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Weekly Cocktail – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on the Good Ship Lollipop

“Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough”. No, I’m not trying to condone over-drinking or over-serving for that matter. This quote comes from the great American author Mark Twain, who passed away on April 21st, 1910. According to a letter he wrote to his wife in 1874 while in London, about his new favorite drink, “Livy my darling, I want you to be sure, and remember to have , in the bathroom when i arrive, a bottle of Scotch Whiskey, a lemon, some crushed sugar and a bottle of Angostura bitters. Ever since i have been in London, I have taken a wine glass what is called a cock-tail (made with those ingredients) before breakfast, before dinner and just before going to bed.”

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The Mark Twain Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Johnnie Walker red Scotch

3/4 Lemon juice

1 oz simple syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

shake all ingredients with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist

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Also this week, Shirley Temple Black was born on April 23rd, 1928. The famous child actress for whom the Shirley Temple was named. Now, we all know that it is simply grenadine with ginger ale and maraschino cherries, but to make it really special, I’m including a recipe for house made grenadine. Take 2 fresh pomegranates (pommes de Grenada) and remove all seeds. Yes, it’s messy! If you can do it outside, do so, and don’t wear white! Rinse thoroughly to remove as much of white inner membrane. Place seeds in sauce pan and cover with water. Simmer on medium heat until seeds start to pop. Strain pressing on seeds to release all juice, Dissolve in sugar, use 1/2 the amount of liquid i.e. 2 cups liquid use one cup sugar. I know, that seems like a lot of sugar but this is grenadine after all. If you’re trying to cut your glycemic index use honey or agave nectar to taste. For a fun twist throw in a vanilla bean while cooling. When cooled to room temperature, store in a clean bottle in the refrigerator for up to a month.

 

Happy Mixing!

Michael the Bartender

 

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