Mandarine Old-Fashioned

This cocktail I found at the Mandarine Napoleon promo-site. Actually I doubt promo-cocktails but in this case it is sounds great.

The Mandarine Old-Fashioned Cocktail (Коктейль Мандариновый Олд-Фешионед)

Mandarine Old-Fashioned

25 ml Mandarine Napoleon liqueur
25 ml premium bourbon
1-2 dash Angostura bitter
a piece of orange peel
Put orange peel and bitter into old-fashioned glass. Add some liqueur and bourbon, add one large ice cube and stir. Then add another liquors and second large ice cube. Stir and serve.

The Mandarine Old-Fashioned is truly magnificient cocktail. I use one of my favorite premium bourbon – Maker’s Mark. The results are great. Strong but extremely smooth taste with great bourbon and fresh citrus palate. Taste and aroma are so complex and delightful. The Mandarine Napoleon liqueur and this cocktail are highly recommended to consume :)

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The Boulevardier

The Boulevardier Cocktail was introduced for me by Eric Elestad. I read about this cocktail at his perfect blog – Underhill Lounge. His specify that The Boulevardier is more better cocktail than tasted Old Pal. And now I collected a few bottle of perfect bourbon whiskey and ready to taste some interesting.

The story of Boulevardier Cocktail conected (as Ted Haigh in his Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails specify) with name of Erskine Gwynne – expatriate writer, socialite (I like this word!) and nephew of railroad tycoon Alfred Vanderbilt, which edited a magazine The Paris Boulevardier circa 1930. The Boulevardier was his signature drink. This cocktails was rirst mentioned in Barflies and Cocktails by Harry McElhone (1927).

First I atsted the adapted version from the Ted Haigh’s book:

The Boulevardier Cocktail (Коктейль Булевардер)

The Boulevardier

45 ml bourbon whiskey
30 ml sweet vermouth
30 ml Campari
Stir all ingredients long and well with a lot of ice. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

I use the Four Roses Bourbon and Cinzano Rosso for my first Boulevardier. It is so good and interesting cocktail. But it is not ideal. The Boulevardier cocktail has bitter-sweet taste with some hints of bourbon. I decide to taste the authentic proportions of the Boulevardier Cocktail from Barflies and Cocktails by Harry McElhone.

The Boulevardier Cocktail in fancy crystal glass (Коктейль Булевардер в хрустальном бокале)

Boulevardier aka Bourbon Negroni

25 ml bourbon
25 ml sweet vermouth
25 ml Campari
Stir all ingredients long and well with a lot of ice. Strain into cocktail glass.

The Boulevardier Cocktail aka Bourbon Negroni is great and magnificient cocktail. It has rich and complex palate with notes of sweet herbs, citrus fruits and bourbon.

Also I try the Old Pal Cocktail with rye whiskey instead canadian:

The Old Pal Cocktail with rye whiskey (Коктейль в хрустальном бокале)

Old Pal

25 ml rye whiskey
25 ml dry vermouth
25 ml Campari
Mix well with a lot of ice. Strain into fancy cocktail glass.

This cocktail is not bad bad no great. It has so bitter taste with herbal pakae of vermouth and Campari and spicy taste of rye whiskey. The Boulevardier is my choice from this two cocktails.

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The Mint Julep

The Mint Julep is very old mixed drink. The word “julep” is derived from Arabic word gulab – a sweet syrupy drink in which medicine was given in the past. First recording about julep as alcoholic beverage flavored with mint was in 1787.

The Julep was born somewhere in South of USA – in Maryland, Virginia or North Carolina in the early to mid 1700s. The author of this cocktail is unknown. The Modern Mint Julep with bourbon was born in second half of the XIX century somewhere in Kentucky.

The Modern Mint Julep is cocktail consist of bourbon, sugar, mint and water.

The Mint Julep (Мятный Джулеп)

Mint Julep

dozen of fresh tender mint leaf
1-2 bsp. sugar
1-2 tsp. water
75-90 ml bourbon
Delicate bruise mint, sugar and water on the bottom of frosted old-fashioned glass (or, preferable, silver or pewter julep cup) than add crushed ice and little of bourbon and swirl the drink until glass frosted. Than add more bourbon and ice, garnish with sprig of mint.

Use frosted glassware, very cold and dry crushed ice and bonded (over-proof) bourbon for great results. Also use metal (silver or pewter traditionally) cups for great look.

The Mint Julep in metal julep cup (Мятный Джулеп в металлическом стаканчике)

The properly made Mint Julep is gorgeous drink with great balanced smooth sweet and strong taste. It is so strong, very strong cocktail with power kick. The main palate of Mint Julep is spicy bourbon and mint sweetness.