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101 Best New Cocktails: Bikers Grove by Jen Riley, Red House/Le Tiki Lounge, Paris

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

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Bikers Grove

Adapted from a recipe by Jen Riley, Red House/Le Tiki Lounge, Paris

“I was working for Candelaria at the point of conception of the Biker’s Grove and was invited to work for a large annual spirits event called Whiskey Live organised by Le Maison du Whisky in the September of last year (2012).  I was to be representing Tequila Ocho and asked to create a cocktail using the 2011 blanco.  I love the ideology of Ocho (producing tequila in the same manner that wine is produced and seeing just how much the ‘terroir’ affects the agave and the final outcome of the tequila) I wanted to create a fairly dry drink that would accentuate the earthiness of the tequila.  I played about with variations on other classics such as the Negroni and Manhattan but nothing seemed to do the tequila justice for me.  Then one night, rooting around the back of the fridge, I pulled out a bottle of aquavit and thought why not give it a go?  I immediately the loved the play-off between the caraway notes of the aquavit and the earthy spice of the Ocho, and so maraschino and grapefruit were added and the Bikers Grove was born.  I decided to express the oils from the grapefruit zest onto the interior of the glass, as when expressed onto the surface of the drink, the scent of the grapefruit overwhelmed the herbal and vegetal notes i was trying to highlight. Expressing the oils onto the interior of the glass added a fresh awakening note to the cocktail  without being over powering. I was also lucky enough to spend an evening with Tomas Estes at Candelaria.  Myself and my boyfriend (Joe) were out getting tacos there, when Adam (one of Candelaria’s owners) passed through and told me Tomas  was in the bar enjoying my cocktail and that I should come on through to say hello. We bobbed our heads in to say hello and ended up drinking a great deal of Bikers Groves.  Anecdotes were shared and the wonderful soiree saw Tomas and Joe arm wrestling in a candle lit corner of the bar! Brilliant!” Jen Riley

1 grapefruit twistBikers Grove

50 ml (1.7 oz) Ocho tequila blanco 2011

20 ml (.66 oz) aquavit

1 barspoon Luxardo maraschino liqueur

2 dashes Scrappy’s grapefruit bitters

1 green olive, as garnish

Serve in a chilled martini glass

Express the oil of the grapefruit twist onto the interior of a chilled cocktail glass, and discard the zest.  Stir the remaining ingredients over ice, strain into the pre-prepared glass, and add the garnish.

gaz sez:  Love the story behind this drink, and I’m so jealous that I wasn’t with Jen, Tomas, and Joe at Candelaria that night.  At least I’ve been able to sample this drink, though, and it’s a veritable doozy of a cocktail.  Ocho is such a fabulous tequila, and Jen merely decorates it with tiny tapestries of flavors that make this drink taste like a fine old country-western song.  There’s a banjo here, fiddles over there, a harmonica pipes up now and then, and you can hear washboards in the background keeping the beat.  Nice one, Jen.

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101 Best New Cocktails: Red Riding Hooch by Joseph Boley, Red House, Paris

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

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Red Riding Hoochnegroni

Adapted from a recipe by Joseph Boley, Red House, Paris

“Our Autumn Negroni variation,” Joseph Boley

30 ml (1 oz) Beefeater gin

20 ml (.7 oz) apple-spice infused Dubonnet*

10 ml (.33 oz) Campari

10 ml (.33 oz) Averna

1 orange slice or twist, as garnish.

Build in a double old-fashioned glass, stir briefly, and add the garnish.

Methodology: build and garnish like a negroni.

*Apple-Spice Infused Dubonnet

Add the peels from 3 apples, the zest of half a lemon, 2 cinnamon sticks, a teaspoon of allspice, and a teaspoon of coriander seeds ( inspiration from the apple bitters recipe in Parsons’ Bitters book).  Smash allspice and coriander, put all ingredients into a jar with 1 liter of dubbonet. Let this sit for 5 days and filter.

gaz sez:  First off I should mention that the apple-spice infused Dubonnet is worthy of a glass all its own.  Mix it with these other ingredients, though, and you have the makings of a masterpiece.  I can’t tell you just how much I loved this drink.  Well done, Joe.

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101 Best New Cocktails: Ward 9 by Jinjur Van Vogelpoel, Red House, Paris

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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Ward 9

Adapted from a recipe by Jinjur Van Vogelpoel, Red House, Paris.Ward 9

“This drink was created for a New Orleans themed cocktail night we did, and follows along the Last Word/Final Ward lines, named the Ward 9 after the New Orleans neighborhood that was gutted by Katrina,” Jinjur Van Vogelpoel

25 ml (.85 oz) Rye Whiskey

2o ml (.7 oz) Green Chartreuse

15 ml (.5 oz) St. Germain

20 ml (.7 oz) fresh lemon juice

egg white (approx 20 ml/.7 oz)

3 dashes Parfait Amour or good crème de violette*

Dry shake, then shake with ice and strain into a chilled “small high ball”.  (In France we have these elegant, tall pastis glasses which hold about 200 ml/7 oz*)  Top with 3 dashes of Parfait Amour or good crème de violette.

* “The Parfait Amour is a bit tricky. Originally we were using a bizarre old brand of which the name escapes me and that seems to have vanished off the face of the earth (we found it in a dusty old liquor store in Paris along with Creme de Noyaux and all sorts of rare goodies). This particular Parfait Amour was extremely floral and violet-esque, and which no other brand we’ve tried has matched. I suggest therefore, that it be replaced with a good Crème de Violette instead, as the drops on top are more to add fragrance and an extra touch of weirdness than anything else,” Jinjur Van Vogelpoel

gaz sez:   I have to be honest here: Anyone with a name like Jinjur Van Vogelpoel will be included in 101 BNC.  It’s too good of a name to pass on.  And he works at Red House, one of my fave joints in Paris.  Add to this the fact that the Ward 9 is a damned spectacular drink—the Parfait Amour/Crème de Violette aromatic garnish will just blow you away—and you have a dead certainty.

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