Crazylandia Nine

If you’ve read the post “Homework“, you’ll know I made it through all 18 drinks more or less according to the recipes from the Flower drink book.

I did forget to pick up the Gosling’s at the store, which was a major mistake.  To me, (sorry Cameron,) the Cruzan Blackstrap Rum just did not make a good Dark and Stormy.

But on the whole I was really pleased.  The drinks were really good.

One thing to make drinks all night.  Another thing altogether to be proud of not just your technique, but also the drinks you are serving.

The main problem this evening being restraining myself from drinking too much of them!

I did save the old-fashioned and put it in the freezer until I had finished making the other cocktails.

I needed some sort of reward for myself anyway and I just couldn’t bring myself to throw an old-fashioned down the drain.

At this point, however, I just did not know how well I would work out behind the bar.

Would I be hopelessly slow at making drinks?

Even though I have made a point of purchasing more or less professional level bar tools for my home, not having pour spouts in the bottles, squeezing juice as I went, and not really having a kitchen organized like a bar, made it really difficult to judge how making drinks would go behind the bar.

Well, like E. said, if it got to be too much I could step off.  No pressure.

That said, damn it, I don’t want to seem to be some tourist or dilettante.  I’ve still got enough pride in having been a line cook that I don’t want to screw this up.  And I don’t want to let E. and the other bartenders down after they have invited me in and given me this chance.

Crazylandia Eight

In preparation for making the drinks, I made up a little shopping list of the ingredients I needed to pick up:

24 Limes (1 oz juice per lime)
1 dozen Lemons (2 oz juice per lemon)
2 Bunches Mint
Ginger Ale
Martin Miller Gin
Ron Pampero Anniversario
Black Seal Rum

That should be enough to make all the drinks twice, with what I already have in house. I’m going to cheat slightly on the brands of Tequila and Mezcal called for. Those spirits are too expensive to get more bottles in addition to the ones I already have.

Damn that’s a lot of limes. Just thinking about how many limes they must go through at Flower boggles the mind.

It must be literally tons.