A simple drink that I really love. I discovered this drink at an old restaurant that is no longer… Water Street in Maplewood, MO (a nice town just west of St. Louis.
Robert Treat Special
1 dash of @angosturahouse orange
Stir w/ ice and garnish w/ a lemon
After having first tasted this delicious drink at Disney World, called a “Brandy Antigua” there, I had to have my own bottle of the crema de alba liqueur. The trouble is it’s really hard to find in stores and it can’t be shipped to the state of Missouri (where I live).
Fortunately a new location of The Wine and Cheese Place opened up near my house (Spirit Wine & Craft). Their my favorite place to buy alcoholic beverages in St. Louis because of their perfect selection, fair prices, and top notch customer service. An example of their stellar customer service is the fact that when I brought up this liqueur that had been so elusive to me, they recommended I check the Friar Tuck in Edwardsville, IL. I called that store the next day and sure enough they had it! The Wine & Cheese Place is THAT good! Even stuff they don’t have, they know exactly where you should check to find it! I had already, long before this, called many shops in Illinois thinking I might find some in our state next door. But I hadn’t called the one place that had it. The one place The Wine & Cheese Place recommended. Now after a 3-year hunt, I have my own bottle!
I immediately went to work mixing up that Brandy Antigua drink only with some nice Armagnac instead since I didn’t have any special brandy on hand at the moment. It lived up to my memory and was as good as I remembered. Yum!
Crema de Alba is a cream based liqueur made from aged Spanish brandy. It’s sort of like Irish cream but instead of being based on Irish whiskey, Spanish brandy. It’s very tasty and it’s only $18.
An Armagnac Antigua
1 1/2oz Armagnac
2d orange bitters
Set up a rocks glass with ice, and fill the rest with Gran Duque Crema de Alba liqueur.
Stir with ice and enjoy. (Good with plain cake donuts)
Now in its 9th year, the newly updated “Scientist McGee’s Drinks Menu & Manual” features 33 new drinks (pages 137-153)!
This printable book collects the drinks I’ve mixed up and enjoyed at home over the last 9 years, and the new additions include some wonderful classics such as the Dark & Stormy, The Hurricane, Aged Egg Nog, Whiskey Flip, Singapore Sling, as well as quite a few drinks you’ve probably not yet heard of (including a few of my own creations).
So kick back and enjoy the pages of this menu and manual, with a table of contents organized by base spirit as well as an all-inclusive, carefully cataloged index of all the supporting characters in each drink’s make-up.
Tonight’s quarantini happy hour is a “Blackjack” by Jacques Straub in 1914 and published in the 2011 @pdtnyc book… Made with 1 1/2oz brandy, 1/2oz kirschwasser, 1/2oz cold brew coffee, and 1/4oz Demerara syrup. Shake w/ ice, then strain into a coupe. Garnish w/ a cherry or three.
I turned to an old favorite of mine, a “501”, to celebrate the end of the remote-work week yesterday evening. After a long day, a happy hour tipple with my wife before dinner is always a special treat.
My wife doesn’t like her drinks to be as boozy as I do mine so I oftentimes modify the recipes to suit her taste. So instead of the original single recipe of 1 1/2oz blanco tequila, 3/4oz ginger liqueur, 1/2oz lemon, and 1/4oz Aperol, I made two drinks using the following amounts: 3oz blanco tequila, 2 1/4oz ginger liqueur (Big O brand), 1 1/2oz lemon, and 3/4oz Aperol. Basically I doubled the tequila for two drinks but tripled all the other less stiff ingredients.
It worked out well and was a very nice start to our quarantined weekend, cheers!
I recently purchased Martín Cate’s book about his Smuggler’s Cove bar in San Francisco and tiki drinks, history and culture in general, and I’ve finally been officially drawn into the world of tiki. This book is perfect… Thoughtful, clear, beautiful photos, and most importantly one great drink recipe after another. I love this book and have loved every drink I’ve made out of it so far, as you can see from these 8 recent Instagram posts below. (You can even see that I’ve gotten the bug for tiki glassware, with more on their way in the mail as I type this.) I am officially intrigued by the world of rum, a world that’s never played in integral part of my cocktail life… until now.
A Halekulani Cocktail from my new book “Smuggler’s Cove”… 1 1/2oz #bourbon 1/2oz #lemon 1/2oz #orange 1/2oz #pineapple 1/2oz #grenadine 1/4oz #demerarasyrup 1d @angosturahouse #bitters * <shake w/ ice, then strain into a chilled coupe> *I didn’t have any edible orchids laying around for the prescribed garnish @smugglerscovesf #tiki #halekulani
My 2nd drink from my new @smugglerscovesf book is “Cosa Nostra #2”. The mrs. said she loved it, and I did too.
1 1/2oz @averna #amaro 1oz @still630 lightly aged #rum 3/4oz lemon 1d @angosturahouse #bitters Add everything into a glass of cracked ice, top with 2oz #gingerbeer and stir gently to mix. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Drink #3 from my @smugglerscovesf book now that I have passion fruit syrup… a “Demerara Dry Float”: 1 1/2oz aged rum, 1 1/2oz passion fruit syrup, 2oz lime juice, 1t lemon juice, 1/4oz maraschino liqueur, 1/4oz Demerara syrup *Shake with ice in a strainer but then open pour the mixed contents plus ice into a double rocks glass* Top with a float of 3/4oz black or really dark rum. •••••••••••••••••••••••
#tiki #demerara #rum @appletonestateja #myerssrum
Beachbum Berry’s “Mundo Perdido”… 1 1/2oz black rum 1/2oz #applebrandy 3/4oz #lemon 1/4oz #cinnamonsyrup 1/4oz #demerarasyrup *shake with ice, strain into a chilled coupe*
A “Suffering Bastard”: 1oz #brandy 1oz #londondrygin 1/2oz #lime 1/4oz #demerarasyrup 2d @angosturahouse bitters. <shake w/ ice and strain into a Collins glass> Add 4oz #gingerbeer, fill up with crushed ice and garnish with a #mintsprig
#tiki @smugglerscovesf @latitude29nola
“The Sexpert” of @smugglerscovesf – I have yet to make a drink out of their book that wasn’t fantastic. The hits just keep comin’! This one’s made with 1 1/2oz #pisco 1/2oz #gin 1/2oz #velvetfalernum 1/2oz #passionfruit syrup 1/2oz #lemon and 6d of @bittercube #trinitybitters <shake w/ ice, then strain> (Garnish w/ an edible flower, which I don’t have any)
Delicious!!! #tiki #sanfrancisco
“The Mastodon” w/ 1 1/2oz @still630 aged #rum 1 1/2oz @schnuckmarkets #bourbon 1/2oz #maraschinoliqueur 1/2oz @licor43usa 3oz #pineapple 1oz #passionfruit 1/2oz #lime 2d #peychaud’s #bitters <Add everything into a mixer, fill w/ 12oz crushed ice + 4 ice cubes, flash blend & open pour into glass>
This @smugglerscovesf book is on 🔥
“Merciless Virgin”… 1 1/2oz lightly aged #rum 1/2oz @cherryheering 1/2oz #velvetfalernum 1/2oz seltzer 1/4oz #drycuraçao 3/4oz lemon <Add 12oz crushed ice + 4 ice cubes, shake and open pour into glass> Garnish with cherries
@smugglerscovesf @pierreferrandpf @still630 #tiki
My prized possession of 2019… a coworker of mine just returned from Cuba and brought me these coasters from the Floridita bar… the birthplace of the daiquiri and Ernest Hemingway’s personal watering hole.
#floridita #hemingway #daiquiri
Rough sketch in the Kubrick series #2… A Fidelio (which is a far, far reaching twist on a Sex on the Beach) made with 1 1/2oz @hendricksgin , 3/4oz lemon juice, 1/2oz @montellewinery peach eau de vie, 3 dashes simple syrup and 3 dashes of @bittercube Trinity bitters *shake with ice, then double-strain into a coupe* Add a lemon twist
#kubrick #fidelio #sour #eyeswideshut
The first of six forthcoming Stanley Kubrick-inspired cocktails I’m creating… This one’s called “REDRUM” and features 1oz @angosturahouse 7-year aged #rum 1oz #cherryheering 1/2oz #limejuice 1/2oz #brandy 1/4oz @montellewinery #peachbrandy and 1/4oz #demerarasyrup *stir with ice, then strain into a cup filled with crushed ice* Add a cherry for garnish and a float of #grenadine on top.
#stanleykubrick #theshiningmovie #smcgoriginalcocktail
Back in St. Louis today after a week in New Orleans… there’s no reason I can’t keep the “one brandy milk punch every morning routine” going though, right?
Brandy Milk Punch: 2oz brandy 4oz whole milk 1oz simple syrup 1d vanilla extract *shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled highball glass* Garnish with nutmeg