A toast.

Welcome 2015--ushered in with punch and the company of a few good friends.  I got Ian "Death & Co." for Christmas, and in a bizarre twist on New Year's Resolutions we have decided to make every one of the 500 recipes therein.  Just kidding.  We would have to build a bigger bar.  The "Evil Dead Punch" contained 4 different alcohols, not to mention the simple syrups/bitters/juices.  Once we collected all the ingredients, it was surprisingly easy to mix and enjoy.

The book is a valuable reference and explains the ingredients instead of assuming you know your Bonal Gentian-Quina from a Cocchi Americano.  I did substitute Bulleit rye (instead of infusing Old Overholt with chamomile) and made a perfectly drinkable La Dolce Vita (rye-St. Germaine-Campari).  It made the IKEA furniture construction nearly painless and scored one for the "try new things" resolution.

IKEA bar cart, simple enough to build without a drink in hand.

IKEA bar cart, simple enough to build without a drink in hand.