Pegu Club Cocktail

Posted by TraderTiki on October 22nd, 2007 — Posted in Gin, Site

One of the fun things about running a blog, or any site for that matter, is seeing where your hits are coming from.  I get a lot of the expected referrals from the Blogroll, a few unusual sites and trackers, but a recent, extremely unexpected referral was straight from the Wall Street Journal’s site, specifically, an article by Eric Felten on the Pegu Club Cocktail.

I couldn’t believe it!  My hits weren’t going up unusually, but still, being linked on a legit for real bigtime site, whoda thunk it?  So, scanning through the article… scanning, scanning, scanning… no link.  Until, I see a brief glimmer of my site’s URL in the footer of the page under “Blog Posts about this topic”, generated by Sphere.com.  Well, I was selected by an algorithm (and quickly sequenced out of that rotation), but still, inspiration to drink must always come from somewhere!  So last night’s cocktail was, the Pegu Club Cocktail.

Pegu Club Cocktail

You can read more about it in the article on WSJ.com.  The writer does a good piece on the drink, though the proportions are not what I used.  Instead, I favor the recipe from Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, which reduces the Gin and Cointreau, and leaves the bitters to open discussion.  A very refreshing drink, the sweetness of orange and the sour of lime play very well, almost making a sour orange flavor, which I just adore.  One key for this drink is definitely the bitters.  I like this with a few hefty dashes of Angostura, but I could drink the stuff straight, so your taste may vary.  Fees Orange bitters also fare well, but if you’ve expressed orange oil into the drink, their addition doesn’t seem to add much.

If you look carefully at the picture, you can even see the orange my spiral came from in the background.


Drink Index up!

Posted by TraderTiki on October 1st, 2007 — Posted in Site

It’s a new month, and a new feature is now available.  The Drinks Index!

Yes, it’s a blatant rip-off from The Cocktail Chronicles own Drinks Index, but what can I say, Paul’s got something damn good there.

Meanwhile, been covering my barware in a bit of sawdust, adding new features to the bar.  I threw in 36″ of triple-tiered shelving (adds space for approximately 27 bottles… still nowhere near enough), harnessed the awesome power of IKEA to add some underbar storage and overhead stemware rails (no bartenders over 6′2″),  added a Bitters and Cordials shelf, got some LEDs for the under-liquor lighting to decrease the heat, and I’ll soon be adding tiki mug shelves behind the display windows.  Whew is it a lot of work, but entirely worth the effort.  Word has it a certain someone may be schlepping their way up here in the winter season, so the hatches must be battened down!


September Morn

Posted by TraderTiki on September 28th, 2007 — Posted in Bilge, Rum, Site

The transition from summer to fall is not hitting this old California boy too well.

Now, living in the Liquor Controlled state of Oregon, there are such things as seasons, so the difference is a bit more pronounced as the seasons shift.

And so, my mind clings still to the idea of Fizzes and other wonderful summer drinks, as it still just seems a bit too early to move toward the Nog region of the cocktail spectrum.

So I find in my trusty Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide a nice in-between drink, the refreshing Daiquiri of summer with the raw calories needed to get through the winter hibernation.

September Morn Cocktail

  • 2 oz. Bacardi
  • Juice 1/2 lime
  • 3 dashes grenadine
  • 1 egg white

Shake with cracked ice; strain into large chilled cocktail glass.  Note: This is really just a Daiquiri with an egg white added

Just like the editor’s note, what more is there really to say?  So go ahead and dance until the night becomes a brand new day.  There are only a few September Morns left, and the equinox has passed, so drink the mourn end of summer and welcome in the fall and winter.

Yes, I’ve been a bit quiet as of late.  Working on a few new features of the site to make it a bit more distinguished from the other fantastic cocktail sites out there, as well as putting a few new features in the Galley.  I’ll be sure to post pics as soon as they’re ready.  Some of the new things are merely functional (iPod holder, WOO), but there’s one feature that should truly distinguish.


Ads!

Posted by TraderTiki on August 28th, 2007 — Posted in Site

Yes, a few of the dirty buggers have been added to the site.

As well, I’ve got a few amazon affiliate links on the sidebar and in the library. Because if you don’t celebrate the entire Beachbum library, you really should.