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We were in Mexico a few months ago, when I got back I had an e-mail in my inbox asking if I would be interested in making drinks at The Stop Night Market. Last year the event was such a hit that this year they held it over two nights. I was scheduled for night number two and was asked to come up with a cocktail using Meukow cognac.
If you aren’t aware, traditionally, cognac is associated with colder climates. Consumed after hearty meals in front of fires on bear skin rugs or sitting in terrifically ornate, throne-like chairs.  Working this delicious cognac into a summer time drink was a challenge.

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Meukow in particular is very oak heavy so mixing it with other spirits works well, but going juicy is not so simple. When we were in Mexico in April, though, I remembered Jamaica (ha-MIKE-ah) being a floral, bitter syrup that was added to soda or water to make a nice refreshing drink but with some round character to it. BINGO! I made 5 litres of syrup using dried Jamaica flowers and added some lemon juice and a healthy dose of cognac. There we are, a lemonade, but not over sweet or sour and nicely rounded by the afformentioned woodsy overtones. When the event was over (we ran out in about an hour and 15 minutes) I had about 3 litres of the syrup left over, so we ran it as a special at Bar Isabel and we ran out there too. I guess I found a winner. Even though I never properly came up with a name. After the night market myself and a handful of friends headed to Pharmacy where some of my best friends, got very creative with my coasters.

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A few other things:

1. The new Black Sabbath record is not bad. I had my doubts about it, but it sounds like pretty classic sabbath, just with modern production.

2. I am planning on doing some more competitions in the next little while.

3. If you work for a liquor company and need a hand at any of your events, please call me.

4. I am just stocking up on bar supplies to start running my beginners course on a regular basis. If you are (still) interested, hit me up.

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That little nugget of information was conveyed to me by a dude named Matt that is affiliated with Tromba in Australia. I had no Idea that Paloma meant anything other than “delicious tequila and grapefruit soda drink” before we met. I also hadn’t eaten 1/2 a pound of  pork tacos in one sitting, but that’s a different blog post.

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Pretty much anyone that has some tequila and some ting can make this drink. I make it by filling a tall glass with ice, then pouring in 2oz. of tequila, then filling it with the grapefruit soda.
What’s that? You haven’t got any ting?
Well, have you got some club soda? How about a grapefruit? BOOM! That should cost you about 65 cents. You can do this. I believe in you.

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Summer looks like it might be here for longer than 2 or 3 days at a time (finally) so drink some Palomas. I know this guy does.

Also, tonight I will be at The Stop Night Market, making drinks with Meukow Cognac. See you there.

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It’s been a while since I posted. Sorry. I have been learning everything about Bar Isabel and getting ready for The Stop Night Market. I will be making cocktails with Meukow cognac. You know how tough it is to make a cognac cocktail for summer time? So after a few tries at something summer-y that isn’t a Sidecar I came up with this.

2oz. Meukow
.5oz. Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur
5 drops Bitter End Mexican Mole Bitters

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Not really summery and not the drink I’ll be doing for The Stop Night Market, but a delicious drink of the week anyway. Also, as the name indicates, it’s a nice sweet warm hug from mom. As for the drink for the night market, I don’t have a name for it yet, but there is a flower involved. I’ll tell you about that one later.

Also, I have had three or four inquiries about doing another cocktail basics class.
This one will be geared more toward home/hobby bartending, rather than executing cocktails at high volume. If you want in, please e-mail me, and I will start to set up a time/date.

Photos of wooden pegasus and warm hug from mom by: Jessica Blaine Smith

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