Thursday, May 30, 2013

MacFuddy Smash

We have extolled the virtues of not pulverizing your mint in a muddle or shaking it on ice until it shreds it to bits, however there is a style of drinks that actually calls for it- the smash. Famous barman Jerry Thomas called the smash “a julep on the small plan” because the smash and julep often has the very same ingredients. However, the smash’s mixing procedure does not call for as much time or delicate hand as the julep does. Essentially, the smash needs the bitter green in a plant to suck out sugar in a drink and add dimension.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Cereal Milk Stout

Drink: Cereal Milk Stout
Establishment: Momofuku Milk Bar
Location: Manhattan, New York
First Connoisseur: Holly, recreated with alcohol

2 ¾ cups cornflakes
3 ¾ cups whole milk
2 tablespoons of packed brown sugar
¼ teaspoon of salt
Stout or coffee liqueur (I used Lake Louie’s Mr. Mephisto’s Imperial Stout)

The Milk Bar in Manhattan is not an actual bar, but I thought their signature cereal milk would make for a great mixer for cream cocktails. Here’s how to make cereal milk. Toast 2 ¾ cups of cornflakes in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes. Allow them to cool. Add the toasted flakes to 3 ¾ cups of whole milk and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Strain flakes from milk; discard flakes. Add sugar and salt to milk and whisk until dissolved. Add your cereal milk as a topper to an ice cold glass of your favorite stout or Kahlua for a sinfully decedent end to the cold months.