GSN Week in Review: Sept. 18-25, 2011

Editorial: I can tell the kids are back in school, because of the coughing, sneezing and sniffling sounds floating throughout the house.  The kids aren’t sick tho’.  My wife & I were “gifted” headcolds through the kids bouts of illness last week.

As imbibers, what to drink when you’re sick?  The Hot Toddy is an excellent beverage to cheer you when you’re feeling under the weather.  The traditional Scottish recipe calls for a shot of whiskey, boiling water, honey, lemon juice, cloves and a cinnamon stick.  It is a standard around our house.  But, if you want to try something really cutting edge, and at the same time quite historical, give a Tamagozake a try. Literally translated as egg sake, this is a traditional cold cure from Japan.  Here’s the recipe:

Heat 3/4 cup of sake for 90 seconds in a microwave, add a tsp. of honey to taste and whisk a raw egg yolk into the beverage.  What you’ll end up with looks like egg drop soup, but tastes like a variation on egg nog.  And for all of those naysayers who frown upon using raw egg in cocktails, not only is the egg cooked, but the lysozymes in the egg strengthen the immune system.

Kampai!

Blair

Winners of the week: Kyle Ford, Daniel Bovey, Stefano Cassio, Nicolas Stoffel, Nick Tether

Trends: Punch in Bars

Upcoming events: Coctél de la Muerte (Portland)

New Spirits of note: Bombay Sapphire East, Don Julio Añejo Claro, Malibu Winter Ltd. Edition

Cocktail of the week:
SS Europa
(by Kyle Ford, Empellon)
1 part Barenjager Honey Liqueur
2 parts Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth
3 dashes St. George absinthe
Method: Stir for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Cool barware: Tovolo King Cube Extra Large Silicone Ice Cube Tray

Bar of the week: ECQ, Sydney

Book of the week: Cocktails & Amuse-Bouche for Him, Cocktails & Amuse-Bouche for Her

Interview of the Week: Jim Meehan

Video of the Week: Typewriter Cocktail Machine

Photo of the week

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