Monday, May 3, 2010

Grandson of a bootlegger

This is John Apodaca from Daddy-O's Martinis. Not too many people know this about me but I'm the grandson of a bootlegger. Yes you heard it right, when I was a kid I would hear my mother, some of her sisters and brothers tell stories at family get together's about their father who was a bootlegger. His name was Frank Jaramillo, he and my grandmother Lorensa  (Laura) had 10 children that survived and he worked for Santa Fe Railroad in Albuquerque New Mexico. Back in the 1930s and 40s they were poor like a lot of people in those days and lived in a small three room adobe style home without running water. The railroad didn't pay that well so Frank had to do something to provide for the family and made his own whiskey and beer and stored it in a cellar,  ready sell it to those in need for a bit of libation to forget their depression and war time blues. I don't know too much history about his side business but he did manufacture it at home with a still.

In honor of my bottler heritage, here's a cocktail worth trying called what else but the Prohibition.

Prohibition Cocktail

1/2 Gin (top shelf)
1/2 Lilllet Blanc
2 Dashes fresh squeezed orange juice
1 Dash Apricot Brandy

Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Sqeeze Lemon Peel over top.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing background! Glad to see you've stepped up the family tradition. Long may classic cocktails reign!