Happy New Year Cocktail Catch-Up


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4 Responses

  1. Miss Mary says:

    So many yummy drinks, so little time. Thanks, B.Report

  2. Burt Likko says:

    The Bourbonic Plague sounds… umm… I don’t want to seem like an ingrate because I love the cocktail recipes so I’ll stop now.

    The Cocktail Lyonnais will definitely be given a try this weekend. Yes, it’s a bit after the holidays but Mrs. Likko and I are certainly not going to let that slow us down.

    Fenugreek is not an ingredient I find at the nearby Costco. Do you think I’d have luck at maybe an Asian market?Report

    • Boegiboe in reply to Burt Likko says:

      The Bourbonic Plague was originally an attempt to see if I could make something worth drinking from a mostly worthless (for mixing) ingredient like Midori. The answer was Yes! Jason loathes Midori, yet he likes the Bourbonic Plague. Same answer from the hostess at our New Years Eve party. So, I encourage you to reconsider and give it a shot. You can use one of those little bottles of Midori to avoid having a full bottle of the stuff lying around.

      I do think an Asian market is a good place to start. I would recommend you start by infusing a cup or so of good vodka with a heaping tablespoon of fenugreek until the concoction turns the color of maple syrup (swirling occasionally will be needed to gauge the color). This is not at all how I did it, but I still have a large bottle of too potent fenugreek vodka on my shelf.Report

      • Glyph in reply to Boegiboe says:

        I made a pretty good cocktail recently that seems sort of similar. I poured some absinthe for someone, and they did not enjoy it. But it’s expensive, and they didn’t want to waste it. So, we added Coke to it, reasoning the slightly caramelish flavor of the Coke would go well with the anise flavor from the absinthe, and the carbonation would add a nice little bite.

        And it was really pretty good!

        But it looked absolutely TERRIBLE – the brown of the coke and the milky green of the absinthe combined to look like what your toilet would probably look like the next day if you overdid it.Report