Big news! We got TTB approval on the Serrano Cocktail Spice! This means we are trying to move forward at break neck speeds. One of the first things I am going to do is launch a crowd funding campaign. This will add desperately needed funds;
keeping making the business viable and ensuring that Serrano Cocktail Spice will become available and stay available for a long time. At the same time the overlapping equipment and ingredients will help get those other flavors to the market. This will also be an opportunity to to get your hands on some BDW tee shirts, hats and all sorts of other fun stuff.
I shot the video for the crowd funding campaign just the other day (pics below) and it is being edited. We should be announcing it very soon.
Just got back from a week at Tales of the Cocktail. Another year, another great experience at Tales. There’s too much to write about to share it all now, but I thought I’d put up a link to this great article about some of the cocktail trends spotted this year at Tales, including a nice mention of yours truly. Cheers!
Well, it is all happening very fast. Boy Drinks World is a business. I was delivered my first order of commercial grade 190 proof NGA (neutral grain alcohol). I spent my morning in my rented lab (kitchen) hard at work drying citrus peel and chopping serrano peppers. I am going to have to work quick to get these batches done in time to submit my samples to the TTB (Tax and Trade Board) before I leave for Tales of the Cocktail. On top of all that I plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign to secure the funding I need in order start actual production. The good news is that of this all means we should only be a few short months away from being able to provide our bitters to a thirsty world. In order to keep up with these fast-moving developments be sure to subscribe to this blog, follow me on twitter, like me on Facebook or just send me an email.
So you take a sip, sweet, cool and refreshing; you close your eyes in delight as your throat beings to burn. When I was a kid, some nut-job yogi friend of my mom gave me some of his cayenne lemonade. It was some sort of alleged health tonic with all sorts of healing properties. Funny little guy that I was, I kind of liked it. The lemonade was insanely hot, too hot but I drank some anyway. Twenty five years later I find my self infusing and muddling hot peppers into my drinks. There is something to be said about a refreshing drink that seems to clean out the pipes on the way down. A cure? Maybe so, take two and take a few more and call no one.
Try muddling jalapeño in gin, or serrano peppers in tequila or really any kind of spirit with any kind of pepper. Just a little muddle can give your cocktails a nice burn on the way down.
One day when looking for a present for my father the idea struck me to doctor up some gin. I had a pretty bottle with a swing top that I wanted to use for something and I had plenty of gin.
I have written before about my enjoyment of and support for Trader Joe’s Rear Admiral Joseph’s London Dry Gin. It is perhaps the best gin deal on the planet. It is crisp, clean and elegant and at eight measly bucks a bottle it is a delight not just for the palate but for the wallet as well. This gin also lends itself well to infusions.
The first bottle I put up for dad was Rear Admiral Joseph’s London Dry Gin in a fancy bottle and I added a long strip of grapefruit peel and a nice long center cut slice of Jalapeño. It is important when doing this to make your cuts with care because I leave everything in the bottle and you will want it to look nice. Also be careful, a little Jalapeño will go a long way. It takes about a week for the heat to build from the hot pepper and about two weeks for the grapefruit flavors to fully come out. Dad likes to sample it as the flavors change.
This makes an attractive gift and is delicious. If you don’t like heat skip the Jalapeño. I also tried Serrano and it was very good. Experiments with adding coriander, cardamom and other herbs were also successful but be cautious these dried herbs give off tons of flavor in alcohol and can be overpowering if you use too much. I recommend no more than one or two cracked cardamom pods. remember I leave all of the ingredients is the bottle and they will keep fusing over time. After a few weeks you will notice all the color will leach out of your ingredients and they will eventually look almost completely white, if your gin lasts that long.
Dad’s gin is strongly flavored spicy stuff with great intensity and character. Gin lovers will enjoy this but it is not for the timid palate.