Tipple Tuesday!

Eric Simpkins - Door 44 Atlanta - Tales of the Cocktail Official Recipe - Rangoon Gin FizzRangoon Gin Fizz

1½ oz. Old Raj Gin Blue Label
¾ oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. heavy cream
7 drops absinthe
5 drops simple cardamom tincture
3 dashes Fee Brothers Jasmine Water
1 egg white
1 oz. Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon Tonic

Ice a tall Collins glass. Combine ingredients excepting tonic and absinthe in small cocktail tin. Remove ice from Collins glass, swirl with absinthe and discard excess; add tonic to glass. Ice the shaker and shake vigorously to chill. Strain into Collins glass (no ice) through fine strainer. Slide tall thin straw through center of foam and serve.

Created by Eric Simpkins of Door 44 in Atlanta, GA

ERIC’S INSPIRATIONEric Simpkins - Door 44 Atlanta - Tales of the Cocktail Official Recipe - Rangoon Gin Fizz

Two years ago, the Ramos Showdown at Cure in New Orleans got me thinking about variations and different techniques for Ramos building. Jasmine has always been a favorite aromatic for me; I have found that it plays very well with a touch of anise flavor, so the absinthe swirl gives a little nod to the Sazerac, NOLA, and the Ramos Gin Fizz. A touch of cardamom seems to brighten the aromatics and further refine the anise flavor into something unique and evocative. The whole drink is further powered by the extra proof and the bit of saffron found in the Old Raj.



National Daiquiri Day is July 19thJuly 19, 2011 is National Daiquiri Day

It’s National Daiquiri Day! These rum-based cocktails were invented by American mining engineer Jennings Cox in Cuba. Legend has it that Cox created the first daiquiri in the early 1900s after he ran out of gin at a small bar in Santiago.

The original drink was made with white rum, lime juice and sugar. Around 1940, Ernest Hemingway allegedly inspired the creation of the frozen variety at El Floridita in Havana. The bartender’s name was Constantino Ribalaigua and he is often considered the true originator of the daiquiri.

Original Recipe:

1 1/2 oz light rum
3/4 oz lime juice
1/4 oz sugar syrup


Pour the light rum, lime juice and sugar syrup into a shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Today, many variations of the original recipe exist. You can order a daiquiri with almost any fruit flavoring imaginable! Daiquiri Recipes

Celebrate this day and mix a round of these delicious beverages. Grab a colorful cup and a drink umbrella and enjoy your daiquiri outside. Make sure to watch out for drink specials at local bars. Happy National Daiquiri Day!




1. Who was the new U.S nation’s first wine expert?
A. Thomas Jefferson
B. George Washington
C. John Adams

2. True or False:
Beer has no nutritional value.

3. The average number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine?
A. 100
B. 1,000
C. 600

4. True or False:
National Prohibition led to a boom in the cruise industry. By taking what were advertised as “cruises to nowhere,” people could legally consume alcohol as soon as the ship entered international waters where they would typically cruise in circles. The cruises quickly became known as “booze cruises.”


1. A. Thomas Jefferson
2. False – Beer is a source of B-complex vitamins.
3. C. 600
4. True


Fun Facts:

To keep your beer glass or mug from sticking to your bar napkin, sprinkle a little salt on the napkin before you set your glass down.

The Pilgrims landed at what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts, rather than continue sailing because they were running out of supplies, especially alcohol beverages.

In ancient Babylon, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead (fermented honey beverage) he could drink for a month after the wedding. Because their calendar was lunar or moon-based, this period of free mead was called the “honey month,” or what we now call the “honeymoon.”