Art in the Age brings us a riff on a classic Boulevardier. AITA is a tasting room and home bar supply store based in Philadelphia. The shop stocks bar tools, mixers, bitters, and glassware and also offers educational workshops, tastings, and home mixology training.
Louisiana native Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt opened a bar named Don the Beachcomber back in 1934 after being inspired by his travels in the South Pacific. The bar was a tropical-themed bar and restaurant in Hollywood, California, complete with flaming tiki torches and rattan furniture. The drinks menu was potent and rum centric.
Creation of NY bartender Sam Ross (also responsible for the modern classic smokey, honey, whiskey cocktail, the Penicillin). The ideal aperitivo and super easy to make with 4 ingredients in equal parts.
The quintessential classic cocktail comprising of only 3 ingredients, rye whiskey, sweet vermouth (also known as Italian vermouth) and Angostura bitters. Experiment with different vermouth’s to make your perfect Manhattan.
The Jasmine’s pretty pink hue gives the illusion that it will be quite a sweet drink and the addition of Campari gives the impression it will be bitter but in fact it sits right in the middle. Not sweet, barely bitter and to be honest, leaves me underwhelmed.
A million and one different recipes exist for the classic El Presidente cocktail. Many omit the grenadine but if you use real grenadine then it is a welcomed addition. Second time round, I’d lower the vermouth and increase the sugar content with more orange liqueur and consider leaving the grenadine out.
Aperol is an Italian aperitif made from bitter orange, gentian root, rhubarb and cinchona bark (a key ingredient in tonic water). It displays much more subtle bitter flavours when compared to Campari, making this cocktail a great summer sipper.