Champagne Flamingo

By Robert Hess

Robert mixes up a delicious and elegant Champagne Flamingo cocktail.

Recipe

Champagne Flamingo

3/4 oz Campari

3/4 oz Vodka

Champagne

Instructions

  • stir with ice
  • strain into a champagne flute
  • top with Champagne
  • garnish with a lemon or orange twist
  • Comments
    Robert Hess 17 Aug 2007
    9:01 am

    Do any of the rest of you have favorite books that you’ve found invaluable to your cocktail research?

    JT 9 Oct 2007
    2:33 pm

    Hi, I’m after a bit of help, I had a cocotail once in a bar called The Witches Tavern in Bangkok.  They served cocktails with a dry ice effect coming from the glass.  With halloween coming up I’d like to make some of these drinks but I don’t know what they used to make this effect, can you help me and tell me what they would have used.

    thank you

    Robert Hess 9 Oct 2007
    2:55 pm

    JT,

    They do that dry-ice effect with… well… dry ice.

    Dry ice itself should not be ingested, and so this sort of trick is not one that is recommended.

    -Robert

    Johan 1 Dec 2007
    10:40 am

    Hi, i really love your show and i think its very helpful, altough in this episode i noticed something that are so great mistakes i just had to laugh. The recipe and what you are doing doesent match, in the recipe it says 3/4 oz vodka, but at the end of the episode the recipe say 1 oz vodka. And on the method of making this cocktail it says that you should “Shake with ice” but in the episode you stir the cocktail. Im a bit confused right now. Thanks anyway for a great show, hope to see more episodes

    Small Screen Colin 3 Dec 2007
    11:06 am

    Johan,

    Thank you for your comment. I went back over the episode and you are indeed correct. I have made changes accordingly with the exception of the video. It would just take too long to re-encode. The site now reflects the proper mixing method.

    Keep the comments coming!

    Al Nelson 20 Dec 2007
    2:46 am

    How can a guy grab one of the pocket guides you spoke of? They’d make excellent stocking stuffers for the holiday.

    Also, have you noticed that with the British books…the recipes are slightly diff. from what we are accustomed to?  For example the Diffords guide (volume 5) has a seabreeze calling for 2 to 1 ratio of cranberry to grapefruit.  Same goes for the bay breeze with a 2 to 1 for cran/pineapple.  Have you noticed this trait in other cocktails from across the pond?

    Robert Hess 20 Dec 2007
    7:00 am

    The “Pocket Recipe Guide” won’t be available for this Christmas season unfortunately, we (the Museum) ran out of copies, but have just submitted a second edition to “BookSurge”, which is the “on demand” printing company that Amazon.com uses. So check Amazon in about a week, and they should be available.

    As for “British” cocktails, there are some minor differences as well as styles from there to here. One difference is that in London I can usually get a great Old Fashioned… over here, not so often.

    greg baxter 2 Jan 2008
    7:15 pm

    i made this drink its very good

    Buy Gumbo 26 Mar 2008
    9:13 pm

    Well, here are two of my favorite books.  They are from my website, (so sorry for shameless self promotion, but they are good books).

    [url=“http://www.buygumbo.com/1891267310/The-Bartenders-Black-Book-Eighth-Edition-2-800-New-and-Classic-Recipes.html”>Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch</a>

    and my very favorite bar book:

    <a ]The Bartender’s Black Book, Eighth Edition: 2,800 New as well as Classic Recipes[/url]

    Josh - Peace

    Hieronymus 31 Mar 2008
    12:16 pm

    Great, just what I need - more cocktails books I must buy! Just come onto your site and I love it.

    I looked over the A-Z book in the bookstore and it looked great. I esp. love the index by ingredient, not just alcohol. But instead I bought the “New and Revised” edition of one of my favorite books, The Martini Book by Sally Ann Berk. Great book on Martini recipes that was sadly out of print.

    I also enjoy New Classic Cocktails by Allan Gage (two cocktails per page, one classic and one a variation, like sidecar and spicy sidecar, using Capt. Morgan), and Shaken Not Stirred by Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown, a very nice collection of martini & martini-like cocktails, with nice writing.

    blair frodelius 8 Apr 2008
    3:31 pm

    Robert,

    So many books, so little time….

    In addition to the ones you mention in the video, I’ve found the following to be invaluable to my mixology experience:

    Esquire Drinks by David Wondrich (OOP)
    Imbibe! by David Wondrich
    Cocktail by Paul Harrington
    The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar book by A.S. Crockett
    The Stork Club Bar Book by Lucius Beebe
    The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock
    Shaken Not Stirred by Anistatia R. Miller & Jared M. Brown
    Classic Cocktails by Salvator Calabrese
    The Ideal Bartender by Tom Bullock

    For great books on the various spirits used in cocktails I recommend:
    Kindred Spirits by F. Paul Pacult (In a new edition released last month)
    The Complete Book of Spirits by Anthony Dias Blue

    For those looking for info on specific spirits, check out the “Classic” series put out by Prion Books in the U.K.  Each volume covers just about everything from Bourbon to Vodka.

    By the way, just as a personal triumph; I picked up an original copy of Jerry Thomas’ Bar-Tender’s Guide 1887 edition in Near Mint condition last week for $30.  It looks like it was never opened other than to write the owner’s name on the inside!

    Blair

    Robert Hess 8 Apr 2008
    8:48 pm

    Blair, thanks for adding those titles. They are all great books. There are SO many great books, it’s hard to even consider including all of them in any sort of commentary like this.

    “Imbibe!” was not out when we filmed this, otherwise I almost would have certainly included it here. And all of the other books you mention are worth picking up as well, and there are countless, countless others as well… sigh…

    -Robert

    blair frodelius 12 Apr 2008
    4:39 pm

    Robert,

    I just found out today that The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks by David
    Embury will be reprinted this summer.

    Cheers!

    Blair

    Robert Hess 12 Apr 2008
    6:01 pm

    Yes. Greg Boehm of Mud Puddle books was able to track down the person who owned the copyright to “Fine Art of Mixing drinks” (Mr. Embury’s Daughter, Ruth), and was able to get the rights to issue a new edition. He also is publishing reprints of several other long-out-of-print classics, including the 1900 Harry Johnson.

    Hopefully we will have these available at “Tales of the Cocktail” in July.

    -Robert

    Dinah Sanders (MetaGrrrl) 21 May 2008
    8:18 pm

    I’ll second those vote for
    Esquire Drinks by David Wondrich (OOP)
    Imbibe! by David Wondrich
    Cocktail by Paul Harrington
    and for a great view of the San Francisco kitchen-driven fresh ingredients approach, I highly recommend The Art of the Bar by Jeff Hollinger and Rob Schwartz.

    Great news about the reprints coming!

    Ray Gibson 13 Jun 2008
    11:11 am

    I used to be a bartender.  I lent my copy of “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks” to a twit I know who could not pass her bar exam and worked as a bartender while she studied for her next attempt.
      She never gave it back and when I pressed her about it she said she did not remember receiving the book from me.
      Since then, of course, I have seen the book offered at prices from about $110 to $400 for the book.
      So I am excited about the possibility of a reprint.  Do you have a timeline for release of the book and information on cost and ordering?  Thank you.

    Ray Gibson

    Robert Hess 13 Jun 2008
    11:59 am

    Ray,

    “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks” should be out by September, if not before (Mudpuddle is hoping to have some copies available for sale at Tales of the Cocktail in mid July).

    it should be listed for pre-order on Amazon.com within a week or two.

    While it currently is lacking much in the way of info, here is the website for these books:
    http://www.cocktailkingdom.com/

    -Robert

    aeses 30 Jun 2008
    12:54 am

    I just found out today that The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks by David
    Embury will be reprinted this summer.
    youtube, izlesene

    Ivan R.S. 16 Dec 2008
    7:55 pm

    what about “The Waldorf-Astoria Old Cook Book”?
    Is one of my favouites and it also talks about old fashioned rule of behavior that, in my opinion, are wonderfully amazing…

    Robert Hess 17 Dec 2008
    6:39 am

    Ivan, never heard of “The Waldorf-Astoria Old Cook Book”, and just did a search for it and couldn’t find it, if you have any more information about it I’d love to hear… although perhaps you are thinking about either:

    “Old Waldorf Bar Days”
    or
    “The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book”

    The latter of which is essentially a “subset” of Bar Days, in which just the cocktail recipes and information directly related to cocktails is presented.

    Both of these are excellent books and worth having in your collection.

    Mark Dellelo 26 Nov 2009
    6:40 am

    Hi, Robert—I’ve just recently discovered your show and I’m really enjoying catching up with all of the episodes, they’ve expanded my knowledge and enjoyment enormously.  Question about this episode: It looks like the beginning portion where you recommend books for a cocktail library has been edited out—the show begins with you mixing up a Champagne Flamingo.  I made and enjoyed this drink but I’d sure love to see the segment on cocktail books if it’s possible to restore it!

    Chuck Burns 5 Dec 2010
    10:07 pm

    I too would love to see the deleted portion of the episode that dealt with books. Though perhaps, given the recently available reprints, a new episode on nothing but books would be appropriate.

    Mark Blackhart 25 Aug 2011
    10:23 am

    Robert, where does this recipe originate (As the last couple comments have mentioned, there appears to be much of the video taken out now)?

    Also, why stir this drink?  It’s going to get champagne added to it, so there’s seemingly no need to avoid air bubbles.

    Robert Hess 25 Aug 2011
    11:09 am

    Mark, I think so far, I’ve only seen this recipe in one location, which is a huge Drink Encyclopedia that I got a long time ago. I’m sure the drink existed before then, but it didn’t have any further details.

    This episode was trimmed down to try to focus on a single topic (the cocktail) since it seems a lot of these internet users have a short attention span.

    We are currently looking at doing something which would provide some of that overall information again, and in a way that works great for both those of short attention span, as well as those willing to sit down with a good drink and watch for a while.

    -Robert

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