Voyager Cocktail - The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess - Small Screen
Voyager Cocktail - The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess - Small Screen
Cherries in Cocktails - A Proper Garnish for the Little Italy Cocktail
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The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess
Sign up for the Small Screen Email Newsletter: http://vid.io/xdM Be the first to know when new episodes air on our site! How to Make the Voyager Cocktail This represents my entry into the classic Tiki cocktail arena. Since those Polynesian inspired restaurants were intended as a mini-vacation, I felt the name "Voyager" worked really well... or perhaps it's because I'm a big Star Trek fan... either way, it's a great drink. Watch on Small Screen: http://www.smallscreennetwork.com/video/129/cocktail_spirit_voyager/ RECIPE 2 oz gold rum 1/2 oz lime juice 1/2 oz Benedictine 1/2 oz falernum 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters INSTRUCTIONS Shake with ice. Pour into glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Maraschino cherries are a staple ingredient behind almost any bar. They are an extremely common garnish for a wide variety of cocktails, and if you look through the annals of historical cocktail books, you find cherries to have been a cocktail garnish for over a hundred years. The common maraschino cherries we have today, however, bare little resemblance to the cherries bartenders in the 1800’s would have used. The original maraschino cherries were imported “Marasca” cherries, a dark sour cherry from Dalmatia (now Croatia). They were packed in a thick flavorful liqueur, and where considered a luxury treat. Soon cheaper imports sprang onto the market, trying to satisfy the American sweet tooth. These “imitation” maraschino cherries were sometimes made using questionable methods, and were usually artificially flavored in order to disguise either the lack of flavor in the resultant product, or the off-flavors which resulted from the processing. American cherries were deemed unacceptable for use since they had a softer texture which got even worse once the cherries were prepared. The Pure Food Act of 1906 paved the way to clean up the methods used for manufacturing consumables. This helped to eliminate much of the downright dangerous cherries on the market, but did nothing for the “imitators” of the real thing. In America, methods were developed to turn a “Royal Anne” cherry into a crude approximation of the maraschino cherry. Then in 1912, the FDA stepped in to clarify what it meant to be a “maraschino” cherry: - “maraschino cherries” should be applied only to marasca cherries preserved in maraschino. This decision further described maraschino as a liqueur or cordial prepared by process of fermentation and distillation from the marasca cherry, a small variety of the European wild cherry indigenous to the Dalmatian Mountains. Products prepared from cherries of the Royal Anne type, artificially colored and flavored and put up in flavored sugar sirup might be labeled “Imitation Maraschino Cherries” (http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceManuals/CompliancePolicyGuidanceManual/ucm074535.htm) -- Today, non-marasca maraschino cherries are no longer required to refer to themselves as “imitation” but, once you’ve tried the real thing, you can clearly see there is no comparison. To help distinguish true marasca cherries from rest it has become common to pronounce real maraschino cherries as “mare-es-KEE-no”, as it was originally pronounced, and those neon red globes as “mare-a-CHEE-no”. For your cocktail use, the best cherries to look for are Luxardo Maraschino Cherries, while costing more than the supermarket variety, they are worth having on hand. You can thank the Pegu Club of New York for establishing the relationship with the Luxardo Company back in 2005 to bring these cherries into the US in bulk and then popularizing them amongst craft bartenders across the nation. SUBSCRIBE to Small Screen: http://bit.ly/MF8FOT Sign up for the Small Screen email newsletter & be the first to know when new episodes air on our site!: http://bit.ly/13B6uVE The Cocktail Spirit on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ajfvq5 Small Screen on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/15F6PwT Small Screen on Twitter: http://bit.ly/16Drsuj Small Screen on Pinterest: http://bit.ly/18lxkp9 Watch this episode on Small Screen: Little Italy Cocktail created by Audrey Saunders Recipe: 2 oz Rye Whiskey 3/4 oz sweet vermouth 1/2 oz Cynar 2 bar spoons of Luxardo Maraschino Cherry syrup: http://bit.ly/luxardomaraschinocherries Instructions: Stir ingredients with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Drizzle cherry syrup into cocktail glass. Garnish with Luxardo Maraschino Cherry.
SUBSCRIBE to Small Screen: http://bit.ly/MF8FOT Sign up for the Small Screen email newsletter & be the first to know when new episodes air on our site!: http://bit.ly/13B6uVE Ice has become one of those things that some cocktail geeks can really… well… geek out about. You don’t have to look to hard to find people discussing the science of crystal clear ice, how to make hand-carved ice balls, or various other highly involved details about the ice that goes into mixing the perfect cocktail. As these deep examinations on ice start turning into esoteric exercise, it is easy to start dismissing the importance of ice all together. Ice is just frozen water isn’t it? What’s the big deal? In truth, thinking about the ice you put into your drink is a very important consideration. At the most rudimentary level it is all about size/shape, and temperature. Some bars will use what is referred to as Half-Cube or Crescent ice. These are two slightly different shapes, but about the same size, about the size of a pat of butter. This small and flatish ice will fill the glass with more ice than cubes would which will make the glass look like it is fuller of beverage than it actually is. Since there is more surface area exposed on this shape, it will melt faster as well. The result of course is a flabby drink, and not much of it. Higher end bars will go out of their way to use nice sized cube ice, the larger the cube, the less surface area exposed, and the slower the melt. For serving a drink on the rocks, you can select a size that virtually fills up the glass, but for mixing a drink you need something smaller so you aren’t fighting with the ice when you stir. The most common size is just a little over 1” cube. From a temperature standpoint, at a fairly rudimentary level, ice can be either “wet” or so cold it is “dry”. Wet ice has already started melting, and has a thin layer of water on it, which will immediately go into the drink. “Dry” ice (not to be confused with the CO2 based “dry ice”) is so cold that its surface hasn’t started melting yet. If you touch a cube of “dry” ice, your finger will stick to it because the ice is so cold it freezes to the small bit of moisture on your finger. So while there is nothing wrong with geeking out about ice, your primary concern is to use nice sized cube which are as cold as possible. The Cocktail Spirit on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ajfvq5 Small Screen on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/15F6PwT Small Screen on Twitter: http://bit.ly/16Drsuj Small Screen on Pinterest: http://bit.ly/18lxkp9 Watch this episode on Small Screen: Recipe: Instructions:
SUBSCRIBE to Small Screen: http://bit.ly/MF8FOT Sour Mix: Just Say No. As the saying goes, when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. For bartenders, that “hammer” can come in the form of “sour mix”. For sour style cocktails (such as Daiquiri, Margarita, Sidecar, Cosmopolitan, etc.), the proper balance between sweet and sour is important to achieve. You can add just a quarter ounce too much tart citrus juice to a cocktail and send it over the cliff. So imagine the value of getting that “just right” balance ahead of time, in bulk, and then being able to turn out well-balanced drinks that much quicker, without having to be as concerned about getting the recipe right. One of the problems of course is that not all sour style cocktails are created equal. Even a great sour mix, made from scratch, won’t work well in multiple recipes. Probably the only time that a sour mix “batch” is appropriate, is for a catering type of operation or event. This would be where you either know you are going to be slammed all night with people ordering a specific cocktail, or you have to use untrained staff. In such a situation you can have the “right” sour mix for the couple of drinks you’ll be offering, make it easier for untrained staff to get the recipe right, and take a little less time doing it. Sour mix was not created as a cocktail ingredient, but as a cocktail shortcut. The next time you see a recipe that calls for “sour mix”, realize that you will be far better off looking for another recipe. Sign up for the Small Screen email newsletter & be the first to know when new episodes air on our site!: http://bit.ly/13B6uVE The Cocktail Spirit on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ajfvq5 Small Screen on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/15F6PwT Small Screen on Twitter: http://bit.ly/16Drsuj Small Screen on Pinterest: http://bit.ly/18lxkp9 Watch this episode on Small Screen: Daiquiri Recipe: 2 oz white rum 3/4 oz fresh lime juice 3/4 oz simple syrup Instructions: Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail coup.
Small Screen delivers beautifully crafted videos about cocktails, bartending, mixology, food and cooking, each and every week. SUBSCRIBE to Small Screen: http://bit.ly/MF8FOT The Importance of Measuring (The Floridita) There are two distinct camps that bartenders often segment themselves into, those that free-pour and those that measure. Personally, I am a strong proponent of measuring. I feel that the only mildly valid argument against it, is that measuring takes a little longer, and so in a very busy bar it might slow things down. While it is possible to train yourself to be fairly accurate at the free-pour, it is also possible to train yourself to be fast enough at using a jigger that it doesn’t matter. I have no intention of settling this debate here, but I do feel it is valuable to emphasize the importance of properly measuring your ingredients. For some drinks, the proper measure is more important than others. One-Quarter of an ounce is not a very big measure, and it can be easy to accidentally over or under pour by that much when mixing drinks. Drinks such as the Old Fashioned, Manhattan, and Martini are such that being off a little bit may not be very noticeable, but when mixing drinks with tart citrus, or intense ingredients like Chartreuse, that 1/4 ounce can make a big difference. I think many bartenders see it as a rite of passage to feel they are skilled enough to free-pour, while others see it as a sign of how serious they take their craft that they carefully measure everything. Feel free to make up your own decision on this issue, but hopefully you realize that whether you free-pour or jigger, being sure you get the precise measure is important for making great cocktails. Sign up for the Small Screen email newsletter & be the first to know when new episodes air on our site!: http://bit.ly/13B6uVE The Cocktail Spirit on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ajfvq5 Small Screen on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/15F6PwT Small Screen on Twitter: http://bit.ly/16Drsuj Small Screen on Pinterest: http://bit.ly/18lxkp9 Watch this episode on Small Screen: Recipe: 1 1/2 oz rum 1/2 oz fresh lime juice 1/2 oz sweet vermouth 1/8 oz créme de cacao 1/8 oz grenadine Instructions: Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe.
SUBSCRIBE to Small Screen: http://bit.ly/MF8FOT Sign up for the Small Screen email newsletter & be the first to know when new episodes air on our site!: http://bit.ly/13B6uVE There used to be a time when the amount of dry vermouth that would make it into your Martini would have been better measured by an eye dropper instead of a jigger. To this day, you can still find little spray bottles being sold as “vermouth misters” to allow only the slightest amount of vermouth to be added to your Martini. When you are using that little vermouth in your Martini, that means that you are going through your vermouth very slowly, making it very, very old before you make even the slightest dent in it. Vermouth is a wine. And like any wine, it will oxidize over time, which will impact its flavor. Vermouth is what is known as a fortified/aromatized wine (Port and Sherry are simply fortified wines). Fortification simply means adding an alcohol to the wine, usually brandy. This originally was done to help preserve it, the higher alcohol content would make it last longer. Aromatization means that herbs, spices, and botanicals have been added to it. The original intent of this was to produce a supposedly medicinal beverage, with wormwood being the key ingredient of vermouth, which is where it gets its name. These botanicals also had a side-effect of giving the wine a longer shelf-life, not because it reduced oxidation, but because it would sort of mask the effects of oxidation. Even with fortification and aromatization vermouth is still a wine, and so its shelf life, once opened, is limited. Those dusty bottles of vermouth you might have on your shelf are not going to do anything good for any drink you use them in. This could be part of what leads to the fear that some people have of vermouth, and hence the gymnastics they may go through to use as little of it as possible in their cocktails (the Martini specifically). You owe it to yourself, and the guests you are serving, to use as fresh of a bottle of vermouth as you can. This will mean buying as small a bottle as possible and keeping it refrigerated when not in use. If you have any doubts about the age of that bottle, then relegate it for use in cooking, where it works quite well. The Cocktail Spirit on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ajfvq5 Small Screen on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/15F6PwT Small Screen on Twitter: http://bit.ly/16Drsuj Small Screen on Pinterest: http://bit.ly/18lxkp9 Watch this episode on Small Screen: Recipe: Instructions:
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