Sharkbait’s Cocktail of the Week: Algonquin

Hello and happy summer Friday everyone. For this week, I wanted to make something a tad bit simpler than the last two weeks, which featured dark rum based tropical drinks. Not to mention the supply of Goslings is running precariously low. So I went to work doing some “research” in the handful of cocktail books I brought down to the cape with me, and I came across one I have bookmarked for a little while: The Algonquin. This classic drink comes from the Please Don’t Tell cocktail book.

Algonquin

2 oz. Rittenhouse Bonded rye whiskey

.75 Dolin dry vermouth

.75 oz. Pineapple juice

Stir with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. No garnish

 

It can’t get much easier than that right? As to the drink itself, right off the bat, I get a very rye forward nose. Though it isn’t knock your socks off strong, it’s there alright. I also get a little bit of citrus from the pineapple juice as well. The vermouth smell is nonexistent.

The initial flavor of the sip is dry, with a touch of sour. The spicy rye flavor really comes in towards the middle of the sip, and the pineapple shows up at the end. After finishing the sip, there is a little bit of a whiskey burn leftover that seems to coat the mouth and lingers for a minute or two. I don’t get a whole lot of the vermouth flavor in there at all. I suspect its main purpose is to add the dry notes to the overall flavor palate, but not to bring any flavor. The pineapple juice helps take the edge off from the strong base flavors of the rye and vermouth. It does an admirable job in its role of keeping the dryness to a pleasant level without going too far and overpowering. If you’re not a big fan of really dry drinks, you could add a splash or two of simple syrup to the mix  to sweeten it up a little bit. Personally, I think it’s fine just the way it is and wouldn’t change anything.

This is surprisingly refreshing for a dry drink, with strong base flavors. Since it’s a dry & whiskey forward drink, it’s a winner in my book. The dryness from the vermouth is not something I would expect to find in a whiskey based drink, but I’m happy to have tried it and will be on the lookout for more iterations of this 1-2 combination. I would suggest having an Algonquin during any kind of cocktail hour, or an after dinner drink.

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Sharkbait has not actually been bitten by a shark, but has told people in bars that he was for free drinks. Lives in Boston, married to a Giants fan, he enjoys whisk(e)y, cooking, the Rangers, and the Patriots.
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BrettFavresColonoscopy

Hey I have all these ingredients!

/cracks another beer

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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King Hippo

Why does West Ham play all these Beatles songs? Theys is Scousers.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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litre_cola

Two goal lead for Fronky. Must be nice.

Wakezilla

Decourre with a nice run leading to a goal for the Moosehornets. Someone is trying hard to get noticed by a big club

King Hippo

Indeed. Most larger sides insist on two halves of play, though.

Wakezilla

I hope the Moosehornets don’t get relegated. I like their logo and jersey colours. Plus, they have Danny Welback! Remember when he was supposed to be the next big thing? Meanwhile, Bournemouth is a stupid name and has a stupid looking logo so they can go screw.

King Hippo

Leeds back to the Premiiership. FOOKIN LEEDS???

Wakezilla

On the one hand, it’s cool that a rivalry that stems back to the war of roses is about to reignite. On the other hand, it’s not much of a rivalry when one team has been terrible and not even in the EPL for over 16 years. At this point, I get more fired up playing Wolves than the prospect of playing Leeds.

Wakezilla

I love me an Algonquin drink.

Random thought to have in 2020: If they’re going to call it an Algonquin, they should replace the pineapple for a citrus fruit that is grown in Quebec like oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, pomelos, kumquats and Meyer lemons.Otherwise, they should call it a Lunalilo or something. That’d make the cocktail more ethnically accurate.

Wakezilla

If David Moyes’ plan is to score as many goals as possible against Watford so that they can get clean sheeted against United, why, that’d be the second most useful thing he has ever done for the Reds.

King Hippo

I will never forget the joy of his last game with y’all, with the Goodison crowd singing (up 2-nil);

are you watching, are you waaaaaaatching David Moyes?

NBC was ruthless, close-ups of his bugeyed, haunted face the whole 2nd half (practically)

King Hippo

Who is that grey-beard on the touchline, and what did he do with Davey Moyes??

King Hippo

Match has that great combination of openness and urgency. Great for the neutral.

Wakezilla

Anyone watching the Mia Khalifa Bowl today? I hear the winners get to participate in spray tanning

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Wakezilla

What the? Why didn’t that work?

Mr. Ayo

You have to do it like this.

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Wakezilla

What did I do wrong in the original?

King Hippo

She looks like she would judge me super harshly. HIPPO LIKE!!!!

/no idea who she is, tho

Mr. Ayo

Apparently nothing since it’s working now.

Just change this:
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to this:
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yeah right

Sounds delicious. I’m not huge on vermouth but the addition of the pineapple juice would offset it.

I may have to give that a go!

King Hippo

Offside saves a possible pen or red card on Hammers keeper. Yowza.

King Hippo

This Antonio a left-footed Lukaku?

Fronkenshteen

Ok, done screaming now.

King Hippo

Of all the possible outcomes today, this one ass-ramming is the one I didn’t see coming. Glad I didn’t bet on a draw like I considered!!

King Hippo

Typing here on me phone, otherwise put computers away so I can watch as closely as I undiagnosed adult ADD can!!

Fronkenshteen

God I hope Moyes has them up for this.

King Hippo

He’s done MOAR than I expected with y’all…and also LESS.

But there you go!!!!!

King Hippo

6-3 Midtylland comeback win = Happy, Happy Hippo. EVEN OTHER HIPPO!!!!

King Hippo

Classic Six Pointer getting ready to kickoff!

Fronkenshteen

*vomits*

King Hippo

Don’t worry, Davey Moyes is even MOAR nervous than you!!

/wait, that is nae helpful Hippo’s bad

Fronkenshteen

2-1 Moosebees. Sarr and Welbeck scoring.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Parana had the worst special effects in the modern era.

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Fronkenshteen

That’ll buff right out.

monty this seems strange to me

I’m on day 18 without alcohol. It seems to be having the desired effect, which is to allow my depression medication to do its job unencumbered by the presence of a depressant. I won’t lie though, I look forward to re-introducing (gradually) a beer or two into the mix again sometime. Still unsure when that will be.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Good work!

King Hippo

POWER, brutha!!!

Buddy Cole's Halftime Show!

Actually combine lexapro and turpentine it gives you a five hour hard-on that doesn’t quit.

This can be complicated when you are unexpectedly asked to pick up your nephews and nieces from school though

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

*Uncomplicates things for Kentucky and Alabama residents, New Hampshire residents are subject to additional state and local taxes.

litre_cola

I have all those things! Will try but add ice because I am fancy.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Another one that sounds delicious. You do very well at the taste description and progression. This is another drink that seems if you had several down the gullet that it would turn into mostly rye.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Depending on when “fuck it” turns into “fugget.”