Twenty-Six

I turned twenty-six last week and I really just don’t care about anything anymore. It feels great. However, I’ve been drunk or however every night since and that does not feel great.

For my birthday, a couple of friends and I went to one of my favorite bars in San Francisco, Trick Dog. They probably do not want to see me anymore but I had a blast. Here are some photos I took before I got smashed or my camera died – whichever came first.

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They have a neat Zodiac-themed menu. I got the Aries which said something about how I have a huge and easily bruised ego…makes sense I guess.

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The Aries – mescal, rum, ancho reyes, black tea bitters, pedro ximenez.

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I’m not joking, we drank a lot. At some point during the day, I  switched over to Sidecars. No regrets.

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After eating their signature Trick Dog and taking photos leaping into the air, we went to another bar. I can not tell you how that went since I explicitly told everyone to not tell me anything I might have done. I probably will never be welcomed back there either.

Sneak Peek

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Life has been really hectic lately but I wanted to pause for a second and give you a sneak peak of a project that I’m really excited to be a part of. I was asked to contribute cocktails to a new (print!) magazine coming up this year and this is my first submission. The name is still in the works but this is a great cocktail for the brunch-lovers among us.

Recipe soon.

Your Weekly Web Roundup

I woke up this morning to find this video in my inbox. It’s for the release of Bowmore’s new Small Batch Scotch and I found it to be a really cute and touching way to bring the home and home into your product. If anything else, now you all know how to pronounce Islay correctly, thank you.

Your Monday Cocktail: The Rye Daiquiri

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It’s Monday. You know what time it is.

After a long, long, long week that drained me both mentally and emotionally, it was time for a cocktail. I’m not usually someone who drinks under stress or even depression (I prefer drinking my happiness away, thank you very much) but the weather was perfect for a daytime cocktail and the sunlight was perfect for shooting some photos.

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Essentially a Daiquiri with rye replacing rum (or a whiskey sour using lime), this drink is originally called a Rye Shake. I couldn’t find too much information about the origin (other than the recipe being in Here’s How) but the drink is so simple and to the point that there’s no telling where it could have come from. It’s weirdly refreshing – the lime juice really brings out the spiciness of the rye and gives it a little kick. Does it compare to a really whiskey sour or a daiquiri? No, not really but consider the Rye Shake to be a little sister. It’s almost there. If you have some mint on hand, try adding that to the mix, I think it’ll do wonders.

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Rye Shake (AKA the Rye Daiquiri)

What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup

What to do:

Add all ingredients to a shaker and add ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass (I used a coupe).

Your Monday Cocktail: Tokyomilk

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Between drinking at the office on Friday and going to a beer event on Saturday, it’s safe to say that I was hungover all weekend. I would love to say that I created this cocktail is my own creation, but I didn’t have the stomach to get out of bed, let alone make a cocktail and plan a mini-photoshoot. So for this week, your Monday tipple is coming from this blog I discovered over the weekend. With grapefruit juice, sake and egg white (my favorite!), why not make this drink and pretend your weekend was one day longer.

TOKYOMILK COCKTAIL

from Wide Eyed Glass

  • 1.5 ounces Sake (we used a junmai)
  • 1 ounce Shochu (pictured above)
  • .5 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1 barspoon of real maple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • dash of Peychaud’s Bitters

Chill two small tumblers in the freezer.
Dry shake the egg white in a cocktail shaker for a minute. Add ice and all additional ingredients. Shake for at least 2 minutes more (the longer you shake it the more creamy and frothy it will get). Strain into your two glasses and garnish with some grapefruit (or like we did here- a piece of pickled ginger). Serve immediately. 

Makes 2 small drinks.

image and recipe source

Almost the Weekend: Cocktail Web Roundup

A truly stunning video about the ice program at The Aviary. (above)

Your Monday Cocktail: The White Lady

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Do you have a case of the Mondays? I think the cure is a nice well-balanced cocktail.

The White Lady is a classic and I’ve been wanting to make it for a while now. However, until I found a video of Rachel Maddow making it on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, I didn’t realize I already had all the ingredients to make the cocktail at home. I finally made it yesterday afternoon and it almost made me forget the fact that Monday was right around the corner. Almost.

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The White Lady

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 oz Gin
  • .5 oz Cointreau
  • .5 oz Fresh lemon juice (I upped it to .75 oz because I like the tartness)
  • 1 Fresh egg white

What to Do:

Add all the ingredients to your cocktail shaker. Dry shake the mixture first (this really gets the egg white nice and frothy), then add ice and shake it again. Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass and enjoy.

The Bar Cart

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Those of you who follow me on instagram might have seen this on my feed yesterday, but I still wanted to share this really quickly on the blahg.

Over the weekend, One Kings Lane was kind enough to send over a bar cart as well as a ton of bar tools and accessories! We’ll talk about the details of every little tool later but for now, I just wanted to brag and marvel at the beautiful sight. 

VIDEO: The Boulevardier

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Two things:

1. How about a video? Sara and I made this a while ago but I never threw it on the blog. It’s a shame though because it’s truly one of my favorite cocktails of all time – The Boulevardier.

The Boulevardier is a simple classic that has been coming back to popularity with a vengeance. To learn about the history of the cocktail, the NY Times posted a great article about it.  I make it at home, I make it at work, and when I go to my favorite bar, the bartender already knows it’s going to be my nightcap. It’s simple, smooth, captivating, seductive – it’s basically like drinking lingerie but you know, actually feasible.

2. Whiskeysoaked turned three over the weekend! Whiskeysoaked, I know I haven’t been there as much I should but I’m going to make it up to you. Happy birthday, you’re going to turn into a fine, fine blog. We’re also inching towards 300 followers. Usually, I’d be suspicious over 300 people following a three-year-old but under these circumstances, I’ll turn a blind eye.

Enjoy.

P.S. One thing to note is that I was a doofus and expressed the oils from the wrong side of the peel. I now know better.

Mint Plum Whiskey Sour + THANK YOU

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Hey everyone, this is a quickie that those of you who enjoy the Lavender Whiskey Sour will enjoy. I’m actually on my lunch break from work so excuse the typos!

The Whiskey Sour is my favorite cocktail. Not only is it great in its own right but if you’re just beginning to make your own drinks, it’s a great way to start your journey through cocktails. With some leftover mint and plums, I made this cocktail last night for my roommate after she had a hard day at work. Not going to brag but she did ask for seconds, just sayin’. (I’ll save my Best Roommate Award speech for another time).

Want the recipe? You got it.

Mint Plum Whiskey Sour

You’ll Need:

  • Mint (I just used a few leaves)
  • Half a plum, sliced
  • 1.5 oz bourbon (I used Bulleit)
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • .5 Simple Syrup (1 part water + 1 part sugar)
  • A slice of plum for garnish
  • A cocktail* or rocks glass

How to Make it:

In your cocktail shaker, throw in your mint leaves and your plum slices and lightly muddle. Once that’s all done, add all the rest of the ingredients in your shaker, fill with ice and give it a nice good shake. Next, grab your glass (if you have a rocks glass, fill it with ice), and strain the mixture into it (if you have a fine strainer, I’d recommend using that in addition to your usual hawthorne). Add the plum for garnish and enjoy!

Last but not least, I’m sure I can speak for both myself and Sara when we say thank you for all the great responses to our cocktail videos! Since The Sidecar launched, this blog has gotten over 200 followers and we have some great things in store. We already shot some great ones for Valentine’s Day and I can’t wait to get them out to you!

Again, thank you!

*Coupe glasses courtesy of One Kings Lane – thanks!