The cocktail is an art form that peaked in the middle of the 20th century and has been in rapid decline since. As a young lad, I was schooled in the fine art of cocktailing by my father and grandfathers, I learned many valuable lessons that I plan to pass on. I also want to resurrect some of the old classics that vastly surpass the sugary & fruity concoctions made today with their simplicity, elegance and bold flavors. Most of the time I will focus on one drink, and to provide, at least in my opinion, the definitive recipe, but hope to expand to other related topics as I see fit. Please mix yourself a cocktail, read, drink, and enjoy!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Simpler Simple Syrup

While finding an empty bottle, a measuring cup, sugar and water seems like a fairly simple task, there are occasions where shaking up a batch of simple syrup is impractical. For those instances where you are craving an Old Fashioned or a Daiquiri and need an ounce of simple syrup posthaste this is the solution for you!

In addition to sugar and water all you need is a glass (or shaker) and your jigger. Start with your empty mixing vessel add sugar in the same amount called for in the drink (one ounce of simple syrup means one ounce of sugar), add the same amount of warm water and swirl until the sugar is dissolved. From here I add the rest of the ingredients and stir, then fill with ice and shake or serve. You now have a fine cocktail for one without having to make simple syrup.

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