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winter mist

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

The Man leaves the Atlanta Urinal Constipation, a sorry excuse for a newspaper, laying around the break room. While I feel the Atlanta Urinal Constipation is a completely useless contribution to the carbon footprint of Atlanta, reading even a worthless paper is better than working, so I occasionally peruse it. Amazingly, last Monday I discovered the Winter Mist in the Atlanta Urinal Constipation. Much to my surprise, the Winter Mist is a decidedly interesting cocktail.

The Winter Mist was created by Stephanie Ruhe, who mixes at The Mansion on Peachtree in Buckhead. Since I would prefer not to be caught dead in Buckhead*, I will likely never grace that particular establishment and experience her concoctions. Therefore, I was grateful to find the recipe printed in the Atlanta Urinal Constipation.

The Winter Mist is reminiscent of Key Lime Pie in concept, but not flavor - the drink looks sweet, but has a nice tartness and complex flavor. The initial flavor is bitter lime, nicely offset by simple syrup. Next, the subtle mint hits the palate. Finally, the herbal flavorings of the absinthe and gin kick in. Overall, the Winter Mist is a well balanced drink.

Prior to tasting it, I had misgivings, as the recipe calls for a full dose (one ounce) of absinthe. A drop of the anise flavored liquor is usually more than enough flavor a drink, however, in this recipe, the absinthe does not overwhelm the lime, mint, and gin. Based on this drink, Ms. Ruhe clearly has mad mixology skills.

This drink pours a gorgeous cloudy light green, complements of the absinthe’s louche. While the Winter Mist looks pretty and tastes great, it packs a serious punch in terms of alcohol, calories, and flavor. One is most assuredly enough.

Because the Atlanta Urinal Constipation requires an annoying registration, the recipe is as follows:

  • 1.5 ounces gin;
  • 1.0 ounces absinthe;
  • 1.0 ounces simple syrup;
  • 0.75 ounces lime juice; and
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint.

In a shaker, muddle mint and simple syrup. Add the gin, absinthe and lime juice and shake with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with mint.

notes:

* This is a serious concern, because dying in Buckhead is not unusual. Despite efforts by area businesses to paint the area as the new bourgeoisie shopping district, Buckhead citizens are forcibly removed from the neighborhood if they do not shoot at least four people before breakfast. Even criminals who do not normally operate in the area stop by to enhance their street cred. For example, Brian Nichols, who went on a murderous rampage led a slave rebellion back in 2005, also stopped in Buckhead and whacked a federal agent after escaping from the highly secure Fulton County clink.

full sail india pale ale

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

My friends Deezy and The Tree Hugging Hippie have both raved about Full Sail India Pale Ale (IPA). Being an IPA aficionado, I filed their praises of Full Sail in the back of my mind. A few weeks ago, I found one six pack of Full Sail IPA at Ansley Wine Merchants while picking up booze for Thanksgiving.

Bright was my initial impression of Full Sail IPA. The brew finishes with a nice piney aftertaste. However, there is not as much grapefruit goodness in the middle as I like, but overall, the IPA is pretty good.

Full Sail stacks up well against Smoove D reference IPA Loose Cannon, but will not displace it in heavy rotation. I like Full Sail’s IPA and it will occupy a spot in my fridge on occasion.

southern tier brewing unearthly india pale ale

Monday, December 15th, 2008

On a previous tour of Southern Tier Brewing, Phin poured us a taste of a new imperial India Pale Ale (IPA). While I enjoyed the sample, I like the finished product - Unearthly IPA - much better.

The flavor of Southern Tier’s Unearthly IPA is thick with a multitude of complex notes, like the 10,000 Maniacs. Balance is excellent, the citrus of the hops combines with plenty of big pine flavor. The sting of alcohol is muted and almost hidden in the mix. Southern Tier Unearthly IPA is highly recommended.

Goes well with Phish, The Who, and pre-Icky Thump White Stripes.

three floyds gumball head wheat beer

Monday, December 1st, 2008

The Hockey Player brought some tasty bombers from Three Floyds Brewing the last time he was in town. Three Floyds products are unobtainable here in the Dirty South, to the point that I had never heard of them. Based on the beers I have sampled and what the internet says, Three Floyds Brewing is totally tubular. How The Hockey Player figured this out is beyond me, as that mofo drinks shit like Jeppson’s Malort.

Alert readers will recall I hate wheat beer, but recently have had two positive experiences. I might reconsider my position on wheat beer, but Gumball Head is no ordinary wheat beer. This is wheat beer hopped out the ass and I like that a fuckton.

Gumball Head reminds me of Campari - the hops come on strong and bitter and then fade to an aftertaste reminiscent of grapefruit. While imbibing this delicious brew, dreams of nubile midwestern blondes kissed by the midsummer sun danced through my head. Three Floyd’s Gumball Head is highly fucking recommended. Thanks to The Hockey Player for hooking a cracka up.

terrapin variety pack review

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Alert Prizzo Skeezy readers will recall Terrapin Rye Pale Ale has been mentioned a few times up in this bitch. Terrapin also makes a few other beers, so I picked up a variety pack on the way to The Beaver’s flat to chill.

golden ale

The Golden Ale was the second beer I drank from the variety pack. I was expecting a conservatively hopped ale. What I got was flat out disgusting. The smell and initial taste were fine, but then a nasty flavor I could not quite taste took over. Terrapin Golden Ale is about as drinkable as a golden shower. I struggled to finish the bottle.

india style brown ale

While I was anticipating an explosion of conflicting flavors from the seven kinds of malt and five different hop varieties used to construct the India Style Brown Ale, I was pleasantly surprised. While I consider that many ingredients severe overkill, the brewers at Terrapin balanced them nicely and produced a unique brown ale. Terrapin India Style Brown Ale is recommended.

rye pale ale

Terrapin Rye Pale Ale is highly recommended. I like pale ales and this one is an excellent example. I lost my notes, so try one to see how it tastes.

sunray wheat beer

I have documented in the past that I hate wheat beers. Like is too strong a word for how I feel about Terrapin’s Sunray Wheat, but this is a decent brew. The first impression is rather bland, as it tastes like wheat beer with honey. However, I particularly enjoy the citrus finish. For those who are into wheat beers, Terrapin Sunray Wheat is recommended.

mr. beer review - part two - test beer results

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Alert Propeller Skies readers* will recall I cooked up a batch of beer and dumped it in my shiny new Mr. Beer fermenter about a month ago. The beer finished fermenting a week ago and I bottled it.

After bottling, the beer takes a week to carbonate. However, letting the bottles condition for longer lets the yeast do something, but I forget what. The important part is the brew is supposed to taste better after it sits for at least three weeks, hence the waiting.

However, I have the patience of a three year old. With a bad fucking case of attention deficit disorder. So after a week, I put a bottle in the fridge for consumer product safety testing. Allegedly, this was to make sure the beer came out all right before I invite a bunch of homies over for a tasting, but I really just wanted to try a bottle. Since I am opposed to sharing, the tasting may never actually happen.

I poured a glass prior to calling AT&T Premier to exchange my craptastic Blackberry Bold. Happily the yeast cooperated and farted out plenty of carbon dioxide - the beer had a nice foamy head. Even better, the beer tasted like a lager, exactly as it was supposed to. The beer was definitely better than an average macrobrew and leads me to believe there might be something to lagers. Overall, this was a tasty beer and I am excited about my first homebrewing effort.

I am looking forward to ordering some West Coast Pale Ale and American Devil India Pale Ale kits, as well as extra hops, and getting my brew on. [Smoove accomplished this before actually finishing this post, so the shipment should be in by the time this is live and uncut on the internet - Ed.]

mai tai

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

In the 1970s, due to unfortunate fashion trends such as leisure suits and mustaches, American men had a terrible time getting laid. To address this issue, a few intrepid entrepreneurs invented Fern Bars. The purpose of Fern Bars was to get women so intoxicated they would overlook the aforementioned questionable fashion of the era and be convinced to put out. The seduction was accomplished by serving syrupy sweet fruity drinks that packed a fucking shit-ton of alcohol. These abominations were detrimental to the reputations of classic savory cocktails, but in no way resembled them.

Trader Vic, inventor of the Mai Tai, is often accused of being associated with the fern bar movement. While his signature drinks were co-opted and bastardized by the fern bar proprietors, Trader Vic actually created a wholly different animal: the tiki bar.

Given its affiliation with fern bars, and their modern equivalent, TGIFriday’s, the Mai Tai is one drink I avoided. However, Paul Harrington did see fit to include it as one of the 50 classics in Cocktail: The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century. So I got over my prejudice and mixed a couple of Mai Tais for the Photographer and myself.

While the rum is buried in the Mai Tai and it is a sweeter drink than I normally prefer, when made properly the sweetness is not overwhelming. The Mai Tai pours a nice red and the flavor is fairly fruity, with a hint of almond. I recommend the Mai Tai, but probably will not mix it terribly often.

The recipe I used is the simplest one of three available in my collection of bar books. The other two call for the addition of apricot brandy, which would cause excessive sweetness and extraneous fruitiness. In Cocktail: The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century, the recipe provides the option of simple syrup or grenadine - I chose to use Fee Brother’s American Beauty. Using a cheaper brand would make the Mai Tai saccharine sweet.

planter’s punch

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

After sampling the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, I mixed up two Planters Punches for the photographer and I. However, at this point in the evening, I was a bit into my cups and all I had written on my notepad was make more.

So in the interest of providing quality reviews to all five Propeller Skies readers, I made a few more Planters Punches this evening. Depending on who is telling the story, the Planters Punch was invented in St. Louis or Jamaica. Also depending on the source, the recipe varies substantially. The recipe I used consists primarily of rum and lemon juice, with a dash of orange juice and simple syrup.

The Planters Punch is an extremely tart libation. Initially, I was overwhelmed by the lemon, next came the sting of the alcohol, and finally a hint of orange appeared in the aftertaste. While the flavor is similar to the Frisco, the Planters Punch lacked the herbal complexity of the former. I found the Planters Punch rather boring.

On the second one, I increased the orange juice slightly and replaced the simple sugar with Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters*. The orange flavor was slightly more pronounced and the bitters added a hint of complexity. Even modified, Planters Punch is not recommended and will not be in regular rotation at Casa del Smoove.

notes:

* These are not bitters in the traditional sense of the term, in that they are non-alcoholic and rather sweet.

royal bermuda yacht club cocktail redux

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Alert Propeller Skies readers will recall I previously cheated by making the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club with rum from an improper island. A few days ago, The Photographer came over for drinks and dinner, so I acquired some actual Barbados rum to make the drink correctly. I found Mount Gay Special Reserve at Green’s on Ponce de Leon, which worked perfectly.

While I liked the previous version of the cocktail, when made properly it is off the hizzle fo’ shizzle. The flavor remains about the same, however the Mount Gay Special Reserve makes for a much mellower and slightly sweeter concoction. The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club is smoove as hell. Try one today.

magic hat summer 2008 variety show review

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Alert Propeller Skies readers will recall I discovered Magic Hat beers at a bar in Pittsburgh about a year ago. Until sometime this summer, Magic Hat’s delicious products were unavailable in Atlanta - Strip City™ and The Republican was too lazy to bring me back any when she drove to New England, so I was thrilled to find a variety pack at Green’s.

While consuming the myriad brews in the variety show, I recorded my impressions to share the joy of Magic Hat with Prizzo Skeezy readers. Unfortunately, I was heavily into my research when I did that and my notes are rather unclear, so some errors or omissions may occur.

#9

Magic Hat #9 is billed as an almost pale ale. That is not inaccurate, as the beer does not explode with hoppy zest like Smoove D reference pale ales Sierra Nevada and Phinn and Matt’s. Nevertheless, this is a fine brew with hints of apple and raspberry. Although Magic Hat #9 is not in my regular pale ale rotation, I do enjoy it and will pick up a six pack every now and again.

circus boy

I hate hefeweizen. When I get some as part of a variety pack, I sample it, confirm I dislike it, and then unload the rest on unsuspecting homeless people, of which my neighborhood has plenty. Much to my surprise, I enjoyed Magic Hat’s Circus Boy. The hefeweizen was savory, with a stinging hint of citrus. I suspect I liked it because it was a fairly minimalist example of the style - Magic Hat did not overdo the beer with an excess of competing flavors.

hocus pocus

Hocus Pocus is a seasonal ale produced by Magic Hat. I found it crisp, with a taste of copper. There is a nice, but not overwhelming, hop bitterness to the beer. Hocus Pocus is nicely balanced and reminds me of unnaturally blue sky and open fields.

notion (summer 2008)

I have no idea what the fuck this beer was, but I liked it. In contrast to the previous three brews, this is a fairly dark beer. The flavor was caramel with plenty of malty goodness and an unexpected finish with hints of lemon.