Archive for December, 2011

Kentucky River

Happy New Year… almost.  One last drink for 2011, and it’s a good one – the Kentucky River.  This fantastic libation was discovered at Noble Experiment.

  • 1.5 ounces Makers Mark
  • 0.75 ounce creme de cacao
  • Splash of Angostura bitters

Pour into a rocks glass over ice and give it a stir.  Done.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Chocolate and bourbon – how do you go wrong?
  • Adds a touch of sweetness to great bourbon.
  • Approachable even if bourbon ain’t your thing.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 2/10
  • I like it!

Not that many drinks in and I am already on my second margarita – this time served on the rocks.  Nothing beats a fresh margarita on a summer’s day (or December 31), and I needed to find a use for some fantastic home-made Sweet and Sour Mix that was taking up space in the refrigerator.

  • 3 ounces fresh sweet and sour mix
  • 1.5 ounces triple sec
  • 2.25 ounces gold tequila (Los Osuna)
  • 0.5 ounce Grand Marnier
  • lime wedge

Mix all of the ingredients in a rocks glass over ice (salt the rim if that is your thing).  Stir it up, squeeze in the fresh lime wedge and enjoy.

Dave’s Thoughts

  • Not too shabby this.  A long drinking alternative to the Golden Margarita
  • The home-made sweet and sour was probably the difference here.
  • The tequila blends in so well and compliments the flavors.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • Enjoy it on a summer’s day at the beach!

Bali Lo

A new cocktail this evening to use up that Sweet and Sour Mix that your may have aging badly in your refrigerator.  This is actually a failed experiment of another drink that I was trying to make, but it ain’t half bad.

  • 1.5 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 1.5 ounces white rum (Bacardi)
  • 3 ounces sweet and sour (make your own!)
  • Splash of almond liqueur

Mix the ingredients in a rocks glass over ice, stir.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Drink is definitely dominated by the sweet and sour – so if you are not making your own, be sure to use a good quality brand.
  • The almond finish is  a nice unique touch, although it is just a hint.
  • Probably using fine gin and run is a waste on this drink – stay with the midrange.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10 (it is sweet and tart all at once)
  • For a screw up – it ain’t half bad!

Why buy the store brands when you can make this simply and quickly in comfort of your own kitchen!

This comes from my favorite bar book and is ridiculously easy to make.  Just remember that it will need to cool and will last about 30 days – so prepare it ahead of your next cocktail party.

  • 1 cups of water
  • 2 cup granulated sugar

Place the water in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil and remove from the heat.  Stir in the sugar until completely dissolved and then allow to cool.  Makes approximately 2 cups.  Store in a clean glass container and you are ready for some amazing cocktails and you just saved yourself $5!

So I started the blog with much splash, but I have gotten a little behind in keeping things up to date, so the next couple of entries are a day late and have no pictures.  I’ll get back with the program in the new year!

On to today’s cocktail – the Ginger Joy – coming to you direct from the Grey Goose website.

  • 3 ounces Grey Goose La Poire Flavored Vodka
  • 0.75 ounce of ginger liqueur (Canton)
  • 1.5 ounces of simple syrup
  • 1.5 ounces fresh lemon juice

Mix the ingredients vigorously over ice, strain into a martini glass, serve with a fresh thin slice of pear (optional).

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Fantastic drink – appears this is what the folks at Grey Goose had in mind when they created the La Poire Vodka
  • Great drink that is sweet, but not overpowering.
  • The ginger is the perfect complement to the pear.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Worth investing in the uncommon ingredients for this delicious cocktail.

Tijuana Taxi

Well, its christmas eve, and that means the Tijuana Taxi. Originally conceived as a method to keep my brother-in-law from church it is now a Christmas Eve tradition.

  • 2 ounces gold tequila (reposado preferred)
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice (no pulp)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • lemon twist

Shake liquid ingredients vigorously over ice, serve in a chilled martini glass up, garnish with lemon twist.  Optional: rim the glass with sugar.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Its got tequila
  • It tastes good
  • I am writing this after three!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 9/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Better than actually getting in a Tijuana Taxi.

Debonair Cocktail

For our Christmas drink this year, I will be preparing a Ginger-Pear martini for the family (coming soon).  So after buying some Canton Ginger Liqueur, the challenge is to find another drink that could “pear” with it!  Enter the Debonair Cocktail.

  • 2 ounces single malt scotch (the good stuff)
  • 1 ounce Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • lemon twist

Mix the scotch and liqueur over ice, shake vigorously, serve in a chilled martini glass up with a twist of lemon.

Dave’s thoughts:

  • Great gateway to scotch – retains a lot of the flavor of the individual scotch, softened with a pleasant hint ginger.
  • A little on the sweet side at first, with a dry finish of scotch.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Nice drink for a bit of scotchy variety, probably wouldn’t order two!

Golden Margarita

Drink number one – the Golden Margarita!  I am not necessarily a Tequila fan, but I had Tequila, lots of limes and some Grand Marnier, so I gave it a whirl!

  • 2 ounces gold tequila (Los Osuna)
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice

Mix over ice, shake it up, serve in a chilled martini glass up.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Nice drink, not so smooth you can’t taste the tequila, not so harsh you can’t enjoy
  • Great special margarita
  • Not sweet, not too strong, a real margarita

Kathryns’s Thoughts:

  • Tart and clean
  • Strong
  • Very good – an 8 or 9/10

We have a winner!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Score: 8/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • For when you want to drink tequila without the whistle.

I like drinks.  Mixed drinks.  Anyone can make a rum and coke and call themselves a mixologist, but I like to make something a little more special for my friends.

It could be a special sweet martini, it could be a version of a classic cocktail, or it could be, well, the perfect rum and coke.

A couple of years ago I decided to make a drink a day to see what I might like.  So each day I would grab one of my cocktail books and I would attempt to make a random libation.  Problem was that the recipes were nice and specific, but there was never anything to tell me how the drink tasted.  Was it strong? Sweet? Awful?  So I decided to compile a list for myself, not only of what drinks that I liked,  but also how each tasted.

Fast forward to today and I thought that this is something that my friends could enjoy, and more importantly use.  So here it is.

Feel free to comment, feel free to share!  Let me know if you agree or disagree!  Most of all, enjoy…