Chris CV

since July 2010


Sherman Cocktail 15 Nov 2011
11:40 am

Just a heads-up, but the recipe listing has the vermouth and whiskey volumes swapped.

I also strongly recommend the Misto olive oil sprayer for spritzing absinthe.  I love that thing. Before I got it, absinthe seemed to take over my drinks no matter how little I tried to pour in.

Commander's Palace - New Orleans 17 Nov 2011
3:12 pm

This place used to have a location in Vegas. I sorely miss it.

Bourbon Milk Punch 26 Jul 2011
11:46 am

This is a good one, but my family makes a milk punch every Christmas that is amazing.  I believe it has similar ingredients plus rum, brandy and whole eggs.  It’s made in a giant batch and left in the snow overnight, so it gets slightly frozen.  I really need to get that recipe.

Bourbon Milk Punch 28 Jul 2011
7:04 am

That’s what I always figured, until I had actual egg nog. That recipe tastes much closer to this drink that any egg nog I have ever tasted, which I don’t even like. It probably is technically a nog that just has far less egg than normal for the volume made. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s just one or two eggs in the five gallon batch.

Gunpowder and Smoke Cocktail 15 Mar 2011
10:00 am

Gunpowder liqueur sounds good.  What are the ratios you use for it? And do you have any other suggested uses?

Manhattan Cocktail - Stirred vs. Shaken 14 Dec 2010
8:52 am

Back when I started mixing at home, I didn’t care much about the appearance of my drinks.  I still much preferred a stirred Manhattan over shaken—maybe it’s just the texture like you said, but it really seemed like shaking somehow hurt the flavor.

Corpse Reviver #2 Cocktail 29 Oct 2010
7:53 am

It looks good, but I don’t have any Lillet Blanc—I’ll try to remedy that today.

Robert, did you ever find your source for CR #3? I know I like that one.

Tom Collins Cocktail 20 Oct 2010
5:11 pm

Tanqueray original for me.  I was raised on the stuff. I’ve heard people say it doesn’t mix well, but I love it straight and in cocktails.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Hendrick’s and Plymouth and some of the others I’ve tried, too, but I keep coming back.

Singapore Sling Cocktail 13 Oct 2010
9:34 am

Yay, a new one!

This is a fantastic drink (I first made after finding it on DrinkBoy a couple months ago).  If today’s Straits Sling was the true original, I much prefer the replacement.

Quick question: why do you always list it as Cherry Herring instead of Heering?

Keep up the good work!

Singapore Sling Cocktail 15 Oct 2010
11:34 am

Oh, I thought maybe you knew some old story about how it was traditionally called Herring, but through some comedy of errors, it turned into Heering.

Voyager Cocktail 6 Oct 2010
7:19 pm

I loved this drink, but I tweaked it by using half gold rum and half dark. I really liked the extra flavor from the Gosling’s.

Hula Hula Cocktail 29 Aug 2010
6:27 pm

Hey Robert,
When you use orange juice in a drink, do you use pasteurized juice?  Or maybe sour oranges? When I make a drink like this using navel or other sweet oranges, it seems to lack a necessary tartness, so I might add a little lemon to brighten it up some.  I can’t stand the taste of the cooked juice, so I never have any on hand.

El Floridita Cocktail 11 Jul 2010
4:09 pm

Hi Robert, I’m a big fan of the show.  I’ve been making my own grenadine for a while now, but I’ve just been using pomegranate juice.  Like lemons and limes, pomegranates are found in varying sizes. About what volume of arils do you use in your recipe of 2 cups sugar and 1 cup water?

Jasmine Cocktail 20 Jul 2010
8:00 pm

Wow, this really does kick you in the face like a bitter grapefruit juice. 

Interestingly, it’s like the other side of a discovery I made back in college. At the time, I only enjoyed drinking straight gin, straight whiskey, or straight brandy (it’s the way of my family).  I was often left to mix random concoctions when friends only had vodka on hand.  I discovered that when I mixed vodka with Squirt or Fresca (Grapefruit soda), it had a flavor that distinctly reminded me of gin.

Anyway, I agree with Boavida that your ratio is better than Harrington’s, but still a little heavy on the Compari.  I loved your Rosita, though.