Shane Lumpp, Bar Manager, River and Rail Restaurant, Roanoke, VA, presented “Cocktails 101” on Sunday evening.
One of my favorite parts of the class was when Shane set the citrus peel garnish for the Cosmopolitan on fire. He explained that he always has a purpose for the garnish, it is not just for looks. Lighting the citrus peel caramelized the citrus oil and gave the drink a tiny bit of a smokey aroma.
Celebrity Mixologist Cheryl Cook invented the Cosmopolitan Cocktail in 1985 at the Strand Restaurant in South Beach.
The River and Rail Cosmopolitan
For each cocktail:
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
3/4 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce cranberry juice
1 1/2 ounce vodka
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish: Caramelized citrus strip
Deep Eddy is River and Rail Restaurant’s house vodka. Corn based vodka from Austin Texas. Any infused vodkas that River and Rail serves will be infused in-house at the River and Rail bar…such as their basil infused Luksusowa vodka in their Something About Mary Lennox cocktail.
Some fun facts about vodka from Shane’s class:
Shane recommends starting with the least expensive ingredient in a cocktail first. If you mess up at the beginning you can throw it out and start again without throwing out expensive ingredients.
Vodka, the word, appears to be a Russian diminutive of a Polish phrase, woda zycia, which means “water of life”.
Vodka really gained its momentum with the marketing strategy from John Martin of Smirnoff with the slogan “Smirnoff…it’ll leave you breathless”.
By the 1950’s vodka was roaring into popularity with the addition of Bloody Mary’s, Screwdrivers and of course the Three Martini Lunch.
By 1967 vodka surpassed Gin as the highest seller of white spirits in the US and by 1976 vodka was the number one purchased spirit overall. Vodka still remains the most popularly consumed and purchased spirit in the US.
Match these vodka slogans to the vodka they represent: (answers at the bottom of this post)
- The world’s best tasting vodka.
- The greatest name in Vodka.
- As you like it.
- Pure Perfection.
- Unleash the Raspberry!
- The Purest Expression of Vodka
- Outrageously Smooth
A. Blavod black vodka B.Boru C. Romanov D. Smirnoff E. Absolut Raspberri F. Grey Goose G. Stolichnaya
We always know the bar snacks will be delicious at River and Rail (country ham biscuit with whole grain mustard, Gryere cheese, house-made Asiago crackers, homemade pickled green beans and carrots. I am especially partial to the country ham biscuits with whole grain mustard.
I have a new favorite liqueur: Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur… made with Sicilian Sanguinello blood oranges. Add a splash or two to sparkling wine or try these lovely cocktials:
On Monday, August 21, 2017 we celebrated the Eclipse of the Sun in style!
Answers to quiz: 1. F. – 2. D.- 3. C. – 4. D. – 5. E. 6. B. – 7. A.
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