Japanese

Although its origins are vague, this is possibly one of the oldest recorded cocktails, first printed in 1862 in Jerry Thomas’ cocktail guide, possibly the first bartender guide ever.  The cognac and orgeat syrup with the additional complexity of Angostura makes a great drink.  My recommendation is to use a VS cognac on this (don’t…

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Loophole

The Loophole is a drink that is analogous to the early discussed Trinidad Sour that essentially replaces the Angostura with Peychaud’s bitters.  This drink replaces the clove-cinnamon like herbal flavor with the slightly sweeter more anise-medicinal flavor of Peychaud’s. This is a bitters-forward cocktail that you don’t see very often but is a definite must-try…

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Trinidad Sour

The Trinidad Sour is a refreshing bitter drink with a hint of sour and spices.  The name comes from one of the main ingredients, Angostura bitters.  Manufactured off the coast of Venezuela, this top trade secret recipe and the few who know it’s recipe take it secrecy very seriously.  Much like the how the members…

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