Monday, May 24, 2010

Tequila Sour & What We're Drinking This Week

Finally, some sunshine!  Wow, in what seems like months, this weekend quelled any doubt as to whether the sun in fact still existed.  I was beginning to have misgivings.

After playing 9 on Saturday, and 18 on Sunday, I'm happy to report that my golf game is terrible.  I'm happy to report this because even if my game is terrible, it means that I'm playing, which is half of the battle.

In other news, Lost ended last night.  I need some time to digest the last episode.  Its end though leaves me a bit melancholy.  I've watched it for 5-6 years now, investing a lot of internet reading time, parsing through people's theories and things that I otherwise missed on first viewing.  No show has captured my viewing interest in quite the same way.  So it is with some sadness that I will no longer see Lost on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday nights (pretty sure it's appeared regularly on each at one time or another).

In any event, let's check out this week's activities:

Soundtrack of the week:  Local Natives Gorilla Manor - This Los Angeles band just came out with their debut album in February of this year.  It's an excellent first effort.  The vocals are a bit ethereal in the way Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses or Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes is ethereal.  And not to pigeon hole them, but, Local Natives will remind you of both BOH or Fleet Foxes (quick sidebar: had AmMix existed when Fleet Foxes debut dropped a couple years ago, it would have remained the soundtrack of the week for about five months in a row).  Anyway, to top it all off, I believe Amazon is selling the MP3 album for a mere $5 - a steal. 

What We're Drinking This Week

Today: Tequila Sour - today's featured drink - you can see the recipe just down the page.

Wednesday: Petite Fleur - white rum, Cointreau and grapefruit juice.  A carry-over from last week - and one that I'm looking forward to, as the ingredients seem prime for an excellent cocktail.

Friday:  Rosemary - Bourbon and vermouth.  We're taking to the internet on this one, after I found a nice review of this recipe here.


American Bar, page 185

Tequila Sour


3/4 oz lemon juice
1/4 - 3/4 oz sugar syrup
1 1/2 oz tequila
stemmed cherry

Shake well over ice cubes in a shaker, strain into a sour glass, garnish with cherry.


I'm using 1800 Tequila, Nellie and Joe's Key West Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup from Fresh Market, and in the place of a stemmed cherry, I plan on dropping a maraschino cherry in the glass.

This is an excellent representation of a sour cocktail.  Mix a base liquor with a sweetner, and either lemon or lime juice and you have a sour. 

This has a nice balance of tequila and other ingredients.  It's going to remind you of a margarita because of the tequila and the juice (even if it is lemon and not lime).  And as is often the case with mixed drinks, when following the recipe, it doesn't appear to provide you with a huge amount to drink. 


Remember though, that you're drinking a fair amount of high proof alcohol, and a drink like this can be downed at a very fast clip.  Double the recipe, and you're knocking back about 3 shots of tequila (one ounce shots).  Don't let the small glass contents fool you.  Sours especially, can knock you on your ass.

Looking forward to more drinks this week - see you all on Wednesday!

For more drink links, random musings, and my attempts to be witty, check us out @IMakeDrinks on Twitter.

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