Monday, November 07, 2011

My Latest Cocktail Creations

Last night I did a test run on a really cool cocktail idea that I've been kicking around lately: a Negroni. I know I know, a Negroni is so well known & it's not that unique or a cool idea even anymore. But I've been dreaming about a white Negroni, or as I named it: Negroni Bianco. For my Negroni Bianco I used 1.5 oz Corsair Gin, 1 oz Cocchi Americano & 1 oz Dolin Vermouth Blanc. I stirred it about 40 times so as not to bruise it too much, poured it over a large cube which wouldn't dilute it quickly. I then peeled a lemon with a vegetable peeler took a 1.5 inch long strip of lemon peel & flamed it over the cocktail. It was bittersweet, pungent but mellow & absolutely delicious. Sorry, no pic. My other cocktail idea that has been haunting me is a spiced Manhattan which I think is very holiday-esque. So, here we go. Pour into a shaker 2 oz Bourbon (either Eagle Rare, Bulleit or Buffalo Trace) with 1 oz Punt e Mes or Dolin Rouge vermouth & 1 oz St Elizabeth's Allspice Dram. I then added 2 dashes of my homemade Allen Benton Bacon Bitter's & one dash of Angostura Bitter's. Shake or stir to chill & pour into a cocktail glass. You can either serve it up or, as I did here, over a large ice cube. I also skewered some of my homemade bourbon & cherry liqueur poached cherries. I give you the the Spiced Manhattan. Delicious.

7 comments:

Justin Fox Burks said...

I'm lucky enough to have had both, and I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite. They are both delicious. I do believe that I would crown the negroni the winner if I had to choose.

Michael Hughes said...

Why thank you Justin! That Negroni Bianco is quite delicious isn't it. I can see it becoming a regular part of my repertoire.

Chip Chockley said...

Oh wow-- I've a big fan of Manhattans, and this one looks freaking awesome. Wouldn't turn down one of those Negronis either.

Michael Hughes said...

Thanks Chip. If you make the Spiced Manhattan start with less St Elizabeth's Allspice Dram & see how you like it before you use a whole 1 oz. It can be a little intense.

Samantha Dugan said...

Negroni Blanco for me please!

Michael Hughes said...

For you Sam? Anything.

reyne martin said...

You guy is really a genius. How could you made it? I just wondered. I just say it is lovely creation.
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