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Ralph Posted: 14 Oct 2014 6:17 PM

Just picked up a bottle of byrrh on my way back from buffalo a couple of weeks ago.  Anyone have any favorite recipe's to try it in???

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One good place for recipes that use once (or still) obscure or impossible to find ingredients is CocktailDB.com. You can search on an ingredient and it will present you with recipes that use it. Most of the recipes come from pre-prohibition cocktail books, so it is a good go-to resource. Let me see if I can paste in here the results for "Byrrh":

Apple Byrrh Cocktail picture apple brandy or Calvados, Byrrh, dry vermouth, lemon juice
Byrrh Brandy Cocktail picture Cognac, dry vermouth, Byrrh
Byrrh Cassis picture Byrrh, crème de cassis
Byrrh Cassis Cooler picture Byrrh, crème de cassis
Byrrh Cocktail picture Bourbon or Bourbon or blended Scotch or rye whiskey, dry vermouth, Byrrh
Byrrh Special picture gin, Byrrh
Byrrh Special Cocktail picture old tom gin, Byrrh
Merry Widow(er) Variation picture Byrrh, gin

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(Hmmm.... that worked better than I expected it would)

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Oh, and I should correct myself before somebody else does... :->...

Most of the recipes from CocktailDB come from "Jones Complete Bar Guide", which is a post-prohibition book.

http://drinkboy.com/Books/Book.aspx?itemid=24

but if I remember correctly, it also has some added recipes from a few select pre and during prohibition books.

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Thanks!!!  I did look at a few of those, and searched on line for a bit.  I used it the other night in a manhattan style drink and it was really good.  Tried it in this drink i found on line and it was not so good.   Figure I'll continue my research and report later!!

 

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CocktailDB is a good source as noted. I have also had some success with Kindred Cocktails for cocktails in general including ones using some 'off the beaten path" ingredients. Dan Chadwick has noted elsewhere here so I don't think he minds if I make note of it again!

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... success with Kindred Cocktails for cocktails in general including ones using some 'off the beaten path" ingredients.

Thanks tanstaafl2. Here's a direct search link. If you don't have an account, you only see the first 10 search results. Currently there are 6 more Byrrh cocktails in the database.

http://www.kindredcocktails.com/cocktail?scope=0&teaser=1&ingredient=Byrrh

kindredcocktails.com  |  Cocktail recipe database for professionals and enthusiasts |  Craft + Collect + Concoct + Categorize + Community

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Thanks!!!

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After Eric Seed mentioned how well Byrrh and mezcal pair up, I created this room temperature cocktail at my last bar:

Ask the Dust
• 2 oz Byrrh Grand Quinquina
• 1 1/2 oz Mezcal
• 1/2 oz Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao
• 2 dash Angostura Bitters
• 1 scant barspoon Butterfly Absinthe
Build in a snifter (or single Old Fashioned) glass. Briefly stir to mix without ice. Note: This is a room temperature drink.

More 4-1-1 about the drink here.

A few others from my travels here.

 

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sounds really good. Will try to give that a whirl this weekend!
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Violet Negroni (Violet is the name of Byrrh Creator)

 

1/3 Byrrh Grand Quinquina

1/3 Plymouth Gin

1/3 Suze d'autrefois

stir add and orange zest

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1 1/2 oz Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac
1/2 oz Lustau Amontillado Sherry
1/2 oz Byrrh Grand Quinquina
1/2 oz Benedictine
2 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass.

Created by Cory Buono at Brick & Mortar, Cambridge, MA.

man who left town

2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
3/4 oz Braulio (*)
3/4 oz Byrrh Grand Quinquina
5 dash Orange Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass.
* Originally was Amaro Nonino which would work in a pinch.

Created by Sam Gabrielli at Russell House Tavern, Cambridge, MA.

friends of trees

1 oz Calvados
1 oz Byrrh Grand Quinquina
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
1/4 oz Spanish Brandy
1/2 oz Cinnamon Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a wine glass. Twist a lemon peel over the top.

Created at Laurelhurst Market in Portland, OR.

Boston Bartender. Writer Cocktail Virgin blog & author Drink & Tell: A Boston Cocktail Book.

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