Turning to Cocktails: Mine Is a "Montreal" Please

Way back he decided to turn to....cocktails, Father Xmas brought a cocktail shaker and patiently waited for the summer. The summer came and went, and still not many cocktail had been created.

So when I got the opportunity to review a cocktails recipe book, I jumped at it.

Sips & Apps by Kathy Casey is an inspiring Cocktails and Nibbles book. Kathy is a “bar chef.” Like any chef, she creates new recipes; in her case, drinks recipes, and she explores and tweaks the old favorites. She has her signature cocktails, she knows her craft and she shares the results with us in this fantastic book.

But will it provide me with glass after glass of freshly created cocktails? I was told that I would have to wait for the summer, so in the meantime, I put Father Xmas' shaker to good use and created my very first cocktail: a Montreal.... or two. Cheers.

1 1/2 ounces rye whisky
3/4 ounce sweet red vermouth
1/8 ounce Pernod
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
For garnishing
Long orange-zest twist
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Measure in the rye, vermout, and Pernod. Add the bitters. Stir. Serve on the rocks in an old-sahsioned glass, or strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

For more cocktail recipes, Dish D’Lish products and the latest buzz, visit www.kathycasey.com.”

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