Daily Archives: April 14, 2016

Amber Cloud Cocktail - The Rituals
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Amber Cloud

The name AMBER CLOUD does not invoke any good images for me. Thoughts of Agent Orange or…I should probably just stop there. Cognac and Galliano sounds like someone had too many AMBASSADORS and started to play around in the liquor cabinet. Nothing like taking a beautifully aged brandy and mixing it with an herbaceous anise-vanilla…

Ambassador Cocktail - The Rituals
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Ambassador

For some reason whenever I hear the word ambassador I think of the movie The Man Who Knew Too Little, one of Bill Murray’s underrated masterpieces. In the movie, which is a spoof of the Hitchcock classic The Man Who Knew Too Much, Murray plays a video store clerk visiting his brother in London who is mistaken for a…

Amaranth Cocktail
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Amaranth

Amaranth is derived for Greek amarantos meaning unfading. Amaranth is a genus of annual or perennial plants. Most Amaratus species are referred to as pigweed. To me it sounds like a Dutch sailing ship from the 1600’s. Looking at the recipe however does not make me think of the golden age of piracy or pig fodder. No, looking at…

Amabile Beone
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Amabile Beone

AMABILE BEONE is Italian for “amiable drunk.” The definition of amiable is having or displaying a friendly or pleasant manner and we all know what a drunkard is, so how could you go wrong? AMABILE BEONE 1 oz. Drambuie 2 oz. Green Crème de Menthe A few drops of Pernod Sugar Combine with ice; shake…

Allies Cocktail - The Rituals
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Allies

The ALLIES cocktail relates to World War I with the English, French, and Russians representing the Triple Entente. The recipe uses English gin, French vermouth, and Russian kümmel. The naming of this cocktail works wonderfully but does it taste good? ALLIES 1 oz. gin 1 oz. dry vermouth (Dolin) 1-2 dashes kümmel (Combier) Combine with ice;…

Amabile Beone
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Cocktail Name Changer

In a previous blog post we dealt with the subject of cocktail names. You can give a cocktail, or anything for that matter, a fancy intriguing name but none of that matters if the drink is unappetizing. The Complete Bartenders Guide is abundant with amazing cocktail names but (if you’ve been following along) lacking in flavorful cocktails. Once again…

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