Cocktail: The Heart

June 02, 2014

The Flatiron Lounge is my favorite cocktail bar in NYC. I’ve long been captivated by the multi-step flavor of The Heart it Races by Julie Reiner which is no longer on the menu but known to the mixologists there. The real magic in this drink is the muddled coffee beans, which follow the rest of the flavors chronologically.

This drink is so superbly blended (and a Flatiron visit so fun) that I never had much luck identifying the components (other than coffee). But tonight, searching for ways to use Campari, I ran across a variation on the classic Rye/Vermouth/Campari Boulivardier (itself a variation on the crisp Negroni made with Gin/Vermouth/Campari) that gave me a hunch:

Swapping the gin for whiskey opens the drink up to blending with smoky flavors. Just add coffee beans and, voilà! It tastes like The Heart it Races! Here’s how to make my version, The Heart:

The Heart

The Heart

  • 2 oz. Widow Jane 7-year straight bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. Campari
  • 3 freshly roasted espresso beans

Fill a mixing glass half-full of ice. Crush the espresso beans with a mortar and pestle and add to glass. Add bourbon, vermouth and Campari and stir for 30 seconds. Strain through a fine sieve into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.


More Turkey Burger

February 05, 2014

Haven’t done one of these in a while.

Turkey burgers made with diced onion and Gouda. Topped with Gouda, sautéed crimini mushrooms, onions and baby spinach on brioche.

People liked it. Including me. Mmm.


Let’s get ready to rumble →

November 26, 2013

If there’s one thing I like about Apple besides aluminum, glass and parting with my money, it’s their attitude toward people who use computers.

Not that people who use computers (or people in general) are all that deserving or likable or easy to deal with. This story captures some of what I mean.


Mobile is eating the world →

May 25, 2013

I’ll be presenting these slides (or something pretty close to them) on 29 May at BEA in New York. They give a pretty good overview of where the industry sits today.

I recently discovered Benedict Evans and subscribed to his excellent mobile newsletter. Slides from his above presentation have been cherry-picked by the tech press over the last few days, but I’d like to draw attention to this one:

Fantastic storytelling with data. Very Tufte.