since June 2009


Sidecar Cocktail 17 Jun 2009
9:42 pm

I have loved all of the “Cocktail Spirt” recipes I have tried thus far (esp. the Old Fashioned), but for some reason the ratio for this Sidecar tasted a bit off, almost vague. I don’t think it is a question of palate, given that I agree with most of the other ratios Mr. Hess calls for. I tried a number of variations and, using a mid-range Cognac, Cointreau, and fresh lemon juice, I think I prefer the 1:1:1 ratio called for by a few others; it’s just a bit tighter and more defined - both sweeter and more tart (if that’s possible). In my opinion there is an almost lackluster quality to the 4:2:1.

Everyone’s a critic, as they say, and I love this website (and by extension, and I am not trying to be presumptuous. I would love to hear others’ thoughts.

Jasmine Cocktail 19 Jun 2009
9:32 pm

I just made a Jasmine - the color on this thing is amazing. Really good drink. Sort of like a lighthearted Negroni. On the topic of color - any thoughts on the mini controversy over Campari switching from using a beetle-based dye to being “ARTIFICIALLY COLORED,” as the back of the bottle now proclaims? I always thought the insect dye was sort of charming.