Friday, May 24, 2013

What Cocktail Should Go in Cynthia Rowley's Bracelet Flask?

I don't normally carry a flask (there's not much need for a flask when one's travels normally take one from one cocktail venue to another), but I'm kind of into this flask bracelet from Cynthia Rowley. It's pretty big and chunky, and I'm sure my mother's fancy lady friends would give me some serious fancy lady side-eye if they saw me wearing a flask as a bracelet, but it combines two of my favorite things in the world: Jewelry and cocktails. (If they could find a way to fit a baby cow in there, it'd be perfect.)

So what kind of cocktail should go in a bracelet flask?

The Aviary  Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas' modern cocktail bar in Chicago that's been winning, like, all the awards ever — served a Vieux Carré in a flask. That went over pretty well, so it would probably make a nice choice for putting in one's flask jewelry.

The Vieux Carré ("Old Square" in French) is a 1930s cocktail named after the New Orleans French Quarter. Imbibe Magazine and Chow both have recipes for it, but so does The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender's Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy. (The PDT Vieux Carré recipe gives a bigger serving, so this recipe is adapted from that one.) 

Vieux Carré
1 oz. rye whiskey
1 oz. Cognac 
1 oz sweet vermouth (I like Carpano Antica)
.25 oz Benedictine
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash Peychaud's bitters

Combine all the ingredients, then stir with ice and strain it into an Old Fashioned glass with ice. (Or strain it into your flask bracelet.)  

As much as I like a Vieux Carré from time to time, they can be a bit sweet for me. (Especially because people keep making them with Bourbon.) Another good one is the Remember the Maine, which is what the nice bartender at Curio in Chicago gave me when I asked for something sort of like a Vieux Carré. 

The Remember the Maine is from the Gentleman's Companion: The Exotic Drinking Book, a 1939 book by Charles Baker that's been reprinted as Jigger, Beaker and Glass: Drinking Around the World.

Remember the Maine
1.5 oz. rye whiskey
.75 oz. Italian vermouth (Carpano Antica again)
1or 2 teaspoons cherry brandy
1/2 teaspoon absinthe or Pernod

Stir it with ice, then strain into a chilled coupe glass. Baker says to use a curl of lime or lemon peel as a garnish. (PDT's version uses 2 oz. of rye and .5 oz. cherry heering, and specifies a lemon twist garnish.) 

You know ... stacking bracelets is pretty fashionable.


I suppose the flask bracelet should probably be chilled, but that seems like it'd be really, really cold to wear. You might just have to deal with a less-cold cocktail in this case, or do a room-temperature cocktail or spirit. 

If you're concerned about the metal flask affecting the flavor of the spirit or cocktail inside, don't worry. Just drink it faster.

The flask bracelet comes in silver and gold and is $225 from Cynthia Rowley

What do you think we should put in the Cynthia Rowley bracelet flask? 

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