Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Cocktail Hour(s)

We are having a Mad Men moment on Church Street.


OK, it isn't exactly a 'moment' because it started last summer after we went to a lecture and demonstration by a celebrity bartender.


The story of our life includes several chapters devoted to often time-consuming, sometimes rewarding, culinary pursuits - homemade bagels...homemade ravioli...homemade sausage - endeavors which necessitated the purchase of mountains of specialized equipment - but I think this is going to require a move out of the kitchen.


Yes, we are now in a cocktail phase and these days it's about infusing spirits, flavored syrups and fresh sour mix. Parties at home feature a cocktail du jour (or punch if it's a crowd.)


Of course, this has led to the acquisition of yet more specialized equipment - a Boston shaker and a Hawthorn strainer, a muddler and a citrus stripper (that is for making neat curls of lemon rind and nothing else.)


I don't see this phase passing quickly - or possibly at all because, frankly, I am enjoying it (unlike sausage making which I did not) -  and it gives me an excuse to add to my collection of vintage glassware. So, I am looking for a versatile and stylish set-up to contain our permanent home bar.


While I love the bookcase above, I think a bar cart is a good place to start.


At the moment I am leaning toward this one, Arteriors' Connaught antique brass bar cart (also available in polished nickel.)




I'll leave you with a recipe for the Sazerac Cocktail pictured at the top courtesy of Bon Appetit.

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons Herbsaint or Pernod
1 cup bourbon
1/2 teaspoon Peychaud's bitters or Angostura bitters
4 teaspoons simple syrup
lemon twist
Preparation:
Swirl 1/2 teaspoon Herbsaint or Pernod in each of 4 Martini glasses to coat inside of glasses.
Fill cocktail shaker with ice; add bourbon, bitters, simple syrup, and lemon twist. Shake well; strain into glasses.

Cheers.


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