Saturday, October 31, 2015

#037 Vulpix

This is a part of an ongoing project I'm working on to make a Pokemon cocktails for each and every Pokemon. I'm starting with just generation one and we'll see how the response is. 151 drinks is a tall order, but people have done crazier things. If I succeed I will most likely publish an eBook or possibly hard copy collections of each drink. Give them a try and let me know what you think. 

1 oz. Amber Rum
1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz. Amaretto
1 oz. Orange Juice
1/2 oz. Strawberry Liqueur

Shake and strain all ingredients except the strawberry liqueur in a tin with ice. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. Lightly drizzle strawberry liqueur over the drink. Stir one or two rotations with a sip stick. Garnish with a strawberry. 

This drink took a bit of inspiration for an old favorite of mine, the Alabama Slammer. I opted to use a bit of rum as a base for Vulpix as the color versatility of the spirit helped with this evolutionary line. the peach, amaretto, and orange juice came straight from the inspiration. When I learned about the drink I was taught that I should basically see sloe gin as a strawberry liqueur. Since then, I have learned the difference between the two (though with cheaper brands there isn't much difference), but I still believe that strawberry pairs better with orange juice. The Sloe Comfortable Screw was always a little light so I'd often strengthen it up to the Alabama Slammer. This is a slightly condensed version of that, in that it's no longer a tall drink; it's on the rocks. The flavor is very full, and the alcohol is just prevalent enough. Enjoy. 

"At the time of its birth, Vulpix has one white tail. The tail separates into six if this Pokémon receives plenty of love from its Trainer. The six tails become magnificently curled."

Ninetails-->
<-- Clefable

Recommended Brands: Bulleit Rye, fresh juice, quality maple syrup, Dekuyper

#069 Bellsprout

This is a part of an ongoing project I'm working on to make a Pokemon cocktails for each and every Pokemon. I'm starting with just generation one and we'll see how the response is. 151 drinks is a tall order, but people have done crazier things. If I succeed I will most likely publish an eBook or possibly hard copy collections of each drink. Give them a try and let me know what you think. 

1 oz. Rye Whiskey
1/4 oz. ROOT Art in the Age
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz. Maple Syrup
1/4 oz. Sour Apple Liqueur

Add all the ingredients to a mixing tin except the apple liqueur. Shake well with ice. Strain into a shooter glass or a whiskey tasting glass. Lightly drizzle the apple liqueur into the glass. It should form a light green layer at the bottom of the glass.

This drink doesn't actually have much inspiration other than the taste preferences of a good friend of mine. I knew I wanted to use ROOT for the classic flower / root Pokemon. Bellsprout is one of the most prevalent background Pokemon in the show that wasn't actually captured by one of the main characters. Technically James did come into a possession of a Victreebel as a Weepinbell offscreen. 

"Bellsprout's thin and flexible body lets it bend and sway to avoid any attack, however strong it may be. From its mouth, this Pokémon spits a corrosive fluid that melts even iron."

Weepinbell-->
<-- Machamp

Recommended Brands: Bulleit Rye, fresh juice, quality maple syrup, Dekuyper

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pope's Hangover

This was a cocktail I was playing with during the Pope's visit to Philadelphia. Every week at my restaurant we feature a different city in Italy. We do regional dishes and wines and even a cocktail designed to pair well with the menu or that uses some regional ingredients or flavors. I was told that for our week in the Roman ghetto I would need to use a cocktail with Cynar. Why Cynar, I'm not entirely sure, but it's good to have a guide. Here's what I came up with. 

1.5 oz. Brandy
.5 oz. Cynar
.75 oz. Earl Grey Tea Syrup
.75 oz. Orange Juice
.5 oz. Egg White
Peychauds bitters

Add all the ingredients except the bitters to a mixing tin without ice. Dry shake until the ingredients are well emulsified. Open the shaker, add ice, and shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange wedge and a dash of Peychauds. 

Now, I don't personally like Cynar, but I find that amaro-style liqueurs work very well with tea. Perhaps it's the natural digestif qualities of both. I decided to continue this with brandy, a typical after dinner drink. I know lemon is more traditional with teas and toddies, but I was drinking during brunch time and found that the orange was more mellow and better maintained the balance of the drink. I called this drink the Pope's Hangover because everyone was beaten down by the Holy Pontiff coming to town. There was a crazy rush of tourists, but not enough money to keep people jazzed up. This drink was for that morning after.

"Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age."
- Pope John XXIII