If you are a regular reader of the Scofflaw’s Den, you probably already are familiar with Thursday Drink Night (TDN.) For those who aren’t, here is a little primer.
Every Thursday night (officially) beginning at 7pm EST, cocktail enthusiasts, bloggers, writers, bartenders and other sundry forms of riff-raff gather at the online Mixoloseum Bar. We usually have a particular theme and everyone throws out recipes utilizing that particular themed ingredient. Some drinks work, others get tossed down the sink never to be thought of again. The fun is trying new things and occasionally hitting upon an undiscovered gem.
I’ve been lucky to co-create two drinks that have turned out to be favorites. The first was way back in December when Rick of Kaiser Penguin and I collaborated and came up with the . . .
1oz Citadelle Reserve Gin
1oz Lime Juice
.50oz Grapefruit Juice
.50oz Cinnamon Syrup
1 dash Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters
1 dash Fee’s Grapefruit Bitters
Ginger Beer to top
Build everything except ginger beer in a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Give it a good stir and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a lime twist. Rick likes to throw a few strands of saffron on the top to gild the lilly.
Thanks to Rick contacting the good folks at Citadelle Gin, they tried it and loved it. In fact, they liked it enough to send Rick and I a bottle of Citadelle Reserve for our efforts. Keep your eye on the Den for a write-up on Citadelle Reserve. It is a fantastic gin!
This past Thursday, TDN was sponsored by Mata Hari Absinthe and we were lucky enough to have a live outpost at the Tabard Inn here in DC. Gathered at the Tabard’s bar were Sean and I, Rick of Kaiser Penguin, Nathan, a cocktail enthusiast from Pittsburgh, PA, Sam of Brand Action Team and Owen our videographer for the evening. You can find Sam’s post on TDN here. Chantal Tseng, head bartender at Tabard Inn was graciously making our drinks as we wrote down the recipes that came across the computer screen.
For my drink, I gave Chantal a list of five specific ingredients and asked her to find a good ratio. The ingredient list consisted of brandy, amaro nonino, Mata Hari Absinthe, sherry and bitters. The drink that was invented was . . .
The Bitter Industry
.50oz Amaro Nonino
.50oz Amontillado Sherry
1 dash Mata Hari Absinthe
2 dashes orange bitters
Stir in a quadrangular motion with cracked ice and strain with the flick of the wrist into a chilled cocktail glass.
And what do you know, The Bitter Industry won for best cocktail of the night! A platitude I am more than honored to share with Chantal. If you are interested in reading the full write up of this past TDN, you can find it here on the Mixoloseum blog. For the brave of heart, there is also a link to the full transcript of the nights festivities at the end of the write up.
Give both of these drinks a try and let me know what you think! While you’re at it, stop by the Mixoloseum Bar and chat for a while. And please join us Thursday nights for a great night of recipe collaboration.