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Gingersnap
09-01-2009, 01:02 PM
Anvil's 100 List: Cocktails To Try Before You Die

By Katharine Shilcutt in Bar Beat, Booze, Restaurant NewsMonday, Aug. 31 2009 @ 12:00PM

​Although only one page long, the list is daunting. Satan's Whiskers, Monkey Gland, Blood & Sand, Corpse Reviver #2, Death in the Afternoon, Widow's Kiss, El Diablo: one could almost mistake the cocktail names for santerķa ingredients. And the sheer breadth of the different cocktails is mesmerizing; some with egg, some with absinthe, some with champagne, some with rum. And each of them a classic cocktail, in the truest sense of the phrase.

This is Anvil's 100 List, a compilation of cocktails that everyone should try at least once in their lives. Bobby Heugel and Justin Burrows, the master mixologists behind Anvil Bar & Refuge, created the list as a means of educating their customers on the long, fascinating history of cocktails. The list itself is printed on a yellowed piece of legal-size paper, with this admonition at the top: "We at Anvil would be remiss in our duties if we did not mention that there are certain libations we feel you should try at least once in you life...for better or worse."

The list launches straight into the first cocktail -- an Absinthe Drip (just absinthe and water over sugar) -- and doesn't let up until the Zombie (which tastes better than it sounds, made with Jamaican rum, lime, lemon, pineapple, passion fruit syrup, brown sugar and angostura bitters). Along the way, you cross over 400 years of history from drinks like the Port Flip (No. 73) -- which dates back to at least 1887, although Flips themselves date to the 17th century -- and the Toddy (No. 92), which dates to the 18th century.

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linda22003
09-01-2009, 01:24 PM
Drinks have changed a lot over the years. One book in my collection is called "What'll You Have?", a collection of mixed drink recipes that came out in 1933. The author said it was to reintroduce the younger generation, who had wandered in the darkness of Prohibition, to classic cocktails. It really shows how fashions and styles have changed. There are far more "Tom and Jerry" recipes than eggnog recipes, and there are four or five pages of juleps, NONE of which involve bourbon!

FreeAmerican
09-01-2009, 01:39 PM
I moved away from mixed drinks a while back. I take almost everything straight now, every now and then I will have crown and 7 or 7 and 7. Mostly straight whiskys though. Chivas Regal being my drink of choice.

BadCat
09-01-2009, 02:13 PM
I moved away from mixed drinks a while back. I take almost everything straight now, every now and then I will have crown and 7 or 7 and 7. Mostly straight whiskys though. Chivas Regal being my drink of choice.

Chivas?
Put that stuff in your Zippo.

Try this one for a good "everyday" scotch.

http://www.stirlingfinewine.com/121498?id=4J8FIPxC&mv_pc=119

Gingersnap
09-01-2009, 02:39 PM
CORPSE REVIVER NO. 2

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This is a truly amazing cocktail, one of the great examples of cocktail alchemy that creates completely new flavors from its component ingredients, and produces a drink that makes you want to shout for joy. Dr. Cocktail sings its praises; in fact, it's the drink that started him on his world-class journey to cocktailian archaeological expertise. There's so much going on in this drink, which is sophisticated and complex to the point that my first sips of one had me tasting things that weren't even there (my first guess was that this drink had rum in it). This is a perfect drnk to serve guests who might fear gin, or who might not have experience with classic cocktails of old; however, in keeping with its name, it's a concoction that might also help you out a bit ... the morning after the night before.

3/4 ounce gin.
3/4 ounce Cointreau.
3/4 ounce Lillet blanc.
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice.
2 dashes absinthe, Herbsaint or other pastis.
Combine in a shaker with cracked ice; shake and strain.
Garnish with a stemless cherry.

As I write this, the day after the morning after, my corpse is feeling rather revived indeed.

Sounds pretty good to me!

BadCat
09-01-2009, 02:57 PM
Sounds pretty good to me!


3/4 ounce gin.
3/4 ounce Cointreau.
3/4 ounce Lillet blanc.
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice.
2 dashes absinthe, Herbsaint or other pastis.

3/4 oz. Juniper tree
3/4 oz sweet orange
3/4 oz sweet orange
3/4 oz lemon
licorice.


I'll pass on that one.

Bubba Dawg
09-01-2009, 08:20 PM
Chivas?
Put that stuff in your Zippo.

Try this one for a good "everyday" scotch.

http://www.stirlingfinewine.com/121498?id=4J8FIPxC&mv_pc=119

That would be a good Saturday Night scotch for me, BC.

FreeAmerican
09-02-2009, 01:49 PM
Chivas?
Put that stuff in your Zippo.

Try this one for a good "everyday" scotch.

http://www.stirlingfinewine.com/121498?id=4J8FIPxC&mv_pc=119

The liquor store near my home has in a glass case a bottle of Chivas 22 year or maybe 25 year. I tell them everytime I go in if I ever come into some money I am buying it.

Chivas 18 year really appeals to me but is expensive, so I drink the 12 year when I can, but most of the time I can be found with some type of cheaper whiskey in my hand due to the minimal budget I have to work with.

I am always up for trying new drinks, especially a good scotch, unfortunately I work for the State of Florida and access to the link you provided is blocked. If you could provide the name or something, I'd appreciate it.