After a 2 week “vacation” from blogging, I’m back. Thanks for sticking with me while I was gone, but I have a lot to write about in the next few weeks.
We’ve all seen the various lists of 100 places to go before you die, or the 1,000 recordings you must own to ever be considered moderately cool in a musical circle.
There’s a new list for cocktails, and frankly, I like this one. A lot.
It’s the “100 Cocktails To Try Before You Die” and it all fits on one page. It was developed by the folks at Houston’s Anvil Bar & Refuge, and although on first blush it may appear to have been designed to be a marketing gimmick, it’s really a great instructional tool. As stated by Robert “Bobby” Heugel, one of the Anvil’s co-owners, on eGullet, “[T]his list was about giving people who might be new to cocktails a walk-through that would give them an appreciation and historical perspective on a decent drink.”
I like the fact that the list was not designed to be the “100 Best Cocktails Ever.” It’s different than that. It shows how a change in an ingredient can substantially affect the flavor. It offers a broad range of cocktails to give the casual drinker a chance to explore intelligently. Of course, discussions have already started about what drinks were improperly omitted and which ones should be removed from the list. Heugel responds, “The point though is that this is how our bar has chosen to go about educating people about cocktails. It shares our perspective on drinks with guests to our bars and was never intended to be a online list about the best 100 cocktails ever. If this was the goal of the list, it would definitely be different.”
I went through the list and am embarrassed that I’ve had maybe a third of the 100. I’m not planning on dying anytime soon, but I’m going to start moving my way through this list pretty quickly — just in case.