I’ve got jubilee fever! This weekend all of England is celebrating QE2’s accession to the throne. Such a strange antiquated thing for a first world country to celebrate. There are only 44 countries in the world with a monarchy – and guess what – QE2 is queen of 16 of them. So does that make her queen of 36% of the world? Probably not, its been a couple of years since the sun hasn’t set on the British Empire. Kind of strange that such a small country once had such a grip on the world… even more strange that they have somehow managed to hold on to as much influence as they have! Rule Britannia!
- 1.5 ounces Crown Royal (today we’re going with the stronger, more intriguing “Black” variety
- 4.5 ounces Mexican Coca Cola
Grab yourself a rocks glass, add ice, Crown and coke. Serve.
- Not quite Makers, not quite rum. Tastes like molasses alcohol with Coke. Not so bad.
- For some reason it doesn’t quite match the heights of a Cuba Libre or a Makers and Coke. It’s just okay.
- On second thought, molasses may be wrong, it’s missing the sweetness… but it does have the flavor.
- Dave’s Rating: 7/10
- Strength: 5/10
- Sweetness: 7/10
- A classic cocktail – don’t be afraid to order a Crown and Coke at the bar… but remember… Makers is better.
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.
- 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.
- Dave’s Rating: 9/10
- Strength: 10/10
- Sweetness: 5/10
- Warning Will Robinson.
Not all drinks can be winners. This is what happens when you try too hard to be Mexican. There’s Mexican limes, Mexican coke, and tequila, and a glass rimmed with salt… the only thing missing is a dash of hot sauce. This drink is apparently the specialty of a bar in the town of Tequila, and to me I think they have drunk too much of their product to have a rational opinion about what is good. They say it’s the ONLY drink they serve. I guess if it’s all you’ve got, it’s better than nothing.
- 3 ounces white tequila
- Mexican coke
- 1 Mexican lime
- rock salt
Rim a rocks glass with the lime and rock salt. Fill glass with ice, pour in the tequila, squeeze in half the lime, top off with coke, stir with the knife you cut the lime with.
- Well, nothing like ruining Mexican coke with the addition of Mexican tequila.
- The salt adds… a bad taste. No help here.
- You put it all together and realize you should have just used rum.
- Dave’s Rating: 2/10
- Strength: 8/10 (maybe not in alcohol content, but definitely in flavor)
- Sweetness: 5/10
- As a public service, I suggest you skip the town of Tequila.
It’s been less than a month and I am missing my old standby. Making these interesting and new cocktails has caused me to neglect my favorite drink of all, the Makers and Coke. Maybe that is too premium a bourbon to mix with coke, but remember this is no ordinary cola – this is Mexican Coke – the best kind. Furthermore, tonight I popped my Skype cherry with our good friends Matt and Krissy in Oregon, and they may take the blame to introducing me the joys of bourbon, even if it was the low-class Jim Beam kind. Oh yeah, had a steak dinner too.
- A small or large amount of Makers Mark
- A large or small amount of Coca-Cola (Mexican is the best).
Pour into a rocks glass over ice and give it a stir. Experience perfection, as strong or as weak as you like it.
- My favorite, do I need to add any more?
- It has bourbon.
- It has Mexican Coke.
- Dave’s Rating: 10/10
- Strength: 5/10 to 8/10, depends on the pour.
- Sweetness: 7/10
- This is the standby, when you just want a good drink, you can’t go wrong.
My standby beverage is a Makers and Coke. For me it is the perfect combination of the sweetness of coke with the flavor of bourbon, and frankly, it is delicious. The other great thing is that anyone can make it. Rocks glass, ice, Makers Mark and fill with coke – how hard is that? You would be surprised.
I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked those terrible words – “Is Pepsi ok?” – did I order a Makers and Pepsi? No, Pepsi is not okay. Sometimes they don’t even ask, they just pour away oblivious to the crime they are in the process of committing. Does anyone out there really believe there isn’t a difference?
If I ordered a Makers and Cola, then I just made my own bed, but Coke – that is a trademarked word that can only mean the delicious beverage in the red can. Good liquor requires good mixers. Many a fine cocktail has been ruined by bad ingredients. Let’s face it, when was the last time you requested “your worst vodka” for your vodka tonic?
So bar owners/party throwers – do us all a favor and get with the program – stock Coke not Pepsi – your customers/guests will appreciate it. At least I will.
Just wait until I tell you about Mexican Coke!