1 percent inspiration, 99 percent distillation
In what can only be described as an awesome achievement (if I do say so myself), I swindled Bad Decisions owner John Reusing (pictured) into sharing some of the recipes to his best and worst cocktails. Heeeeere's Johnny:
I've always liked variety.
Generally, I never have the same drink twice in an evening -- much to the annoyance of my bartender. I always am interested in trying that new vodka or the bottle in the back corner of the liquor store I've never seen before.
I don't see the attraction of getting the same drink each time. Naturally, this is why I became interested in mixology.
Finding an interesting liquor or a great mixer is just the beginning of making a great drink. Owning a bar has given me the opportunity to get my hands on some of the more rare ingredients I could never convince other bars to carry ...
Each time I get something new at the bar the first thing I do is taste it and identify the main flavors. Then I add other mixers to bring out specific characteristics in the final drink.
When it works out and all the ingredients complement each other, the final drink is often more then the sum of the parts. Of course, occasionally, they mix in surprising and horrible ways and I have to mourn the loss of good booze.
Below I will list some of the great drinks I have come up with and a couple of the horrible mistakes. Try any of at your own risk, or come for a visit and see what I can whip up for you:
Gingerbread Man Martini
I wanted a drink to highlight the strong ginger flavor of Domaine De Conton
1 oz Domain De Canton
1 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
1/2 oz of Stoli Vanillia Vodka
1/2 or Cinnamon infused simple syrup
Shake and strain into a martini glass that has been rimmed with crushed gram cracker
I wanted to make a drink to compliment then sweet, smooth, white grape flavor of Aloe Vera soda
2 oz of Wokka Saki Vodka
Add to cocktail glass and fill with Aloe Vera soda.
Sprinkle top of drink with Wasabi Powder
This drink is designed to bring out the flavor of fresh strawberries.
Dice fresh strawberries and coat with sugar. Let them sit overnight in the fridge so they can make a syryp.
In a cocktail glass full of ice mix the following:
1 1/2 oz 10 Cane Rum
1 oz Dolin Sweet White Vermouth
Some slices of fresh strawberry
Top off with Soda Water, then add a splash of strawberry syrup.
With some regulars, we were trying to invent a drink featuring Drambuie. Unfortunately, several of our original tries were horrible. Here is one that was particularly offensive.
1 oz Drambuie
1 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 oz Seagrams Gin
Add to cocktail glass full of ice and top with pineapple juice. Mix and garnish with a cherry.
The next drink was supposed to take the wonderful bitter flavor of a blood orange vodka and make it a bit sweeter and more palatable for the average drinker. The resulting cocktail tasted like really bad cough medicine as the sweet and bitter flavors fought each other for prominence.
1 1/2 oz Charbay Blood Orange Vodka
1 oz Cointreau
1 dash of blood orange bitters
Shake and strain into a martini glass.
Top with a splash of cold champagne and garnish with a slice of fresh orange.
(Photo courtesy of Bad Decisions)