Happy New Year! (almost)
You know it’s coming though, and let’s hope this new one is better than the last one! For the final show of 2017, The Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure thought they should share a couple of drinks that feature everybody's favourite New Year’s Eve condiment, Champagne!
First up is a drink from the latest TASTE magazine, which is put out by the BC Liquor store. There were four “sparklers” to choose from, so here (as a festive New Year’s bonus) is the link to the other recipes!
The one we did is called Sage North and was created by David Wolowidnyk. We’ve done recipes from Mr. Wolowidnyk before and he never fails to satisfy. Check out his new venture here. Resurrection Spirits!
by David Wolowidnyk 2017
3/4 ounce Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye (we used Canadian Club 100% Rye)
1 ounce sage honey (recipe follows)
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, strained
2 ounces freshly squeezed ruby grapefruit juice, strained
2 ounces Chamdeville Brut (used Freixenet - Cordon Negro Brut)
1 large sage sprig for garnish
Combine rye, sage honey, lemon and grapefruit juice in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with the sparkling wine. Gently bruise a sprig of sage and lower into glass to garnish
Sage Honey Recipe
2 large sage springs
1/2 cup boiling water
2/3 cup honey
In a saucepan, add sage to boiling water, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove sage and measure 1/3 cup of Sage Water. Set aside.
Gently heat the honey to make it easier to work with, then add the Sage Water and stir to dissolve the honey. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month.
This drink is so good. Who ever would have thought about pairing rye and sparkling wine? The citrus flavours come through but are tamed by the Sage Honey. A little tart, a little sweet, a little bubbly, hey that’s neat!
Secondly Gentleman Fred found a bright little number at thespruce.com called The Happy New Year Cocktail. Something just sounded so right about that!
The Happy New Year Cocktail
by thespruce.com 2017
1 1/2 ounces brandy
3/4 ounce ruby port
3/4 ounce orange juice
4 ounces Champagne (you know what we used)
Pour the brandy, port, and orange juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with the Champagne.
This is one of those neat drinks, where in the end you think, “Hey, I just make sparkling red wine!” It’s like your own personal sized punch. All the flavours play well together and the 4 ounces of sparkling wine give it that little extra fizz!
Both of these drinks are super easy (even if you have to make the sage honey) and there’s no reason you shouldn’t serve them at that big New Year’s Eve party you just decided you’re going to have!
Good luck and have a safe and sensational Happy New Year from The Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure!
It's that time of year again isn't it? It's great and horrible and fun and dreadful and it all takes for ever to happen and it all happens too fast. We call it "THE HOLIDAYS". Sounds similar to "THE HUNGER GAMES" doesn't it? Well let's try to be positive about it. Look at that collection of amber coloured friends up above there. Mr. Myers and his date Ms. Havana Club. Havana good time more like, am I right? And look at that Knob Creek bourbon hanging out with Apricot Liqueur. That's a party you want to be at! Let's get started.
All those ingredients go into what Fred calls "Laura's Artillerymen's Punch". He found a punch recipe in his old Playboy Bar guide called "Artillerymen's Punch". It called for stong black tea. Fred's wife Laura suggested strong blackcurrant tea instead, and this drink was born. Freddy scaled back the ingredient amounts but this still makes enough for a couple of drinks. Looks like almost 2 cups! Let's give it a try.
Laura's Artillerymen's Punch
-Fred Partridge (adapted from the Artillerymen's punch in Playboy's Bar Guide by Thomas Mario)
3 1/2 oz bourbon
1 1/4 oz light rum
1/2 oz dark rum
3/4 oz apricot brandy
1 1/2 oz lemon juice
3 1/2 oz orange juice
3 1/2 oz black currant tea
1/4 oz simple syrup
Shake all the ingredients with ice then strain into a collins glass over ice
Look at that big boozy drink. One of these will certainly take all the rough edges off of your day. I don't know what two would do so be very careful with this one. Treat it as you would treat actual artillery.
Next up is a warm drink. A hot toddy. Perfect for a chilly day. This one comes from Imbibe Magazine and is credited to Michelle Shriver of Dutch and Company in Richmond, Virginia. This drink is sooo
good. Michelle calls it the "Bells Will Be Ringing Hot Toddy". They certainly will. Here's how to make 'em ring in your own home.
Bells Will Be Ringing Hot Toddy
Michelle Shriver of Dutch and Company in Richmond, Virginia
1 ounce dark rum
1 ounce apple brandy
1/4 ounce amaretto
1/2 ounce cherry liqueur
1 ounce pineapple syrup
1/4 ounce ginger juice (or 2 pieces of ginger muddled)
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce Earl Grey tea
3 ounces of hot water
Warm a serving cup (either a 10 0unce heatproof glass or a mug) with hot water. Add the ingredients to the glass and stir to combine. Garnish with an orange twist.
Look at that wonderfulness will you? All of the flavours combine so well. It says in it's description that it's flavours are inspired by fruitcake. Don't let that spook you. I know we're all taught to avoid and make fun of fruitcake. This isn't fruitcake. This is a drink with all the tastes you associate with this time of year. It's a mouthful of memories this one. Maybe even memories you don't actually have, you know? This drink will take you back to that party you went to on a snowy evening in 1872. Please make this drink and if you're in Richmond, Virginia, go in and thank Michelle Shriver personally for this one.
The Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! Be safe and have fun!
In this episode, Jason says that since we're drinking out of a "Hello Deli" mug, he'll post of a picture of him with Rupert Jee from the Hello Deli in New York City. Here it is. Thanks for the sandwich and all the laughs on Letterman, Rupert!
This is the best episode we've ever done. We talk about Winston Churchill. We do impressions. We light things on fire. We talk about Jimmy Hendrix. We incorrectly say that Gus Grissom is still alive. We talk about Palm Springs. We even talk about the "Snow White Orgy"! It's the best. The drinks are good too. The theme is BREAKFAST. These are breakfast cocktails. Set your alarm and get up a little earlier than average and try one of these out.
First up is the Breakfast Cocktail. It's got marmalade in it. Do not be afraid. This is a drink by Salvatore Calabrese who created it at the Library Bar in the Lanesbourough Hotel in London in 1997.
-Salvatore Calabrese, Library Bar, Lanesbourough Hotel, London 1997.
1 spoonful of English Orange Marmalade
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce curacao
Orange Peel for garnish
Stir the marmalade with the lemon juice until it dissolves. Add the gin and curacao and shake with ice. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Shred orange peel on top of the drink as a garnish.
This is such a perfectly balanced drink. This should be served at brunch instead of Mimosas. That's how good this drink is. The drink is sweet and orangey at first, then it settles down and there is a nice orange marmalade semi sweetness that finishes it off. So good.
Have you ever wondered what Winston Churchill would drink for breakfast. Probably gin, right? Right. But, there is a chance that he would also have one of these. The Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure present to you, Churchill's Breakfast Cocktail. We found it at Chefsteps.com . You can see it here.
Churchill's Breakfast (** NOTE** This version makes 2 drinks)
3 ounces rye
1 ounce cold pressed coffee
3/4 ounce maple syrup
2 dashes Angosturra Bitters
2 cinnamon sticks
Char the end of a cinnamon stick with a lighter then invert a cocktail glass over the cinnamon stick to coat the interior of the glass with it's smoke. Reserve the cinnamon stick
Grate some of the cinnamon stick into the glass.
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, then strain into the smoked cocktail glass. Garnish with the cinnamon stick.
This is like something you've never seen or tasted before. There's that coffee (so you know it's the morning). The maple syrup gives you a little sweetness and cuts the possible harshness of the rye. Best of all, there's a cinnamon stick with a burnt end in your drink. It looks like Winston Chuchill put a stogie out in your drink! Try it!
We promise you, this is our BEST episode. Please listen to it and leave whatever comments you would like.
Also find this book. If you're a cocktail fan, this is information that you need to know.
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