Category: D.O.T.M.


Alfonso Special Cocktail

One of the first entries in my favorite drink books under the Gin category is the Alfonso Special Cocktail.  As it is right there up front, I often pass it by for a cocktail that sounds a little less boozy and a little more friendly.  Just reading the ingredients makes me think that this just wouldn’t taste good.  That said, this drink has the added benefits of (1) requires no mixers – it’s all liqueur and (2) your guests are almost guaranteed to never have experienced it before.

A unique quest for me is to find the next “long island”, that is, find a cocktail that sounds like it would be okay at best when you find out what’s in it, but takes on a personality of its own when you take your first sip.  Oh, and also taste good.  Tonight I may have found one of those combinations.  For good measure, we’ll make this a Drink of the Month!

  • 3 ounces Grand Marnier
  • 1.5 ounces gin
  • 1.5 ounces dry vermouth
  • 0.5 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and all the ingredients, shake vigorously until chilled and strain into a cold martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I forgot to bury the lead – this drink is surprisingly good.  I was expecting a dry cocktail with an acquired taste, but the Grand Marnier actually sweetens the drink up immensely.
  • There is a lot of complicated flavors in here competing for your attention.  The gin and vermouth help you appreciate the complication of the Grand Marnier without being bowled over by its sweetness.
  • The aftertaste starts with a hit of the dry vermouth and gin, but quickly changes to the a thick orange brandy finish.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 6/10 – the taste belies the content
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • When you are running short of mixers and all you have is a well stocked bar – try this one on for something different and you will not be disappointed.
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D.O.T.M. – January 2012

Today is the first of what will hopefully be a tradition here at davedrinks – the Drink Of The Month – today brought to you by the month of January.

So this months choice is… the Kentucky River.

It’s new, it’s delicious, it’s simple.  I don’t think it takes much more than that.  If you haven’t tried it, you are doing yourself a disservice, especially if you are a fan of bourbon like myself!  Everyone I have made this for has enjoyed it.  To top it all off, while sipping Kentucky River’s last week at our poker game, I took home the big prize.  There you have it – tastes great and it even makes you money – what are you waiting for?

Special thanks to Tony for encouraging me to make this at home after sampling at Nobel Experiment.

Look it up, mix it up and let me know if you agree!

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!