Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Need For Ginuflection

"Genuflection, bending at least one knee to the ground, was from early times a gesture of deep respect for a superior."
If you're a gin drinker, and you know your gin cocktails, you know the ones that allow you to enjoy tantalizing flavor blends without masking too much the true flavor of the gin used. And, if you're in the mood for something other than a martini, I've got one for you, an original cocktail of my own design, that will have you falling to one knee in deference to the Gin Gods.

This cocktail, my friends, is called Ginuflection.

Now, you can use any gin for this one, but if you like a richly flavored dry gin, you should be using Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin

Also, you'll need...
  • Bob's Bitters Liquorice
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Absinthe
  • A sugar cube
  • Lemon zest
The Method:
  1. Stick an old fashioned glass in the freezer. 
  2. Take another old fashioned glass and put in the sugar cube with 2 teaspoons of water. Muddle the sugar and water vigorously until the solution becomes clear. 
  3. Next, squeeze the dropper in the bottle of Bob's Bitters and release; half of the amount pulled up into the tube should be enough (about a half-inch of liquid). Add it to the solution. 
  4. After that, a couple of quick dashes of Angostura Bitters.
  5. Pour in the gin (2 oz) and add a large chunk of ice.
  6. Take the chilled glass from the freezer and add just enough absinthe to give it a good rinse (I use Pernod Absinthe - 68% abv - but use your preferred brand if you like). After coating the inside of the glass, pour the excess into a shot glass and enjoy later.
  7. Stir the gin, bitters, sugar solution and ice in the other glass for about 30 seconds and then pour it into a cocktail shaker.
  8. Strain the shaker contents into the absinthe-rinsed glass.
  9. Squeeze a few drops from the lemon zest and then float it on top of the cocktail.
  10. Serve, but remember that it takes a couple of minutes for the lemon to stop overpowering the drink.
Of course, your drinking tastes will vary, so if in the course of experimenting you come up with an interesting variation of the Ginuflection, please let me know.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Yoichi Single Malt To Be Discontinued in August 2015

The news we heard was coming finally hit the wire today; Nikka's Yoichi series will be discontinued after the final shipment goes out at the end of August of this year. According to the article below, high demand and limited stock is the main reason for the decision to stop selling the well-loved single malt.

I was able to get my hands on a couple of bottles this month thanks to a good friend, and I'll continue to buy future stock for the pub, but it's sad to see this whisky take its final bows just when Japanese-whisky fever was hitting its peak.