Louisiana Purchase & Other Deals

Drink number five of our Tales of the Cocktail roundup will be made by the well-travelled Wayne Curtis. To see the beginning of the Tales of the Cocktail posts, click here or just go to the Tales of the Cocktail Category to see all of the posts.

For those who aren’t familiar with Wayne Curtis, I have but one word to sum him up: Iditarod.

Oops, wrong Wayne Curtis (just when I was getting impressed by all of his accolades). Let’s try this again.

For those who aren’t familiar with Wayne Curtis, I have but one word to sum him up: rum. This gentleman is the absolute expert on all things rum, but not by just reading books and then writing his own, but by travelling to the places that produce the sugar cane, distill the juice/molasses and by tasting the finished products. Wayne has the somewhat enviable task of travelling to the tropics and drinking rum all day, and yet he somehow seems to exude an aura of calm and tranquility.

Even during his seminars, with the eyes and ears of various experts from around the world scrutinizing his every word, he appeared at ease with his detailed lectures, gently spilling out obscure facts and commentary almost as though he had slugged back a shot of J. Wray Nephew 17yr old rum right before speaking in order to channel the rum gods (which, given the way alcohol was flowing at Tales, was entirely possible).

Seminars on rum, tiki culture and a series of rum tastings equate to a lot of drinking, and therefore a number of rum cocktails, all of which would go down nicely on a hot summer day. Do these cocktails taste better while our toes sink down into hot, white sand as our largest star sinks into a purple ocean? I don’t have the answer for that, but I bet I know who does…

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PROTO PUNCH
1 ½ oz 10 Cane rum
1 oz simple syrup
½ oz fresh lime juice
2 oz water
ice

mix well with ice, strain and serve in a rocks glass.
for quantity: place large block of ice in punch 20 minutes before serving
garnish with a small lime wedge
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The name says it all.

Back when drinks were simpler and the ratios for a well balanced drink were just being set. People like Donn Beach and Trader Vic based many of their recipes on this drink formula.

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FISH HOUSE PUNCH
2 oz 10 Cane rum
1 oz Hennessy Cognac
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
½ tsp peach brandy

mix and chill with a block of ice.
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This State in Schuylkill Classic classic dates from 1732 and has Charles Baker noting that “this is America’s most famous punch receipt, practically unchanged and unimproved for the simple reason that it could not be improved upon!” He also warns: “there are a horde of so-called “Fish House Punch” receipts that include benedictine, curaçao, bourbon and God knows what else. Eschew them. There is but one receipt, unwavering, invariable. This is it.”

Brilliant.

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MAI TAI
1 oz Rhum Clément VSOP
1 oz Coruba Dark Jamaican rum
½ oz orange curacão
¼ oz orgeat
1 oz fresh lime juice
¼ oz simple syrup

shake well with crushed ice
pour into a double old-fashioned
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Note to all imbibers out there: if you order a Mai Tai and get a concoction with any juice other than lime in it, send it back, and back slowly away from the bar.

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LOUISIANA PURCHASE
¾ oz Hennessey cognac
¼ oz Rhum Clément Creole Shrubb
¾ oz New Orleans Amber rum
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

stir over ice
strain into a chilled cocktail glass
garnish with an orange twist
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Creole Shrubb, for those who don’t know, is a liqueur made by macerating orange peels and spices with white and aged rums. Produced by the house of Clément, who is known for their selection of agricole rhums, Creole Shrubb, because of its base spirits, is quite different from other lines of orange liqueurs.

 

 

Wayne Curtis

Picture taken by:
Jamie Boudreau
www.vesselseattle.com

 

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~ by Jamie Boudreau on August 2, 2007.

One Response to “Louisiana Purchase & Other Deals”

  1. Jamie, it’s great to see you blogging again! You’ve got some beautiful photos already, too. I’m going to have to step it up :)

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