Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.
I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
An Epic "Invention": The Rusty Bob
I woke up yesterday morning to an almost Autumnal day here in the sub-tropics. Which set a fellow's mind to thoughts of Scotch. And of Scotch-based cocktails. And of the finest Scotch-based cocktail, the Bobby Burns. Harry Craddock in the iconic Savoy Cocktail Book calls the Bobby Burns "one of the very best" Scotch cocktails and lists the recipe as the classic equal parts Italian Vermouth and Scotch with three dashes of Benedictine. The latter ingredient converts the august Rob Roy into the sublime Bobby Burns.
More recent recipes for the Bobby Burns basically make a Scotch based Manhattan, including a dash or two of Angostura Bitters, and add Benedictine. Also a good drink.
Walking along to my favorite watering hole, I considered other Scotch based cocktails. Rob Roy, Bobby Burns, Rusty Nail...and then I had an epiphany. Why not substitute Drambuie for the Benedictine in a Bobby Burns and create a new cocktail? What to call it? A Rusty Roy? A Rusty Bobby? No. The Rusty Bob!!! A perfect play on the Rusty Nail/Drambuie connection.
I stormed into the bar just at opening time and announced my creation. The first run at it was a bit too sweet. The regular bitters could not hold up to the sweetness of the Drambuie. The great and lovely mixologist Melissa then suggested using three drops of Boston Bitters. This made the drink superb. Apparently this Boston Bitters is nothing to be trifled with since it comes in a distinctly apothecary looking bottle with its own eye dropper built in.
A triumph! My first cocktail invention! I announced it to one and all and actually got a few other imbibers to try it, all with positive reports.
But I believe it was Saint Augustine who said that humility is good for our souls. In an abundance of caution, I searched for Bobby Burns recipes this morning and discovered a variation of the Bobby Burns using Drambuie instead of Benedictine discussed on the superb blog The Cocktail Chronicles. In 2005.
It seems that everything old is indeed new again. At least I came up with a dandy name for the drink. And I upped my humility quotient. The mixology game is a tough one. Back to the drawing board.
In my early 60s, widower, father and itinerant storyteller. I am a putative jazz singer, poet and novelist, dedicated to mining every minute of life for the veins of pleasure they contain. My motto is "Dum Vivimus, Vivamus"..."While we Live--LET US LIVE".