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Sunday, March 13, 2011

in the shotglass

JM, Cazadores

An occasional feature in which we simply pour something outstanding into our favorite shotglass, a gift from a special someone.

Next door lives a doctor, but I take most of my medical advice from Achileo, who helps me with the garden.

"Achileo," I said today. "I'm sick!"

"Oh," he said. "Where's Lynn?"

"In Thai Town, getting some lemon grass. She wants the livia moved to the back."

"Oh. You know where in the back?"


"What's wrong?" he asked.

"Bronchitis," I said. "A little."

"Oh. Shot of tequila is good," he said.

"Cazadores!" I said.

I shut the door. We have a bottle of Cazadores Reposado on hand. I poured some into the Lesbian Shotglass and sprinkled some salt on the rim. Then I cut a lime wedge and gave it a squeeze and plunked it in the glass.

I feel much better already. Much better.

Rx, late winter bronchitis:
Cazadores Tequila
lime wedge
Lesbian shotglass

A little cockail bar in Paris

I saw recently that the cocktail guru found a little cocktail bar in Paris, a city in which ordering a cocktail is always an adventure. The New York Times followed suit yesterday.
Since opening in November 2007, the bar, L’Experimental Cocktail Club, has inspired the kind of allegiance normally reserved for French films, politicians, pâtisseries and soccer. Two thousand fans are listed on Facebook. Regulars clock their daily attendance. Inside the 40-seat room, adorned sparsely with a “ghost” chandelier and rustic bricks and beams, everyone truly seems to know your name.
Also, while browsing some old bourbon posts, I came across this one from Chow from two years ago that describes the Kentucky bourbon trail and is a good primer on bourbon. Did you know that only twelve companies make all the bourbon?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Seven Unknown Favorites

Clancy's, doing the martini right. Photo: me, 1.27.09

You likely already know too much about me. Yet here are seven more things you don't know about me, at the request of Rodger Jacobs.

  1. My favorite sandwich in town is the catfish sandwich at 410 Boyd.
  2. My favorite swim trunks are Billabongs, because they have a bottle opener built into the pocket comb.
  3. My favorite martini in town is a Beefeater martini at Clancy's Crab Broiler in Glendale, complete with enormous water back and gin pony in an ice bath (see above).
  4. My favorite dive bar is Dave's in Glendale. Truly deplorable, situated next to a pawn shop called "Once a Pawn a Time." Conveniently catecorner to the Glendale Police Department.
  5. My favorite bartender in town is Fernando at Taix, and he has been for over twenty years, and I'll bet he still doesn't know my name, and I am sure he is fifty times more friendly towards me than anyone who does.
  6. My favorite drink in town is Fernando's sazerac. It would be perfect with the catfish at 410 Boyd. You'd never need to go to New Orleans in March again.
  7. On at least every other birthday I have a rare New York steak and a martini at Taylor's in La Canada.
Passed along to Colleen Wainwright, Colleen Graham, Rick Lyke, Alexandra Le Tellier, Debbie Lopez, Jason Toney, Eric Richardson.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Some Stout-Hearted Drinks

For more information on stout, check out this blog carnival on the subject!

Herein, we’re going to go over a few cocktails you can make with stout.

But first up: we don’t ordinarily think of the ordinary Black and Tan, of course, as a cocktail. We think of it as a beer. We think of it as two beers, in fact. But by most definitions, a Black and Tan is indeed a cocktail.

If some of of think we can’t call a Black and Tan a cocktail, most of us are not used to pouring one at home. But whether or not we agree that the Black and Tan is a cocktail, thanks to Guinness rocket widget technology, we can safely pour one at home. To pour a really good one at home, use a pub spoon. Certainly, the Guinness cans and now bottles give good foam. If your goal is to replicate the pub taste of a Black and Tan at home, a drink involving the rocket widget is your very best bet.

But it’s not your only bet. Most think of a Black and Tan as Guinness and Bass. But a Black and Tan can be any stout and any ale. And happily, the experimentation is as good as the discovery of what kind of mashup works best for you.

Turning to the Doctor’s CocktailDB, as we always do, because it’s the best…

Here is a drink called a Black Velvet: fill a big glass halfway with stout, and top it off with champagne. It’s also called a Champagne Velvet. If you do this just once, you’ll wonder why it never occured to you before to do so. Now when you crave stout and your husband craves champagne, you can stay happily wed. It doesn’t hurt to use a champagne flute for this drink also, but you’re going to get so much foam—these two drinks make for an overflow reading of about 9.1 on the seismograph, the highest ever be recorded—you’d better be careful in those cramped confines.

Also, you can combine stout and champagne into a coffee cup. Result? A Velvet Cup. Sometimes you can get away with this one at the computer, and your spouse will think it’s just a cup of coffee. Um, with a peculiar crema.

Oooo, did you ever think of this good use of good stout? A Dog’s Nose is a glass of stout preceded by a jigger of gin. Dust the foam with nutmeg if your stout benefits from a touch of holiday cheer.

Now, a Stout Sangaree is a true cocktail. You serve it in a double rocks glass—a glass that’s shorter than your pint, the kind of glass you’d serve a big tropical tiki drink in. Build 2 oz. of soda and dissolve half a teaspoon of sugar in the soda. Fill the glass with stout and ice, and sprinkle nutmeg, again to taste. When might you favor such a drink? Well, try the Carribean, where Sangarees have been enjoyed since at least 1774.

It’s a pleasure to be part of the first beer blog carnival! Even if you don’t like mixing your stout with anything, we hope you’ll take a chance on one of the cocktails you can concoct with stout.