Matthew Parks

since February 2012 job Web Design / SEO


Measuring is Important - Floridita Cocktail 16 Jan 2015
12:04 am

I really like this OXO Jigger - It has 1.5oz/1oz - I like it because it combines all the jiggers into one. On the inside it has an small metal raised line that splits the 1.5oz side into .75oz and the 1.0oz side into .5oz and .25oz - Think I found it at target or somewhere similar.

Sangria Blanc 12 Jun 2012
11:55 am

St Germaine is always wonderful paired with a good sparkling. Also pear and apricot liqueurs work wonders as well. And with summer pepper season around the corner, there’s nothing wrong with throwing in a few good red chiles to spice it up and give it some character!

Evergreen Swizzle Cocktail 29 May 2012
4:09 pm

This is an excellent cocktail for summer! Had to sub a few things and it still came out great.. Didn’t have the edinburgh yet in Nashville, TN so I used Deaths Door, which has a similar pine character. In lieu of Yellow Chartreuse, I dropped it down to 1/4 oz of Green as the green is just a bit richer than yellow and I felt it would lend a great green color to the cocktail, and in lieu of the Zirbenz pine, I substituted 1/2 oz of Clear Creek Douglis Fir Eau de Vie, a bit easier to find.

Zim Zala Bim Cocktail 19 Feb 2012
2:51 pm

Tried this with a cazadores resposado. 1st time by recipe. Wonderful results. 2nd time added just a drop of (important) maraschino. Found the slight nuttiness of the luxardo plays perfect with the resposado. Cazadores has a slight anise undertone so I’m curious how (literally) just a drop of absinthe may work (probably horrible) but we’ll see next time.

"Old Fashioned" Simple Syrup 4 Feb 2012
4:33 pm

Great.. Using a bit extra bourbon seems to compensate for crystallization. Using a smaller bottle works better as well.

Also, careful if you’re on a gas stove.. I forgot about the high alcohol content in the angostura and about blew myself up by tipping the pan before it came off the range. :)

Pimm's Cup Cocktail 19 Feb 2012
3:01 pm

Pimms cup is one of my favorites on a warm spring day especially when strawberries are in season. Try this one on for size when you need a quick refresher:

Slice of cucumber
Half a strawberry
1.5 Hendricks gin
1.5 Pimms #1
.25 Canton Ginger Liqueur
.25 Rich Simple
.25 Lime Juice
2-3 mint leaves

Shake hard with ice, double strain over ice in collins glass, top with soda.