Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The story of the Tokyo Iced Tea is that after World War II, US soldiers stationed in Japan enjoyed this drink so much they had to attach an uncouth name to it. This is a layered cocktail and very lovely to look at. The green on the bottom is supposed to be the Tokyo river which supposedly turned green from the bombings. The ice and yellow of the pineapple juice is the city and its buildings, the diluted layer of tequila at top is the Tokyo smog, and the cherry garnish is the red Japan sun.
Another drink bartenders always get wrong.
The mojito is a wonderful drink when made right. It should not be served in the winter, no matter how delicious. It is a summer drink made with mint so fresh the room fills with its aroma, and limes, juicy and succulent. The mojito is strong, but sweet and refreshing.
Ask 20 bartenders how to make this drink and you will get 20 different recipes. My recipe is right.
I make all martinis based on fruits exactly the same way... based on the same formula. Appletinis, mango martini, strawberry martini, lemon drop, etc. When I teach people how to make these drinks I tell them that the best way to make a great tasting drink every time is to simply use lemon vodka, splash of sour, triple sec and lime juice; then add whatever fruit that drink requires. The exception being with the appletini which I instruct to add a splash of ginger ale as well.
For some reason, the Appletini is a wildly popular drink in just about every bar in the country. They are a dark green color because the recipe calls for apple puckers which is artificially colored green. The drink is then garnished with of all things, a cherry. It makes no sense. Taste is okay, but overly sweet. If someone orders an Appletini from me, I like to add a little ginger ale to it. If gives the drink a nice flavor and some bubbles. This cocktail is NOT an Appletini. I like to make seasonal cocktails, so when October and November roll in apples are an obvious choice. Made from fresh apples, one sour and one sweet, the drinks color is a light yellow... not green. Who came up with green as a color for apple juice?
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I HATE sour mix. And it seems like most bartenders depend on it. A sweet, fruit based martini never requires sour mix. Further more, a fruit based cocktail should be dependent on the actual fruit it is based on for flavor and not based on puckers artificially flavored. YUCK!
I like to offer seasonal drinks. Summer is not only a time of great fruit offerings but also a great opportunity to make really delicious and REFRESHING cocktails. This is no exception. Despite the fact that it is a margarita at heart, it is particularly refreshing due to the watery sweet awesomeness of watermelon.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
'cause everybody knows Cleopatra was a booze hound. The Cleopatra is delightful summer cocktail for the Vodka Martini drinker. It is a stiff cocktail, not for the faint at heart. It is flavorful but not too sweet. Ideal for someone that wants to taste more than just booze but also really, really, likes the taste of booze. Pictured here are the Doctor Who (green), the Purple Long Island Iced Tea, the Gummy Bear Martini (red), the White Chocolate Martini, and in center is the little Cleopatra.
Had a customer once ask, "I've had the blue long island, can you make it any other colors?" "I can make it any color you want," I replied. "okay! make me a purple one."
I've been to a couple of chain restaurants who've attempted this drink, but none of them really taste right. Mine is the best. I think if you are going to name something a lemonade it should taste like lemonade. That's why my gummy bear and swedish fish cocktails taste like the candies they are named for. Same goes for the white chocolate martini. This cocktail is creamy and sweet. And its fans are extremely loyal. I've had customers that only come to drink it. And they were willing to brave some very annoying nights at the Cubbyhole to get it.
De Lish US!!! My friend Kurt was the inspiration for this cocktail as he created and brought a very similar recipe to a picnic. I altered it a bit but paying homage to him it is named for him. First and foremost, this is a lemonade; made fresh and delicious. The recipe is in two parts, because this can be made virgin and still end up being delightful. Most bar tenders would simply add vodka to the lemonade to spike it, which is okay, but it isn't a Kurticus. And the Kurticus is MUCH better.
The Gummy Bear tastes like a Gummy Bear. I used to just put a gummy bear in all random shots. The squeals of joy from people when they discover something from their childhood hiding in their drinks always make for a fun drinking experience. It was inevitable that I would create a drink around the gummy bear. The gummies also soak up some alcohol and expand, so they are especially tasty at the end of the drink.
The Sea Mystery is a savory cocktail of complex flavors. It spirit is cognac or brandy. I prefer Corvoisier. This recipe hides cognac's kick and creates a smooth ride. It almost tastes like red sangria, but is not made with wine.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
A little disclaimer: THESE ARE MY FUCKING DRINKS, BITCHES!!! GOT IT? DON'T FUCKING STEAL THEM. I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN AND KILL YOU OR SUE YOU, WHATEVER ENDS UP FEELING BETTER. I HAVE WORKED HARD ON THESE RECIPES AND DEDICATED MANY YEARS TO BECOME A GREAT BAR TENDER, I DON'T NEED THE AGGRAVATION OF HAVING TO DEAL WITH SOME PETTY, UNCREATIVE ASSHOLE THAT WANT TO STEAL MY SHIT. ALSO... THESE DRINKS ARE PROTECTED UNDER KRAMER-GLENDALE LLC. I PUT THESE DRINKS HERE SO THAT IT IS CLEAR WHO THEY BELONG TO. Anyone who would like to recreate them for their friends or even a bar, I expect to be recognized. Give Credit to where credit is due. Also, I have them here, as a first stop on my long journey to opening my own bar.
Monday, September 3, 2012
So it is time to upload an assload of pictures. I have not updated, because frankly, doing so and coming here is too depressing. A jolting reminder of my loss. I have taken a few photos since December 2010, some I like enough to share, so here they are: