Earlier this spring, I received a text from my best friend:
You can't order an Orange Juliu$* at EMP or NoMad anymore. The OJ company found it from your blog and they sent a cease and desist letter.
I wrote back:
Noooooo wayyyyyyy. The OJ company read my blog??
JK, I feel so bad! Am I blacklisted from the bar? You know it's my favorite.
Imagine they Google it periodically. It's actually kind of hilarious. I don't know anybody else who managed to get us a cease and desist order. We renamed it the Orange, Cease and Desist.
I feel so honored to be your first!! I'm still allowed there, right? Can I blog about this at some point?
You're nuts. I wouldn't want to upset them.
Back in March of this year, I wrote this Friday Finds post.
*Just trying not to offend the company.
I'm a creature of habit and on almost every trip back to NYC I make, Eleven Madison Park is on the top of my list. I won't even get into why this restaurant is one of my all time favorites because there are far too many people who have already explained much more eloquently than I ever could. However I am lucky enough to have been able to call myself a regular for many, many years and through many, many menu incarnations.
While the dining room is a destination gastronomic experience unto itself, I'm a bar girl and that's where you can mostly find me. Last year on a visit, I discovered EMP's "Orange Julius" on the soft cocktail list and ordered it spiked with rum. Then I had four.
They're DELICIOUS- like a Creamsicle's Manhattan-fluent older sister. They go down smooth and fast and I can't think of anything more from life that you can wish for than smooth and fast.
I've also since introduced them to a few of my friends who all agree, much to the secret dismay of the bartender. They're not a bartender's drink by any means but EMP's guest services are so exemplary, that they will kindly make multiple separate orders with a believably genuine smile. My best friend still thinks I'm nuts and doesn't understand why I choose to fuel up in such ways before dinner.
Like any cocktail, customization is key, but the basic technique is as following:
- Combine the orange juice, heavy cream, rum, simple syrup, orange blossom water and ice in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake 100 times (you are essentially whipping the heavy cream).
- Pour, strained, into a glass with 1" of soda water on the bottom. The soda water will make the cream rise to the top, giving you that signature frothiness.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Fresh OJ makes a world of difference.
- Orange blossom water is very potent.
- You don't need a ton of heavy cream.
- Be careful what you blog about.
Tell them Jamie sent you and remember to ask for it spiked!
Again, totally customizable, but here's my interpretation:
Eleven Madison Park's Orange, Cease and Desist
INGREDIENTS: (serves one's first of many)
- 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons rum
- 2 teaspoons simple syrup (made using 1:1 ratio sugar to water)
- 1 teaspoon orange blossom water
- 2 ice cubes
- 1/4 cup soda water
In a cocktail shaker, combine the orange juice, heavy cream, rum, simple syrup, orange blossom water and ice cubes. Shake 100 times.
Have ready your serving glass with soda water in it. Strain cocktail shaker liquid into the glass and devour.