The electric power is back high atop the Potter building, allowing us to continue our usual tradition of listening to Area 24 radio's blockbuster Monday line-up while mixing some tasty drinks and dining. Tom Jones of the Logovore's Dilemma was our guest last night. And the cocktail we served was called The Park Avenue.
Have I talked to you about The Park Avenue before? Yeah, it's another Ted Haigh discovery, but it's a really unusual one. I've never had a drink that tastes just like it--and I've never liked a sweet drink as much as I do this one. I'll admit that I hated it the first time I made it, but I thought I'd give it another try. I was looking for something that would be good before a dinner of curried goat. And you can just stop laughing at me right now. Curried goat happens to be fabulous stuff. If you've spent some time in Jamaica or have Jamaican friends, perhaps someone's grandma has turned you on to the stuff. One food writer I like refers to goat as "jungle lamb." That's about right. Goat's slightly leaner than a lot of the lamb I've eaten, with a similar sweet but darker flavor. I happen to love it, and I've got a kick-ass recipe that calls for a WHOLE CUP of West Indian curry powder and wild amounts of garlic and fresh ginger.
I'd been thinking about Planter's Punch or something like that before, but I was in the mood for a gin drink. Hence the New York-named but somewhat tropical-tasting...
Park Avenue Cocktail
2 oz gin (I used tasty but inexpensive New Amsterdam and it was just fine.)
3/4 oz good, organic pineapple juice (Del Monte won't cut it.)
3/4 oz red vermouth
2 teaspoons to about a half oz of orange curacao
Shake hard over ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass. This drink comes out a lovely golden-peachy color, so if you've got a pretty glass, you needn't garnish.
This is one of those bitter/sweet drinks--the herbal qualities in the gin and the vermouth bump up interestingly against the sweet pineapple juice. It's odd. But it's great before a curried meal. Do beware, though--this is a powerful tipple that tastes like nothin' much is in it. A stealth martini.
Cheers! And see you Thursday at 4!