Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cocktail of the week #53: Pousse Café

At long last (too long, I am sure many of you are thinking) we come to the final card of the deck that started it all. Ladies & Gentlemen, the Pousse Café.

Like a black and tan, the key to this drink is delicately pouring a liquid of lesser density over one of greater density. I was more than a little unsure about making this concoction, as I have never succeeded in making a black and tan. Fortunately, liqueur is far more forgiving than beer in these sorts of operations. I created a flawless drink on my second try.

And what did we think?

It looks far better than it tastes.

A Pousse Café is gorgeous to look at, without a doubt, but the damn thing tastes utterly disgusting. This combination of liqueurs should be the basis of a science fiction horror movie:

Things were quite in the sleepy midwest town of Centersburg, until a busload of Spring Break-bound raving partying nuclear physics PhD candidates shattered a canister of radioactive Root Beer Schnapps isotopes in the cordial isle of the local LiquorMart... and thus was born the Limoncello Leviathan, and life would never be the same again. (dun-dun-DUNNNNN!)

Another down side: the two bottles of Chartreuse were quite expensive. So much so I balked at buying them... but I did, for you, Gentle Reader, and I’m sure they will outlast me (the stuff is harsh - imagine celery macerated in Everclear with a stiff dose of sulphur thrown in, for good measure).

And so, we make this a “miss.” Great for presentation value, but not so hot for your Friendly Neighborhood Tastebuds.

Hits: 40
Misses: 19

[Regular cocktail tasting to resume shortly. (Along with entries explaining what the Hell has been going on with me.)]

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Yeah, I realize that was back in January...

I'll chronicle my absence soon enough.

Thank you for your patience my (mostly) non-existant readers.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cocktail of the week #52: Boxcar

After an overly long hiatus (self-imposed, and I promise to explain, later), I am back. Here's Cocktail of the Week!

"You're taking it back up?" Mrs. WIt asked.

"Yeah." I replied, "It's time."

Only two cards remain in the deck my father gave me some time back. So I held a card in each hand, hid them behind my back, and asked my wife to chose a hand.

And so, we find ourselves with the Boxcar. A drink we worried was for pirates, but turned out only slightly tart, fairly creamy (thanks to the egg white) and - unlike the picture on the card - quite pink, thanks to the grenadine. While we're sure the 1/2 ounce of lime juice will help with your scurvy, we highly recommend this drink. Particularly for hot days by the pool....

Hits: 40
Misses: 18

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Yes, I'm coming back.

I'll explain why, later...

Monday, September 1, 2008

Cocktail of the Week #51: Cuba Libre

When we drew this one from the deck, a faint nostalgic smile played on my lips.

Rum, without question, is my older sister's liquor of choice. Has been since she was in high school a few decades back. Rum and Coke (another appellation for this venerable cocktail) was her drink of choice until she discovered other applications for rum. In fact, she was no enamored of cuba libres she had "Rum'N'Coke" emblazoned on her powder puff jersey when she was a high school senior (I'm surprised to this day the school let her do that, actually).

Mrs. Wit and I had no small amount of trepidation when we saw the amount of lime juice called for in this recipe. Were we in for another pirate drink?

No. Surprisingly, the lime juice really offsets the sweetness of the rum and cola. It is an improvement!

Hits: 39
Misses: 18

Monday, August 25, 2008

Cocktail of the Week #50: White Russian

(To the tune of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit")
Oh, Brezhnev liked his vodka
And Andropov, single malts
While Chernenko liked martinis
With a lemon twist really small
But at drinking games
Khrushchev could bury them all

Sorry. Couldn't help myself. [Smirk!]

It's funny, but I had always heard of White Russian cocktails growing up, but it seemed to me that a vodka drink containing a coffee liqueur such as Kahlua would be a Black Russian, but what do I know...

A lovely after dinner drink on a cool weekend evening. A bit heavy for the warmer weather we have been experiencing of late, however.

Hits: 38
Misses: 18