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Warren Bobrow’s Cocktail Hour: Isadora’s Dilemma (a twisted take-off on the classic Aviation Cocktail)

There is a classic cocktail that appeared in my consciousness yesterday. It’s named the Aviation Cocktail.

I was doing an online “Webchat” for Foodista named #foodistachat and my topic, not surprisingly was cocktails and all to do with them, certainly from my twisted point of view.

The classic, not so classic and the occasional way out was my metier for the evening. I’d say that we had a fantastic time. This cocktail is known as the Aviation Cocktail. In keeping with my style of twisting up classics and creating new classics- the Aviation seemed like a good place to start my rambling for today.

The cocktail “Isadora’s Dilemma” pays homage to my Maine Coon Cat, Isadora. She was a lovely girl and the Aviation cocktail is a classic bar drink. It is comprised of Creme de Violette, Maraschino Liqueur and London Dry Gin.

My version of the Aviation Cocktail is the twisted combination of Cynar, Bulldog Gin, Tenneyson Absinthe, Royal Rose Cardamom Clove Simple Syrup and the careful application of Bitter End Thai Bitters.

This drink will melt your wings faster than Icarus flying too close to the sun!

Cocktail Whisperer’s Twisted Aviation Cocktail.
Ingredients are for three cocktails – that’s enough to grow Icarus-style wings for you and your friend! But be careful – the sun is very hot!

Ingredients:
Cynar (Artichoke Amaro from Italy)
Bulldog Gin
Tenneyson Absinthe
Royal Rose Cardamom Clove Simple Syrup
Bitter End Thai Bitters
Cherry juice and a cherry (ALWAYS home cured!!)

Preparation:
To a cocktail shaker- fill 1/4 with ice
Add the 2 shots of each: Cynar, Bulldog Gin and the Absinthe
Add 4 Tablespoons of the Royal Rose Simple Syrup
Add 4 Tablespoons of the home cured cherry juice

Shake
Strain into shallow glasses or coupe’ glasses (old fashioned champagne glasses)
Add exactly three drops of the Bitter End Thai Bitters and a home cured cherry to finish

Sip carefully!

Warren’s first book, Apothecary Cocktails is being published by Quayside/Rockport in November 2013 for the Xmas season. He has published over three hundred articles on everything from cocktail mixology to restaurant reviews in NJ Monthly Magazine. (Served Raw, Drinking in America, DrinkGal.com, Bluewater Vodka, Purity Vodka, Botran Rum, Orleans Apple Aperitif, Marie Brizard, Art in the Age: Root, Snap, Rhuby, Hendricks Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, Tuthilltown Spirits, Bitter Cube, Bitter Truth, Bitter End-Bitters, Bitters, Old Men…etc. etc.)
He’s written food articles and news for Edible Jersey, Chutzpah Magazine, NJ Monthly, Serious Eats, Daily Candy (Philadelphia) Rambling Epicure (Geneva, Switzerland)
Warren is the cocktail writer/mixologist for Foodista. He is a former trained chef who began as a dishwasher/potscrubber. He has also bar-tended at the four star Ryland Inn, located in NJ.
Warren is the On-Whiskey Columnist for Okra Magazine in New Orleans.
He is also a Ministry of Rum judge.
Warren is a self-taught photojournalist and shoots with the venerable Leica M8.

 
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Belilove/1616348149 Jim Belilove

    by the way…the picture you have posted is of my sister Lori Belilove, founder of the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation and the leading torch bearer of the Isadora tradition.
    Also calling Isadora Duncan a lovely girl is like calling a timber wolf a nice dog!! Pablo Picasso a good boy, or an F-16 a puddle jumper. Check it out!

    She is planning a celebration of the Isadora Duncan tradition this May in NYC. 

  • http://www.modenus.com Veronika Miller

     Hello Jim,

    my apologies for posting  a picture of your sister, that was mistake in trying to add an interesting image to Warren’s post.
    With “lovely girl” Warren was referring to his cat and not to Isadora Duncan.

    We would love to learn more about your sister’s celebration as this would be a great post in our Modenus MyCity area so please feel free to have her or her publicist get in touch with me directly veronika@modenus.com.  We will, of course, remove the image and replace with one more appropriate for the subject matter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Belilove/1616348149 Jim Belilove

    No problem…We like any reference to Isadora. Cocktail or dance.  My point being that Isadora was a tempestuous Force of Nature and transformative cultural figure. I will send on more info on the May 2012 135th birthday celebration of her and her legacy. 

 
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