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April Recipes
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Beam Whie House Russian Cocktail

2010 is moving right along as we hit April.  This month we focus on ending winter and brightening up the place for spring.

Dan Hutchinson

Victoria: a spirit, a destination

Victoria Gin Image If you liked sodas when you were a kid, you might just guess the secret ingredient in Victoria gin.  Do not be fooled however. Victoria gin is a sophisticated spirit and one that I discovered while travelling to Victoria and staying at the Chateau Victoria.  The home of Clive's Lounge, the Chateau truly offers a unique experience for those of us that enjoy good times and better drinks.

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Dr. Bamboo - Sterling

People drank differently in the old days.  Sure, people in decades past got bombed, consumed poor-quality alcohol and drank for the wrong reasons...same as now.  When I say that people drank differently, I'm talking primarily about what they drank.

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     Or Bocks...
Well, I don't know if the Boggards have it right about bocks helping you at the craps table, but this month's entry is certainly an interesting one. Well, interesting to me anyway. It should be no surprise to most that I am not a fan of hoppy beers, so the bock, with all it's malty goodness, was a wonderful trip through brewing. Bock is a bottom-fermented beer, for those who care.

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Interview with a Bartender
New York City is home to some of the country's most amazing bartenders. You can spot them in establishments from the depths of Brooklyn to Long Island City to Harlem, just waiting to create a fabulous drink for you. One of those amazing bartenders you must visit is Brent Lamberti, who wears many hats in the New York area.
Star Wars...

My favorite movie has, and always will be, The Empire Strikes Back.  This month, I had a cocktail that outshines any game I have played in the recent past and matches my favorite Star Wars movie. This drink is called the Jedi Mind Trick.

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The Aviation
The Kitty Hawk

Spring has arrived and although it can still be a bit chilly, we're getting a glimpse of what's to come - clear blue skies, mild days, and refreshing cocktails.


What could be better than this crisp concoction with a touch of sweet, a bit of sour, and just a hint of violet to welcome the season of renewal.
It's a classic that's had many interpretations; we like the balance of our ratio:
The Aviation
  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. maraschino liqueur
  • 1 1/2 tsp. creme de violette
Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice and add all of the ingredients. Shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
For a slight variation we add Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine to the gin and rename it the Kitty Hawk in honor of, who else, the Wright Bros., and because Piedmont Distillers, the makers of Catdaddy, are North Carolinian as well.

The Kitty Hawk

  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 2 tsp maraschino liqueur
  • 1 tsp. crème de violette
Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice and add all of the ingredients. Shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

It's the same glorious pale-blue hue as the original, fresh and bright but with a different kick. Either way it's delicious.

Bottoms up, Friends . . . Enjoy the season!