Well, 2013 isn’t going to party itself in, so you are going to have to get ready to do your part here. Bringing the new year in with a little style isn’t all that hard, you just need to spend a little time planning ahead to make sure you are ready for everything. Here at the BackGrinder we think the best way to do New Years right is a simple classy party: a little food, a little music, cocktails early and champagne later. Just add friends and this should work just right. To help you out we’re going to make sure you know how to put on a good spread, a good bar, and bring the night together right. Today we’re featuring vintage cocktails from the 20’s and 30’s. The World War 2 generation knew how to do more than just throw a war, and here’s a few tips on how to become a classically trained drinker.
5) New Orleans Style Gin Fizz If you’ve had a gin fizz in a bar it was probably just gin, soda water, and maybe a splash of random ingredient to give it color. This is a lazy bartender’s crutch, not a legit gin fizz (the real thing has egg white, if they didn’t crack an egg in front of you they are faking it). This is the New Orleans take on the classic gin fizz, also known as the Ramos.
1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 1/4 oz simple syrup
2 oz milk, half & half, or cream
1 small egg white
2 dashes fleurs d’orange (orange flower water)
Put all ingredients except the club soda in a shaker with ice and shake VERY vigorously (more than normal to mix the egg white). Pour over ice in a highball glass. Add club soda.
4)Greyhound (also Salty Dog) The New Orleans Fizz is a great showpiece, but a bit of work. The Greyhound is simplicity in itself.
1 and 1/2 oz Gin
4 oz Grapefruit Juice
Just mix and serve over ice for a Greyhound. Salt the rim of the glass first (like you would when making Margarita’s) and you have the original Salty Dog. 2 very easy, very tasty cocktails with one quick recipe.
3)The Bees Knees A simple cocktail with a great name.
1 and 1/2 oz Gin
1 tsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice
Mix the gin, honey, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Do the shaker dance, strain and pour. Garnish with a lemon peel or slice.
2) Negroni This is a great cocktail with a full taste and a cheerful red coloring.
1 oz gin
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz campari
Shake over ice, strain and pour, garnish with an orange peel or slice.
1) The Sazerac The classic New Orleans cocktail.
1/2 teaspoon absinthe
1 teaspoon of simple syrup
4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
2 ounces rye whiskey.
Strip of lemon peel
You need 2 glasses here. Pack the first with ice to chill it, this is the one you’ll drink from. Mix the simple syrup (or a teaspoon of sugar) with the bitters, then add the whiskey and a little ice (some recipe’s call for an extra ounce, so you can be generous here). Discard the ice from the drinking glass, pour in the small amount of absinthe, roll it around till it coats the entire inside of the glass then pour out. Strain the whiskey into the absinthe coated glass (to get the ice out). Then twist a lemon peel over the glass and rub it around the glasses rim and discard (do not use the lemon peel as a garnish). Serve.
So there you have it. 5 classic cocktails that will impress your snooty friends with their vintage credentials while getting your not so snooty friends nice and happy too. Pick up your ingredients and have the bar ready for a great start to any NEw Years Eve Party!