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Pocket Gold is lightly sweet with nutty finish. The longer the cocktail sits, the fuller, rounder, richer, deeper the flavor becomes. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

Pocket Gold

The Pocket Gold fall cocktail uses bourbon with sweeter finish, walnut liqueur, Tuaca and dry vermouth. Served martini style. Pocket Gold could also be served over a large single cube of ice for a slow melting drink. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}
The Pocket Gold fall cocktail uses bourbon with sweeter finish, walnut liqueur, Tuaca and dry vermouth. Served martini style. Pocket Gold could also be served over a large single cube of ice for a slow melting drink. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

September officially welcomed autumn and the idea of windier, cooler days into our future. The gorgeous Harvest Moon brightening the night sky was a nice touch. It kind of makes us forget the cold winter days ahead. But there is nothing like Daylight Saving Time ending to remind us that Old Man Winter is ready to rule once again. Oh yes. The dog days of summer are officially gone.

The day I put the finishing touches on the Pocket Gold cocktail the sun shone brightly. Temperatures climbed well into the 70’s. This kind of weather is something to be grateful for so late in October. I also knew it would probably be the last warmer moment to enjoy a little deck time. The beautiful autumn sunshine made this cocktail sparkle and shine. Hence the name, Pocket Gold.

Pocket Gold Recipe Tasting Notes

The Pocket Gold fall cocktail uses bourbon with sweeter finish, walnut liqueur, Tuaca and dry vermouth. Served martini style. Pocket Gold could also be served over a large single cube of ice for a slow melting drink. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}
Pocket Gold could also be served over a large single cube of ice for a slow melting drink. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

The Pocket Gold fall cocktail was created with the passing of all hints of warmer weather in mind. If warmth in the air is gone we may as well have a bit of warmth in our glass!

This cocktail benefits with the inclusion of bourbon with a sweeter, rounded finish. I chose Maker’s Mark Bourbon. I could easily see using Woodford Reserve Bourbon as well. There are others. These two just happened to be in my cabinet at the time.

Pocket Gold is lightly sweet with nutty finish. The dry vermouth is hardly realized. It acts as nice balance to the cocktail. The longer the cocktail sits, the fuller, rounder, richer, deeper the flavor becomes. Pocket Gold is an excellent fall to winter cocktail. Serve this drink martini style for sophisticated holiday cocktail parties.

Pocket Gold Recipe

Pocket Gold is lightly sweet with nutty finish. The longer the cocktail sits, the fuller, rounder, richer, deeper the flavor becomes. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}
Pocket Gold Fall Cocktail {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist}

Pocket Gold – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

1 ounce Maker’s Mark Bourbon

3/4 ounce Toschi Nocello Walnut Liqueur

3/4 ounce Tuaca Liqueur

1/2 ounce Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

Place liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir until completely chilled. Strain into chilled martini glass.

I used products from Maker’s Mark, Toschi, Tuaca and Noilly Prat. Toschi Nocello is a liqueur made from walnuts and hazelnuts. If you cannot find this locally it can be purchased online. You could also substitute a hazelnut liqueur in its place with slightly different flavor results.

Daylight Saving Time

This year Daylight Saving Time began Sunday, March 10, 2013, and it ends Sunday, November 3, 2013. As the saying goes, spring forward, fall back. At least we gain an extra hour. Use the extra hour wisely!

Does the extra hour mean an extra hour of Happy Hour? I say Why Not?! Since bars close at 2am in some areas and we move the clock back an hour at 2am in the U.S. that means 2am would become 1am. Does that mean we get an extra hour of bar crawl time Sunday, November 3? That would almost make it worthy of a holiday, don’t you think?!

The Pocket Gold fall cocktail uses bourbon with sweeter finish, walnut liqueur, Tuaca and dry vermouth. Served martini style. Pocket Gold could also be served over a large single cube of ice for a slow melting drink. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist www.intoxicologist.net}

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Manhattan Special looks a bit like Jupiter. I like that! Manhattan Special Cocktail uses Bourbon or Rye, Benedictine, Sweet Vermouth and Cherry Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Manhattan Special Cocktail

Manhattan Special Cocktail uses Bourbon or Rye, Benedictine, Sweet Vermouth and Cherry Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Manhattan Special Cocktail uses Bourbon or Rye, Benedictine, Sweet Vermouth and Cherry Garnish – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Manhattan Special Cocktail calls for cocktail glass serve. The particular evening I sampled the Manhattan Special I was feeling a bit more on the rocks than swooning over a cocktail. It was a beautiful evening spent out on the deck with moderate temperatures. It felt like the perfect evening for an oversized glass with oversized ice ball and a very special variation on the classic Manhattan.

The Manhattan Special Cocktail Recipe

Manhattan Special looks a bit like Jupiter. I like that! Manhattan Special Cocktail uses Bourbon or Rye, Benedictine, Sweet Vermouth and Cherry Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Manhattan Special looks a bit like Jupiter. I like that! Manhattan Special Cocktail uses Bourbon or Rye, Benedictine, Sweet Vermouth and Cherry Garnish – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Just a note… as my friend Tom Ufer commented, the Manhattan Special looks a bit like Jupiter. I like that!

Manhattan Special

1-1/2 ounce Rye or Bourbon

1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth

1/2 ounce Benedictine

1 dash Classic Bitters

Cherry Garnish – optional

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir until completely chilled. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

By the way… that Jupiter look was made by first placing a large ice ball in a slightly oversized, rounded glass. Pour rye over ice ball followed by vermouth and Benedictine. Do not stir. Add dash of bitters. {I added about 3 dashes of bitters and no cherry}. Watch the rings just start to float around the ice ball.

Manhattan Special Cocktail Notes

I opted for Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey at 100 proof for the Manhattan Special. Rittenhouse is an affordable rye with cinnamon notes. Benedictine and vermouth carry the cinnamon notes to a higher level with enough weight and sweetness to smooth out any rough edges in the rye.

What Makes My Manhattan Special ?

People ask me all the time, “What is your favorite bourbon.” The short answer; I don’t have a favorite bourbon. I have favorite bourbons for favorite recipes. My bar cabinet is stocked with five, six or maybe ten different brands at any given time. These are the bourbons I purchase, not bourbon samples. The longer, more accurate answer; I have particular bourbons I favor for particular drinks. I have particular glasses I favor for particular drinks and cocktails, too.

Maker's Mark Manhattan with Carpano Antica Formula is just one variation of a classic Manhattan - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Maker’s Mark Manhattan with Carpano Antica Formula is just one variation of a classic Manhattan – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

My typical Manhattan is made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Carpano Antica Formula and usually Angostura Bitters. The cherry might be one of my Bourbon Spiced Cherries, a Luxardo Maraschino Cherry, or one of those regular every day ice cream topper cherries you find at the grocery store. I might even skip the cherry.

Praline Pecan Pie Manhattan uses Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Praline Pecan Pie Liqueur, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Bitters and Orange Twist - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Praline Pecan Pie Manhattan uses Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Praline Pecan Pie Liqueur, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Bitters and Orange Twist – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

I also make a Praline Pecan Pie Manhattan cocktail variation with Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Praline Pecan Liqueur with orange twist that is heavenly. {That is my opinion, of course. Sample it and tell me your thoughts, please!}

Then again I venture way off course with Tony Abou-Ganim’s Just For Mary cocktail. Look closely at the ingredients and you find the awesomely delicious wayward Manhattan; (ri)1 Straight Rye Whiskey, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Lillet Blanc, Orange Bitters and Brandied Cherry Garnish. Trust me. It is a must try more than once kind of cocktail. I have.

So really, I don’t have one favorite bourbon. I have several bourbons I like to drink neat, on the rocks and in cocktails. They all taste a little different and I choose them like I choose a pair of shoes. Am I feeling laid back? Dressy? Spicy? Sassy? Bourbons are the same. They are spicy, sophisticated, sweet, dry, rounded, floral, dry, etc. You name it, bourbon has it. There is a recipe and mood to fit it. Choose wisely. Stir it. Sip it. Enjoy it. Try it again.

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Left Hand Cocktail is a variation of the Negroni classic cocktail and Boulevardier cocktail - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Left Hand Cocktail

Cinnabar Negroni variation on the Negroni classic cocktail - photo by Cheri Loughlin
Cinnabar Negroni variation on the Negroni classic cocktail – photo by Cheri Loughlin

The Left Hand cocktail caught my eye for one very specific reason. It could be considered a family member of the Negroni classic cocktail. The Negroni is one of my very favorite cocktails. The Negroni is this wonderful mix of pungent punch of flavor with herbal spice and ribbon of sweet weaved through it in excellent balance and harmony. It is one of those cocktails that lingers long on the palate. It sips slow and easy.

I just love it!

I love it so much I can’t help but play with the recipe, tweaking it with different ingredients, a spice here or there, varying the measurements, sampling with varied spirits. The Negroni is a three ingredient drink that just fascinates me.

So I had to see what the Left Hand was up to.

Left Hand Cocktail Recipe

Left Hand Cocktail is a variation of the Negroni classic cocktail and Boulevardier cocktail - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Left Hand Cocktail is a variation of the Negroni classic cocktail and Boulevardier cocktail – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Left Hand

1-1/2 ounce Bourbon

3/4 ounce Carpano Antica Formula {Red Vermouth}

3/4 ounce Campari

2 dashes Chocolate Bitters

Brandied Cherry Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with cherry.

Left Hand Cocktail Suggested Modifications

I would reduce the Campari to 1/2 ounce. While wonderful, Campari can overpower a cocktail with its strong flavor.

Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters contain terrific cinnamon spice flavor with flavor mix of spiced root beer and cola withouth the sweetener - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters contain terrific cinnamon spice flavor with flavor mix of spiced root beer and cola withouth the sweetener – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Chocolate bitters tasted alone remind me a little of spiced root beer and cola mixed without any of the sweetener. They have terrific cinnamon spice flavor. For that reason, I would certainly go a bit heavier on the chocolate bitters. After all, why use them if they go unnoticed. And they did seem to go unnoticed with only 2 dashes in the recipe above. Four heavy dashes brings lots of mocha depth to this cocktail. I like!

If you can’t find brandied cherries in your local market, make your own Bourbon Spiced Cherries.

Left Hand Cocktail Similarities

The Left Hand cocktail is similar to the Boulevardier cocktail but with the addition of chocolate bitters. The Boulevardier is a variation on the Negroni classic cocktail. The Negroni is often served on the rocks or in a chilled martini glass. Casey Barber of Good Food Stories gives a little run down on the origin of the Negroni for a little cocktail hour trivia.

Stirring a Cocktail rather than shaking - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Stirring a Cocktail rather than shaking – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Add your comment: When mixing cocktails at home, do you follow the “stir” rather than “shake” instruction or just throw it all together as quickly as possible?

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