Imbiber’s 100

Darcy O’Neil, over at the Art of Drink blog, has proposed that Imbibers adapt the “Omnivore’s 100” meme and posted the following “Imbiber’s One Hundred“.


1) Copy this list into your blog, with instructions.
2) Bold all the drinks you’ve imbibed.
3) Cross out any items that you won’t touch
4) Post a comment here and link to your results.


If you don’t have a blog, just count the ones you’ve tried and post the number in the comments section of his blog.

Here’s mine…

List of Drinks You Must Try Before You Expire

1. Manhattan Cocktail
2. Kopi Luwak (Weasle Coffee) (Extemely expensive coffee.  Beans eaten by weasels, partially digested, and pooped out before being roasted and ground for coffee.  Hmmm…  Tempted to strike that one out.)
3. French / Swiss Absinthe
4. Rootbeer
5. Gin Martini
6. Sauternes
7. Whole Milk
8. Tequila (100% Agave)
9. XO Cognac
10. Espresso
11. Spring Water (directly from the spring)
12. Gin & Tonic
13. Mead
14. Westvleteren 12 (Yellow Cap) Trappist Ale (I wish!)
15. Chateau d’Yquem
16. Budweiser (Budvar, even!)
17. Maraschino Liqueur
18. Mojito
19. Orgeat
20. Grand Marnier
21. Mai Tai (original)
22. Ice Wine (Canadian) (Plus Canadian ice cider!)
23. Red Bull
24. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
25. Bubble Tea (Just haven’t gotten around to it yet…)
26. Tokaj
27. Chicory
28. Islay Scotch
29. Pusser’s Navy Rum
30. Fernet Branca
31. Fresh Pressed Apple Cider
32. Bourbon
33. Australian Shiraz
34. Buckley’s Cough Syrup (Darcy has clarified, this is some sort of vile Canadian Cough Syrup.  Does Robitussin count?)
35. Orange Bitters
36. Margarita (classic recipe)
37. Molasses & Milk
38. Chimay Blue
39. Wine of Pines (Darcy sez this is some sort of fermented beverage made from Pineapples.  I had house made Tepache at Teardrop Lounge in Portland.)
40. Green Tea
41. Daiginjo Sake
42. Chai Tea
43. Vodka (chilled, straight)
44. Coca-Cola
45. Zombie (Beachcomber recipe)
46. Barley Wine
47. Brewed Choclate (Xocolatl)
48. Pisco Sour
49. Lemonade
50. Speyside Single Malt
51. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
52. Champagne (Vintage)
53. Rosé (French)
54. Bellini
55. Caipirinha
56. White Zinfandel (Blush)
57. Coconut Water (I totally think this shouldn’t count unless you’ve had it directly from the coconut on a tropical island.)
58. Cerveza
59. Cafe au Lait
60. Ice Tea
61. Pedro Ximenez Sherry
62. Vintage Port
63. Hot Chocolate
64. German Riesling
65. Pina Colada
66. El Dorado 15 Year Rum
67. Chartreuse
68. Greek Wine
69. Negroni
70. Jägermeister
71. Chicha
72. Guiness
73. Rhum Agricole
74. Palm Wine
75. Soju
76. Ceylon Tea (High Grown)
77. Belgian Lambic
78. Mongolian Airag
79. Doogh, Lassi or Ayran
80. Sugarcane Juice (I’ve chewed fresh sugar cane, so I’m gonna give this one to myself.)
81. Ramos Gin Fizz
82. Singapore Sling
83. Mint Julep
84. Old Fashioned
85. Perique
86. Jenever (Holland Gin)
87. Chocolate Milkshake
88. Traditional Italian Barolo
89. Pulque
90. Natural Sparkling Water
91. Cuban Rum
92. Asti Spumante
93. Irish Whiskey
94. Château Margaux (My French wine phase was quite a while ago so I’m not sure about this one.  But I don’t think I ever quite got to that price range.)
95. Two Buck Chuck
96. Screech (I’ve had Wray & Nephew Overproof, does that count?)
97. Akvavit
98. Rye Whisky
99. German Weissbier
100. Daiquiri (classic)

91 out of 100.  Obviously, I’ve been beverage obsessed for some time now.

Now if I can just get to Mongolia, Belgium, Canada, and Mexico, I’ll knock out the rest…

Gradeal Special Cocktail

Gradeal (Special) Cocktail

1/4 Dry Gin. (1/2 oz Northshore Gin #6)
1/4 Apricot Brandy. (1/2 oz Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot)
1/2 Bacardi Rum. (1 oz Havana Club Anejo Blanco)

Shake (I’d stir) well and strain into cocktail glass.

Tasty and sophisticated? Another drink that goes against the usual stereotypes of rum drinks.

Most of the google references I find to “Gradeal” are to this drink. Interestingly, though, according to this article from an Australian paper, Rising to the Occasion, “Gradeal” was the name given to the stones Scots cooked their oatcakes on.

In Roman times in the north of Scotland, she says, the native Gaels baked cakes of oats on stones set round the open fire. These stones were called gradeal and from this was derived the Scottish word girdle. The more modern girdle was a thin round plate of cast iron with a semicircular handle, and was first invented and manufactured in Culross in Fife, Scotland.

Especially interesting, in that the Gradeal Cocktail is pretty similar to the “Culross Cocktail“.

This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.