Latergram Sazerac :: Pre-Mixing & Bottling Cocktails
Cheap access to air travel brought among many things, a greater demand for better cocktails on board. As a result, craft cocktails are once again becoming popular among travelers, while airline carriers see it as an opportunity to cash in. The days of free, unlimited scotch may be over, but airlines are finally moving towards a more interactive model that allows for customization and the use of fresh ingredients in exchange for a little cash. It's common sense, if you ask us. You may be in for a long haul so it would be great if my flight attendant could hand me a bottle of Negroni or perhaps a Mile High Mixer. Enters cocktail batching and bottling, a new trend that's here to stay.
Bottles For Here
Batch bottling drinks in advance has been a common solution for high volume bars who care about providing customers with high quality options without holding up the line. In LA, a crowd favorite is the newcomer Baldoria, which has been batching cocktails since its opening last year. Baldoria's beverage Director Matt Bostick, Brand Steward for WhistlePig Whiskey enjoys batch producing cocktails in advance. His Don't Burn the Pig cocktail tastes perfect every time, right out of an individually wrapped and labeled bottle, served over a large cube.
Don't Burn the Pig
- WhistlePig 10yr Rye
- WhistlePig Maple Syrup
Batching and Bottling To Go
While it may be frowned upon to drink before 8am, there's nothing in the life rule book about the proper hours to mix a beautiful cocktail. Bottled cocktails can easily be put away in the fridge without waste so that once added back to a glass, it will go through very little further dilution.
Though sunrise makes for some great light for nice pictures, it's highly recommended that you keep it simple: no need to go around creating foams (save the spiked latte drink for the weekend when you can actually drink it!) or syrups involving mad prep. Stick to the basics, the classics and follow the golden rule: the earlier in the week, the stiffest your latergram drink should be. This first day of October called for a Sazerac featuring a 12 yr European Cask rye and American brandy combo.
The Latergram Sazerac
- St. George Absinthe Spray
- 1.75 oz. Whistle Pig 12 Old Cask
- 0.5 oz. Lairds Apple Jack Overproof Brandy
- .25 oz. Demerara
- 4 Dashes Peychaud's + 1 dash Angostura bitters.
Stirred and bottled in the morning with the orange as the spout.