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Day 149, Cocktails 146, 147 & 148

Ok, the last few cocktails from last week’s travels.  The first is from the lobby bar of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in St. Louis.  Normally I would have had a martini there, but wanted to have something new.  On the recommendation of the bartender I tried her White Cosmopolitan.  This drink was made with Grey Goose orange vodka, Cointreau, white cranberry juice and lime juice.  This was a nice alternative to the standard cosmo, being not quite as sweet and girly as the regular drink.

The second cocktail from my travels was far more interesting.  On Saturday night in Minneapolis Jay and I ended up at the Mall of America to pick our spouses up before the spent all our money.  We ended up at the Twin City Grill for dinner – very nice, upscale steakhouse.  The Gin Rosey caught my eye.  It consisted of Hendrick’s gin, rosemary and olives.  Having previously experimented with sage and basil in cocktails I was ready to give this a try.  The presentation was fantastic using the a standard cocktail glass.  What made it special was the two olives with sprigs of rosemary tucked into them.  It looked really good.  Unfortunately, this would prove to be this cocktail’s undoing. 

When I first sipped the Gin Rosey it was delightful.  The bold, cucumber flavor was a perfect match for the subtle hint of rosemary that I got initially.  Unfortunately, the longer the rosemary that was stuffed in the olive soaked in the Hendricks the stronger the flavor of the rosemary became.  By the time I was half way through it was unbearablely heavy – it tasted like I was drinking straight rosemary.  This might have made a nice sauce for a pork roast, but not very good for drinking.  I suggest (and will try this at the Twilight Lounge) making it with a sprig of rosemary in the shaker (as they did at the Twin City Grill) but leaving the rosemary out of the garnish.  That way just the subtle hint of rosemary will remain and not overpower the drink.

And finally…drum roll please…the final drink of last week’s travels.  Sunday morning found us at the Modern Cafe in Minneapolis.  Recommended by Ashish’s wife Lori and a Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives featured restaurant, it was a natural for us to try.  While known for breakfast dishes such as the pot roast hash (it was delicious), meatloaf and homemade sausage, I couldn’t pass on the chance to have the second most popular breakfast cocktail, the mimosa.  A mix of orange juice and champagne, just about everyone has had one of these at one time or another.  The modern’s version was good, with just enough champagne to cut through the orange juice and provide a nice morning pick me up.

Whew, well back to normal, or as normal as it gets around the Twilight Lounge.


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