Posts Tagged ‘Plymouth’

*As recently published in the Weekly Dig.

by Pink Lady

Later this week, yours truly will team up with Holistic Health Coach Kendra Strasburg of Crave Health to present a seminar at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic called Beyond the Hangover Cure: What to Eat, Drink, and Do to Combat Your Boozy Lifestyle.

Do healthy cocktails really exist? Kind of. Alcohol dehydrates the body and stresses the liver and we know we shouldn’t drink if we want to be health nuts. But would you be reading this column if that was your jam? No. The good news is there are strategies for developing cocktails that will ultimately be healthier for you than others.

When building your cocktail, reach for a natural sweetener such as honey or maple syrup over a sugar-based one, such as the ubiquitous simple syrup. You can’t always swap out honey simple for regular since it has a unique flavor profile of its own that will ultimately affect your drink. But it sure is fun to play around with.

Coconut water might not be a wise choice for churning out bar volume cocktails given the price, but when drinking at home, this mild, super hydrating, potassium-filled nectar can make for a lovely way to top off your cocktail.

Love ginger? Put it in your glass. This root has been said to have many therapeutic properties, including antioxidant effects. “And, it strengthens and tones the immune system as well—keeps us from getting sick after all the boozing!” says Strasburg. We’ll drink to that. Muddle some ginger, combine with a little gin or vodka, some honey simple syrup and lemon or lime juice and voila! A lovely gingery sour.

See how easy that was? Now, if you’re all about drinking healthy out in the field but hesitant to annoy your bartender or your friends with your quest, just ask for a Bee’s Knees. It’s a classic you can sip proudly, and no one ever has to know.

2 oz Plymouth gin
.75 oz honey syrup
.5 oz fresh lemon juice

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve.


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by Pink Lady

Huge thanks to everyone who came out to our Science of Taste Through Cocktails seminar at Eastern Standard last night! We hope you had as much fun as we did, learning, drinking, and raising money to support the excellent work of the Science Club for Girls.

Many thanks to Professor Don Katz, Chemist Graham Wright, the lovely folks at Eastern Standard, our liquor sponsors Bols Genever, St-Germain, Plymouth, Campari, and Brugal Rum. And of course, huge thanks to the brilliant bartenders who made our drinks possible, Augusto Lino from Upstairs on the Square, Nicole Lebedevitch from Eastern Standard, Emily Stanley from Bols Genever, Joy Richard from The Franklin Café/The Citizen, Carrie Cole from Craigie on Main. Recipes for their amazing cocktails are below.

LUPEC Boston
A classic recipe for an 18th Century bowl of punch.

Green tea
Peels of 8 lemons muddled with sugar
12 oz fresh lemon
1 L btl cognac
1 750 ml btl dark rum

Step #1: Two days before.
Fill a metal bowl (sized to scale with the punch bowl) with water and stash it in the freezer.
Step #2: A few hours before serving, or the night before.
Steep 2 green tea bags in 2 cups water for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Peel 8 lemons. In a large bowl, muddle peels in 2 c sugar until oil is absorbed.
Add tea, 1 L cognac, and 1 750-ml bottle dark rum. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Add 4 cups cold water and refrigerate.
Step #3: Complete this step within a few hours of serving.
Add 12 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice to the booze-sugar-tea mixture.
Add block of ice to the punch bowl and serve. The punch doesn’t taste strong but it is; ladle conservatively into an ice-filled glass.

Augusto Lino, Upstairs on the Square
1.5 Gin
1.5 Green chartreuse
1.5 Ice wine verjus
Stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled cocktails glass.

Nicole Lebedevitch, Eastern Standard
2 oz mushroom infused gin
.75 oz madeira
.5 oz orange juice
.5 oz honey syrup
Regan’s orange bitters
Pinch of salt
Shake ingredients with ice. Strain over new ice into an old fashioned glass.

SALTY – Michelada
Emily Stanley, Bols Genever
In a chilled pint glass with a salted rim add:
1 bottle of Pacifico
.75 oz fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
4 dashed Tabasco sauce

BITTER – Negroni
Joy Richard, The Franklin Café/The Citizen
Equal parts of:
1.5 Gin
1.5 Sweet Vermouth
1.5 Campari
Stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Carrie Cole, Craigie on Main
1.5 oz Bols Genever
1 oz St. Germain
.5 oz Averna
1 dash Xocolat Mole bitters
Stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


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zenmartini1 by Pinky Gonzales

For those of you who consider the Pink Gin an old familiar friend (not to be confused with LUPEC member Pink Gin), below you’ll find an array of comments on its existence. For the unacquainted, or who read this week’s Dig column to the bitter end, Pink Gin is a keep-it-simple, Zen-like libation, which looks tranquil enough but can scorch your gizzard if drank with abandon. However, it’s a fine way to try various brands of gin and bitters if you wish, or simplify life in general while achieving enlightenment.

Plymouth gin is most favored here for it’s palatable smoothness and historical use. High-ranking British Royal Navy Officers were known to celebrate their high seas happy hour with straight gin-with-bitters (as opposed to swilling ubiquitous rum like their lowly, not possibly as manly, subordinates). Angostura bitters was something sailors were accustomed to as a remedy for sea sickness, fevers, and stomach disorders, so why not mix medicines, right? They referred to this cocktail as “pinkers” or “pink gin.” They even had a special flag or “gin pennant” on ship they’d hoist up announcing it was Miller time in the wardroom to other ships’ officers. It was an inconspicuous green triangle which depicted a drinking glass.

“It certainly goes a ways toward explaining how an island off the coast of Europe ended up ruling one-fourth of the earth’s land surface,” quips David Wondrich. His Esquire drinks database recipe instructs one to roll around a few good drops of Angostura in an Old-Fashioned glass, dump them out, then pour in 2 ounces of Plymouth et voilà.

Personally, I like a chilled Pink Gin, but not all my fellow LUPEC’rs do or care. Robert Hess has a good video of himself stirring up a Pink Gin and serving it in a small cocktail glass. He uses 1.5 oz of Hendrick’s in his. It’s on his excellent Small Screen Network here. If you are easily distracted like me you can mouse your cursor over the liquor bottles and watch the words “liquor bottles” pop up, or over Robert’s shirt that it declares a “bowling shirt,” etc. Just saying.

LUPEC Boston’s one-and-only water engineer and devoted Kingsley Amis fan, Pink Gin, says that the traditional Plymouth with Angostura, warm or chilled, is her preference. She was very against Amis’ preferred Booth’s Gin,  however, though she and “DUDEPEC” member K. Montuori both agree that Miller’s Gin with a little orange bitters “makes for a nice change of scenery.”

The honorary Barbara West likes Plymouth with Angostura “warm and blushing,” while LUPEC Prez Hanky Panky similarly likes “rose-colored.”

Other variations: Pink Lady says a chilled, Genever “pinker” is a positive experience. Fee’s peach bitters with Old Tom gin is a personal favorite variation, though Bourbon Belle and I do not recommend this as a way to finish off an evening of imbibing.
And lastly, Panky, Joe Rickey, and “John Collins” (Dudepec) over at Drink have been setting afire the Angostura then pouring in 2 oz Plymouth. They’ve been referring to this as “Burnt Toast”, and it is positively dee-licious.

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