Archive for March, 2012


Pimm’s Cup

A night of gaming and cocktails with the friends this evening.  Not just any friends, our rock star buddy is joining us this evening, so we broke out the fancy guitar ice cubes in his honor.  It also must be said that I did not mix this drink up – that fell to Michelle this evening.  Let’s see if she’s up to the davedrinks standard.

  • Pimm’s No. 1
  • Ginger Beer
  • Lemonade

Mix in a rocks glass over ice.  Serve with a guitar ice-cube.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Tonight is like drinking at my cousins’ wedding on the lawn of a country house.  But it’s not raining.
  • Pimm’s is not something to sample alone, but with the lemonade and ginger ale – smooths it all out.
  • Probably something to save for a summer’s day.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10 (1 point off ’cause I didn’t make it)
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • I need to go find my bowler hat.
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Sometimes drinks have a name that makes you think – wow that must be cool.  Sometimes drinks have a list of ingredients that make you think – wow that must be disgusting.  This is one of those drinks.  Pernod and orange juice – who does that?  Tiger’s Tail – who wouldn’t drink that.  Let’s see how it goes.

  • 1.5 ouunces of Pernod
  • 6 ounces of orange juice

Combine in an ice filled collins glass filled with ice, and stir.  Garnish with a lime slice is so desired.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Odd.  I have never had a drink that tastes like this.  Not bad, just odd.
  • The flavor of licorice from the Pernod is unmistakable.  It almost goes well with the orange juice.
  • A long drink that gets better with each sip.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 3/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • When you are in the mood for a drink that you never drank before!

Gin Cassis

Sometimes you run into a cocktail that you know is not going to taste as sweet and friendly as it sounds.  How bad can a drink taste that is gin, lemon juice and crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur)?  Then you remember that there is gin in here.  Now with the pleasantries out-of-the-way, I have to say this is actually a great drink.  Not in the sticky sweet sort of way, but in a nice dry drink with a pleasing flavor.  I present the Gin Cassis.

  • 3 ounces of gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons crème de cassis

Combine everything in a shaker over ice, shake well, and strain into a rocks glass over ice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • You need to enjoy a dry cocktail to appreciate this.  Gin drinkers and classic martini drinkers should be all set.
  • The dry flavor is cut with the lemon juice and set off with the flavor of blackcurrant.
  • Almost like one those sparkling flavored water drinks… with alcohol.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating 7/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • Fun alternative drink when you’re bored with all the classics.

Nothing says 2012 like celebrating royalty, and as an Englishman, this is something that I can really get behind.  It’s QE2’s diamond jubilee this year… 50 years as the monarch of all the empire.  Of course, the empire isn’t what it used to be, after we kicked out the Americans, let the convicts in Australia go free and gave most of the worlds natural resources over to Canada.  We do however have those Falkland Islands.  Suck it Argentina!

So tonight we raise our glasses, pinky fingers extended and snooty voice intact, with Price George’s Cocktail.

  • 3 ounces white rum (Bacardi – none of that generic stuff for us royals)
  • 2 tablespoons of Grand Marnier (it is grand…)
  • 4 teaspoons of lime juice
  • lemon twist (optional)

Gentley insert each ingredient into a vessel worthy of monarch, filled with ice made of water that was withheld from the peasants, and shake as if the empire depended on it.  Serve into your finest crystal martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Old George was not a modern sophisticated type, only classic contents in this glass.
  • Basically a high-class Daiquiri, but not at all too sweet.
  • The complexity of the Grand Marnier laces the aftertaste, but the initial taste is all Caribbean cocktail.

Tastings Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Rule Britannia…

Agent Orange

Not sure exactly why I am stuck on the orange drinks over the past few days, but here is another one – the Agent Orange – and I have to say that this is the best one so far.  Up there in the picture you can also see my favorite bar drink book – which I HIGHLY recommend to everyone out there.  It doesn’t have the most original name – “Ultimate Bar Book” – but it is hands down the best recipe guide that I have ever seen.  So if you tire of my endless rants and mediocre pictures, do yourself a favor and add this one to your collection.  So how does this Agent Orange taste, page 311.

  • 3 ounces of vodka
  • 1.5 ounce of Grand Marnier
  • 0.5 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce orange juice

Shake the ingredients vigorously over ice, serve in a martini glass.  Garnish with an orange peel.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • This is a sweet cocktail.  The Cointreau and the Grand Marnier take care of that.
  • The flavor has a base of orange juice, the sweetness of the Cointreau and the complexity of the Grand Marnier.  It is amazing how each of the ingredients stars in its own way – a surprisingly complex drink.
  • If a dry martini is your thing – stay away.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 9/10
  • A deliciously complex orange treat.

Peyton Manning is a Bronco.  So of all the teams in the NFL that he could have picked, I now have to watch him twice a year, being constantly irritated by his line of scrimmage antics.  I know, I should be in awe of his amazing understanding of the game and his ability to pick apart defences and adjust the play, but all it does for me is slow down the game.  So what does this mean for me as a Chargers fan?  The pundits claim that the AFC West is no longer up for grabs and the new and improved Broncos with Peyton in tow will win easily against the competition.  All I can say is that I hope that the Chargers continue to have his number and put him in his place twice a year.  Go Chargers!

That’s not what you came here for – on to the drink.  Also, what the hell is that thing in the picture next to the glass?

  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 0.5 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 0.25 teaspoon sugar

Place everything in a shaker over ice, stir vigorously, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Triple sec, orange juice and sugar – this once should be sweet, but it isn’t.
  • The flavor of orange is surprisingly subtle, it’s there but it does not dominate the drink.
  • If nothing else, it’s a cool yellow color!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Not what I would expect, but that doesn’t make it all bad.

Sometimes a name has nothing to do with the drink.  Maybe I just don’t get the name, but I don’t understand what exactly is hasty about this drink.  Seemed like a good one to try, although like all drinks with dry vermouth, I am always a little nervous about how this will taste – it could be great or awful.

  • 3 ounces gin
  • 0.5 ounce dry vermouth
  • 3 to 5 dashes of Pernod
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine

Combine the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker, shake, strain and serve in a martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The drink is dominated by the dry flavors of the gin and vermouth – if you don’t like those flavors stay away.
  • There is an interesting spiciness to the aftertaste that comes from the subtle hint of Pernod.
  • Definitely a tough first sip, but more enjoyable each time you come back for another.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 4/10
  • Strength: 9/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • It might be pink, and it may have grenadine, but this is no Shirley Temple.

Pineapple Cocktail

It’s been 10 long nights since I updated the blog, what a week it has been.  Do not confuse this with a lack of drinking, just a lack of creative writing.  So last Saturday night the drink of the day was prepared by my lovely wife – the Pineapple Cocktail.  Not only did she find a cool drink, she went all out with the sugared rim and pineapple and cherry garnish!  Let’s see how it goes.

  • 1.5 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 0.5 ounce lime juice

Mix all the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker, shake, strain into a martini glass with a sugared rim and garnish with a pineapple slice and maraschino cherry.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Surprisingly, not as sweet as you would think and unsurprisingly, all you can taste is the pineapple.
  • There is liquor in here, but this is one to serve to your friends that want something sweet and fun that won’t get them drunk.
  • For a sweet cocktail this is very well-balanced.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Great choice from Kathryn – and looked as good as it tasted.

This is a drink near and dear to my heart.  Right below the heart.  In the vicinity of the liver.

I have already reminisced about my days at Wild Wooly’s in Chula Vista back in my Junior College days, and this is the drink that I graduated to after drinking those Midori Sours we’ve already talked about.  I remember ordering these for $6 and being amazed at how much liquor was actually in these things.  There was no better buzz for the buck.

Needless to say it’s been a while since I have made myself one of these – but I remember how.  Truth is, while I don’t like to brag – I make a mean Long Island Iced Tea.  Now I am half way through one, so forgive any spelling and grammatical errors.

  • 1.5 ounces vodka (use a premium, Kettel One)
  • 1.5 ounces light rum (Bacardi)
  • 1.5 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 1.5 ounces tequila (Jose Cuervo)
  • 1.5 ounces sweet and sour
  • Coca Cola to taste

Pour everything in a pint glass over ice, give it a stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • As you sip, you are thinking “there are how many shots of liquor in here”, cause it doesn’t taste like it.
  • Then you get halfway through and you think “wow, there’s a lot of liquor in here”.
  • Go easy on this one – it’s dangerous.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 10/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Warning Will Robinson.

Happy Hour at the Melting Pot!  Met up with our friend after her performing her civic duty on a jury.  Needless to say she was in need of a drink.  Started the evening a Vin de Syrah, moved upstairs for some cheese fondue at The Melting Pot.  This has to be one of the best happy hour deals in downtown San Diego.  Let’s just say that the bartender made it even cheaper.  Oh, and by the way, its International Women’s Day.

It was dealers choice at the bar.  After looking over the cocktail choices on the Happy Hour menu they all seemed kind of feminine.  Being a man I asked him if he could take it up a notch.  What lay before me was a double Raspberry Press.

  • Raspberry Vodka
  • Soda Water
  • Seven Up

Served in a pint glass over ice.  Garnished with an orange slice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Tastes like one of those flavored soda water drinks – you know – the ones without any sugar.
  • The vodka fades away in the drink, and you get the taste of raspberry and the scent of the orange,
  • Drink up – this one’s strong.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • One was enough.  Mediocre and strong.