In the morning we are leaving for Georgiaʼs fabled wine region, Kakheti. How does Medea want to spend the evening? Enjoying brandy cocktails in her favorite haunt … The Budha Bar.
Taking our seats, I was quickly entranced by the Budha Barʼs dreamlike atmosphere. I was actually excited to see what ambrosial delights awaited.
Medea ordered an American Beauty. “It is my favorite cocktail. Light, but oh so delicious.”
1 ounce of brandy 1 ounce of dry vermouth 1 ounce of fresh orange juice 1 ounce of grenadine a dash of white creme de menthe.
Shake well and pour into a cocktail glass as you top with 1/2 ounce of port
“Grigol, I want you to try something special,” she smiled demurely.
I gave her a nod of approval and she quickly turned to the waiter and ordered a Sidecar.
From the expression on my face our waiter could tell that I lacked enthusiasm.
“I assure you sir, it is the perfect cocktail. Strong, yet not so sweet, and with a bright brandy taste. The perfect drink for a man.”
Our waiter appeared more excited than was I. “Please make it a double shot of brandy,” I laughed under my breath.
1-2 ounces of brandy ( I went with a 5 year old Saradjashvili. It has a pale straw color, sophisticated bouquet, and light pleasant taste of brandy tones).
1/4 ounce of cointreau 1/4 ounce of fresh lemon juice. Shake well and pour into a cocktail glass rimmed with sugar
“Well Grigol, how did you like the cocktails?” Medea queried
“Interesting, but a bit too scented for my palate.” I replied flatly. “When I want a cocktail, Iʼll stick to my favorite.”
“And what is that?” Medea questioned excitedly.
Something I learned when I was studying at the London School of Economics. The Brits call it a ʻHorseʼs Neck.”
1-2 ounces of brandy 6 ounces of ginger ale pored into a tall glass and garnished with a lemon peel.
“Thatʼs it?” Medea appeared confused.
“Yes, but when it is Saradjishvili Brandy and Vernors Ginger Ale, that says it all … Gaumarjos!