Drinking and Shooting Stars
If I had known how socially small Albany was a couple of years ago, I might never have dared to start the FUSSYlittleBLOG. This is what I’m talking about, and let’s see if you can keep this all straight.
She was one of the judges for the Boston cream donut tasting many months ago, and she used to write on Eat in Albany with her special gentleman friend bk. Now she blogs on Elizabeth Likes, which is how I know she wants a cocktail not just for stargazing, but specifically for watching shooting stars.
I met bk separately after he won the Chipotle burrito giveaway. We had a great conversation about eating in Albany.
Elizabeth recently went to Harvest Spirits and picked up something special for bk who has been taunting me with it for the past week or so. His taunts actually inspired me to go to Harvest Spirits and pick up something special for myself. Actually Derek, the distiller and all-around great guy, beat me to the punch and sent me home with a half bottle of something maybe even more special than what Elizabeth got for bk.
But while I was there, Derek told me about how people out of state can buy some of their delicious applejack, which I had mistakenly thought wasn’t even legally possible. I guess that’s why I didn’t become a lawyer.
So what does this have to do with anything? I’m getting to that.
For starters, it means that I know that Elizabeth has access to a bottle of applejack. And it also means that even if I hadn’t gotten a very generous gift from Derek earlier this week, I would still be writing today about his double-gold-medal-winning spirit.
You see, the first classic cocktail I found that was well themed to Elizabeth’s Friday night plans has an applejack base. The drink is the aptly named the Star Cocktail. It conforms to the rules about how I like my cocktails: classic, small, cold and a little bit bitter.
It’s one ounce of applejack, one ounce of sweet vermouth and three drops of bitters (most recipes specify Peychaud’s). If you like, you could add a few drops of simple syrup for balance. The whole thing is stirred over cracked iced, and strained into a cocktail glass, over which a lemon peel is twisted and placed in the drink as garnish.
Doesn’t it sound just perfect?
The thing is that some of you may be tempted to use Laird’s applejack, because it is the only one that is commercially available. But Laird’s applejack is only 35% apple brandy and 65% neutral spirits. I learned from these fine folks that this drink hails from 1895. And while Laird’s was around, back then their applejack was 100% apple distillate.
That sounds a bit like an ad. But I am just very excited that there is some way to get New York’s craft spirits outside of the state’s borders, including this rye, which is delicious even if it doesn’t make for a very good Manhattan.
And then, of course, who could forget this?
Anyhow, I’m off to Providence, RI for a few days while Mrs. Fussy is doing some business in Atlanta. Posting will still continue, but without the benefit of Mrs. Fussy’s copyediting skills. We will all miss her, I am sure. But her invisible hand will be returning later next week.