Are you a real skeptic or a true believer?
Next up in my “nerd cocktail” series is an homage to my all time favorite sci-fi heroine, Dana Scully. I love the X-Files. I grew up watching it, have had many discussions about it, it’s my go to when I’m not feeling well. When I was little I wanted to grow up & be Dana Scully, or at least, wanted to be a forensic medical doctor for a time because of her. Last year I did a (not great) cosplay as her. So it’s only natural that I’d make a drink in her honor. I wanted to make something classic with a bit of a twist. Serious with a hint of playfulness. Straight forward yet complex. Also, something red. So with all that, I give you the Real Skeptic, a riff on a classic Negroni.
In this version I replaced the sweet vermouth with my pineapple infused rum & shifted the ratios. I cut the gin in half & added that portion to the rum so that the pineapple flavor wouldn’t get lost under the Campari. I finished it off with a few drops of Havana & Hide bitters from 18.21 & some expressed lemon peel.
1.5 oz pineapple infused rum
1 oz Campari
.5 oz gin ( I used New Amsterdam)
5 d Havana & Hide bitters
Add all ingredients to your mixing glass & stir with ice for 15 seconds. Strain into your favorite cocktail glass & express a lemon peel over the drink. Sink the lemon peel & enjoy! (Your preference as to making this drink up or straining it over a large cube. I drank mine up.)
I really enjoyed this drink & I’d like to think Dana would approve. Let me know if you try it or if any of you have some sci-fi inspired cocktails of your own!
I mentioned in my last post that I’m getting ready for Atlanta’s annual nerd culture convention, Dragon Con, that falls on Labor Day weekend. Part of getting ready is definitely making sure I’ve got the right booze & tools for the long weekend. So here’s my version of a “bar cart round-up” (even if your bar cart is a backpack or a cooler) for all your nerdy booze needs!
- Why not whip up a batch of your favorite cocktail & use this awesome Ewok thermos to share it with the class?
- Raise a glass to the ATL’s favorite weird cartoon
- Make sure your your butter beer is always cold & close at hand
- Embrace your inner Cersei & drink wine like a true Lion
- X-Files has always been my favorite
- Speaking of the Lannisters, check out this awesome Jaime hand bottle opener
- I’m pretty sure this shaker kit would always make me feel like I was making drinks in Bladerunner, which, I’m totally into
- For when you’re feeling a little run down, grab a flask
- I love when the beer world embraces its nerd
- Don’t forget your drinking horn when you meet up with your buds to share your epic weekend stories
- Who doesn’t love a good planet killer in their drink?
- Okay this drink transporter might be my favorite
Hello Lovlies. Summer is starting to wind down (though honestly, it will be hot in Atlanta til November) & Labor Day weekend is getting closer. For lots of folks here in town, myself included, that means getting ready for Dragon Con, the annual nerd culture convention. I love Dragon Con, it’s got something for everyone, even booze nerds! So with that in mind I thought I’d do a series of “nerd cocktails” inspired by some of my favorite fandoms during August to get in the spirit.
First up is “The Double R” inspired by the cult classic series Twin Peaks. Staying true to the spirit of the show I went with a coffee based cocktail. This drink is earthy & dark, smooth, & has just a hint of cherry sweetness. It’s perfect for sipping while contemplating the mysteries of the Black Lodge.
The Double R
1.5 oz black rum
.75 oz Ramazzotti Amaro
.75 oz cold brew coffee
.25 oz Luxardo Marachino liqueur
2 d orange bitters
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass & stir with ice for about 15 seconds. Strain into a coop glass & garnish with a Luxardo cherry.
I went with black rum for this cocktail for it’s color, sweetness, & ability to blend well with coffee. The Ramazzotti has a great root beer & citrus kind of flavor that adds the needed complexity, while the Luxardo & orange bitters give just a hint of sweet to keep the drink from being too dark. I hope you give this one a go, I think it’s a damn fine cup!
Sorry about the hiatus, guys. You know how life goes, busy & distracting, but enough of that! This week I had the pleasure of visiting American Spirit Whiskey. ASW is doing some really great stuff that I, admittedly, slept on. Prior to my visit I’d only tried their flagship silver whiskey (which isn’t quite for me), but I shouldn’t have let that stop me. In the shadow & spirit of moonshiner’s of the past who used the Peachtree corridor to run booze into the city, ASW is making good whiskey, y’all.
ASW Distillery currently offers five different spirits: the flagship silver whiskey, the Resurgens Rye, Fiddler, an apple brandy called Armour & Oak, and their newest Duality. I sampled each one & while they are all stand up whiskies, the Resurgens Rye & Duality were definitely my favorites. Resurgens is Atlanta’s first rye whiskey since Prohibition & is made with 100% malted rye. Most distilleries don’t malt their rye so that makes Resurgens extra special. It has a really full, smooth flavor with just the right about of bite & heat. Duality is a 50/50 mix of traditional barley mash & ASW’s malted rye mash. It finishes very smooth with a subtle smokiness & a hint of sweetness. I imagine it’s perfect over a cube, sippin’ on a front porch.
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After the tasting we took a tour around the distillery while our welcoming & knowledgeable host gave us a run down on the art of distilling. ASW operates on a (quite beautiful) pot-still system. Apparently there’s some debate over pot-still versus column-still. Many distillers believe that despite their limitations, pot-stills yield a better, more complex flavor. Pot-stilling also allows for more human precision: whiskey masters have more control over each stage of distillation with a pot-still. All of that means a more artfully crafted whiskey. ASW is creating some serious output on a fairly small footprint. After seven years they are about to open a second space on the opposite side of the city (right by me!). Hopefully a second tasting room will be included. Much like the breweries here in Georgia, ASW is eagerly awaiting September 1st, when our new booze laws go into effect & breweries & distilleries alike will have a lot more freedom in the ways they serve the people. Until then, if you’re a whiskey lover you should absolutely go for a tasting & a tour. They have a beautiful space reminiscent of a hip lodge & friendly staff. Check out their website for tour & tasting information.