Thursday, July 19, 2012

Straub's Classics

Bull Pup Cooler
 Jacques Straub had six years to live after publishing his classic cocktail book 'Drinks' in 1914. A wine steward at the Pendennis Club in Louisville and later at the Blackstone in Chicago, Straub was considered one of the foremost wine experts in the world. His tome, 'Drinks' bears this out, devoting the first 15 pages to wine and cocktail service, which is pretty unique for its time. The crazy thing is that even though the last 3/4 of 'Drinks' is the first recorded example of quick reference cocktail manual, Straub didn't like to drink. But this teetotaling drinkmaster has some stuff for the rest of us to try...

Bull Pup Cooler
Classic Pour Series

2 ounces gin
Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
4 ounces ginger beer

Stir the gin and lemon juice on ice in a mixing glass. Strain into an iced Collins glass. Fill with ginger beer. Give it two light turns with a bar spoon.

Star Old Fashioned

Star Old Fashioned
Classic Pour Series

3 ounce Applejack
1 ounce sweet vermouth
Dropper of Bittercube orange bitters
1 sugar cube

Add a sugar cube to a double old fashioned glass. Soak the cube with orange bitters, for Bittercube bitters, use a dropper to a dropper and a half. Muddle with an orange slice. Add Applejack and vermouth. Fill slowly with shaved ice. Garnish with cocktail cherries or mint (or both!).

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