Blue Moon Cocktials

This month is a Blue Moon month (at least by one definition), in that this August (2012) will contain two full moons: today (2nd August) and 31st August. I wanted to celebrate this celestial event and, whilst pondering this, the Blue Moon cocktail came to mind; the Blue Moon Cocktail is essentially a variation on the Aviation that doesn’t contain Maraschino.

But how can you link a cocktail today with one in 28 days time? Inspired by the [Master of Malt Negroni experiment], one possible answer revealed itself: to either bottle or rest it for the period between the two full moons. In fact, I decided to do both.

The Idea

Mix a large Blue Moon cocktail and divide into three, then:
1) drink one today;
2) put one in a bottle to rest; and
3) put one aside to “cask mature” for 28 days.

For Mrs. B, I decided to make a variation on the [N.Y. Flyer] that uses Rye Whiskey and Creme Yvette and treat it in the same three ways.

Blue Moon Cocktail

4pts Dry Gin
1pt Lemon Juice*
1pt Creme de Violette

1) Tasted Fresh Today (2nd August ‘12)
If you are the sort of person that thinks that an Aviation without Violette just isn’t worth having, than I suspect you may well like this. Dry, crisp and tart, with a sweet parma violet, floral finish. Delicious.

2) Tasted after Bottling (31st August ‘12)

You get plenty of sediment (which actually clumped into a ball, so it was essential to shake the bottle hard before mixing). On tasting, I found the drink had mellowed out, being much less tart. The dry gin and sweet floral violet notes are there, although, at the end, there is an odd biscuityness akin to an Amontillado sherry.
3) Tasted after having been “Cask Matured” (31st August ‘12)

Weirdly, this drink kept a lot more of its tartness and hadn’t mellowed; if anything, it was more acidic and the wood made little to no impact, although the same sherry, biscuity flavour was present at the end, too. This cocktail was in a slightly bigger bottle (70ml versus 50ml), so maybe this could explain the variation; either way, I didn’t finish the drink.

N.Y. Moon
4pts Rye Whiskey
1pt Lemon Juice
1pt Creme Yvetté

1) Tasted Fresh Today (2nd August ‘12)
Lightly woody and brilliantly cold – there’s a superb, wonderfully balanced tingle down my throat of alternating chill and warmth. The drink is dry, but also slightly fruity, with the light, woody notes slowly drawing out at the end. Just before that, there’s a sherbet-y, slightly sour note, much akin to parma violet sweets.

2) Tasted after Bottling (31st August ‘12)

3) Tasted after having been “Cask Matured” (31st August ‘12)

28 Days to wait…

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About DTS

partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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