Oriental Tipples

Cocktails made and tasted by a French-Chinese tippler living in Shanghai.
Chimayo - 2 oz Patrõn Reposado Tequila, 1/2 oz crème de cassis liqueur, 3/4 oz fresh apple juice, 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice. Shaken with ice and fine strained into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnished with apple slices.

Straightforward and tasty, yet missing a little something… Any thoughts?

Chimayo - 2 oz Patrõn Reposado Tequila, 1/2 oz crème de cassis liqueur, 3/4 oz fresh apple juice, 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice. Shaken with ice and fine strained into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnished with apple slices.

Straightforward and tasty, yet missing a little something… Any thoughts?

Yuzu Martini v1 - 2 oz Bombay Sapphire “East” (infused with lemongrass and peppercorns), 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth, 1/2 oz Iichiko Yuzu liqueur, 2 dashes lemon bitters.

Shaken (the yuzu liqueur is cloudy anyway) with ice and fine strained into a chilled cocktail glass. A fresh yuzu garnish will be nice for the next one.

Refreshing and balanced, but could gain from a bit more complexity.

Yuzu Martini v1 - 2 oz Bombay Sapphire “East” (infused with lemongrass and peppercorns), 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth, 1/2 oz Iichiko Yuzu liqueur, 2 dashes lemon bitters.

Shaken (the yuzu liqueur is cloudy anyway) with ice and fine strained into a chilled cocktail glass. A fresh yuzu garnish will be nice for the next one.

Refreshing and balanced, but could gain from a bit more complexity.

Lemongrass Rum Old Fashioned 
1/2 oz homemade lemongrass syrup
2 oz Zacapa 23 Aged rum
3 dashes of Bitter truth aromatic bitters
Stirred and poured in a chilled rocks glass with ice.
Garnish with an orange twist.
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Pretty awesome, but could be stronger with the lemongrass.

Lemongrass Rum Old Fashioned

  • 1/2 oz homemade lemongrass syrup
  • 2 oz Zacapa 23 Aged rum
  • 3 dashes of Bitter truth aromatic bitters

Stirred and poured in a chilled rocks glass with ice.

Garnish with an orange twist.

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Pretty awesome, but could be stronger with the lemongrass.

Scofflaw cocktail - 1&1/2 oz Templeton rye whisky, 1 oz dry vermouth, 1 dash orange bitters, 3/4 oz grenadine and 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice. Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Scofflaw: a word invented during prohibition to describe a lawless drinker of prohibited liquor. Originally meant to be derogative, ended becoming somewhat a badge of honor amongst illicit tipplers of the time, lending itself to a cocktail’s name at Harry’s New York bar in Paris, France.

A tad sweet, but that was the popular taste at the time.

Scofflaw cocktail - 1&1/2 oz Templeton rye whisky, 1 oz dry vermouth, 1 dash orange bitters, 3/4 oz grenadine and 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice. Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Scofflaw: a word invented during prohibition to describe a lawless drinker of prohibited liquor. Originally meant to be derogative, ended becoming somewhat a badge of honor amongst illicit tipplers of the time, lending itself to a cocktail’s name at Harry’s New York bar in Paris, France.

A tad sweet, but that was the popular taste at the time.

Corn & Oil - 2 oz Myers Dark Rum, 1/2 oz golden Falernum Rum liqueur, 1/4 oz fresh lime juice, 3 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters. Stirred instead of shaken (not too sure why) and strained into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a lime wedge.

A boozy, tart and spicy drink featuring all my favorite ingredients.

Corn & Oil - 2 oz Myers Dark Rum, 1/2 oz golden Falernum Rum liqueur, 1/4 oz fresh lime juice, 3 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters. Stirred instead of shaken (not too sure why) and strained into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a lime wedge.

A boozy, tart and spicy drink featuring all my favorite ingredients.

Gin Basil Smash - Gently muddle 10 fresh basil leaves with 1 oz fresh lemon juice and 1 oz simple syrup. Add 2 oz of Monkey 47 Dry Schwarzwald Gin and shake with ice till chilled. Fine strain into a chilled, ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a fresh sprig of basil.

Recommended by a friend. A simple and refreshing summer drink while waiting for spring to show up in Shanghai.

Gin Basil Smash - Gently muddle 10 fresh basil leaves with 1 oz fresh lemon juice and 1 oz simple syrup. Add 2 oz of Monkey 47 Dry Schwarzwald Gin and shake with ice till chilled. Fine strain into a chilled, ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a fresh sprig of basil.

Recommended by a friend. A simple and refreshing summer drink while waiting for spring to show up in Shanghai.

drinkshouts:

February 25 - The Bairn …
Haven’t used scotch as a main ingredient in a while, so let’s do that. This drink is simple and straightforward, bringing lots of orange flavors in to play with the whisky. I’ve added a garnish to the recipe I found on CocktailDB, but that’s it.
I went with a non-smokey scotch because … that’s what I felt like! It works nicely with the orange flavors without overwhelming them.
2 oz. Scotch (Monkey Shoulder)
.5 oz. Curacao (Pierre Ferrand)
Dash Orange Bitters (Fee Brothers)
Combine all ingredients in a pint glass over ice and stir thoroughly. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry.

having truly nice booze is divine for simple cocktails…

drinkshouts:

February 25 - The Bairn …

Haven’t used scotch as a main ingredient in a while, so let’s do that. This drink is simple and straightforward, bringing lots of orange flavors in to play with the whisky. I’ve added a garnish to the recipe I found on CocktailDB, but that’s it.

I went with a non-smokey scotch because … that’s what I felt like! It works nicely with the orange flavors without overwhelming them.

Combine all ingredients in a pint glass over ice and stir thoroughly. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry.

having truly nice booze is divine for simple cocktails…

Elderflower Old Fashioned - 2&1/2 oz Makers Mark Bourbon Whisky, 1/2 oz Elderflower liqueur, 3 dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters, stirred with ice and strained into a chilled ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Lighter and dryer than its original counterpart, it makes for a nice floral variation on the ubiquitous classic cocktail.

Elderflower Old Fashioned - 2&1/2 oz Makers Mark Bourbon Whisky, 1/2 oz Elderflower liqueur, 3 dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters, stirred with ice and strained into a chilled ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Lighter and dryer than its original counterpart, it makes for a nice floral variation on the ubiquitous classic cocktail.

Monkey Buck (variation) - 2&1/2 oz of Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin, 1/2 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 dashes lemon bitters, shaken with ice and strained into a chilled, ice-filled rocks glass and topped with ginger ale.
Garnish with a couple of lemon twists.

A dead simple yet luxurious drink. Dry and tart, it could be challenging for some. 

Could thus be enhanced by adding a 1/2 oz of liqueur, preferably something floral and sweet like a St-Germain or Chartreuse.

Monkey Buck (variation) - 2&1/2 oz of Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin, 1/2 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 dashes lemon bitters, shaken with ice and strained into a chilled, ice-filled rocks glass and topped with ginger ale.
Garnish with a couple of lemon twists.

A dead simple yet luxurious drink. Dry and tart, it could be challenging for some.

Could thus be enhanced by adding a 1/2 oz of liqueur, preferably something floral and sweet like a St-Germain or Chartreuse.

Monkey Buck (variation) - 2&1/2 oz of Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin, 1/2 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 dashes lemon bitters, shaken with ice and strained into a chilled, ice-filled rocks glass and topped with ginger ale.
Garnish with a couple of lemon twists.

A dead simple yet luxurious drink. Dry and tart, it could be challenging for some. 

Could thus be enhanced by adding a 1/2 oz of liqueur, preferably something floral and sweet like a St-Germain or Chartreuse.

Monkey Buck (variation) - 2&1/2 oz of Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin, 1/2 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 dashes lemon bitters, shaken with ice and strained into a chilled, ice-filled rocks glass and topped with ginger ale.
Garnish with a couple of lemon twists.

A dead simple yet luxurious drink. Dry and tart, it could be challenging for some.

Could thus be enhanced by adding a 1/2 oz of liqueur, preferably something floral and sweet like a St-Germain or Chartreuse.