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Monday, January 08, 2007

DCDrinks Communique #1

At DCDrinks we write for Drinkers, capital "D". We have scoured recipe books from 1911 for the first jello shooters; We have experimented by making Creme de Menthe and still realized there is no way to make the Stinger taste remotely good; We have cried at a perfectly made Martini, cold rim beckoning our quivering lips; We have lined up 130+ proof ryes to taste and pass out in pursuit of finding the exact proof that one reaches Nirvana; We have eschewed flavorless beverages and crowned craft producers of the world king; We have even argued how much pulp to put in a Gin & Juice; We are brothers and sisters bound to the glass, mug and cup, feverishly driven by the pursuit of drinking the very best booze we can.

Drinkers of the world: You are our people, and we are yours.

As this community grows, we rejoice that the world is right and good. However, at DCDrinks we don't care if we were read by one single solitary reader, provided that reader whinces at the thought of leaving bitters out of a Manhattan, or has raced home after the pounding drudgery of the day to pour poetry in a shaker, carefully, measured by a jigger and steady hand.

But over the past year we've entertained and amused thousands of passerbys who are searching for dirty martinis, cosmos and roofies (and, anyway, what's the f-ing difference). We appreciate your curiosty but we don't like you. We don't want you. Unless you're willing to try something better, to take a leap and reach beyond the safety of Grey Goose and soda, we despise you.

However, we'll give you one last chance. (It is a new year.) One chance to join the fold. To be a better drinker and by doing so enrich the world. But listen. And no negotiations. If you haven't tried the following cocktails, go to your local watering hole and demand them right away. This is my personal favorite list. There are many more. But I believe it's a good start.

Just make sure to consult the cocktail database for recipes. Don't let the bartender screw them up. If you must, buy the ingredients and make them yourself. If you haven't tried these cocktails than don't read DCDrinks anymore until you have. No interest in drinking them. Don't come back now, ya here.

1. The Martini
(Gin, Vermouth, Orange Bitters NOT Vodka)

2. The Sazerac

3. The Aviation
(This is tricky, I've only known one person to make this drink so beautiful that I wept like a losing Top Model contestant)

4. Apple Ginger Sangaree

5. Corpse Reviver #2

6. Pisco Sour

7. The Bronx

8. The Blinker

9. The Americano

10. The Mai Tai
(The REAL Mai Tai: Aged rum, lime juice, orgeat syrup, triple sec, simple syrup, mint leaf)

(Where's the Manhattan? #11. Sorry Manhattan fans!)

Anyone care to amend?


At 9:27 PM, Blogger Phil said...

A Sazerac is closely-enough related to a Manhattan (and the Old-Fashioned) that I don't think an apology is necessary.

I'd substitute a Negroni for the Americano.

I've never had a Blinker, but I do like the Ward 8 (tip to Imbibe!).

The Aviation sounds like a sweeter Singapore Sling without the soda. Good comparison, or no?

At 3:40 AM, Blogger Isaac Washington said...

Agreed on point one. I like the Americano because it's easy on the proof when you start a meal. But I'm with you. The Aviation is less sweet than the Singapore Sling. Try it!

At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


1. The Martini
- Nothing wrong with a Vodka Martini when it is a Vesper.

2. The Sazerac
- One of my favorites. However, use a decent quality rye (Rittenhouse or 6 yr. Sazerac- Wild Turkey rye will do) and Peychaud’s bitters. If you like Sazeracs try a Cocktail à la Louisiane.

3. The Aviation
Another winner (Mixology recipe)!

4. Apple Ginger Sangaree
- Great as long as you have Ginger wine on hand (Stone’s).

7. The Bronx
- On my way to the Bronx, I may a Brooklyn; however, a Manhattan is required
2 parts good quality Rye or Bourbon (either one, but never both)
1 part good quality vermouth (Carpano Antica)
4 dashes bitters (The Bitter Truth’s aromatic).

8. The Blinker
- Good cocktail, bad name.

When the mood strikes, nothing is beats a Crusta – Sidecar – Margarita. On second thought, I’ll take the car. Of course, a Golden Dawn is always welcome.

Just started tinkering with Peach bitters (Come again, Derby). Suggestions?

At 9:08 PM, Blogger Isaac Washington said...

That's the point: A "vodka martini" is a misnomer. Besides, a vesper has gin too. And for the very reason that it includes vodka it didn't make my list. Pardon my French but f-ck vodka; I wouldn't even use it to clean my shoes. Around here vodka and vermouth is called the Kangaroo Cocktail thanks to the great David Embury.

Why not make your Sazeracs with Thomas Handy the way god intended them, strong and rippingly powerful.

You can substitute equal parts Velvet Falernum and White Port for Ginger Wine and get a bad ass alternative.

Thanks for the comments. That'll be the last suggestion for a vodka based drink on the list, BTW, if anyone else is considering it.

At 6:14 AM, Blogger Brian said...

I love the list, but you also might want to toss on the Jack Rose -- I grew obsessed with it long before I learned of Dr. Cocktail's push to get applejack back on people's shelves, and it is a lovely drink when made with real grenadine.

Gimlets are also classic -- even though it's amazing how some bars can ruin such a simple combination.

I'm currently waiting on a bottle of creme de violette, so we'll see what I think of Blue Moons, but I anticipate enjoying them.

Other than that, the list is pretty tops. Sazeracs are amazing. In a related note, a friend told me today that a single Vesper gave him a pre-hangover, he felt so sick. He was using good ingredients, too.

Becherovka, cranberry juice, and a dash of orange bitters is also good, though I don't believe there's a name in English for it, simply because you can't find Becherovka most places outside the Czech Republic.

And a Satan's Whiskers, perhaps, if you want another classic gin-based cocktail.

At 5:26 AM, Blogger Darryl said...

I agree that the Sidecar is an essential, particularly for cocktail n00bs. Complex taste but easily approachable, and it's a stone's throw away from the Cosmo.


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