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2017 LOUNGE COCKTAIL SERIES-- THE ORIGINAL "BLACKBERRY RYE-HOUND" COCKTAIL

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Behold, the "Blackberry Rye-Hound": a fresh squeezed, "boozey" juice cocktail; the latest in our Lounge Cocktail Series. 

What is a Lounge Cocktail?

Lounge Cocktails, fall under the relatively new-age category of "Craft Cocktails", and can be loosely defined as any type of craft or classic "sipping" cocktail that is typically enjoyed 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 "Blackberry Rye-Hound" is a refreshing blend of home made citrus sweet & sour juice mix, blackberry-brown sugar simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, fresh red grapefruit juice and a quality brand of rye whiskey. The flavor profile will range from fruity & sweet, to sour & bitter with the balanced overtone of the spirit throughout. Garnished with the lightly intoxicating fragrance of a rosemary sprig and a freshly peeled lemon skin twist, this one will satisfy even the pickiest palate. 

As in all of our "Original" recipes, we typically craft our cocktails using The BarBack Tool in as many ways possible. 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!


We appreciate all of our fans who have wisely adopted The BarBack as their regular beverage service tool.

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In this weeks blog, we will be sharing three of our secret recipes:
The Blackberry Rye-Hound, our signature home made citrus sweet & sour juice mix and our soon-to-be famous blackberry-brown sugar simple syrup. See the bottom of the blog for all recipes.

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The Blackberry Rye-Hound cocktail was inspired by the classic Greyhound Cocktail, which is a is a cocktail consisting of grapefruit juice and almost always vodka, but sometimes gin can be substituted. It is a simple juice cocktail which is built on the rocks, then stirred and served typically in a rocks or Old Fashioned glass. Often people will ask for a "salted rim" on the glass. If the rim of the glass has been salted, the drink is instead called a Salty Dog.

As always, here at The BarBack Tool Company, we like to learn all the known history for each classic cocktail.
Essentially all cocktails are "spin-offs" of already existing cocktail recipes and most have numerous "creation stories" and legends. 

There was not much to be found documenting a clear "invention" point for the Greyhound cocktail, but most of what we found point to one timeframe and one interesting location.
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A Bit Of History...

The earliest known mention of a cocktail of this description is in bartender and author Harry Craddock's Savoy Cocktail Book of 1930. Craddock describes his recipe as "...a variation of the Grapefruit Cocktail...", suggesting that such cocktails were already in common use before his book was written. His recipe consists of nothing but gin, grapefruit juice and ice.

A recipe for a similar cocktail with the name "Greyhound" appears in Harper's magazine in 1945 (volume 191, page 461) thus: "The cocktails were made of vodka, sugar, and canned grapefruit juice -- a greyhound." 

"This cocktail was served at Greyhound's popular restaurant chain that was located at bus terminals, called 'Post House' ", as it was printed in Harper's article.

Before 1945, vodka was an uncommon spirit and most drinks we think of today as "classic cocktails" and which call for vodka, originally would have contained gin. As vodka's popularity grew after the War and gin's popularity waned, many of the popular cocktails persisted, albeit with vodka substituted for gin. The most conspicuous of these is the Martini which, before 1945, would invariably have been made with gin.

The reason that most cocktails during and just after prohibition were prepared with salted or sugared rims is because the quality of adult beverages was not so appealing.

Also, more currently, both the greyhounds and the salty dogs are more often ordered / made with vodkas not gins. The root cause of this is for taste preferences and to serve a broader market.

Garnish for the greyhound can be a twist of lime or lemon, but is very often served "naked" with no garnish.


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THE ORIGINAL'S "BLACKBERRY RYE-HOUND" JUICE COCKTAIL

YOU WILL NEED:

  • A BARBACK TOOL
  • ONE PINT MIXING GLASS
  • ONE LARGE SHAKER TIN
  • A HAND-SQUEEZE JUICE PRESS
  • A HAWTHORNE DRINK STRAINER
  • A FINE SCREENED STRAINER
  • ONE CHILLED COUPE, OR MARTINI GLASS
  • BLACKBERRY-BROWN SUGAR SIMPLE SYRUP (SEE SECRET RECIPE BELOW)
  • HIGH QUALITY RYE WHISKEY
  • FRESH LARGE RED GRAPEFRUIT
  • FRESH LEMONS
  • ONE SPRIG OF ROSEMARY
  • ICE

*This cocktail is shaken and double strained into a chilled, stemmed glass.

  1. SLICE THE RED GRAPEFRUIT INTO 8 SECTIONS, AND SQUEEZE ONE OR TWO WEDGES INTO EMPTY PINT MIXING GLASS. 
  2. ADD 3/4 OUNCES OF BLACKBERRY-BROWN SUGAR SYRUP, AND THE JUICE OF ONE LARGE LEMON WEDGE. 
  3. ADD 2 OUNCES OF RYE WHISKEY.
  4. NEXT, INTO THE PINT MIXING GLASS, ADD ICE AND CAP MIXING GLASS WITH SHAKER TIN. SHAKE VIGOROUSLY FOR 30 SECONDS.
  5. NEXT, DOUBLE STRAIN USING A HAWTHORNE STRAINER AND A FINE SCREEN STRAINER TO POUR THE MIXTURE INTO THE CHILLED GLASS.
  6. THE FINISHED POUR LEVEL SHOULD BE TWO STRAW WIDTHS FROM THE RIM OF THE GLASS.

    GARNISHES:
  7. CAREFULLY BALANCE A FRESH ROSEMARY SPRING ON THE RIM OF THE GLASS. 
  8. USING THE BARBACK TOOL, PEEL A FRESH RIBBON 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 ROSEMARY SPRIG (SEE PHOTO ABOVE). 
    THIS ACTION WILL LAYER ON A PLEASING CITRUS AROMA AND ALSO PROVIDE FURTHER COLOR AND DIMENSION TO THE DRINK.
  9. ENJOY!

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THE ORIGINAL’S CITRUS SWEET & SOUR JUICE MIX RECIPE

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2-3 cups fresh squeezed orange juice, lemon juice and lime juice (equal parts)

Instructions

1) Add sugar, and juice to a medium sauce pan over medium/high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

3) You can then stir one last time, then pour the mix into a plastic squeeze bottle or a glass bottle with a pour spout.

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

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THE ORIGINAL’S BLACKBERRY-BROWN SUGAR SYRUP RECIPE

  • 3 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1.75 cups 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 blackberries and juices and continue to boil on low for several minutes, while pressing and stirring the blackberries. This will help to extract as much of the blackberry juice as possible. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

2) Lastly, to make a smooth consistency, pour cooked blackberries and sauce into blender and pulse until smooth. Pour and squeeze through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer and discard any seeds or pulp.

3) You can then pour the syrup into a plastic squeeze bottle or a glass bottle with a pour spout.

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


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