Libations

Libations essentials, SexaPeal

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

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Since this is one of my Signature cocktails containing bitters let me share a little primer.

Origin of bitters; a tincture of any number of esoteric roots and herbs with an alcohol base- first came to our shores as cure-all tonics in the 18th century.

The First Bitters
They comprised of various alcoholic beverages containing bitter principles, such as angostura bark, cascarilla, quassia, gentian, orange, quinine, and other flavouring agents, and prepared by infusion or distillation. They are used as appetizers, digestives, but most famous for the flavouring of mixed drinks and frequently attain an alcoholic strength of 40%.

The Sazerac is reported to be the first cocktail. Antoine Amedee Peychaud, born in France and creator of Peychaud Bitters was it’s inventor. Peychaud invented his bitters in Santo Domingo and brought the recipe to New Orleans with him. He opened a drugstore called Pharmacie Peychaud on Royal Street. Friends gathered frequently to sample his drinks served in a coquetier which is the French word for an egg cup. The mispronunciation of coquetier resulted in the term cocktail. His bitters were thought, as many were, to have healing properties.

1 1/2 oz fresh  Orange juice
(quarter and juice 1 navel orange)
1/2 oz Simple syrup
1 1/2 oz Gin
3 dashes Grapefruit Bitters
Stir, strain, pour
Small bowled cocktail glass
Garnish with Flame Orange Twist.

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