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Eye Opener Cocktail with Robert Hess

Mornings can be difficult to deal with, especially if you had a night out before and you are still suffering from the aftermath of your alcoholic delights. Fortunately our forefathers and mothers restoring concoctions that might help gently lift our eyelids to greet the day. In this episode, Robert Hess shows the Eye Opener Cocktail based on some aged rum, apricot liqueur and an egg yolk making it perfect for breakfast or brunch.

How to make the Eye Opener Cocktail

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz (45 ml) aged rum

1/2 teaspoon The Bitter Truth Apricot Liqueur

1/2 teaspoon Orange Curacao Liqueur

1 teaspoon grenadine

1/2 egg yolk

Dry shake to emulsify ingredients. Add ice to shaker and shake to chill and dilute. Strain into a chilled rocks glass.

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King`s Elixir Cocktail with Jamie Boudreau

This gin cocktail plays off Jamie Boudreau`s Golden Ration for cocktails: 1 1/2:3/4:1/4 but here he reduces the amount of vermouth to 1/2 ounce. To cut the sweetness of the Gold Wasser (not schlager) ever so slightly, Jamie utilizes a simple technique using lemon zest.

How to make the King`s Elixir Cocktail

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz (45 ml) gin

1/2 oz ( 15 ml) Dolin Blanc vermouth

1/4 oz (8 ml) Gold wasser

2 dashes The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

Stir ingredients with ice. Spritz oil of large lemon zest over chilled coupe. Add zest to glass. Strain cocktail into glass then remove lemon zest.

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Apricot Lady Cocktail with Robert Hess

In this episode of The Cocktail Spirit, Robert answers a viewers question about using egg whites in cocktails. Specifically, he discusses health concerns as well as how egg whites enhance or change the texture of a cocktail and how to incorporate them. To demonstrate how to incorporate an egg white into a cocktail, Robert dry shakes all the ingredients before adding ice and shaking the Apricot Lady Cocktail briefly to dilute and chill.

How to make the Apricot Lady Cocktail

Ingredients

1 oz (30 ml) white rum

1 oz (30 ml) The Bitter Truth Apricot Liqueur

1/2 oz (15 ml) fresh lime juice

1/4 oz (8 ml) Orange Curacao Liqueur

1/2 egg white

Vigorously dry shake all ingredients to fully emulsify egg white. Remove strainer spring, if used, and add ice to mixing tin. Shake to chill and dilute. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe.

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Chamomile Sour Cocktail with Jamie Boudreau

At Canon, Jamie’s Boudreau`s bar in Seattle, WA, they take pride in the sours they create each and every night. Like many cocktails served at Canon, sours are made with 2:1, rich simple syrup. In the Chamomile Sour, Scotch is infused with the plentiful, calming herb to create a truly delightful, rich, yet light take on the classic sour style cocktail.

How to make the Chamomile Sour Cocktail

Ingredients

1 egg white

2 oz (60 ml) chamomile infused scotch

3/4 oz ( 25 ml) fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz (15 ml) (2:1) simple syrup

3 to 4 drops The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

Add all ingredients to mixing tin. Froth or whip with a dairy frother or dry shake to emulsify. Add ice to tin and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Gently apply drops of bitters to foam. Draw a toothpick or straw through the bitters to create a nice design.

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Eagel`s Dream Cocktail with Robert Hess

The Eagle`s Dream Cocktail is a light and delicious gin cocktail with a frothy texture which is just perfect for brunch. Robert Hess adds some great advice on dry shaking a cocktail by using the spring of a hawthorne strainer. This little trick is adding a thick froth to cocktails that use egg white and require a dry shake without adding dilution.

How to make the Eagel`s Dream Cocktail

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz (45 ml) dry gin

1/2 oz ( 15 ml) The Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur

1/2 oz (15 ml) fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp. granulated sugar

1 egg white

Dry shake without ice. (Tip: remove the spring from a Hawthorne strainer and add it to your mixing tin before you dry shake. This will help to emulsify the ingredients and create a lot of body.) Then remove the spring and add ice. Strain into cocktail glass.

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Queen’s Park Swizzle Cocktail with Robert Hess

The Queen’s Park Swizzle is a rich and flavorful rum based tiki cocktail and was a favorite of tiki legend Trader Vic. The drink was named for the oasis that was the Queen’s Park Hotel, formerly located in Trinidad’s Port of Spain. Robert demonstrates the proper swizzling technique as well as a quick and easy way to crush ice with common household items, should you not have a Lewis Bag on hand.

How to make the Queen`s Park Swizzle

Ingredients

3 oz (90 ml) aged rum

8-10 mint leaves

1/2 oz (15 ml) fresh lime juice

1/2 oz 2:1 (15ml) Demerara sugar syrup

1 dash The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters

Gently muddle mint leaves in a Collins or long drink glass. Add rum, sugar syrup, lime juice and bitters. Fill the glass with crushed ice and swizzle to combine ingredients. Finally top with more crushed ice and serve with straws. Cheers


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Rum Ramsey Cocktail with Robert Hess

The Bon Ton Café is one of New Orleans finest restaurants and famous for one particular drink – The Rum Ramsey Cocktail. The drink is not only famous it`s recipe is secretly guarded by the Bon Ton Cafe and it remains a secret even when Robert Hess attempted to get closer to what is or what is not the original recipe for the Rum Ramsey Cocktail.

How to make the Rum Ramsey Cocktail

Ingredients

1 3/4 oz (60 ml) rum

1/4 oz ( 10 ml) bourbon whiskey

1/4 oz (10 ml) fresh lime juice

1/4 tsp granulated sugar

1 dash The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

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Fourth Regiment Cocktail with Jamie Boudreau

There aren`t too many classic cocktails calling for celery bitters, but one that is mostly credited is the Forth Regiment Cocktail which was popular in the late 1900, and considered good enough to go into Charles H. Bakers Gentleman Companion in the 1930`s. Celery Bitters are a bit weird, but once applied in the right way to a cocktail it has the power to become the magical ingredient as Jamie said so nicely in this little video.

How to make the Fourth Regiment Cocktail

Ingredients

1 oz (30 ml) rye whiskey

1 oz ( 30 ml) sweet red vermouth

1 dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

1 dash The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

1 dash The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

Lemon zest

Stir all ingredients well with ice., Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with Lemon twist.

TIP: add lemon twist to the glass before pouring the cocktail to add the most robust lemon flavor throughout the cocktail.


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Hooker Cocktail with Jamie Boudreau

The Hooker Cocktail isn`t named after “that kind of Hooker”, but after blues guitar legend John Lee Hooker. As you might imagine, the cocktail contains some Bourbon, some Scotch and some beer. Octoberfest is just over and this is the perfect cocktail to enjoy fermented, brewed and distilled grains of all kinds. Crank some blues and celebrate!

How to make the Hooker Cocktail

Ingredients

1/2 oz (15 ml) egg white

1 oz ( 30 ml) Bourbon Whiskey

1/2 oz (15 ml) Averna Amaro

1/4 oz (8 ml) peaty Scotch Whisky

3 dashes The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters or Bokers Bitters

2 dashes The Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters

3/4 oz ( 25 ml ) fresh orange juice

1/4 oz ( 8 ml) sugar syrup

Malty Belgian beer on top

Dry shake without ice and th beer. (Tip: remove the spring from a Hawthorne strainer and add it to your mixing tin before you dry shake. This will help to emulsify the ingredients and create a lot of body.) Then remove the spring and add ice, shake again to chill and dilute. Strain into cocktail glass. Top up wuíth the beer and stir gently.

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Delmonico Cocktail with Robert Hess

Named after the first restaurant opened in the United Sates of America, the Delmonico Cocktail is as tasty as the the famous steaks of the famous restaurant which went trough hard times. Opened in 1827 Delmonicos suffered through fire, the Noble Experiment in 1919 and quite a number of proprietors in it`s almost 200 years existence.

How to make the Delmonico Cocktail

Ingredients

1 oz (30 ml) dry gin

1/2 oz ( 15 ml) brandy or cognac

1/2 oz (15 ml) sweet vermouth

1/2 oz (15 ml) dry vermouth

1 dash The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

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