He began his bartending career almost 30 years ago, and can still recall with clarity what motivated him to get into the business: “The free drinks and the women,” he said with a laugh. “Which are probably the worst two reasons to get into bartending.”
I came up with this drink a little over a year ago, and haven’t been back to it since. It’s a very basic spin-off of the Sazerac, but with a bit more of an herbal kick thanks to the larger portion of Galliano compared to the traditional pastis rinse. I really like to go heavy on the bitters here – in fact, I used hearty dashes of two different types of creole bitters. They work so well with the spicy rye, and the sweet liqueur. This is really a delicious drink!
Well, here we are at the final DrinkShouts post. I’m wrapping up this blog by featuring the same drink that I made for the very first entry. Back then it was called “Untitled Tequila Cocktail” but I’ve since rechristened it the Tatuaje. Loosely inspired by a drink I had at Bar Le Forum in Paris, the 23 Jump Street, it’s a delicious combination of tequila, vermouth, and Aperol, with a little mescal for smoke, coffee bitters for depth, and a grapefruit twist for aromatics. Don’t skip the twist! Believe it or not, it really changes the character of the drink compared to an orange twist or a maraschino cherry.
Since this is the last DrinkShouts post, I wanted to thank you all again for reading, liking, reblogging, and retweeting over the past couple of years. This has been a tremendous learning experience for me – I’m a better cocktail mixer, a better cocktail creator, and a vastly better photographer than I was when I started. In particular I want to thank a few long-time readers who’ve always been supportive. In no particular order, thanks: justcocktails, thebartenderbob, 100proof, smbitters, some-random-musings, bearlysober, and Eric Hanao. If you were a frequent liker/reblogger, and I missed you, please accept my sincere apologies!
Here’s what you’ll need for two pitchers: 1 bottle sauvignon blanc, 12 ounces soda, 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 lime, a splash of grapefruit sparkling perrier, a splash of lime sparkling perrier http://bit.ly/1H7asNR