Jeffrey’s dad had a bad experience with the Brandy Alexander back in the '70s. Could the cause be related to the ice cream used as an ingredient or the fact that they used a blender to mix up batches? Perhaps it was that they drank three full blenders of the rich concoction? We will never know. What we do know, is that the Alexander is a type of drink in which any base spirit, arguably, can be used. Originally, it was made with gin as opposed to today’s more popular variation containing brandy. In this episode, Jeffrey makes a Gin Alexander that his dad will never drink but would be proud of.
Jeffrey Morgenthaler loves egg nog, but he can’t stand the thick, gelatinous goop they sell at the grocery store. Even if you were to cut it with alcohol, it’s still so overly pasteurized and full of preservatives that it would be anything but enjoyable to slug down at a Christmas party. So a few years ago, he set about concocting the simplest, tastiest Egg Nog recipe he could. In this episode of The Morgenthaler Method, Jeffrey builds on his original recipe and demonstrates the hugely popular Egg Nog recipe from Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon. Either one is tasty and perfect for the holidays. Enjoy!
Fresh lime juice is not hard to come by and neither should a great tasting daiquiri. Being such a simple drink to make, it boggles the mind that someone charging you a great deal of money in exchange for bartending lessons would teach you how to make it incorrectly. See how simple the process really is here.
What do people expect when they order a Hot Toddy? Not the original Jerry Thomas version; those are gross, says Jeffrey. Give your guests something flavorful that really warms them up. Start with a good Scotch Whisky and layer on lemon juice, ginger honey syrup and pimento dram. That is something worth drinking on a cold winter night!
Morgenthaler has two requirements for the cocktails he makes. First, they’ve got to be incredibly delicious, to satisfy his very demanding palate. But second, they’ve got to be as easy as possible to make, because he’s one of the laziest people you’ll ever meet. His method for making spiced rum at home satisfies both those requirements.
Despite what some might tell you, a Mint Julep is not a Mojito made with bourbon. It’s also definitely not a Mojito made with bourbon, sour mix, Rose’s lime juice and Sprite. Like most great cocktails, the Mint Julep is painfully easy to make - and just as easy to screw up. Hopefully this recipe will steer you in the right direction.
Born out of his authoritative blog, jeffreymorgenthaler.com, The Morgenthaler Method is an innovative new video series which brings Jeffrey Morgenthaler's unique bartending techniques to life through his sardonic commentary and precise instruction. They might not be the only methods out there but they are certainly his own.