Friday, August 20, 2010
Essential Liquor #21
For Common Joe's budget we would suggest a pairing of Korbel and Paul Masson. If you plan on dong some courtin' and you have the potential father-in-law coming over, go get yourself a bottle of Christian Brothers, but skip the E&J. If Joe wants to go with a bit more pizazz, an Armagnac can be had in the $20 range, but I'd suggest the German Asbach Uralt. The Asbach has a beautiful color, can be enjoyed neat in a snifter, and can be bought for $25 in Wisconsin.
Our drink this week is a classic cousin of the immortal brandy Sidecar called the Filmograph. Lost until lately because of its strange ingredients, it is a sweet yet classic drink from bygone era. One of those ingredients is lemon syrup. You can buy it, but it isn't as good as making it and you can taste the difference in this drink. To make lemon syrup, juice 2 medium lemons in a small pan (about 1/2 cup of juice) and add 1/2 cup of sugar. Heat over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Heat for about 2 to 3 minutes. For other drinks that call for lemon syrup, you can boil it down to make the syrup sweeter, not for the Filmograph though, unless you like drinking molasses.
The other strange ingredient is Kola Tonic. Principally its cola syrup and it may be a challenge to find. We got ours at the local Williams-Sonoma (under cola soda syrup), but Rose's makes it too, so you have a few options. Williams-Sonoma also makes a lemon syrup under the same label, so if you're lazy...
2 ounces brandy
3/4 ounce lemon syrup
1/2 ounce kola tonic
Shake and drink. If you don't want it that sweet, use fresh squeezed lemon juice for the lemon syrup.