Friday, January 22, 2010

Bar Exam: The Colman Cocktail

Wow! What was that that just hit us here?? Talk about a force of nature. Which is a way of saying this latest posting pause has been brought to you by the newest addition to the PDX appetite scene and the life that hasturned our world upside down 9in all the right ways), our new son Colman, born 3 weeks early Jan. 12th at a power packed 7#7oz.....

Colman passed out on my chest (left), drunk on mama's milk, and (right) pimping it in his car seat

Now that we're getting used to interrupted much as one can get used to waking up at 1am, 3:13am, 4:55am, etc...I finally feel moderately able to put together some sort of post to honor Colman's tumultuous arrival. So how to pay tribute to something that both his mom w and I be oh, so eloquent...gaga over? Thinking of what tastes good after a day of diapers (bringing new meaning to the term "shitload"), a soothing cocktail, something not too strong so I can remain able to parent, but with enough flavor to satisfy, seemed just the thing. Keeping in mind how honored I would have been to have a new cocktail named after me, may I present for your drinking pleasure The Colman. I loved this combo of vodka, pear brandy, ginger simple syrup, and citrus (with a nod of inspiration to the classic Impear cocktail at Castagna here in PDX). Far too easy to drink, this satisfies on every level, much like the feelings it's namesake has brought to our house!
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The Colman Cocktail
an E.D.T. original

makes 1 drink
2 oz. vodka
1/2 to 3/4 oz Clear Creek (or other) pear brandy
3/4 oz fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice (I've tried it w/both, and think they are equally delicious, so whatever you have laying around, have at it!)
1/2 oz (3/4 oz if you like a slightly sweeter drink) ginger simple syrup....recipe to follow
Disc of ginger for garnish

Fill cocktail shaker half full of ice, add all the ingredients, shake for 20 seconds, and strain into a martini glass, garnish with ginger, and ponder the wonder of life!

Ginger Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup peeled, roughly chopped ginger

Add all ingredients to sauce pan, bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve sugar, turn heat down and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Should keep in fridge for a week or so.


Heather said...

Bah, no breastmilk? :D

I make a version of this cocktail with Momokawa Pearl Asian pear sake in place of the brandy for an even lighter cocktail. Tastes like summer!

bb said...

I suppose I could make a breastmilk cocktail if the greedy little bugger wasn't drinking it all!!
Mmm...I like your idea, too. Man, I LOVE good cocktails! Thanks H!!

AnnieS said...

Congratulations! What a little doll!

bb said...

Thank you Annie....we couldn't agree more!!

Becky said...

Congrats! Welcome to the (parent) "club"!

Suzanne said...

ImPear! Busted!

But truly, Colman is beautiful. Congratulations to you and W.

bb said...

Thanks becky!

Suzanne...that's why I gave credit where credit is due. You know I wouldn't not mention where one of the world's greatest cocktails is from! And thank you for the Colman compliment. We're pretty much smitten!

Suzanne said...

Ah, yes, upon re-reading I note the nod. I even think this may have been a Zefiro classic...
btw If you miss that ginger rim, simply shake some candied ginger through a course sieve.
best, S

Neil A said...

Hey Bruce, congratulations and cheers. You have introduced a baby and a new drink to the world. He is your muse.

Nancy Rommelmann said...

What a living doll. Congratulations! And welcome Colman xx

Lynn said...

Congratulations on your beautiful son. Tried this cocktail to much success while watching the olympic `figure skating. Did not have any pear brandy, used calvados, and meyer lemon juice was soooo good.

metroknow said...

I think I'm going to be making this cocktail tonight - and I love the ginger disc idea. I may do the same as @Lynn with using Calvados, since I too don't have any pear brandy.

Good luck with the sleep - pretty soon you'll convince yourself that you don't need sleep at all, at which point you know that hitting bottom is not far off :).

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Congratulations!!! Soooo cute!

bb said...

wc....,you should see him now. Chubby arms & legs, three chins, and cuter than ever!