Book of the Week: Bourbon Curious by Fred Minnick This book gets into serious detail about Bourbon, with an exploration of many brands broken down into categories: Grain-Forward, Nutmeg-Forward, Carmel-Forward, Cinnamon-Forward, and Select Limited Edition and Special Releases. Very helpful is the chapter “How to Taste Bourbon”. This chapter gives great practical information about improving your tasting skills and even gives some homework! There are worksheets, for example, what are your top ten memories and what are the aromas associated with them? There is also a long list of flavors that you can expect to smell and taste in Bourbon – everything from Allspice to White Pepper.
Cocktail of the Week: The New Yorker This is from the Speakeasy book from the Employees Only Bar, but Bar Manager Robert Krueger found it in an book from the 1930’s called Booth’s Cocktail Book. 1 ¾ oz high proof Rye, such as Wild Turkey 101 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice ¾ oz Simple Syrup Place above ingredients in a Collins glass with ice and give a brief shake, (“short shake”). Top with 3 oz Club Soda and then float ¾ oz of dry Red Wine on top. (Try using an iSi Soda Siphon for the Club Soda) This is a variation on the New York Sour with the addition of Club Soda. A nice drink and very festive looking.
Toast of the Week: From the book Toasts Here’s to the present – and to hell with the past. A health to the future and joy to the last!
Below Brian Weber, Hazel Alvarado and Lincoln Chinnery enjoy cigars at the Filibuster Distillery event at Club Macanudo.