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I see a lot of whiskey, scotch and bourbon paired with cigars... anyone here enjoy a good rye with their smoke? I figure that mongrel pairs great with mongrel as well. What are your experiences? Any suggestions?
The Sazerac Cocktail...have you ever had one? In 2008 it became the official cocktail of the state of New Orleans. Personally, I love it, it is one of my favourite cocktails, when I want a cocktail to wind-down my working week, this is one of the cocktails I go to (the others are the Old-Fashioned, Martini or Manhattan). But what exactly is a Sazerac Cocktail, I mean, what constitutes one? It seems that every recipe you read on-line or in classic Cocktail books is different. Do you use Cognac or Rye (or even Bourbon)? What about Herbsaint or Absinthe? Sugar Syrup or granulated sugar, even? Difford's Guide states the following... Traditionally based on cognac or rye whiskey, as David A. Embury says in his seminal 1948 Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, "essentially it is merely an Old Fashioned made with Peychaud's bitters instead of Angostura and flavoured with a dash of absinthe." Now, the traditional New Orleans way of making the cocktail is very simple... https://www.diffordsguide.com/cocktails/recipe/3390/sazerac-cocktail-new-orleans-style It utilises Rittenhouse Rye, Sugar Syrup, Herbsaint and Peychaud's bitters. Oh, and don't forget that the traditional method that involves two glasses, swilling one with Herbsaint (or absinthe) and rimming another with a lemon peel, like in the video below... Or how about the Difford's variation? which mixes Cognac, Rye and Bourbon for a fuller drink, and for which you'll need a standard Old-Fashioned type tumbler... https://www.diffordsguide.com/cocktails/recipe/1752/sazerac-cocktail-diffords-recipe If you've visited Revel Café & Bar in New Orleans (or a similar establishment there), this is how Chris McMillian will serve it up for you... Or, how about Robert Hess on the Small Screen Network? who uses an atomizer to spray the absinthe (and not waste it) and a smaller Sazerac tumbler glass for the drink... Below, I'm going to show you my method, which I believe will deliver a perfectly-balanced cocktail ideal for sipping with a fine cigar, and your favourite espresso coffee.
Gentlemen, (and ladies if pertinent), This is winter. Its cold. Its time to improvise and overcome. Overall though, I'm not doing bad. 7 out of 10 in my own opinion. Per the pictures, -PopUp Tent with lights, sides. -Kerosene heater -Entertainment in a PC -Xikar Light/Cut -Coffee, black -Whiskey (or whisky for you Irish fellas, always to note) -and 1 Quai D'Orsay Corona from our host Cigar is so smooth and light, perfection. Easiest retrohale I've probably ever had. Buttery, creamy, and slightly grassy at the time of this writing, first 1/3. Building slightest of strength. Downfalls, er, possible improvements: Need a nice ashtray for the deck. Prez? FOH ashtrays coming by xmas I hear? Garage Recliner, minor details but hey. How is everyone else getting along tonight?