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2017 Lounge Cocktail Series-- The Original "AmeRyeCano Avenue" Cocktail

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The "AmerRyeCano Avenue" is an Original Cocktail inspired by two classic cocktails: The Americano and The Boulavardier, with a few extra touches. 

As per our typical BarBack Tool Company recipes, The AmerRyeCano Avenue is a strong, "boozey" cocktail with added fresh juice squeezes and perfect garnishes throughout. 

In tune with our Company's theme, we use The O-Rig Tool as often as needed to produce excellent garnishes for our cocktails. We appreciate all of our fans who have wisely adopted The O-Rig BarBack as their regular beverage service tool.

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What is a Lounge Cocktail?

Lounge Cocktails, fall under the relatively new-age category of "Craft Cocktails". Lounge Cocktails can be loosely defined as any type of craft or classic "sipping" cocktail that is typically enjoyed any time of year or season while sitting and conversing with others in a relaxed atmosphere or in a "chill", comfortable environment.

This is where the term "Cocktail Lounge" came about in the early 1930's, when referring to popular, pricey high-end taverns and exclusive parlors, pubs or "lounging" hotel bars. In 2017, most often these craft cocktails can be found and enjoyed at trendy cocktail bars, gastro-eateries, retro-speakeasys, martini lounges and, of course, at cocktail lounges.

Fresh mixed artisinal cocktails are not exactly a modern phenomenon. In fact, it’s a tradition that goes back as far as formal fermentation. Even in the Iliad, Homer wrote of epic heroes drinking wine mixed with goat cheese and ground barley. That may have been the first Lounge Cocktail, according to this definition.

We hope you all enjoy these recipes and please give us your feedback on our Contact Us page.

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The Original's AmerRyeCano Avenue is a exhilarating sipper made by combining 100 proof Knob Creek Rye, Campari, sweet vermouth, a squeezed lemon wedge, a leaf of basil and a dash of simple syrup.

The flavor profile will range but will definitely be spirit forward, mainly the bourbon followed by the slight bitterness of the Campari, then it's slight cherry and orange overtones -which ties in nicely with sweet vermouth. The lemon wedge squeeze is just enough to balance the touch of basil simple syrup that brings everything together.

As in all of our "Original" recipes, we typically craft our cocktails using The BarBack Tool in as many ways possible. In this recipe we will be using the peeler. Those who have tried The BarBack's Patented Peeler unanimously agree to it's superb performance abilities. Check out the peeler in action, here in our latest demo video!

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In this weeks blog, we will be sharing two of our secret recipes:

The AmerRyeCano Avenue, and our signature home made Basil Simple Syrup

See the bottom of the blog for all recipes.
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The AmerRyeCano Avenue cocktail was inspired by two classics: 1) The Americano Cocktail, which is essentially a  cocktail consisting of Campari, sweet vermouth and soda water, and  2) The Boulavardier which adds bourbon and skips the club soda.

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A Bit Of History...

The Americano is an IBA Official Cocktail composed of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda. The cocktail was first served in creator Gaspare Campari’s bar, Caffè Campari, in the 1860s. It was originally known as the "Milano-Torino" because of its ingredients: Campari, the bitter liqueur, is from Milan (Milano) and Punt e Mes, the vermouth, is from Turin (Torino). There is a popular belief that in the early 1900s, the Italians noticed a surge of Americans who enjoyed the cocktail. As a compliment to the Americans, the cocktail was topped with club soda to differentiate itself and later became known as the "Americano". Another explanation is the name was derived from the Italian language word "amaro", which means "bitter".

Read More: about other variations including the history of the Classic Negroni.

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THE ORIGINAL'S "AMERYECANO AVENUE" COCKTAIL

YOU WILL NEED:

  • A BARBACK TOOL
  • ONE PINT MIXING GLASS
  • A BAR SPOON
  • A HAWTHORNE DRINK STRAINER
  • ONE CHILLED COUPE, OR MARTINI GLASS
  • BASIL SIMPLE SYRUP (SEE SECRET RECIPE BELOW)
  • HIGH QUALITY RYE WHISKEY
  • CAMPARI
  • SWEET VERMOUTH
  • ONE FRESH LEMON
  • BASIL
  • SPARKLING WATER
  • SANITIZED PLASTIC OR GLASS BOTTLE WITH SPOUT
  • ICE

*This cocktail is stirred and strained into a chilled, stemmed glass with 3 large cubes.

  1. USING YOUR BARBACK TOOL, SLICE A 1/8 LEMON WEDGE AND SQUEEZE INTO EMPTY PINT MIXING GLASS.
  2. ADD 3/4 OUNCES OF BASIL SIMPLE SYRUP (OR 5 TORN BASIL LEAVES AND 3/4 OUNCES OF SIMPLE SYRUP) 
  3. ADD 2 OUNCES OF RYE WHISKEY
  4. ADD 1/2 OUNCES OF CAMPARI AND 1/4 OUNCE OF SWEET VERMOUTH
  5. NEXT, INTO THE PINT MIXING GLASS, ADD ICE AND STIR BRISKLY WITH BAR SPOON FOR 30-40 SECONDS
  6. NEXT, STRAIN USING A HAWTHORNE STRAINER INTO THE CHILLED GLASS WITH 3 LARGE CUBES
  7. THE FINISHED POUR LEVEL SHOULD BE TWO STRAW WIDTHS FROM THE RIM OF THE GLASS
  8. SPLASH 1/2 OUNCE OF SPARKLING WATER ON TOP SURFACE OF DRINK

    GARNISHES:
  9. CAREFULLY FOLD AND BALANCE A FRESH BASIL LEAF ON THE RIM OF THE GLASS.
  10. USING THE BARBACK TOOL, PEEL A FRESH STRIP OF LEMON SKIN RIGHT OVER THE COCKTAIL SO THE CITRUS MIST SPRAYS THE OILS ONTO THE SURFACE OF THE COCKTAIL AND RIM OF THE GLASS.
    LASTLY, TWIST THE PEEL TO EXPRESS THE OILS FURTHER, RUB THE YELLOW SIDE OF THE SKIN AROUND THE RIM OF THE GLASS, THEN FOLD AND BALANCE THE TWIST NEXT TO THE BASIL LEAF (SEE PHOTO ABOVE).
    THIS ACTION WILL LAYER ON A PLEASING CITRUS AROMA AND ALSO PROVIDE FURTHER COLOR AND DIMENSION TO THE DRINK.
  11. ENJOY!

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                                     What's So Special About A Citrus Peel Twist Garnish?                                    

                        

                                         
If you have ever been to a bar and have seen a bartender twisting a piece of citrus skin over the drink before they drop it in, you may have wondered if it is just an elaborate type of showmanship or superfluous garnish. 

It’s called “expressing” the peel, and it’s not just for show.

Citrus is a powerful flavor and aroma agent, and an important player in several cocktails, from classics like the Old Fashioned to original cocktails. Expressing the peel lets fragrant oils loose in the form of a micro-mist.

Citrus peels like lemons, limes and oranges are expressed to float the citrus oils on the drink, both for flavor and for aromamatics.

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THE ORIGINAL’S BASIL SYRUP RECIPE

  • 20 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup pure cane sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 4/5 cup of water

Instructions:

1) Add sugar and water to a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil for about 1-2 minutes. Add basil and simmer for 2 minutes while pressing and stirring the leaves. This will help to extract as much of the basil oils as possible. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

2) Lastly, to make a smooth consistency, pour cooked basil through a colander to remove boiled leaves, then place one fresh basil leaf into a plastic squeeze bottle or a glass bottle.
3) You can then pour the syrup into bottle with a pour spout.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


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