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The Grog Dog, being something of a lone, er, wolf, is not a parent and has never regretted it. But I respect and admire dog dad kneeparents in general and especially those who teach their children well – as in, teach them good things and teach those things in the right way. In the context of parent “holidays” like Father’s Day and Mother’s Day, this means giving up an entire day of doing things they want to do and modeling gracious acceptance of items and activities they may not have chosen for themselves… pretty much like any other parenting day, but with cards and handmade gifts and questionably edible breakfast in bed.

If you and your dad (or mom, or the person who is like a parent to you) would like to quietly celebrate their importance and influence in your life, I recommend the Nocturnal. This deep, mellow, slightly bitter nightcap can accommodate a variety of brown bases, so just about any bourbon or rye you prefer will work. You can also adjust the bitterness by using Amaro instead of Fernet Branca, but with either variation this is going to go down better after dinner, as the sweet maraschino liqueur and Cointreau (triple sec) make it slightly syrupy.

The Nocturnal is 1.5 oz bourbon (or rye), 0.75 oz Fernet Branca (or Amaro), 0.5 oz maraschino liqueur, 0.5 oz triple sec (Cointreau), 1 dash Angostura bitters. Stir well in a mixing glass with lots of ice and strain into a chilled rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange twist. This drink opens up nicely as the ice melts, and the cold will cut the dad 2

While most of the parents I know could use a day off, for the best of them, that’s just not an option. And they wouldn’t want it to be. So raise a glass to Dad, and give him the next best thing: a quiet night with a good drink.

Thanks to my drinking buddies at Kindred Cocktails for offering cocktail enthusiasts an excellent forum and cataloging tool!
Image credits Hanna-Barbera, LovePet


IMG_0492This week’s TGIF cocktail of the week is the Pisco Sour! While pisco is not one of the foundational spirits, it is an affordable*, light, distilled spirit made from grapes that makes a smooth, citrusy Sour to help you transition from workday to weekend. The froth of egg white gives the sweet-tart drink a rich mouthfeel, and a dash of Angostura bitters on top adds character. What’s nice about a Pisco Sour is that you can (depending on your tolerance) indulge in more than one without making your dinner companions wish you’d excuse yourself before dessert.

The Pisco Sour is 1-1/2 oz pisco, 1 oz fresh lime juice (about 1/2 lime), 1 oz simple syrup, 1 oz pasteurized egg white. Shake ingredients with ice for at least 20 seconds to maximize froth – you want plenty of air to get into the egg white. Pour into a short glass (tilt the shaker gently back and forth as you pour to keep the ice from blocking the liquid). Top with a dash of Angostura bitters. Using the point of a knife, swirl the bitters into a pretty design and be a true BAR-ista!

*Note: The pisco pictured is a top-shelf version and was more expensive than I would normally use, but in my defense, it was on sale. There are less costly brands that taste equally good, so remember to check the middle shelf first. 😉