Mardi Gras Cocktails for Fat Tuesday! Featuring Stoli and Dress The Drink…

4 03 2014

You don’t have to be in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday! Master Mixologist David Brogan showed us how to make some Mardi Gras-themed cocktails!

Mardi Gras Cocktails for Fat Tuesday!

“Stoli Justice”

The Mix…
2 oz Stoli Vanil
½ oz Simple Syrup
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
6 Blackberries
Dry Ginger Soda
Dress The Drink Apple/Blackberry/Wasabi Chip

The Blend…
Muddle Blackberries and Simple Syrup. Add ice, Stoli Vanil and Lime Juice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass filled with crushed ice and top with Dry Ginger Soda. Garnish with a Dress The Drink Apple/Blackberry/Wasabi Chip.

“Stoli Fizz”

The Mix…
2 oz Stoli Ohranj
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
1 ½ oz Light Cream
2 dashes of Orange Water
Lemon/Lime Soda
Dress The Drink Orange, Lime and Lemongrass Blend
Dress The Drink Orange/Lemongrass Chip

The Blend…
Combine all the ingredients except the Lemon/Lime Soda over ice and shake until frothy. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with Lemon/Lime Soda. Garnish with a rim of Dress The Drink Orange, Lime and Lemongrass Blend on the rim of the glass and an Orange/Lemongrass Chip.


Stoli Cocktails Featuring Dress The Drink For The Oscars And Fat Tuesday…

28 02 2014

Morning Extra: Stoli Cocktails Featuring Dress The Drink For The Oscars And Fat Tuesday… Created By Signature David Brogan… Looking dapper my friend…

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic

20 05 2013

the main hall

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala is a celebration of one of civilization’s simplest creations — varying combinations of alcohol, ice, sugar, and juice — transformed through stirring, shaking, and sometimes finger twirling, into the mighty cocktail. Year after year the gala continues to be one of New York City’s most exciting and wildly anticipated events, and is my favorite event of the year — a night of revelry, debauchery, and more cocktails than one can possibly count.

The Gala is the kickoff event for the week long Manhattan Cocktail Classic — five days of events, lectures, decadent soirees, lavish dinner parties, tiki safaris, mixology classes, city tours, bar crawls, boozy brunches, tasting rooms, and of course, lots and lots of drinking. It’s an opportunity for guests to try new spirits, imbibe in hand crafted cocktails, and connect with brands they otherwise would not try.

When was the Cocktail Created?

8 05 2013

People have been mixing drinks for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 17th and 18th centuries that the precursors of the cocktail (the Slings, Fizzes, Toddies and Juleps) became popular enough to be recorded in the history books. It is unclear where, who, and what went into the creation of the original cocktail, but it seems to be a specific drink rather than a category of mixed drinks during that time.

The first published reference to the cocktail appears in the Farmer’s Cabinet (Amherst, New Hampshire, April 28, 1803). The spoof editorial tells of a “lounger” who, with an 11 a.m. hangover, “…Drank a glass of cocktail – excellent for the head…” In Imbibe!, David Wondrich attributes the first known cocktail recipe in print to Captain J.E. Alexander in 1831 who calls for brandy, gin or rum in a mix of “…a third of the spirit to two-thirds of the water; add bitters, and enrich with sugar and nutmeg…”

Where did the Name Cocktail Originate?
There are as many stories behind the origin of the name cocktail as there are behind the creation of the first Margarita or the Martini. As always, some are preposterous, some believable and who knows, one may be the truth. None the less, the stories are interesting.
•A popular story behind the cocktail name refers to a rooster’s tail (or cock tail) being used as a Colonial drink garnish. There are no formal references in written recipes to such a garnish.
•In the story in The Spy (James Fenimore Cooper, 1821) the character “Betty Flanagan” invented the cocktail during the Revolution. “Betty” may have referred to a real-life innkeeper at Four Corners north of New York City by the name of Catherine “Kitty” Hustler. Betty took on another non-fiction face, that of Betsy Flanagan. Betsy was likely not a real woman, but the story says she was a tavern keeper who served French soldiers a drink in 1779 garnished with tail feathers of her neighbor’s rooster. We can assume that Kitty inspired Betty and Betty inspired Betsy, but whether or not one of the three are responsible for the cocktail is a mystery.
•The rooster theory is also said to have been influenced by the colors of the mixed ingredients, which may resemble the colors of the cock’s tail. This would be a good tale today given our colorful array of ingredients, but at the time spirits were visually bland.
•The British publication, Bartender, published a story in 1936 of English sailors, of decades before, being served mixed drinks in Mexico. The drinks were stirred with a Cola de Gallo (cock’s tail), a long root of similar shape to the bird’s tail.
•Another Cocktail story refers to the leftovers of a cask of ale, called cock tailings. The cock tailings from various spirits would be mixed together and sold as a lower priced mixed beverage of (understandably) questionable integrity.
•Yet another unappetizing origin tells of a cock ale, a mash of ale mixed with whatever was available to be fed to fighting cocks.
•Cocktail may have derived from the French term for egg cup, coquetel. One story that brought this reference to America speaks of Antoine Amedie Peychaud of New Orleans who mixed his Peychaud bitters into a stomach remedy served in a coquetel. Not all of Peychaud’s customers could pronounce the word and it became known as cocktail. This story doesn’t add up, however, because of conflicting dates.
•The word Cocktail may be a distant derivation of the name for the Aztec goddess, Xochitl. Xochitl was also the name of a Mexican princess who served drinks to American soldiers.
•It was an 18th and 19th century custom to dock draft horses’ tales. This caused the tales to stick up like a cocks tail. As the story goes, a reader’s letter to The Balance and Columbian Repository explains that when drunk, these cocktails made you cock your tail up in the same manner.
•Another horse tail supposes the influence of a breeder’s term for a mix breed horse, or cock-tails. Both racing and drinking were popular among the majority of Americans at the time and it’s possible the term transferred from mixed breeds to mixed drinks.
•There’s a quirky story of an American tavern keeper who stored alcohol in a ceramic, rooster-shaped container. When patrons wanted another round they tapped the rooster’s tail.
•In George Bishop’s The Booze Reader: A Soggy Saga of Man in His Cups (1965) he says, “The word itself stems from the English cock-tail which, in the middle 1800’s, referred to a woman of easy virtue who was desirable but impure…and applied to the newly acquired American habit of bastardizing good British Gin with foreign matter, including ice.” Of all things, not ice!

References and Suggest Reading…
Colleen Graham, Guide •David Wondrich. Imbibe! From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar. New York. Penguin Group. 2007
•Gary Regan. The Joy of Mixology. New York. Clarkson/Potter. 2003