We here at Hooch & Home are very new to this whole blogging business, but we think we’ve got a great thing and we’re excited to get it all going. We’ve got a lot of ideas lined up for the future and we’re so glad you’re along for the ride. As part of the getting it all going thing, we’ve come up with a new logo that we absolutely LOVE. After some pretty intense rounds of brainstorming, Julia (who is the reason we are all here to begin with) brilliantly executed the design. We think it encapsulates our ethos pretty well: Work hard, drink well. And olives are always welcome!
In honor of our new look, we present our take on the (apparently) classic Ampersand Cocktail. According to various sources, it was first published by A.S. Crockett in The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book in 1935. The name may be a reference to the ampersand in the Martini & Rossi label. Partly because H&H is all about working with what you have on hand and partly because I am too
cheap frugal to sink money into a fancy cognac, I made this drink with regular gin and some brandy I had leftover from another project (stay tuned for that!).
The Ampersand Cocktail
- One shot gin, traditionally Old Tom Gin
- One shot brandy, traditionally cognac
- One shot sweet vermouth
- Dash orange bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
This is a very nice cocktail that is deceptively strong. I’m certain the Old Tom gin would have been better than what I’ve got in my freezer, but alas. I get off work just as the liquor stores in this part of the world are closing. Thanks, blue laws.
Verdict: If you’ve got the ingredients on hand, give it a try. It makes you feel real classy.
Also, be prepared to see that coupe glass a bunch in the future. It was a wedding present and it’s too pretty to sit in the cupboard. And it’s the only nice coupe glass I’ve got!