And the winner is?
Happy Thursday. Today let’s talk about sibling rivalry. I know, you’re saying, “how does that relate to any of Deb’s food or dining topics?” Well, it’s that time of year where we at The Green Monkey change out our drinks from Winter to Spring & Summer beverages. What ingredients should we choose? There are so many of wonderful ones to choose from. Two of my favorites are St-Germain Liqueur and Domaine de Canton Liqueur. And guess what? The story behind them is really quite interesting and scandalous! Two brothers separated to do their own thing, each aspiring to out do the other.
The story goes something like this: John and Robert Cooper were born into a fancy liqueur family. Their dad, Sky Cooper, introduced Chambord to the United States and ultimately sold the company to Brown-Forman — the liquor behemoth behind Jack Daniel’s — for about $250 million. The boys separated because they did not want to share each others fortune. In 2007 Robert make a liqueur called St. Germaine. He made with elderflowers. It won all types of awards and is a staple to this day in most restaurants and bars. Well, then John decided to make a liqueur on his own and he made Domaine de Canton ginger and that won all the awards in 2008. So which one is better? I really like them equally as well. I think you need to try them yourself and let me know who you think the true winner is.
First try them together:
Cooper Brothers Cocktail
1½ oz bourbon
½ oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur
¼ oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
Stir, stir, stir with ice and then strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Twist a piece of orange peel over the top of the drink. Garnish with a fresh orange twist
Now try them seperately:
1.5 PART. – Domaine de canton
1 PART - bourbon
.5 PART- fresh lemon juice
MIX ALL INGREDIENTS IN A MIXING GLASS, SHAKE AND STRAIN INTO A MARTINI GLASS
2 PARTS – Brut Champange or dry sparkling wine
1.5 PARTS – ST- GERMAIN
2 PARTS – club soda
PLACE ALL INGREDIENTS IN A CHAMPANGE FLUTE, GARNISH WITH A MINT
Enjoy the Cooper’s Brother’s Challenge and enjoy the day
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