The Celebration of Repeal Day

Posted by TraderTiki on December 10th, 2007 — Posted in Bilge, Events, rye

Last Wednesday was another fantastic time at Teardrop Lounge in Downtown Portland. Daniel had put together a list of prohibition-era drinks, of which I’m pretty sure I sampled a good percentage of.  Yes, soused to the nines before the old 23 skidoo is the way to roll on Repeal Day.

Monkey Gland at TearDrop

The Monkey Gland, as pictured above, was light and sweet with the anise pushing the citrus. The Pernod was nice, as Pernod usually is, but I’ll still argue to try Absinthe in its place.

Other cocktails on the list were…

  • Income Tax
  • Dolly o’ Dare
  • Chauncey
  • Pegu Club
  • Charleston
  • Pink Lady
  • Japanese
  • 20th Century
  • Blood and Sand
  • Clover Club
  • Corpse Reviver #2
  • Jasmine
  • Jupiter

All of which were created with the skill and professionalism I’ve come to enjoy there.  The Japanese even came with a few chocolate shavings on top, which went unbelievably well with the Orgeat within.  Speaking of Chocolate, if you haven’t tried the 20th century (recipe available in Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails), then you must.  It’s use of chocolate as an entry and exit for the flavor, without being an overwhelming component deserves a standing ovation.  The Jupiter, one of the few uses between itself and a Joan Bennett for Parfait Amour, is also a very fascinating cocktail that really makes you think about the flavors within, as they’re a bit hidden, but very complex and nuanced, like the Parfait Amour itself.

David, lighting a Dee Cee Fuego

Of course, their original cocktails were still available that night, such as the DeeCee’s Fuego, which bartender David is igniting, as pictured above.  It’s amazing how flammable orange oil can be, and the smell of the flamed citrus oil really fills the room.  The DeeCee’s Fuego, as you can see at their online cocktail menu, is a combination of scotch, carpano antica, formula one vermouth, pomegranate molasses, and the flamed orange.  I got turned onto Carpano Antica from Chuck Taggart’s various ramblings about the stuff, and boy oh boy was he right.  Try your regular Martini and Rossi vermouth side by side with Carpano Antica and Punt e Mes, and your life might just change forever.  Punt e Mes also makes a good replacement for Campari in a Negroni, if you’re not too into the bitter, and it makes a Manhattan with really good rye just sing.

Hope your Repeal Day was good as well.

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