The first of many …

by KeithP on December 21, 2011

… posts relating to our recent acquisition of the PDT Cocktail Book.  It is not only a great collection of the many recipes created and/or served at this award winning and famed NYC craft bar but is an overall good foundational book for newbies to the field.  Why post on this book now and only in bite size form versus say a much larger review?  It should be obvious that as we come into year end we are beginning to tap lightly on the breaks, slowing things down a bit.  It only makes sense – we had four large projects in the last five months spanning four different major styles and/or classic drinks and included more than 70 offered recipes.  We snuck in a few additional odd ramblings and snippets here and there and have been more than knee deep prepping four brand new projects the first of which is set to see the light of day early in 2012.  Thus, it seems only natural for us to slow things down, take a brief respite as we head with a strong wind behind our backs into the new year.

Have no worries dear reader(s) but we will hit the PDT book hard for a much larger review in the not so distant future.

In this shortened post, we profile the first of many interesting original recipes from PDT; originally torn between the Occidental (our victim herein today) and the Black Flip (an amazingly tasty libation) we have chosen the Occidental to profile today.  Why? Simple … simplicity in-and-of-itself.  We speak so much of it, the ability for the simple to amaze us, and here we find that it in the pages of this recipe book.  Three simple ingredients … that is it. No fancy infusions; no really hard to find ingredients; no multi-step preparation process … just three ingredients, stirred over ice and served up.  The most complicated part of the entire drink is trimming the orange twist as you so desire.  The key, what makes “simple” drinks so spectacular, is the proper ingredients mixed in the proper proportion and this drink takes three standouts and makes harmony in a glass.  Never will you so crave anise as you will sipping it paired with an orange triple sec (cognac to boot) and tempered by slightly sweat and floral notes of a downright amazing amaro. That is what the Occidental is … amazing.

Mix this drink up and enjoy, once again, simplicity at its very best!

Occidental
Recipe created by Nate Dumas (Winter 2008, PDT in NYC) and adapted by theSpeakista

•    2 oz Linie Aquavit (Krogstad was used)
•    3/4 oz Grand Marnier
•    1/2 oz Nonino amaro
Garnish: Fernet Branca rinse of the glass and an orange twist
Glass: coupe or cocktail glass
Tools: mixing glass, bar-spoon and julep strainer

Assembly:  Mix all of the ingredients in a mixing glass and pour into the serving glass. Express oils from the twist over the rinsed glass/drink and insert into the drink.  

Oh my.  Now I’m thirsty for a Black Flip

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