Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Squid Mixes: Dubonnet Cocktail

Everybody say hello to the new kid.  For blog purposes, we shall call her The Scamp.  She has quickly made herself at home.  The Squirt is not pleased but we're hopeful she'll come around.
A Dubonnet cocktail combines Dubonnet rouge with gin, a dash of Angostura bitters and a lemon twist.  I got my recipe from The New York Bartender's Guide.

Angostura bitters is a truly magical substance.  I would still say a Manhattan is my favorite cocktail and it is as much for the bitters as for the rye.  A bitters is a botanically infused alcoholic mixture.  They were initially created for medicinal purposes.  Angostura is produced in Trinidad and Tobago and was originally used to serve Bolivar's army in Venezuela.  While Angostura is the most popular bitters, there are loads of others.  Our friends The English Prof and the Playwright have an extensive collection.

A big part of the cocktail mixing hobby is ingredient management.  There is, after all, only so much room in the liquor cabinet.  I have enjoyed this exploration of Dubonnet-based drinks and I am also satisfied by the fact that I have now killed the bottle.

10 comments:

  1. Maybe when softball season is over, I'll be able to start thinking again about trying some of these.

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    1. Just had a huge snowstorm last night... softball season feels far away...

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    2. Oh, it's been going since the beginning of February here. Three weeks of games already. One today, in fact, if it doesn't get rained out.

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  2. This sounds tasty. I do enjoy bitters- though I don't think I have had anything with them in ages.

    Your new addition looks adorable. :)
    ~Jess

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  3. Best photo ever today.
    New Kattie, who is beautiful and one of my favorite drinks !
    One of them I can not have but the other is a sweetheart that I would love to cuddle.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. She is a very cuddly kitten. At the shelter, she crawled right in my lap. Smart move on her part as it was my turn to choose.

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    2. Son volunteers at the shelter and works with the shy or quiet kitties to get them ready for adopting.
      That is how we got Oliver and Merida.

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    3. The Scamp did have one very shy brother whom we didn't even see until we were nearly ready to go. The kittens were young enough that I'm confident they all found happy homes.

      For this cat, I really wanted someone who would socialize well with the Squirt. That, I'm pleased to say, has worked out well. Since I wrote this post, they have warmed to each other nicely. The Scamp has more kitten energy than the Squirt can handle but they're generally friendly.

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