A Muddled Thought

The Kobayashi Maru

About two months ago I asked to create a cocktail featuring Ketel One Vodka for a charity event benefiting Wine to Water.

Vodka is one of those spirits that I find a lot of people don’t like to worth with as isn’t often much flavor to play off of when creating a new cocktail. When tasting Ketel One I was hit with some notes of cocoa, vanilla and light citrus that helped me develop this cocktail. The name Kobayashi Maru comes from Star Trek, and was an unbeatable training scenario that Kirk had to go through at Star Fleet academy. More info on this can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobayashi_Maru

I felt the name fit the challenge since most people find Vodka hard to be creative with. That being said the Kobayashi Maru is a vodka based old-fashioned variation swapping out the rye or bourbon for Ketel One Vodka.

The Kobayashi Maru

2oz Ketel One Vodka
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz White Creme De Cacao
2 Dashes Bittermens Xocaltl Mole Bitters Directions:
Stir in mixing glass with ice.
Strain over Giant Rock into Old Fashioned Glass.
Garnish with grapefruit twist.

*The Ice Trays shown can be purchased from www.cocktailkingdom.com

The Alberto Simmons Cocktail

Sometimes the origin of a cocktail name has some history behind it–maybe it’s an inside joke or reference to a movie. Perhaps it’s paying homage to the mood the creator of the recipe was in when they put it together for the first time. And then sometimes the inspiration for the name comes from a song. It could be the lyrics that lend themselves to inspiring the naming of a cocktail, or sometimes it could be the mood it puts you and the name of the song itself.

In the case of the Alberto Simmons cocktail it’s the latter. A song by Fishboy, a band based out of Texas, about a character by the name of Alberto Simmons who is plotting to take the world on and build a wormhole along side his brother. It’s a fairly nonsensical but catchy tune. Once I started listening to the song a few times I began to picture an overly energetic person that had an interesting way of looking at life. And for some reason every time I heard the name Alberto Simmons, I thought of tequila and a somewhat out of the box stirred drink that wouldn’t take any prisoners.

I know it’s a stretch, but sometimes inspiration comes in the strangest of ways.

For more information on Fishboy or Alberto Simmons click here

Alberto Simmons

2oz Don Julio Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz Nonino Amaro
1/2 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz Lagavulin 16 Year Old Scotch Whisky

2 Dashes Bittermens Xocatl Mole Bitters

Directions:Combine all ingredients in mixing glass. Stir with ice.

Strain over giant cube in rocks glass.

Garnish with Orange twist

The Alberto Simmons Cocktail. A combination of Don Julio Reposado, Amaro Nonino, Carpano Antica, Lagavulin 16, and Mole Bitters.

The Alberto Simmons Cocktail. A combination of Don Julio Reposado, Amaro Nonino, Carpano Antica, Lagavulin 16, and Mole Bitters.

Nemo’s Bounty Cocktail

I was recently asked to create a cocktail featuring Sailor’s Jerry Spiced Rum to serve at an Edible Manhattan event.

Sailor Jerry is a spiced rum that has spices such as cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, cloves and other hints of the Caribbean. With those flavors inspiring me and thinking I wanted to go for a stirred spirit forward cocktail I used the basis of the infamous Sazerac as an outline for a cocktail, I dubbed “Nemo’s Bounty”. When tasting Sailor’s Jerry I picked up hints of espresso, anise and ginger. This led to me to combine 2 oz of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum with 1/2 oz of Galliano Ristretto, an espresso liqueur, and then added two dashes of Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Aphrodite Bitters a bitter that has a base that includes chocolate, cacao nibs, coffee, ginger root and red chili.

I combined these ingredients into a mixing glass, stirred with ice and strained them into a glass rinsed with Pernod Absinthe as you would with a Sazerac. I then garnished the drink with a lemon twist.

With a variety of ingredients originating from all over the globe–the Galliano Ristretto coming from Italy, Pernod Absinthe from France, and Sailor Jerry a spiced blend of Caribbean rums–I imagined these flavors would be something that Captain Nemo of “10,000 Leagues Under the Sea” might come across during his literary travels, thus I named my cocktail for these flavors and the nautical inspired Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.

Nemo’s Bounty

2oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
1/2 oz Galliano Ristretto
2 Dashes Aphrodite Bitters
Pernod Absinthe

Directions:Combine all ingredients except absinthe into mixing glass.  Stir with ice. Strain into ice-filled rocks glass that has been rinsed with Pernod Absinthe. 

Garnish with Lemon Twist 

*Sailor Jerry retails for around $21.99 US for a 1 Liter Bottle.

Nemos Bounty. A Combination of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Galliano Ristretto Espresso Liqueur, Aphrodite Bitters and an absinthe rinse.

Nemos Bounty. A Combination of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Galliano Ristretto Espresso Liqueur, Aphrodite Bitters and an absinthe rinse.