We had friends and family over to celebrate our new apartment, and we used it as an excuse to make (and briefly write about) some of our favorite cocktails. We also got some awesome booze (and booze-themed) gifts. We made some of our favorites: Negronis, Tom Collinses (p. 100), Old Fashioneds (p. 68), and Manhattans (p. 62). Though it’s not in the book, honorable mention also goes to the venerable Whiskey and Ginger. My cousin Loren brought an awesome ice cracker and was cranking out these tasty classics (basically equal parts whiskey and ginger ale) once we were all too sloshed to make fancy drinks. Recipes and brief notes on prep and taste follow. We had a lot of fun at the party and didn’t take a lot of pics- forgive the text heavy post! (Thanks to my cousin’s awesome GF Kenn for sharing her pics with us!)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 Teaspoon Powdered Sugar
- 2 oz. Old Mr. Boston Dry Gin
Shake well with cracked ice and strain into 12 oz. Tom Collins glass. Add several cubes of ice, fill with carbonated water and stir. Decorate with slice of lemon, orange, and cherry. Serve with straws.
Notes: Tom Collinses are one of my favorite summer drinks. They’re light, refreshing, and super easy to throw together. Since I was serving a crowd, rather than make simple syrup and juice lemons, I bought a good quality lemonade at Trader Joe’s (it was just lemon, sugar, and water- don’t skimp and use the powdered crap). I served mine with ice cubes I filled with mint and lemon slices. I don’t like cherries in my TC’s, so I skipped them. I also didn’t bother to pre-batch this cocktail since our party was open house style, though Food52 has this great guide to making big punches/pre-mixed drinks, if you’re throwing a more conventional party.
Mr. Boston begins this recipe with a note (this is a first): Use Old Fashioned cocktail glass. (After Googling, I now realize these are what we basically use for everything.)
- 1/2 lump of sugar
- 2 dashes bitters
Add enough water to cover sugar and muddle well.
- 1 cube of ice
- 2 oz. Old Mr. Boston Whiskey
Stir well. Add twist of lemon rind and drop in glass. Decorate with slice of orange, lemon, and a cherry. Serve with stirring rod.
Notes: After a few drinks, Chris was feeling generous, and offered to make a couple of friends these drinks. He used our Old Overholt, and muddled the bitters with a sugar cube. He actually did peel some lemon rind and decorate the glass with lemon and a cherry, but neglected to a take a picture. Just trust us. Old Fashioneds are delicious, and nice to serve for people who want to feel like Don Draper, but like their drinks a touch sweet.
- 1 dash bitters
- 3/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
- 1 1/2 oz. Old Mr. Boston Whiskey
Stir well with cracked ice and strain into 3 oz. cocktail glass. Serve with a cherry.
Notes: We like these better than Old Fashioneds. They’re easier to make and a little bit drier. I think Chris made these as a second drink for the Old Fashioned drinkers. Nobody complained.
We also invited our friends to look through the guide and make whatever they wanted. My friend Katie was the only one to take us up on the challenge, and she made herself a Twister (p. 101). Here’s that recipe as written:
- 2 oz. Old Mr. Boston Vodka
- Juice of 1/2 lime
Pour into 12 oz. Tom Collins glass. Add several cubes of ice, drop rind into glass. Fill with Seven-Up and stir well.
Notes: We didn’t have Seven-Up (we’re kind of snobby anti-soda people), but we had a lemon-lime seltzer, which I think is close enough. We used Tito’s Vodka because it’s not gross. Do you really need a review of vodka and soda with lime? Come on.
Also, here’s a I took picture of some amazing Lagavulin 16, an outrageously good single-malt scotch, that our friend Tom got us because he rules. This will never, ever be mixed with cocktails. It needs nothing, though I think an ice cube is a welcome addition.
The jigger in front of Mr. Skull was another amazing gift from our friend Katy and her husband- it has classic cocktail recipes in the handle!