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Friday, December 9, 2011

The Jimmy Walker

Last night I was out with some friends at at least one enemy and I had just ordered the usual when someone ordered a Jimmy Walker.

Thinking that this was a relative of a Johnny Walker, I didn’t give it a second thought. But when our drinks came, the Jimmy Walker was almost the color of Campari in a cocktail glass, I asked, “What the hell’s in that, anyway?”

Here’s what’s in it:

Bourbon (a couple of ounces)
sweet vermouth (half an ounce)
a little lemon juice
a little grenadine

Or, if you like, try the cocktail db’s version.

Second round, I still hadn’t made a move to say, “I got this round,” or anything rash like that. I was still in complete control of my faculties, darlin’. But I did try a Jimmy Walker. I’d call it, no offense, a sturdy lady’s cocktail, but that’s just nodding to taste—definitely, the alcohol is there, and definitely, it demands slow sippin’.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Champs Elysées Cocktail

Word comes from the Island of the Manhattoes that the cocktail catering co. Cuff and Buttons serves sturdy drinks. Their latest discovery/uncovery is the The Champs Elysées, a drink we hadn’t tried until yesterday.

This is the way drinks should be: not invented, but uncovered. It’s the distinct words “single-district cognac” that appeal most in Cuff and Buttons version of this Champs Elysées drink recipe, and it’s the idea of flirting with single-district cognac that makes C&B New York’s premiere cocktail catering company. The inclusion of yellow Chartreuse (oxymoron?) puts us in a reverent state sweetly early in the day. You can make a chartreuse Chartreuse one too…as always, click the Doctor’s CocktailDB when in doubt. And even Absolut and Drinkboy have ideas about the drink.

Here’s the Cocktail DB recipe for a Champs Elysées Cocktail:

Shake in iced cocktail shaker & strain
1 oz Cognac (3 cl, 1/4 gills)
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse (1.5 cl, 1/8 gills)
1 oz fresh lemon juice (3 cl, 1/4 gills)
1/2 tsp sugar (2 dashes)
1 dash aromatic bitters (optional)
Serve in a cocktail glass (4.5 oz)

C’est de bon goût.