The Weekly Stir Down – Issue 001:
Shaken cocktails, peeling like a pro & mezcal
Today is officially day one of my NEW weekly newsletter!
What can you expect? Cocktail content of course! Whilst the newsletter has been very inconsistent over the years, it has always been focused on drinks and my videos that feature them.
What’s different? Rather than only shameless self promotions of my own videos, I want to provide a new format and new content, consistently!
Does the newsletter have a name? This is where I want you to get involved – I listed 15 names (some really average!) and have short listed 3 for you to choose from – vote here.
📷 LATEST VIDEOS
Video highlights: Gold Rush, Sherry Cobbler & Milano-Torino Sour (my personal favourite).
- Uncle Pete’s Cocktail Shop: Clear ice cylinders that perfectly fit your glass
- The Educated Barfly: Wrap up your summer with these 3 cocktails
- Truffle on the Rocks: How to make a Coffee Margarita
🔥 TIP OF THE WEEK
Ditch the fingertip-slicing OXO Y Peeler that everyone always recommends and grab yourself a BOSKA cheese slicer. These are legit. I’ve been using one for 6+ months now and it produces beautiful, thick and consistent citrus peels that are especially great for old fashioned and negronis. Watch Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s comparison here.
📚 RECOMMENDED READING
I have mentioned Dave Arnold’s Liquid Intelligence countless times on my YouTube channel and for good reason. Dave Arnold is the science guru of cocktails. For decades he’s been undertaking experiments to discover the best techniques. One key takeaway that he writes about is the relationship between chilling and dilution when making drinks. It’s a must read for anyone that is serious about making cocktails and wants to understand the fundamentals.
🍾 NEW BOTTLES ON THE BAR
To be honest, mezcal knowledge is not my strong point. Over the recent years I’ve grown to love this spirit category but limited access to mezcal in Australia has hindered my experience with it… so, I was super pumped when La Luna Mezcal reached out in order to send me some samples! They sent me 6 of their expressions which highlight regionally grown agave and sampling them side by side shows just how much influence terroir and the agave variety has on the final spirit’s flavour and aroma.
90% of mezcal is produced from just one type of agave (Espadin) and this variety isn’t native to La Luna’s home town of Michoacan so many of their mezcal expressions highlight regionally grown agave such as Cupreata (which is native and abundant). Stay tuned for these mezcal’s to be featured on the channel during Mezcal Week (8th-15th September).