Frontier Psychiatrist

Frontier Mixology: FP Originals

Posted on: January 28, 2011

Over the past nine months the Frontier Mixologist has taught us all how to get inebriated in a cultured, historically informed fashion.  While we have learned a great deal about certain classic cocktails (the Manhattan, the Negroni, the Jack Rose), we have also been treated to five never-before-mixed cocktails, drinks conceived and lab-tested in the Mixologist’s private but ample bar.  Today we bring you a recap of our original cocktails with the hope that, rather than grabbing another six-pack or bottle of wine this Friday night, you’ll pick up a few more adventurous ingredients and mix up something unique and delicious.

The Preakness Cocktail (FP Version)

1.5 oz Rye Whiskey (preferably Pikesville Rye)

0.5 oz Maraschino liqueur

0.5 oz Benedictine

2 dashes aromatic bitters (e.g. Angostura, Fee Brothers)

Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Shake briskly with ice; strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

This drink of kings is a modification of the original, inferior Preakness Cocktail.  It’s a delicious Baltimore-inspired concoction, the kind of drink that would make Omar Little exclaim “Oh, indeed.”  The whiskey, benedictine, and Maraschino can be purchased at any liquor store (even a store you think only sells wine…just look hard or ask), and the bitters can be had at your local grocery.

The 25th Hour

1 ½ oz.  vodka (Absolut Brooklyn if you can find it)

1 ½ oz.  applejack (if you can get the 100-proof, use it)

2 dashes aromatic bitters

2 oz.  ginger ale or ginger beer

Stir vodka, applejack, and bitters in a mixing glass with ice; strain into an old fashioned glass, and top with the ginger ale; garnish with a slice of apple, if desired.

Your stuffier mixologists abhor using multiple base spirits (applejack and vodka?), and the use of vodka would be frowned upon in some circles.  But, here at FP, we are mixologists of the people.  The drink is balanced, invigorating, and hazardous to your judgment.  If nothing else, please buy yourself a bottle of Applejack. If you want to sound like you know what you’re talking about, just go to the liquor store and ask for a bottle of “Laird’s, 100 proof if you’ve got it.”  Trust us.

The Hawaiian Lady

1 oz. light rum

1 oz. dark rum

1 oz. egg whites (from an egg whites carton)

½ oz. lime juice

½ oz. rich pineapple syrup

dash of Angostura bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice; strain into a chilled cocktail glass; garnish, if desired, with a speared pineapple chunk.

This particular libation was cooked up in honor of our interview in the Hawaii Women’s Journal, a publication which, once you’re done with this column, you should go read.  We are aware that it contains egg whites and two types of rum; suffice it to say that, if you’ve never mixed a drink before, you’d probably be best advised to start with an Old Fashioned instead.  Once you feel comfortable with that swizzle stick in your hands, however, turn to The Hawaiian Lady for some assistance in advancing your skill set.

The Dark and Stirred Fantasy

2 oz. dark rum

3/4 oz. Amaro CioCaro

1/4 oz. Licor 43

2 dashes Xocolatl Mole Bitters

Stir with ice; strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

If you recognize half of the ingredients in this drink, you either work in a bar or have a problem.  Nonetheless, you can track them all down in your local urban liquor store, say Dry Dock or Smith & Vine should you reside in Kings County.  It’s worth the search: after a few of these, you won’t be able to get much higher.

The Frontier Psychiatrist

1 oz. applejack

1 oz. rye whiskey

½ oz. dry vermouth

¼ oz. Amaro CioCiaro

¼ oz. peach liqueur

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Stir all madly with ice; strain into a chilled cocktail glass; enjoy without a twist, preferably with carefully selected musical accompaniment.

It’s like an FP party in your mouth.  And there ain’t no party like an FP party.

Drink Up!


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