As most readers will have noticed by now, Tales of the Cocktail exerts a strong hold over the blogosphere—even a month later. Most of us are still sorting through the brick of recipe cards we were given, trying to be kind to our bodies while making as many recipes as possible. Even beyond the definitive recipe brick, though, there were more drinks served: the concoctions devised for the Spirited Dinners.
We did not attend a dinner, but through the windy ways of the internet I managed to gain access to the drinks designed by Beachbum Berry and Wayne Curtis for dinner at The Country Club. Most of the drinks that were served at Tales specify certain liquors, as they were designed with liquors provided by the kind sponsors. Now that we’re back at home, though, the nerderie has commenced and tweaks are being made all over the place.
Here we have The Ginger Grant, designed by Jeff Berry to feature lime and orange juices, honey, 10 Cane rum, Canton ginger liqueur and Bittermen’s Tiki Bitters. Rick over at Kaiser Penguin kindly shared his variation, featuring Blair’s homemade tiki bitters and St. James Martinique rum in place of 10 Cane. Naturally, unable to leave well enough alone, I swapped out the honey mix for my preferred agave. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day and there are few cocktails that can’t be made better with a little tinkering to suit personal tastes.
¾ oz fresh lime juice
¾ oz fresh orange juice
¾ oz agave nectar*
½ oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
2 oz St. James Extra Old Martinique rum
3 dashes Trader Tiki’s Falernum Bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a purple orchid.
*The original calls for honey mix, which you can make by combining equal parts honey and water, heated until the honey dissolves. Cool, bottle and store in the fridge.
This delightful little drink nearly unseated the Jasper’s Jamaican as our favorite drink from Tales. Sweet and spicy (just like Ginger), the earthiness of the Martinique rum really adds a great dimension to the zip of the ginger. The tiki bitters have a lovely spicy clove nose to them, which marries well with the rum and the Canton—actually, the whole package kind of makes you wish you were shipwrecked on a little island miles from civilization. With The Professor and a full bar.