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The Kopstootje

By Lesley Jacobs Solmonson

1 shot of Genever
1 Beer back (see below)

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The Mister and I spent a good deal of the weekend trying to choose the perfect color combination for our new Moleskine-esque iPad cover. After much debate – blue and orange, green and brown, which color elastic strap, camera hole or not? – it became evidently clear that we live in an age of simply too many choices. And, given too many choices, we tend to over-complicate things. Sometimes, simpler is indeed much better – whether it’s covering your overly expensive Netflix player or just ordering a drink.

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Bottle Reboot – Part 4: Genever

Given a limited bar of only 12 bottles, genever may seem an odd – if not downright foolhardy – choice. Part of our devotion to genever comes from its utterly unique profile, while another part comes from the historic significance of “Dutch Courage”, as the English soldiers referred to it during the Thirty Years’ War. Even though today the spirit is a minor player on the bar scene, there was a time when – along with whiskey, brandy, and rum – genever was a cornerstone of any respectable drinking establishment.

Modern genever is essentially a blend of two distinct spirits. The first is triple or quadruple pot-distilled “maltwine”, equal amounts of corn, rye, and malted barley. The second is neutral spirit like that used in London Dry. And then, of course, there are the botanicals, which must include juniper. It’s the use of juniper that has caused many to call genever “gin”; the term “genever” translates quite literally as juniper. Indeed, when genever made its way to America in the mid-1800s, it was often referred to as Holland gin. And, while it is easy for some people to simply continue to refer to genever as “Dutch gin”, it is a phrase that truly rankles genever purists. So, for the record. Genever is not gin. Gin is not genever. One taste will tell you what genever lovers know. With its use of malty grains, its rich, fiery flavor has far more in common with whiskey, especially when compared to the crisp, clean profile of London Dry.
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Cinco de Mayo and The Lost Dutchman

By Lesley Jacobs Solmonson


2 oz Genever
1.5 oz Mango Puree
0.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 tsp Agave Nectar
Tajin Seasoning

Rim a cocktail glass with lime and coat with Tajin
Add remaining ingredients to a mixing glass
Shake with ice and strain into the cocktail glass


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Nothing quite captures Cinco de Mayo like Mickey Mouse. Now, before you start to worry, this story ends in the Arizona badlands circa 1860, but it begins just outside the home of everyone’s favorite rodent — on the streets of Toontown, to be exact.

One of the questions that we get a lot around 12BB is “Why no tequila?”, and our reply is typically a short “Name a classic tequila drink outside of the Margarita. Tequila Sunrise? Ever ordered one?” And that usually ends the conversation. Given that we live in Los Angeles, shrugging off the tequila becomes a bit more difficult as May approaches. Don’t get us wrong, we love Margaritas (we’re Angelenos, after all), and we felt compelled to come up with an interesting variation on the tequila-based sour – embracing the 12BB roll call while still capturing a serious dose of Mexican-American tradition. As luck would have it, the toddler loves mango, and it was mango that we bought for him from a Toontown cart during his first visit to the Happiest Place on Earth this past January.

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The Tackler from Camper English

2  oz  Bols Genever
0.5 oz  St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
0.5 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass
Shake or stir ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass

Featured Glassware:  Scotch Whisky Tumbler by Villeroy & Boch


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In putting together this year’s selection of drinks, we chose the term “Holiday” over “Christmas” for the simple reason that we were going to include two drinks which focused on celebrations outside of Christmas.  Yesterday, we kicked off Hanukkah with Daniel Handler’s Jewish Manhattan, and today we toast another holiday tradition – one that transcends religions – football.  For better or worse, Christmas Day isn’t going to see much in the way of football this year.  In 2011, Christmas Day falls on a Sunday.  The NCAA traditionally avoids Sunday in deference to the NFL and, this year, the NFL has moved most of its Sunday games to Saturday, Christmas Eve.  So, even though we’ll still get the Bears at Green Bay, there will be very little football on Christmas proper.  Read More…

Stuart Gordon and the Serpent’s Egg

In 2009, at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles, Stuart Gordon debuted the play Nevermore… An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, written by longtime friend and collaborator Dennis Paoli and starring longtime friend and collaborator Jeffrey Combs. The play centers on a public performance given by Poe, during which he reads from his work, recounts his biography, and grumbles about the misfortunes life has dealt him. As the evening progresses, so does Poe’s drinking, and what began as an earnest night of recitals slowly becomes a somber study of one man’s demons. In many ways, Nevermore is the greatest possible summation of Stuart Gordon’s artistic career to date.

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