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Olfactory Eavesdropping

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It’s the spring season and a welcome time for a new cocktail recipe. I’ve been fortunate recently to have a few of my cocktails featured around the internet. Eater and Playboy highlighted my Olfactory Eavesdropping cocktail, a gin and rose drink inspired by one of the ways bees communicate.   Neither included the recipe (I recommend coming into Backbar and I’ll make you one) but if you want to make one at home here it is:

1.5 oz London dry gin (e.g. Beefeater)
0.5 Combier Liqueur de Rose
0.5 honey syrup {1:1}
0.5 fresh lemon juice
barspoon of maraschino liqueur

Shake with ice. Double Strain into chilled coupe.
Garnish with 3 drops of rose water.


(photo credit: Adam Landsman)

Cocktail of the Week Feature

January 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Unless you’re a teetotaler, anyone that follows politics regularly probably needs at least a weekly cocktail. As some of you know, in addition to political work, I bartend. So, I’ve decided to post a regular feature to help my readers imbibe properly. Besides, the cocktail and politics have history dating from at least 1806. One of the earliest uses of the term “cock-tail” was political (Harry Crosswell of the Balance and Columbian Repository):

[The cocktail] is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion in as much as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time it fuddles the head. It is said also, to be of great use to a democratic candidate: because, a person having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow anything else.

So everyone get ready to start hearing me spout things like this:

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