Elixir for the Soul

This is a blog about sophisticated drinking, because alcohol doesn't have to be a poison, it can be a medicine for the soul.

Shawn, 21. Currently studying foreign language at university in China. Researching about cocktails is one of my passions, and I hope this blog can introduce others to the true way of imbibing. Every drink on this page is mixed, tasted and photographed by me.

Feel free to ask.

Apricot Cooler
Apricot Brandy - 1 oz
Lemon Juice - 3/4 oz
Grenadine - 2 dashes
Shake everything with ice and strain into a chilled tumbler, fill with soda water.
From The Savoy Cocktail Book. Due to the amount of alcohol, its flavour resembles more of a carbonated soft drink than a cocktail, but I suppose that’s the whole point of a Cooler, they are meant to be light and refreshing.
Mickie Walker
Scotch Whisky - 1 1/2 oz
Sweet Vermouth - 1/2 oz
Lemon Juice - 1 dash
Grenadine - 1 dash
Stir everything with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
I can only assume that the drink was named after the American boxer Mickey Walker (1903 - 1981). It’s a Rob Roy sort of drink, with a hint of citrus and pomegranate. Much smoother than I had expected, though the strength of 3 spirit to 1 wine is pretty evident.
Everything within arm’s reach.
On a side note, the new bottles I purchased from the US arrive this Friday, I can’t wait…
Imperial
Dry Gin - 1 oz
Dry Vermouth - 1 oz
Angostura Bitters - 1 dash
Maraschino - 1 dash
Stir everything with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive.
I haven’t had a proper cocktail in months, and I’m glad to have this one first. The Imperial cocktail is a very dry version of the Martinez: you take away the sweetened Old Tom and Italian vermouth, substitute them with London dry and French vermouth. These days it’s often called an Imperial Martini (annoyingly).
Got rid of the large old table, and instead I have this small darker table to display drinks on. Unlike before, I’ve gone for a more minimalistic look. Does it look all right?
I’ve been awfully self-indulgent recently.
These 5 bitter bottles cost me 850RMB (85GBP/139USD).
From left to right: Boker’s, orange, Angostura, absinthe, Peychaud’s.
Still preparing the place, already started making ice.
I bought these 24 bottles of Thomas Henry mixers for 400RMB (40GBP). From left to right: Spicy Ginger, Ginger Ale, Bitter Lemon, Tonic Water.
Cheap mixers are no longer tolerable.
Rearranged my stuff a little bit, this is where I keep my books and tools from now on; looks much neater now.
I’m completely broke at the moment, so may not be able to start making drinks until early October, which is fine since that’s when all my new books, booze, and tools start to arrive.
Just got back to my own place, I had a terrible holiday to be honest.
All my furniture had been replaced with new ones, and so I’ve spent all day cleaning and rearranging the room. You might not be able to see it, but this wardrobe is actually quite deep, there are like 6 rows of booze on the top layer. Of course there will be even more soon.
It may take a few days to a week to get things back in motion; considering I will need to clean my tools; start making ice again; buying ingredients… as well as dealing with other stuff.
Saying goodbye to this term with another Old Fashioned…

Summer Break

It’s two weeks until summer holiday officially begins. I was planning on spending the whole summer here in my flat, unfortunately I just received the news that this entire building will go through some heavy renovation in the next month, so I won’t be able to stay, neither can I leave any possessions behind during the construction. By the end of next week, I must have all my alcohol, glassware, and tools moved to a friend’s place; that’s a hell of a task considering how many hundreds of bottles I own.

I’m sorry to say there will be no new drinks from now on until September, that’s when the next term starts. Hopefully I will be able to get my hands on a few more rare liquors by then. In the mean time there are still a ton of good drinks on this blog to check out. I hope you all have a lovely holiday.