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Seattle, WA, US

Recent Reviews

Re:The Old Fashioned

This has become my test drink when I'm drinking away from home. It's amazing how much such a simple recipe varies from place to place. The usual problem is far too much water, sometimes to the point that you can't taste the whiskey.I'm more than happy to skip the muddled fruit and simply garnish with a brandied cherry and/or an orange slice. Otherwise, the recipe here is what I do at home. Using a small amount of simple syrup instead of a sugar cube and water solves the problem of overwatering the drink.

Posted: 03:15 pm on March 24th 2011

Re:Old-School Martini

It's nice to see that you're not afraid of going old school, but even classic cocktail aficionados today generally prefer a gin:vermouth ratio of 2:1 or 4:1. (I prefer 4:1 myself.)As in all recipes, it's best to experiment and discover what you like. In this case, that means trying different proportions, as well as trying different gins and vermouths: Noilly Prat, Dolin, and Martini & Rossi (Dry) are all good vermouths, but they yield noticeably different results. The same is true if you go with a juniper-forward gin like Tanqueray or Beefeater compared with herbier gins like Plymouth and Hendrick's.

Posted: 02:58 pm on March 24th 2011