Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Sideboard (or liquor cabinet)

Perhaps no other affectation represents a person's life or life experiences better than that of their liquor cabinet.  Through its contents (or lack thereof), one may glean some insight into one's current or past struggles, religious leanings, educational background, level of interest in the liberal arts, in travel, in sport and fitness, etc.

So then what does a classic prep have in his or her sideboard?
  • Several Single Malt Scotches
    • Highland
      • Speyside
      • Island
    • Lowland
    • Islay
    • Campbeltown
  • Gin
    • Plymouth, Gordon's London Dry, Hendrick's
  • Dry Vermouth
  • A few of the classic liqueurs, e.g., Campari, Cointreau, Pimm's No 1
    • Why? Because of their affiliation with US Sailing and the National Offshore One-design (NOOD) Regatta circuit

The elusive red Mt. Gay Rum hat
  •  Classic bitters, i.e., Angostura Aromatic
  • "The Savoy Cocktail Book" or "Mr. Boston: Official Bartender's Guide"

What does a Cascadian prep have in his or her sideboard?
  • A few Scotches (single malt and blended)
    • Bowmore, Cutty Sark (attracted to its nautical theme)
    • Talisker (from the Isle of Skye, which, incidentally, is the name of the author's daughter)
  • Small-batch Gin from a regional distillery, e.g., Dry Fly, Bend DistilleryAviation
  • Vermouth (French or Dry)
  • Fernet-Branca (from a recent trip to Italy or Argentina)
  • Cachaça (from a recent trip to Brazil)
  • Crown Royal (from Duty Free at the US-Canada border crossing)
  • A several liqueurs, e.g., Campari, Cointreau, Pimm's No 1, St. Germain, Liquore Strega 
  • Homemade Limoncello using organic lemons (from a recipe found in a preppy publication)
  • Bitters, e.g., Regan's Orange No. 6, Fee Bros.
  • Classic cocktail recipes scratched on a napkin at The Zig Zag Cafe in Seattle, WA
the author's liquor cabinet

NB: The author realizes there could be several oversights in the lists above - brandy, for example, was not mentioned - so please provide feedback, if you would be so kind.

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