TDN Wrap-Up and Invitiation!

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Every week I keep writing how we have a great turn out of cocktail writers, bartenders, and spirit lovers alike; I feel like a broken record, but time and again, they flock to Thursday Drink Night. We had a host of newcomers this past week, and the event continues to grow in intensity.

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A frequent TDN attendee, John, made it his personal quest to win the best cocktail of the evening, and he succeeded. Not only did he come up with a brand new cocktail themed to the debate, he made up a whole crazy blog post to go along with it. John will be receiving his book of choice from MudPuddle Books who re-prints classic cocktail guides no longer available outside of auction.

The Wasilla Thrilla

  • 2oz of your favorite dark, wry (rye) whiskey
  • 1oz juice of a sour lemon
  • 3/4oz angry blue berry syrup
  • 1 big pregnant drop of The Bitter Truth aromatic bitters (sub a couple of dashes of Peychaud bitters)
  • 1t of oily, money-green absinthe

Shake with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass emblazoned with pride.


The Cocktails

We had an amazing number of good cocktails come out of the evening, with surprisingly few sent down the drain. At one point in the evening, we were shooting for fifteen, but when the dust settled, we ended up with these nine beauties:

The following two libations were created by our favorite Tiare from A Mountain of Crushed Ice. Give her blog a look if you haven’t; there are some great new recipes up there right now.

Grilled Lime-Ginger Mojito

  • 1 lime, halved and grilled
  • 1t ginger syrup
  • 4 mint leaves and one sprig, for garnish
  • 1oz Havana Club white rum
  • 1oz Havana Club 3 years (or other white rum for each)
  • club soda, to top

Squeeze the juice out of the lime halves into a collins glass and muddle with the ginger syrup and mint. Fill with crushed ice and donate the rum and club soda. Give it a tight stir and garnish.

Tiare, A Mountain of Crushed Ice

Spicy Tastiness

  • 2oz bourbon
  • 1oz lemon juice
  • 2oz orange juice
  • 1/2oz vanilla syrup
  • 1/2oz cinnamon syrup

Shake with ice and plop into a double rocks glass.

Tiare, A Mountain of Crushed Ice

This next potion, as many that night, were group efforts and exemplify the tenor of TDN. The combination of sloe gin and Chartreuse is definitely worth further consideration.

Across the Aisle

  • 1oz sloe gin
  • 1oz chartreuse
  • 1oz lemon juice
  • 1/2oz benedictine
  • 1/2oz dry vermouth

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

John, Gabriel from cocktailnerd, Stevi from Two At The Most, Marshall from Scofflaw’s Den, and Rick from Kaiser Penguin

Throughout the night various spirit suggestions are tossed around. To my excitement, many people had Strega on hand. A quick sip alone revealed an array of flavors that would match well with it, so we just made a cocktail with all of them. Surprisingly, it was delicious. If Greek legend can be believed, adventurers took to the sea in search of saffron in Cilicia. It’s with this mystical spice that Strega gets its golden color.

Cilician Voyage

  • 1oz Strega
  • 1oz gin
  • 1oz lime juice
  • 1/2oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/2oz cinnamon syrup
  • 1 dash Fee’s whiskey barrel-aged bitters
  • 1 dash Fee’s grapefruit bitters
  • ginger beer, to top

Make a swizzle!

Marshall from Scofflaw’s Den and Rick from Kaiser Penguin

Spicy rye and funky maraschino make for a simple and elegant cocktail.

Same Sex Benefits

  • 1 1/2oz rye whiskey
  • 1/2oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1oz lime juice
  • 1/2oz simple syrup

Shake with ice and transfer to an arctic cup.

Gabriel from cocktailnerd

A cocktail you’d expect to find in the Waldorf guide until you see the addition of passion fruit syrup. Quite a treat, named after the creator.


  • 1 1/2oz gin
  • 1/2oz dry vermouth
  • 1/2oz apricot brandy
  • 1/2oz lime juice
  • 1/2oz passionfruit syrup

Shake with crumbled ice and strain into a frosty vessel.


Reed, a faithful TDNer, recently moved and his liquor cabinet was the worse for it. After listing its contents, this strange yet somehow tasty potion was concocted. If drinks won by name alone, this would have taken the prize.

Miss Alaska Pageant

  • 1 1/2oz gin
  • 1/2oz bourbon
  • 1/2oz tonic
  • 1/2oz lemon juice
  • 1/2oz cinnamon syrup
  • 1/2oz cream

Build? Shake? I’m not sure.

Gabriel from cocktailnerd

Our next entry was met with high praise, especially due to its inclusion of Fee’s new cherry bitters.

Road Cocktail

  • 1 1/2 oz cognac
  • 1/2oz apple juice (or muddle a few apples slices)
  • 1/2oz orange juice
  • 1/2oz simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Fee’s cherry bitters

Throw into a blizzard and hold a glass up!

SeanMike from Scofflaw’s Den

For the second week in a row, the evening ended with a strange and tasty shot.

Merde Vert

  • 1/2oz peppermint schnapps
  • 1/2oz Chartreuse

Layer in order and drop it back with a host of good friends.



[rhesuspieces00] Ok guys, I think I’ve been present for every official TDN, and one non-official. And even when people are trashed, conversation is interesting and relatively easy to follow. But tonight, it seems totally incoherent and random. Political debates are worse for your brain than alcohol.

Join Us This Thursday!

From 7pm EST on we’ll be swizzling, shaking, and throwing various potions together until we run out of ideas. Prizes and theme will be announced in the chat room sometime this week.

Come chat with us! bar.mixoloseum.com

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  1. BonzoGalNo Gravatar says:

    Rick, I actually named that drink a “Chloe,” but by heck, BonzoGal is a good name too. If I had known about the theme earlier, I’d have called it a “Wink.”

    That grilled lime mojito still knocks me out! As an amateur pyromaniac, anything having to do with fire is good by me.

    Can’t wait to try cherry bitters…

  2. Ben RequenaNo Gravatar says:

    Dang it. I’m going to make it to one of these. I swear.

  3. Woo Hoo! Maybe I’ll have to abstain from the competition sometimes so people don’t think its fixed. Which is not cool, because you’re putting up some pretty kick-ass prizes. Damn, I want MudPuddle’s whole catalog…

    I’ll come clean, though. I think Tiare’s Tasty Spiciness tasted better than my drink. Fortunate that I had a clever title and amusing blog post. I didn’t photoshop Bristol’s abdomen in vain.

    Even more awesomely, because of the post, Xanga keeps feeding Palin/McCain ads on my page.

    BTW, if you wanna permalink to the Wasilla Thrilla, use this link:

  4. tiareNo Gravatar says:

    The Wasilla Thrilla really desreved to win! and now i got to see what the rest of the cocktails showing up that night were..what a collection of fine drinks! will get my hands and glasses full this coming weekend.

    So far i`ve tried Bonzogal`s “Bonzogal” or “Chlo√®” drink and its a a tasty cocktail.

  5. Dr. BambooNo Gravatar says:

    I came WAY too late to this party. Maybe I should update my blog at some time other than Thursday night. ;-)

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