Mr. Graham and I have been re-watching True Detective this week in anticipation of the finale tonight. He suggested that I share something that would pair well with the show.
The easy answer would be a tray of dark chocolate star cookies, a six-pack of Lone Star, and a bottle of Jameson. Or I could make ironic Long Island Iced Teas and dirty martinis, extra dirty.
There is nothing wrong with the above choices, but I want something old, gothic, and a bit tangential.
This show isn't perfect, but something about it has invaded my psyche. I love stories about stories. I am also drawn to character studies, and untangling the layers of stories we tell ourselves. But mostly I love a good detective story.
I thought it would be nice to have some classic cocktails tonight, and two of my favorites fit the bill nicely. The Alaska is a good choice, as Rust Cohle is supposedly from there. Plus, it features Yellow Chartreuse, and it was invented in the South, in South Carolina to be precise. My favorite choice would be the Vieux Carré, because of its Louisiana provenance and rusty color. It is also one of my favorite drinks because it is seemingly complex, but surprisingly smooth.
Of course, you don't need to watch True Detective to enjoy these two classic cocktails.
Time is a Flat (Green) Circle
A variation of the Alaska
This cocktail is humid and herbaceous, like the bayou. Stir it really well to make sure it is ice cold.
Makes one small cocktail.
In a mason jar (or mixing glass) stir together:
3/4 ounces dry gin, such as Tanqueray or Beefeater
1/4 ounce green Chartreuse (although yellow Chartreuse is traditional, I wanted it to be assertive)
2 dashes of orange bitters (optional)
Stir until well mixed and very cold. Strain into a chilled Nick and Nora (or small cocktail) glass.
Rust Never Sleeps
A variation of the Vieux Carré. The Vieux Carré was created by Walter Bergeron at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. Vieux Carré is French for Old Square, the area now known as the French Quarter. It features Peychaud's bitters from New Orleans. I would invest in a bottle for your bar, because it is an essential ingredient in both a Vieux Carré and a Sazerac, two of my favorite drinks.
Makes one cocktail
1 ounce Jameson (but I used Old Overholt rye to keep it traditional)
1 ounce brandy (or cognac, the proper choice)
1 ounce sweet vermouth (I used Dolin Rouge)
1/2 teaspoon Benedictine
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Stir all ingredients in a mason jar or mixing glass with plenty of ice. Strain into an ice filled old-fashioned glass or, if preferred, a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
PS - A bonus drink for all you Cosmos fans. I recommend enjoying a Jupiter cocktail. A classic cocktail, and the only reason we have a bottle of Parfait d'Amour in the house. It is essential for this blueish purple cocktail.
1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce dry vermouth
1 teaspoon Parfait d'Amour
1 teaspoon orange juice
Shake in a cocktail shaker, and strain into a cocktail glass.