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Cheers January 2014 The Gin Game
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The Irish Spice (Recipe)

THE IRISH SPICE

Kristin Mercer / The Flintridge Proper

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Kristin had two goals when she set out to fashion the ideal autumn tipple: to create a cocktail that featured Irish whiskey as a nod to her Irish heritage and to incorporate autumn flavors – like Allspice, Cranberry and orange – without making a drink that was too sweet.

We think what she’s come up with captures the essence of Autumn beautifully in a libation that is balanced enough to be enjoyed all year round.

Somerset, KY (Recipe)

SOMERSET, KY

John Peet / The Flintridge Proper

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John, an Ohio boy, created this drink to celebrate the Kentucky town where his family would gather to enjoy the change of season as “Summer Sets.”

 

The Switzer Bramble

SWITZER BRAMBLE

Tobais Jelinek /The Flintridge Proper

FlintridgeProper-482Named after the famed Switzer hunting camp that once graced the foothills just North of the Proper, this is a fresh take on a modern class of drinks known as a brambles.  Originally created in the 80s as an updated version of a gin sour with berry liqueur, Tobias’ version uses the freshest seasonal berries that come into the kitchen.

Not only is this cocktail delicious, it’s also easy to make at home – without having to make or buy any special ingredients. And by changing up which berries you use, you can vary this cocktail for a many different tastes.

Tobias was inspired to create this drink by his childhood memories of Autumn romps through the forest harvesting wild berries before the holiday season.

The Indian Summer

THE INDIAN SUMMER

Angel Meza / Flintridge Proper

Angel ShakingAngel created this cocktail to celebrate those strangely warm days that sneak up and surprise us once we’re convinced Autumn has settled in for good.  The apple and cinnamon evoke the flavors of fall while the lemon and pear provide a sunny brightness that reminds us of those last sunny, summery days before the long winter.

According to Angel, The Indian Summer is also a “great gateway cocktail for those who don’t like to taste the alcohol” in their cocktails.”

French 75

This is sort of the “grande dame” of gin drinks – elegant, refined and delicious.  It was created in 1915 at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris and named for the powerful French 75 Field Gun – which apparently provided a kick similar to that found in this libation.

Ancient Mariner Cocktail

As the weather heats up in the Foothills of Southern California, our Today’s Tipple turns to the tropical with this update of one of Trader Vic’s favorite Tiki Drinks.

If you find tropical drinks a bit cloying and heavy, this just may be the antidote.  Sort of like a Mai Tai but less sweet and considerably more complex – thanks to the addition of the Pimento Dram – this is one of our favorite summer time drinks.

Read on for the story and recipe…

The Tuesday Afternoon

If you think you don’t like brown spirits, you need to give this beauty a try.  It’s the perfect tipple for when you’re feeling moody and blue.

Created by our brilliant bartender, Angel, for Mary Elizabeth who hates all dark spirits, this clever variation on a whiskey sour is rich, sweet and comforting.  Its mellow autumnal flavors makes us think of a lazy, drizzly October afternoon. But we like it damn near anytime.

The Paper Plane Cocktail

THE PAPER PLANE COCKTAIL

Sam Ross / Little Branch

A new favorite of our flaming-haired bartender, Kristen, thanks to it’s perfect balance of bitter and sweet, this modern classic was created by Sam Ross at the Little Branch bar in NYC.

It’s remarkably complex due to the fact that it features two, count ’em two, different Italian bitters in one delicious tipple:  the herbaceous bitter apertif, Nonino Quintessentia Amaro, and the sweetly bitter, bright red aperitif Aperol.

We like it because it’s an equal parts cocktail, like our perennial favorite the Last Word, so it’s easy to remember.

The Flintridge Proper

Our signature drink – a variation on a fresh daiquiri featuring local Altadena Honey and touch of Angostura on the nose.