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Daisy Week: Daisy de Santiago Cocktail Recipe

Daisy Week: Daisy de Santiago Cocktail Recipe

Daisy de Santiago Cocktail Recipe We’re spending this week acquainting ourselves with a very old, mostly forgotten class of cocktail called the Daisy, a sort of sour with something(s) extra. It’s a deliciously refreshing and aptly named cocktail for the current season of warming temperatures and blooming flowers. We get our final daisy of the week from Charles H. Baker’s early 20th century Gentleman’s Companion, in which he travels around the world, orders cocktails, and tells us about them (Can we have Baker’s job?). By his account, he stopped at the Bacardi distillery in Cuba at least four times, it being a good place to find free drinks. He claims to have been introduced to the Daisy de Santiago by Facundo Bacardi himself; and he ranks it as second only to the daiquiri among rum cocktails. Baker likes his drinks spirited; so I’m not surprised these two top the list, but I am surprised the Presidente wasn’t more in the mix. We like this version of the daisy not just...

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Daisy Week: Blackberry Cognac Daisy Cocktail Recipe + Gum Syrup Recipe

Daisy Week: Blackberry Cognac Daisy Cocktail Recipe + Gum Syrup Recipe

Blackberry Cognac Daisy Cocktail Recipe We’re spending this week acquainting ourselves with a very old, mostly forgotten class of cocktail called the Daisy, a sort of sour with something(s) extra. It’s a deliciously refreshing and aptly named cocktail for the current season of warming temperatures and blooming flowers. Yesterday, we shared and used Waldorf barman Frank Caiafa’s Make-Your-Own-Daisy rules. We highly recommend you try it. It was so fun and satisfying that we went ahead and created a new recipe for today. For our sweetener for today’s daisy, we used gum syrup. You might have noticed that gum syrup was called for in Monday’s Whiskey Daisy, and listed as one of the possible sweeteners in Caiafa’s rules yesterday. Gum syrup (sometimes spelled ‘gomme’) is often called for in the oldest recipes. Not having any on hand, not knowing what it tastes like, and being a bit lazy, we’ve always just substituted simple syrup for gum syrup when we’ve seen it. However, we recently noticed that there’s a fairly simple...

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Daisy Week: Purple Pisco Daisy Cocktail Recipe

Daisy Week: Purple Pisco Daisy Cocktail Recipe

Purple Pisco Daisy Cocktail Recipe We’re spending this week acquainting ourselves with a very old, mostly forgotten class of cocktail called the Daisy, a sort of sour with something(s) extra. It’s a deliciously refreshing and aptly named cocktail for the current season of warming temperatures and blooming flowers. One of the things we like about the daisy is how much room for experimentation it allows. We’re big fans of creating new cocktail recipes, and big believers in the idea that most of the new recipes you really want to drink are variations on well-established patterns. The Daisy is the perfect template for this style of playing with a recipe: a few simple rules, plenty of options, and a high likelihood of successfully creating something worth drinking. Frank Caiafa, head bartender at the Waldorf’s Peacock Alley in Manhattan, has done us the great service of drawing the lines in which we can color creating our very own versions of the daisy. The original Waldorf was built during the Daisy’s glory...

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Daisy Week: Fancy Gin Daisy Cocktail Recipe

Daisy Week: Fancy Gin Daisy Cocktail Recipe

Daisy Week: Fancy Gin Daisy Cocktail Recipe We’re spending this week acquainting ourselves with a very old, mostly forgotten class of cocktail called the Daisy, a sort of sour with something(s) extra. It’s a deliciously refreshing and aptly named cocktail for the current season of warming temperatures and blooming flowers. We mentioned yesterday that we got a little help from David Wondrich’s Imbibe! in making the translation from the 19th century terms in The Bon Vivant’s Companion to measurements we can find on a modern jigger. There’s little in the world I find more fascinating and frustrating then classic cocktail books. They present a whole world of strange and wonderful forgotten recipes, and of looks at the little known pasts of remembered ones; but the entire lack of context or explanation, the somewhat splapdash organization of the books, and the seemingly whimsical standards of measurement, make it damnably hard to figure out how to actually make the drinks. Thankfully, Wondrich is willing to do the hard work of dusty research into...

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Daisy Week: Introduction + Whiskey Daisy Cocktail Recipe

Daisy Week: Introduction + Whiskey Daisy Cocktail Recipe

Daisy Week: Introduction A couple of weeks ago, we tried out our Lyon Distilling curacao on a Holland Gin Daisy. We enjoyed our Holland Gin Daisy so much that we decided we needed to look a little further into the Daisy. We discovered that the Daisy is a very, very old style of cocktail, now mostly lost. It can basically be described as a sour with a little something extra. While that’s accurate on an ingredient basis, it’s not quite accurate historically, because the daisy was a contemporary competitor to the sour way back in the day (the day being the 1870s in this case). Eventually, the daisy lost out to the sour’s greater simplicity. That little something extra that makes the difference between a sour and a daisy is actually 2 or 3 extras: The Sour: spirit, plus sugar, plus lemon; The Daisy: spirit, plus sugar, plus lemon (or lime), plus soda, plus liqueur and/or flavored syrup. Like other drinks, the daisy started out as an entire class...

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“Roberts & June know their cocktails and have an eye for detail! Their knowledge and passion is fantastic and above all, they are lovely genuine people.”

 

-Justin, Cambridge, MA

“The cocktail tasting party was fun and festive! The specialty cocktails were delicious and I loved being able to taste quite a few. I also enjoyed learning how to put a twist on traditional drink. The atmosphere was casual and laid back but classy and tasteful at the same time. I highly recommend Roberts & June for any special occasion!”

 

 

-Jenny, Los Angeles

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-Rae, Cambridge

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-Jayme, Washington D.C

“The whole proposal of welcoming everyone into the world of cocktails is really great, as were the drinks themselves.”
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“They think of everything to make the experience fun and delightful.

 

-Alexa, South Orange

 

  • they have an eye for detail
  • fun & festive
  • Loving it!
  • Wow, they know how to throw an amazing party
  • welcoming everyone into the world of cocktails
  • they think of everything