The house cocktail of Arnaud’s Restaurant in New Orleans, it doesn’t get much more simple than this. Just three ingredients stirred and chilled with ice to create the perfect drink to slowly sip in the evenings.
The daiquiri is one of the simplest drinks I know how to make, needing only three ingredients, yet it is capable of being one of the best cocktails you’ll ever drink if you get the balance, and the ingredients, correct. I was recently lucky enough to try a few different daiquiris, all expertly made, where the only difference was the rum used in each (if you ever get the chance, try a daiquiri using St Nicholas Abbey White Rum!). Due to the huge choice of rums out there, and the different character each will bring, this this is a drink you can never get tired of trying again and again.
Popularised by ‘The Dude‘, the White Russian is a drinking staple the world over, especially where I live, in Glasgow. It’s a drink that can be made quickly and, in some cases, reasonably cheaply, by throwing some ingredients into a glass and bars like Nice ‘n’ Sleazy‘s and BOX on Sauchiehall St do very well out of this method. However, there is another way, one which makes this a cocktail worth taking the extra time to create, the difference between the two being chasmic.
This is a cover, by some friends of mine, of a bluegrass song about whiskey and heartache. The Dirty Beggars are a fantastic 5-piece from Glasgow who play foot-stompin’ country tunes and excellent covers. This one was originally by the Felice Brothers, but I have to say, I prefer the Beggars’ cover.
The three J’s: Jose, Jim & Jack.
Titus Andronicus, not the play but the band, are the masters of thrashy, indie lo-fi. Sort of The Replacements meets Bright Eyes from New Jersey and all recorded in your mum’s garage. This song’s about drinking, of course.
I have to admit, the Caipirinha is probably my favourite cocktail at the moment. I love the aged cachaca that I’ve recommended, the earthy rum taste and the tequila-like finish; just like rum, it really activates all the right flavours when combined with the sugar and lime. Nothing could be simpler and, in my humble opinion, very few things are better. With the recent World Cup in Brazil, I suspect we’ll see a lot more of this spirit, cocktail and its variations making it’s way on to menus around the world.