The 11 Best Things I Drank in 2012
|Latin Cinema, Peter Rabbit (front row), El Floridita, Coyote|
Thanks to high-powered consulting from San Diego-based Pick & Rocks, infusion-obsessed Searsucker makes three cocktails ($10 each) I really loved this year: Latin Cinema -- a fat-washed margarita composed of buttered popcorn-infused tequila, pressed lime and agave nectar); Peter Rabbit -- a light, easy-drinking refresher made with Pimm's #1 and basil lemonade); and Coyote -- a fizzy, bourbon-based change-up on the Moscow Mule, warmed with cinnamon. I couldn't really pick one favorite (which is why I'm listing them all here); it would surely depend on the day. But when my colleague Laura Hahnefeld received sloppily executed versions of two of these very cocktails recently, the bad news gave me pause. Sad to say, consistency could be an issue. All I know is, done right (bar manager Chris Rouns made my perfect renditions), they're really fun.
PDWT (Please Don't, White Trash) at Citizen Public House
Fat-washed cocktails are all the rage for good reason. Infusing spirits with fat adds subtle flavor and gives cocktails an unctuous mouth feel. Bartender/co-owner Richie Moe created this hilarious cocktail for a pumpkin cocktail dinner last fall -- which tasted yummy and paired well with mini jarred pumpkin pie dessert. The ingredients couldn't be trashier: Spam-infused Wild Turkey 81, Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill reduction syrup and sweetened Miller High Life foam, the glass rimmed with salted pork rind and Twinkie dust. This is the drink that put Moe in the final three at the Bourbon Battle last August. You won't find it on the menu (more's the pity), but I guess you'd have to be pretty trashy to want it anyway. What does this say about me?