Archive | December 14, 2011

The Addams’ Apple from Ted Haigh

By Lesley Jacobs Solmonson

2 oz Applejack
1 oz Apple Cider
.025 oz (or 1 tsp) Allspice Dram
2 dashes Orange Bitters

Combine ingredients in iced cocktail shaker
Shake & strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass
Float a clove on top

Featured Glassware: New Cottage Amber by Villeroy & Boch

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Ted Haigh came into our lives without ceremony back in 2007 when 12 Bottle Bar was but a whisper on the breeze.  For fun, David had been moonlighting on the line at a friend’s restaurant, and a colleague there, after learning of our burgeoning passion for classic cocktails, handed him a slim, glossy paperback, saying, “This was under the seat of my car.  Make me one of the drinks in it, and it’s yours.”  The book in David’s hand was Ted ’s Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails and its opening salutation – “Greetings, cocktail archeologists!” – welcomed us into a world where just the right combination of alcohol and a few other well-chosen ingredients could create a libation that was a transformative experience.  The same sense of transformation could be said of Haigh’s book, which chronicled the history of drink with such devotion and clarity that it altered our view of what a cocktail could – and should – be forever.  Read More…