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Cocktail Recipe – The Blind Dog

Submitted by on April 21, 2012 – 9:29 pmNo Comment

Ever become inspired to create a new cocktail by a small blind dog?  I hadn’t either until a few months back.  We had some dear friends staying with us for about a week in the middle of their move to Mexico.  Among the elements of life stowed away for transport they brought their two cats and their mostly blind dog Isis with them as well.

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Isis is a micro mix dog of vague Samoyed lineage living deep within her golden years.  Her normally long flowing coat has been shaved quite short for comfort on the long car trip the family is taking giving Isis this odd muscular look that allows her to show off her canine guns.  It is a  unique trait is completely in sync with her fully engaged small dog syndrome.

I was drawn to Isis and Isis watching quickly became a new and frequent habit.  I would mix a cocktail, perch myself in a comfortable spot, and watch her exorcise the full range of what it means to be small, furry, mostly blind, prone to suggestion, and have an attention span of equally diminutive stature.  While there were times when she would just lay around dog style, it was more often the case of watching furry pinball as she was pulled, it seemed, by the next sudden exciting notion that entered her wee head and off she went into a new and novel undertaking.

After enough of the requisite cocktail, recipe bellow, I began to notice that, regardless of our clear differences in size, her superior canine olfactory sense, my opposable thumbs, along with the rest of the registry of differences between man and pooch, Isis and I both shared something very powerful: we get bored easily.  I, too, am usually ready for a new whatever, whenever, and am usually bouncing around the confines of my world as she is in hers.  I decided to toast the realization of this new bond between Isis and I.  As I rose my glass to toast my canine compeñera and the gift/burden we share, I began to lament that in the give and take of our relationship I had only done the later.

Now feeling guilty, I rose my glass calling her name softly. “Isis,” I said.  In mid scurry across my hardwood floor, she abruptly applied the brakes, looked me in the eye and came to a sliding stop.  ”Gracias, para todo,” I said, thanking her for all she had given to our relationship.  Her head dipped slightly which was then became a short jaunt to my side wherein she turned offering me her flank.  A patient but expectant look over her shoulder was very clear.  Isis wanted a scratch.  While continuing to enjoy my cocktail with one hand, I obliged with the other.  My guilt was assuaged.  We now stood together, as brother and sister in distraction.

A moment later she darted away to chase one of the cats.  I sat enjoying my tipple determined to share this little tale in this humble space.  That was six months ago.  Sorry, I got distracted.

The Blind Dog Cocktail is another riff on a Bijou which is one of my favorites.  I simply replaced the gin with Illegal Reposado Mezcal and added a flamed lemon peel.  The Carpano Antica Formula and Green Chartreuse stay along for the ride.  This a cocktail with huge flavor: herbal, sweet, with a pleasing smokiness.


The Blind Dog Cocktail


1 ounce Illegal Reposado Mezcal

1 ounce Green Chartreuse

1 ounce Carpano Antica Formula

1 flamed lemon peel


Mix all ingredients expect the lemon peel in an ice filled cocktail shaker and stir well to combine.  Strain into chilled coupe or cocktail glass and garnish flamed lemon peel.  Serve and enjoy.

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