn’t decide between the 2 so I put both of them on the list.

Question of the Day: What is a cocktail that you really want to try or think that I need to try and where can it be found?

Solera

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I came across the Solera Cocktail on the Imbibe website. It was created by Dominic Venegas.
This cocktail makes an excellent use of sherry.

Solera
2 oz Santa Teresa 1796 Rum (Ron Zacapa)
1 oz Lustau Palo Cortado Peninsula
.75 oz Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
2 dashes of Regans’ orange bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express the oils of an orange twist over the drink and drop in.

Notes:
The original drink calls for Santa Teresa 1796 rum. Unfortunately, I did not have any in my liquor cabinet, so I substituted it with Ron Zacapa 23. If you don’t have these particular rums, try and substitute another aged rum. If you don’t have the sherry, substitute with another sherry. The final taste profile of the drink will be different but you should get a glimpse at this drinks greatness.
There is orange on the nose due to the expressed oils floating on the surface of the drink. The richness of the rum and sherry are balanced out by the spiciness of the falernum and the bite of the bitters. The drink is a symphony of flavors that delights the palate and soothes the soul. A wonderful after dinner sipper.