You were asked a simple, yet unwaveringly difficult, question. If you could only have 10 bottles of spirit for the rest of your life, what would they be? 29 of you submitted your lists and they included over 121 different spirits. After some grueling compilation, I’ve come up with the official Top 10 list.
The Top 10 List
- Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
- Plymouth gin
- Chartreuse Green or VEP
- Carpano Antica
- Sazerac 6 rye whiskey
- Noilly Prat dry vermouth
- Havana Club Blanco
- Bombay Sapphire
- Lemon Hart 151 rum
Other Interesting Results
- Of the 222 submissions, only 4 were vodka (one was watermelon flavored).
- 22% were various lusty brand of rums.
- No one listed Cachaca.
- Tequila might as well have taken a nap.
- Benedictine sadly only got one vote.
- Nearly no one favors the same single malt.
I was originally going to list a bunch of recipes for cocktails you could make with The 10 List (Last Word, Hell in the Pacific, etc.) but instead, I decided to go with an original created by Darcy and myself.
Indie Monk Swizzle
- 1oz Lemon Hart 151
- 1/4oz Chartreuse
- 1/4oz Cointreau
- 1/2oz lime juice
- splash simple syrup
Add the melange of ingredients to an appropriately sized glass. Fill with enough crushed ice that it lovingly spills out over the top. Swizzle until frosted.
I asked Darcy for a 25 second history of the cocktail, and this is what I got: “Rick posed question, Darcy fired up the “brain,” neurons collided, sparks flew and a piece of ticker tape popped out of Darcy’s mouth with the recipe.”
I was thinking of something a little more like this: “Frère Jerome Maubec was more than just the apothecary for the La Grande Chartreuse monastery, he was also an avid explorer and often set sail under the flag of Pâté and butter in search of new lands. One of his first expeditions led him to the uninhabited island of Guyana where he immediately fell in love with the sugar cane that grew there. Having already established his favorite herbal potion, he chose to try his hand at distilling rums. And one day, while examining his work, he accidentally dropped the glass of Chartreuse he was sipping, VEP of course, into the pot. And at that, a new cocktail was born!”
Note: This history is pretty much 100% lies, kind of like when Blair tells me his method of blanching almonds for orgeat syrup is “easy.”
Cocktails You Can’t Make With The 10 List
- Absinthe Suissesse
- Steve Crane’s Scorpion Bowl
- What surprises you about this list?
- What other cocktails would you make?