Today was a rough day. Sometimes you just need a drink when you come home, and tonight this is a homemade concoction. Inspiration was the cold pressed apple juice that I found in the refrigerator, so here we go. The wife decided that rum would be a good addition, and then for fun I asdded a splash of Apricot Brandy to give a little sweetness and flavor. I did take a stab at a name, which was probably the hardest part of the process. Feel free to mock relentlessly.
- 3 ounces cold pressed apple juice
- 1.5 ounces gold rum
- 0.75 ounce apricot brandy
Shake over ice and serve in a ice filled rocks glass.
- Wow, this isn’t bad. Not saying this is the most creative combo, but it sure does blend together well.
- It has a apple base, with a hint of sugar in the flavor from the rum and a sweet hit from the apricot.
- Next time I will try half the apricot brandy.
- Dave’s Rating: 9/10 (I know, I’m biased)
- Strength: 4/10
- Sweetness: 8/10
- A basic drink that classes up apple juice… and its all my own.
Have you missed me? It’s been damn near 12 months without a post, and that is completely unacceptable. I know that you have all come to count on me to pick your beverage each time you need something creative. At least that’s what my ego says. But don’t worry – I’ve been drinking all along, trying new things and experimenting by myself – just need to get better with the sharing part!
So tonight, the International Cocktail – sounds nice and exotic. I am generally not a fan of Sambuca but somehow a bottle has ended up in my bar. Who knows, maybe in the right combination it’ll be better! On to the tasting…
- 2 ounces Spanish brandy (while I did not make with other brands, I think a selection of a good brandy makes this drink)
- 1/4 ounce Sambuca
- 1/4 ounce Cointreau
- 1/4 ounce vodka
Shake it up over ice, and throw it in a chilled martini glass.
- For some reason I was expecting this to hit me with flavor, but the reality is that this is smooth and subtle drink.
- The Sambuca is a nice touch, you can definitely taste it, but it does not overpower the drink as I had feared.
- Overall the drink has a nice sweetness and you can still taste the complexity of the brandy.
- Dave’s Rating: 8/10
- Strength: 5/10 – all liquor, but not in your face.
- Sweetness: 7/10
- A pleasant surprise, I am sure that if I was a Sambuca man that I would have an even higher rating for this cocktail.