Imbibing Mr. Boston: The Caricature Cocktail

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At first glance, this looks like a mish-mash of whatever the hell you can manage to find on the backbar and in the fridge, but it actually works.  The reason is that this is simply a citrus Negroni.  The ratios are completely different, but the end result is quite balanced, tasty and elegant.  In fact, you might consider this cocktail a gateway drug to the more intense flavors of the Negroni.

Here’s what creator Gary ‘gaz’ Regan recently told me about this libation: “It’s a typical regan drink since it’s just a riff on someone else’s well-thought-out cocktail! This drink is actually a rip-off of a drink called the Old Flame, created by Dale DeGroff. gaz regan played around with Dale’s formula a little, then named the drink in honor of Dale’s wife, Jill DeGroff, a graphic artist who executes fabulous caricatures of the world’s leading cocktailian bartenders.”

I like it and will gladly drink this if proffered to me. Cheers, gaz!

The Caricature Cocktail
1.5oz gin
0.75oz triple sec
0.5oz sweet vermouth
0.5oz campari
0.5oz grapefruit juice
Garnish: orange twist

Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Add orange twist.

Note: Use 100% red grapefruit juice, not white.  Very important.

Imbibing Mr. Boston: Brandied Port Cocktail

IMG_7391So, where were we?  Oh yeah.  Brandy drinks.

The next one listed in the Mr. Boston index is the Brandied Port.  or I guess you could call it the Ported Brandy, as the ratios are exactly the same.  It’s a fairly simple drink, but absolutely spot on.  I love the depth that the tawny port adds, plus the touch of maraschino liqueur sweetens it up while at the same time giving it a slightly nutty character.  Lastly, the orange wheel serves a dual purpose.  Visually, it brightens the drink to a summery warmth, while at the same time giving a dandy perfume of orangey goodness.  I could drink a few of these no problem.  Enjoy!

Brandied Port
1oz brandy
1oz tawny port
0.5oz lemon juice
1 tsp maraschino liqueur
Garnish: orange wheel

Shake with ice and strain into ice-filled old-fashioned glass.  Garnish with orange.

Imbibing Mr. Boston: Brandied Madeira

IMG_4778-800Definitely an old school cocktail with a refined taste.  I liked this well enough, but felt it would be better served up in a cocktail glass or snifter.

Stay tuned for yet more brandy drinks!

Brandied Madeira
1oz brandy
1oz madeira
0.5oz dry vermouth
garnish: lemon twist

Stir with ice and strain into ice-filled old-fashioned glass. Add lemon twist.

Imbibing Mr. Boston: Bourbon Renewal Cocktail

IMG_4765-800A classic created in 2004 by Jeffrey Morgenthaler from his days in Eugene, Oregon.  He has this to say about it’s creation, “This one was named after a band that my business partner, Tony Figoli was in a long time ago. I thought the name was absolutely brilliant, so I decided to do up a drink to commemorate the band – and my favorite spirit at the time. I think the creme de cassis really works well with the sour component of this drink, and who can beat American whiskey on a warm spring evening?”

It is an interesting variation on a whiskey sour for sure.

Bourbon Renewal
2oz bourbon
1oz lemon juice
0.5oz creme de cassis
0.5oz simple syrup
1 dash angostura bitters

Shake with ice.  Strain into ice-filled old-fashioned glass.

Imibibing Mr. Boston: Bourbon and Elder Cocktail

IMG_4736-800It seems as if this drink was originally created in 2006 by Simon Difford.  However, it’s original name was the Elder Fashioned.  Much classier, don’t you think?

It is a tasty drink, and one I was surprised by.  The sweetness of the bourbon works well with the fruitiness of the elderflower.  I would also recommend an orange twist as a garnish.  The original recipe by Mr. Difford called for orange bitters, so you may also try that.

Bourbon & Elder
2oz bourbon
0.75oz elderflower liqueur
1 dash angostura bitters
garnish: lemon twist

Stir with ice and strain into chilled old-fashioned glass.  Add lemon twist.

Imbibing Mr. Boston: Bourbon à la Crème Cocktail

IMG_4709-800In spite of being rather heavy and almost syrupy; this has a really nice balance of flavors.  I’d easily order one of these instead of cake or pie.  To be honest, I didn’t have vanilla liqueur on hand, so I substituted a high quality vanilla vodka.  I think it helped by cutting the sweetness a bit and lightening the overall mouthfeel slightly.  The original recipe apparently called for a vanilla bean to be used as a flavoring garnish instead of the liqueur.

This seems like the kind of drink that would be brought out after a hearty old Kentucky home formal dinner, so I also took the liberty to serve it in a more genteel choice of glassware.

Bourbon à la Crème
2oz bourbon whiskey
1oz dark creme de cacao
0.5oz vanilla liqueur

Stir ingredients with ice.  Strain into chilled old-fashioned glass.

Imbibing Mr. Boston: Boston Gold Cocktail

IMG_4695-800Another cocktail named after Boston with no connection to the storied city as far as I can tell.  One look at the ingredients and you can tell that this is probably from the 1960’s.  Ok as far as balance, but certainly lacking in depth.  Do yourself a favor and change out the vodka for a nicely aged rum, and you’ll have a far better cocktail.

Boston Gold
1.5oz vodka
0.5oz creme de banana
2oz orange juice

Shake with ice and strain into ice-filled highball glass.