A mixed drink primer from The Hearty Boys

December 11, 2012

The Morning Shift


The whiskey sour is an excellent starting point for budding mixologists.
The art of the mixed drink seems to be making a comeback, riding the wave of popularity supplied in part by the charmingly dapper (if morally ambiguous) drinkers of AMC's Mad Men. Highball glasses are starting to become a ubiquitous presence in even the dingiest apartments, and bar orders around the city are beginning to shift from "vodka and Redbull" to "sloe gin fizz." On today's Morning Shift, The Hearty Boys' Steve McDonagh walks Tony Sarabia through some cocktail and snack recipes, all of which are included in The New Old Bar: Classic Cocktails and Salty Snacks from The Hearty Boys. Here are a few of McDonagh's favorites:


Old Fashioned Whiskey Sour

2 ounces blended whiskey
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ ounce fresh lime juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
Orange slice and cherry (for garnish)
Combine the ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe and serve garnished with a cherry flag (attach the cherry to the orange slice with a toothpick). 
Maiden’s Blush
1 1/2 ounce Gin
1/ 2 ounce Lemon Juice
1/2 ounce Raspberry Shrub
1/4 ounce Absinthe (for rinse)
Lemon Wheel (for garnish)
Pour the Absinthe in a chilled coupe and swirl the contents to coat the inside of the glass.  Discard excess.  Combine gin, lemon juice, and raspberry shrub in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well.  Strain into the absinthe rinsed coupe and serve garnished with a lemon wheel.
Widow’s Kiss
1 1/2 ounces Applejack
3/4 ounce Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 ounce Benedictine
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Combine the ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe and serve garnished with a brandied cherry.
Middle Eastern Spiced Almonds
4 cups raw Whole Almonds
1 1/2 cup Golden Raisins
2 tablespoons Butter, melted
4 teaspoons Kosher Salt
4 teaspoons Light Brown Sugar
4 teaspoons Garam Masala*
3 teaspoons Curry Powder
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Spread the nuts evenly on a 12x18 cookie sheet and place in the center of the oven for 15 minutes.
Mix the butter, sugar and spices together in a large bowl and slide the hot nuts in as soon as they come out of the oven. Add the raisins and toss well to coat. Let cool before serving.
Cracked Black Pepper Parmesan Crisps
2 cups shredded Parmesan
1 tablespoon freshly cracked Black Pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Line a 12x18 cookie sheet with foil and coat lightly with non stick spray.
Spread the parmesan onto the baking sheet. Make sure that it’s spread evenly or your crisp won’t bake evenly. Sprinkle with the black pepper and place in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until the cheese has turned a uniform deep golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool. Once cool enough to handle remove from the foil and crack into rough bite sized pieces.
Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.