This is a huge episode. Not only do the Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure do two fabulous drinks, but they also do a special remote recording from the White Rock Whisky Society’s Summer Soiree! Listen in to hear the fun and check out what the White Rock Whisky Society gets up to here, or watch the video below.
The drinks this time around are identical but different. It’s two different versions of a Whiskey Sour. One with Scotch whisky (in this case Grant’s) and one with rye (we chose Sazerac to be interesting). This is a simple drink that is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Try it immediately.
2 ounces Whisky
1 ounce lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1 sugar and water)
maybe a splash of soda water . . .?
garnish with an orange peel twist
Build this drink in a glass over ice. Stir until chilled.
The first drink we did with scotch, and it was great. The second drink we did with the Sazerac and it was even better. Try it at home with bourbon, or Irish Whiskey, or a different rye.
No matter how you make it, this is still a simple but wonderful drink.
"It was a dark and stormy night..." Do you remember that? Snoopy and his typewriter? Well, old Snoop was definitely on to something, because we're going to have a dark and stormy night tonight and so are you! It's all thanks to a wonderful book called “Brooklyn Bartender - A Modern Guide to Cocktails and Spirits” by Carey Jones. Buy a copy of it right here! It’s chock full of great recipes and great stories from all sorts of bars in “the world’s hippest borough”.
In this episode, we’re keeping things simple at first and then kicking that same drink up a notch. Not many drinks are simpler than a highball, and this one is no exception. All you need is Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and ginger beer.
Dark and Stormy
2 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
4 ounces ginger beer
In a collins glass with ice stir together rum and ginger beer. Squeeze in a lime wedge.
Isn't that wonderful? Like a rum and Coke, but much more exotic thanks to the ginger beer. Get the hottest ginger beer you can find. We used Cock and Bull which is great, but I would really like to try this with the ginger ale that David Wondrich recommends which is called Blenheim Ginger Ale. Check it out here. If you like ginger beer, you have got to try this stuff! You want Old # 3 Hot. The one with the red cap
Next up is the Extra-Ginger Dark and Stormy. This is basically the same drink as above but now it's plussed with a little bit of extra work from you. Don't worry, it's super easy. You just have to do a bit of ginger juicing.
Extra-Ginger Dark and Stormy
2 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
1 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce ginger syrup (recipe to follow)
2 ounces club soda
Combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into a collins glass with fresh ice. Top with club soda and garnish with the lime wedge.
Ginger Syrup recipe
one whole hand of fresh ginger
Juice the ginger using a juicer or in a food processor or blender (if blending, add a little bit of water). Measure your amount of ginger juice, then add that same amount of water. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved. You can store this in the fridge for up to a month.
Holy doodlebugs! Now there’s a drink! Should be called the Darker and Stormier. Who knows? Maybe it is. Great big shot of ginger; lime all up in your everywhere. Sweet, tart, crisp and incredibly drinkable. Go make one now! Sure it's a little more work, but it's worth it.
A couple of weeks ago, Jason ended up at Canon: Whiskey & Bitters Emporium in Seattle and thought it was absolutely fabulous! If you've never heard of the place, check out the video below.
Jason had a drink called Elementary which was made with bourbon, tawny port, cream sherry, rhubarb shrub, and Boker's bitters. The "smoke" is liquid nitrogen!
Oh! We also talked about the Bali Hai in San Diego and their delicious Chicken of the Gods. You too can make it by following one of these recipes.
Until next time, keep on puffin'!
The Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure