Archive for January, 2008

Felten on Vodka

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

“There’s no vodka drink that can’t be made better by using gin instead.”

— Eric Felten

He’ll Take Manhattans, Too

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Eric Felten has finally–or once again, I can’t say–gotten ’round to the Manhattan (“Democracy in a Glass,” The Wall Street Journal). As usual, he is quite informative and generally correct in his opinions. But while he does well to call for a better class of fruit (a Luxardo marasca cherry), I’ve never regretted the day when I began to tell the barman, “Hold the salad.”

Mr. Felten’s recipe is quite similar to my own:

2 oz rye whiskey or bourbon
¾ oz to 1 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes orange bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with cherry.

For further reading, may I direct you to my own essay, “The Manhattan.”

Cars, Sidecars, and Bars

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Had a perfectly horrible Sidecar on Saturday evening at a local called Fat Cat and was forced to drink beer for the remainder of the evening. At least they had the Belgians. Is a Sidecar–1/4 lemon, 1/2 oz. Triple Sec, 1 oz. brandy–really so difficult?

My Montana correspondent has forwarded some “Internet humour” making the rounds:

98% OF AMERICANS SAY “OH S***” BEFORE GOING IN THE DITCH ON A SLIPPERY ROAD.

THE OTHER 2% ARE FROM MONTANA AND THEY SAY, “HOLD MY
BEER AND WATCH THIS!”

I find this worrisome. Certainly my driver is never allowed to take a drink behind the wheel, as I wish to ensure the lowest possible odds of spilling my own drink.

Perhaps this has something to do with it.