Vintage Cocktails #63: The Liberal

I’m not sure exactly where this next cocktail received its name from, but it is delicious none the less. Coming into print in the very early 1900′s, this is a great variation on a Manhattan, packing in a little extra flavor and bitterness courtesy of some Torani Amer. The higher proof boubon also helps to keep the flavors nice and balanced. Cheers!

The Liberal
3/4 oz 120-proof Bourbon
3/4 oz Italian Vermouth
3 dashes Torani Amer
1 dash Orange Bitters

Vintage Cocktails #62: Soyer au Champagne

This next cocktail wins the award for most random combination of ingredients. It is billed as a dessert drink and it fits the bill perfectly. Sweet and creamy, this drink is masterfully blended to create a complex, flavorful cocktail that really hits the spot. Try it, and I think you’ll agree. Cheers!

Soyer au Champagne
2 dashes Maraschino
2 dashes Brandy
2 dashes Grand Marnier
2 dashes Pineapple Juice
1 scoop Vanilla Ice Cream

Vintage Cocktails #61: The Widow’s Kiss

This next drink is an interesting one. Using an Apple Brandy as the base and pairing it with an equal amount of complex herbal liqueurs, one would think that this cocktail would be a jolt of over-stimulation. This is thankfully not the case, as the combination seems to balance itself out nicely, creating a drink that is rich, earthy and complex, without being overly sweet. My personal preference would be to up the base spirit by a tad, but it is excellent just as it is. A perfect cocktail for after dinner while sitting in overstuffed chairs with friends. Cheers!

The Widow’s Kiss
1 1/2 oz Calvados
3/4 oz Chartreuse
3/4 oz Benedictine
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Beer of the Week: Duvel Belgian Golden Ale

While I was at Costco a couple of weeks ago, I picked up a 750ml bottle of Duvel as I’d been wanting to try it for a while and the Costco price was too tempting to pass up.

Duvel is a highly rated Belgian Strong Pale Ale coming out of the Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat brewery in Belgium. It is a hefty 8.5% ABV and comes in both a single individual size and a large 750ml bottle. This beer looks like a crystal clear golden pilsner with a huge white head. It is massively carbonated, and the effervescence seems to last forever. The aromas of the Duvel are definitely Belgian. You can smell the yeast, along with honey, fruit, some floral aromas and a hint of peppery spiciness. As noted before, this is a highly carbonated beer that dances in the mouth. It is light, but much drier than many Belgians with a slightly bitter finish. There are flavors of good pilsner malt, spice, and some fruity esters. Different than many other Belgian ales, but worth seeking out. Duvel breaks the mold. and comes away with a fantastic beer that is worth every penny. Cheers!

Rating: ★★★★½