I know I’ve told the story before, but ask anyone who knows me, one of the things I enjoy doing is repeating the same story innumerable times until I get it just right. At which point, it’s set and then I’ll probably only tell it when really inebriated (I swear, never happens), or I’m introduced to a new person. Back to what I was saying though, when I started going to bars and discovering the magic of cocktails (Cal Poly, ftw!), my closing drink was always the Whisky Sour. Let’s do.
Tactical turtleneck? Check. Delusions of grandeur? Check. A liver that just won’t quit? Oh yeah. Archer never lets you down when in need of good amusement. He is also, as good luck would have it, a bit of a drink aficionado. That’s why, when heading up a snowy mountain and he pours out a steaming cocktail, Alice and I knew we had to recreate it, it’s time for Archer’s Peppermint Patty!
As the weather starts to warm up, cocktail desires turn from heavy and dark drinks to lighter and fruiter ones. However, overly sweetened, overly fruited, overly blasé versions are the type that give all fruit cocktails a poor reputation. That won’t do; it won’t do in America; it won’t do in Japan; it won’t do anywhere. Speaking of Japan, here’s a good on from the Land of the Rising Sun: Chuhai!
Back in the not so halcyon days of the Roaring Twenties, doctors used to perform some — let’s say — interesting procedures. Procedures like grafting the skin of fertility inducing spots from animals onto people. It was a thing, factual and true (look up Dr. Serge Voronoff to see). Odd, yes, but these peculiar practices did inspire some great cocktails, such as our winner for today the Monkey Gland.
Regardless of if it’s hot, cold, windy, rainy, dreary or amazing outside, being an eternal optimist (an internet quiz told me so), I prefer to think of everything as great, ideal and requiring an exceptional drink to celebrate everything being awesome. An exceptional drink worthy of toasting good times? Sweet tea! Not to say toasting alcohol free is a problem, but sometimes you’ve earned a special treat like moonshine. Oh yes. Hello to The World’s Best Sweet Tea!
I like to argue that a good cocktail is medicinal. When you think about it, people use alcohol to clean wounds externally, so really, internally it should do the exact same thing. Yeah, I know this is a specious argument, but I like to pretend. That’s not to say you can’t infuse your drink with health-inducing qualities, such as Chinese herbs and ingredients. To that, we turn to the Cocktail Tonic!
Sometimes, you want to up your fancy cocktail game with an awesome champagne cocktail. I like to call those days “weekdays” personally. For you, it might be a special occasion, have some left over champagne from a party or just want a sexy little bubbly number because why not. Well then, have a Kir Royale!