Spiced Pear Daiquiri

Spiced Pear Daiquiri

So I finally tried the Spiced Pear Daiquiri and I liked it so much I had to make two.  Well, actually I made three and drank two.  I had planned to make this for the infamous Christmas party that birthed this blog, but as they say, the best laid plans ….  Anyway, after a whirlwind of rushed packing and cramming everything we could possibly fit into the lil’ Civic, we made it up to our Tahoe rental.  I unpacked the mini bar I brought and set to work mixing up the drink that never made it to the party.  This recipe was featured in an article on holiday cocktails in the recent issue of Imbibe magazine.  It involved making a special spiced simple syrup, but that was easy and made the house smell damn good.

Spiced Pear Daiquiri

  • 1 1/2 oz. rhum agricole
  • 1/2 oz. spiced simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. fresh pear juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Garnish: pear slice, lemon twist or candied lemon peel

Cocktail by Todd Appel, Piranha Bros. Consulting, Chicago

I cheated a bit and didn’t juice my own pears, but the Looza pear nectar I used seemed to work well.  For the rhum agricole I used La Favorite Ambre. Dare I say, it? Pear-fection!

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Merry Fizzness!

The Ramos Gin Fizz

What does Santa’s Little Helper drink Christmas morning when all the presents are unwrapped and it’s finally time to kick back and relax?  A Ramos Gin Fizz, that’s what!  I’d never had one until a few weeks ago.  I was flipping through my copy of Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em by Stanley Clisby Arthur and the recipe caught my eye.  I have a marked-up, liquid-stained 1941 copy, and I enjoy looking at the previous owner’s notes.   In May of 1943 it had been marked as a keeper, and after mixing one up for myself, I agreed.  A few weeks later I found myself having brunch at the Presidio Social Club and saw it on their list of “Restoratives”.  The bartender pulled out a mini stick blender, and went to town frothing it up.  A restorative indeed!  He told me that once the drink started getting more popular at PSC he was shaking his arms off and had to switch to the immersion blender.  I could well imagine since it’s a drink that does require energetic and sustained shaking.  In his book, Arthur writes of the Fizz, “…the saloons of Henry C. Ramos were famous for the gin fizzes shaken up by a bevy of busy shaker boys.  Visitors, not to mention home folk, flocked in droves to the Ramos dispensary to down the frothy draft that Ramos alone knew how to make to perfection. One poetical sipper eulogized it thus: “It’s like drinking a flower!”  Well, flower or not, the Ramos Gin Fizz made a lovely lazy Christmas morning drink…or two.

Click on the picture below and you can read the recipe for this froth-o-licious drink.

What's that funny thing in the corner? Well, Mr. Playmobil Elk was kind enough to hold the book open while I mixed this up.

The Antifogmatic League

Antifogmatic: a nineteenth century term for an alcoholic drink.  Source: Vintage Vocabulary.

Straus Family Creamery Egg Nog & Bourbon

After enjoying good friends and good cocktails at our Christmas party this weekend I was inspired to start a little something I’m calling The Antifogmatic League. What is it? Well, basically an excuse for some like-minded friends to get together and go out for a finely crafted cocktail!  Sounds much more official if we have a society, huh? “Hey honey, I have a meeting with The Antifogmatic League tonight. Can you get home from work to watch the kid?” Also, ever since I attended Jeff Hollinger & Neyah White’s “House-made Ingredients” cocktail class at Absinthe during San Francisco Cocktail Week, I’ve been hooked on learning more about this fascinating and delicious subject.  Why the blog? Well, instead of boring people on Facebook with pictures of fancy cocktails I can bore people here, and at least they’ll know what they’re getting into.  So here you have it folks, The Antifogmatic League: Classic Cocktail & Tiki Drink Appreciation Society!  Merry Christmas!