Knickerbocker

Knickerbocker

Jerry Thomas Recipe:

▪       ½ a lime juiced, put the juiced lime in the collins glass

▪       2 teaspoon raspberry syrup

▪       2oz rum

▪       ½ oz curacoa

▪       raspberries blackberries, orange piece garnish

Prep: make in shaker with crushed ice and strained into Collins glass with crushed ice, garnish with berries and orange piece.

The Knicks suck… this drink don’t.

I made a Knickerbocker last night at my regular gig, Puffy’s Tavern in TriBeCa.  Puffy’s has a storied history that goes back to the 1940’s when a sailor named “Puffy” opened the bar for the dock workers. My history there spans the past 3 years, which is kinda long for a bartender.  It’s a place that caters to Office Types during lunch, Bankers during happy hour, Restaurant-Wanderers and Regulars (I’ll tell you more about them as we go along) at night and Cheesy party types on the weekends.  Though there’s nothing rather exceptional or special about this bar , it’s a good old place.

Puffy’s Tavern 81 Hudson St. TriBeCa, NY

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Whiskey 25 cents

Wish I had a quarter.

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Bloody Murderer

“Bloody Murderer”

I’ve always liked a big & spicy Bloody Mary.  A whole meal (and stomach ache) in a glass.  I like them so much that I  sometimes prefer to drink them at night, which has not been looked upon lightly.  (Some quotes: “You disgusting dick!”; “What’s the matter with you?!”)

This version is my attempt to clean it up a bit and make it somewhat presentable for a night time presence.  Infusing the vodka with horseradish and white peppercorns,  gives it a thin and more opaque color while maintaining the spice of the heavy original.  The one dilemma is substituting the worchestershire sauce.  The spicy vodka, extra lemon and dash of vinegar help.  I’m still working on this part of it.  I’m going to incorporate fresh thyme into the vodka the next thyme.

I don’t think I’m breaking any ground here, but it’s been coming out pretty good.

My recipe:

  • 1 1/2 oz horseradish infused vodka (at least 48 hours)
  • ½ oz white peppercorn infused vodka (at least 48 hours)
  • 3 dashes celery bitters
  • ½ vine tomato muddled
  • ½ lemon squeezed
  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • ½ tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 dash of cocktail olive brine
  • 1 dash tobasco
  • thin celery (used as the toothpick)
  • 1 cornichon
  • 1 spanish green cocktail olive

Muddle the tomato, lemon and celery salt, strain into mixing glass.  Then add remaining ingredients, stir with crushed ice and double strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with celery, cornichon and olive.

What is “Bloody Murderer”?

It’s basically a more involved game of Hide and Go Seek but played in the dark.  Someone is declared “It” and hides.  The other kids go looking for “It” and yell “Bloody Murder!” when “It” is found.  I used to play in the basement of St. Francis in Astoria with the older Scouts, which was eventually stopped because some kid got hit in the head with the wooden pole of the school’s American Flag.

Actually, I believe the official name for the game is just “Bloody Murder”.  “Bloody Murderer” comes from my pal Frankie Sisti who in the late 90’s wrote a screenplay called “Bicycle Ice Cream”. It’s a teen movie about a stolen bike fence in the fabled sixth borough of NY.  The characters play a borough-wide game of Bloody Murderer on BMX which eventually gets out of hand.  I like “Bloody Murderer”, sounds crazier.

Frankie & Robotski 1998

My first real experience with Bloody Mary’s came in the 90’s when I worked at Terrace on the Park Catering Hall in Corona Park Queens.  One bartender named Jimmy (Short Italian drinker, gambler, thief etc. in his 40’s) had been there for 10 years already and was always bitching about this and that and calling the liquor room manager a “Bullshit Bastard” whenever he got a chance.   When the maitre d’ would leave the room, he’d furiously dash worchestershire sauce into his glass.  “What the hell is that?”, I’d ask.  Not looking at me, he’d just say, “It’s good” while pouring the no name vodka and old tomato juice into his muddy glass.  He might even still be there today.

Terrace on the Park- built for the 1964 World’s Fair.  Sick.

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Vodka Infusion for Bloodys

Infused Vodka for Bloody Murderer

In one liter liquor bottle, add:

  • 3/4 lb fresh horseradish (peeled and chopped up into chunks)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 10 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2oz white peppercorns (black will make it muddy colored)
  • the peel of 1 whole lemon
  • 1/2 liter of good vodka

Place in a cool & dark area for 3 days.  Vodka adapts to being infused pretty quickly.  Fine strain.  You could use a paper coffee filter to strain, but that may leave a lot of the flavor behind.

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“Fancy” Daisy

“Fancy” Daisy made with bourbon.  This one is served in a mug with crushed ice.  It sounds really sweet (like alot of Jerry Thomas recipes) but it’s delicious.  Adding some cherry bitters might make it even better?

Jerry Thomas Recipe 1910:

▪       ½ lemon ½ lime

▪       tsp sugar (I used pulverized turbinado)

▪       2 dashes grenadine

▪       2oz spirits (whiskey, rum, old tom, brandy)

▪       2 dashes seltzer

▪       orange pieces (berries, cherries, pinapple or mint if you want)

Brian Tochi

In the Revenge of the Nerds, Takashi won the tricycle race by taking trichloremethelyne which counteracted the 20 beers he had to chug during each lap.  An 80’s Japanese synth version of “Daisy Bell” played during his final lap to victory (the song HAL sang to his death in 2001).  So funny.  He was also the voice of Leonardo in The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies.  “Sank you veddy much”

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Apple Napper

First day of Autumn which means apple season is upon us.

“Apple Napper” Recipe:

  • 1 1/2oz bourbon
  • ½ oz applejack
  • 2 dashes angostura
  • 1 dash rhubarb bitters
  • 1/3 apple cut up into small chunks muddled
  • 1/2 tbl spoon raw sugar
  • ¼ squeezed lemon
  • apple slice

Made this one up… I think so anyway.  The name is because I felt sleepy after throwing this one back.

These costumes are so good, especially the apple core hat.  F. Murray Abraham played one of the grapes in the 70′s.  Cheeky bastard.

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Pink Lady

“Pink Lady” Recipe:
▪ 1 ½ oz gin
▪ ¾ oz applejack
▪ ¼ oz lemon juice
▪ 1-2 dashes grenadine
▪ 1 egg white
▪ maraschino cherry for garnish
Classic drink from the 1930’s
Looks better than it tastes!
I prefer this Pink Lady.
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