Saturday, July 12, 2014

I've started running a bit low on my homemade Black Cherry Amaro, and with the recent loss of a gall bladder, I find the potent herbal qualities of the Gentian and Wormwood REALLY help my stomach. I still have quite a bit of my Blueberry Mirto (Gentian and Rosemary) but I find the effects of the more traditional style a better curative. Amazingly so. And that IS what they used it for originally.

Well, that and arthritis, depression, whooping cough, parasites, syphilis, and the plague. 

I also find it quite useful for Manhattans, although those weren't invented until the late 19th Century. 

I based the original batch on a 14th-century Italian monk's recipe, which I dug out of a scanned latin tome on Google Books, doing my best to translate as I went. I ran up to Total Wine & More for a bottle of grain alcohol (although last time I used Kirschwasser, TW&M didn't carry my brand) to start another proper batch.

And because a proper batch of amaro takes at LEAST 3 months to produce, I bought a bottle of a classic, Ramazzotti, to hold me over until then.

http://www.ramazzotti.it/en/

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Well, here it goes.

Time to go back south for sure now.

4 weeks ago, I gave my notice at Esca Restaurant for multiple reasons. They needed me far more as a waiter more than a sommelier, as I tended to deal well with their lunch regulars and VIP's. Plus, the company's recent restructuring of sommelier pay would put me behind my last such position, and they say you shouldn't move backwards.

Add to those, a recurrent seasonal Vitamin D deficiency, and Florida looks better and better. And then SLAP! Who knew Vitamin D deficiencies cause gallstones?!? Last Thursday at about 1 AM, I had my gall bladder removed rather abruptly. Awww...no more Fritto Misto's! My olive oil use is still OK, but butter is going to be greatly curtailed. I've never eaten a lot of red meat or anything.

As it turns out, Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, and to stay in New York, I'm going to have to take prescription strength doses. I love NYC, but I don't think I love it enough to have to take pills to live here.

Between 3030 Ocean, Michael's Genuine (and associated restaurants, who I ALMOST worked for in 2001), Michy's, MC Kitchen, and a handful of other places, I think they're about ready for me. And I could use the sunshine.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Oh, I LOVE these! What better birthday present for The Mad Scientist Sommelier! ThinkGeek is one of my favorite online shopping sites!

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f2cc/

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Mirto Mirtillo


 OK, I have to admit, this year's Christmas Liqueur came out DAMNED good, even if I do say so myself! This is my take on a traditional Sardinian "Mirto," a traditional myrtle berry amaro flavored with rosemary. Due to the lack of available myrtle berries in NYC, I used wild Maine blueberries, blueberry honey, and blueberry syrup instead of simple syrup. The flavors expand with each sip!

This could top my Dark Sweet Cherry Amaro from a few years ago.