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Hemmingway Daiquiri

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Oh my word, three nights and three drinks.  What has the blogosphere come to?  Get over it – I’m making drinks again on a (somewhat) frequent basis.  And as always, past results are no indication of future performance.

This week my boss gave me a brown bag full of goodness to use in my cocktails.  The optimistic among you would anticipate that this was a bottle of some new and exciting liquor, but in fact, it was just a bag of limes.  Really good limes.  Less exciting, but equally useful.  While I have been telling you about all of the exciting new drinks in my repertoire from my new book, the real reason for the selections is that they all call for me to use up these delicious limes.  So, what better drink to use some limes with but a daiquiri!  Hemmingway’s Daiquiri in fact.

  • 3 ounces light rum
  • 1.5 ounces lime juice
  • 1.5 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce maraschino liquor

Blend with 12 ounces of ice.  Serve in a Collins glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Not sure if I have mentioned this before, but the Dave of Dave Drinks is not a big fan of grapefruit.
  • This drink is tart and refreshing.  While tonight is a cool winter San Diego evening, I can imagine this being an excellent compliment to a warm summers’ day.
  • This drink is definitely a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  The liquor hides in it’s midst, sneaking up on unsuspecting sippers.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness: 4/10
  • I prefer the traditional daiquiri, but if you are sophisticated and prefer a tart drink with a bit of depth, and you are not above giving yourself brain freeze, then maybe this is your drink.

Caribbean Mule

I didn’t want to be outdone with only one variation – so number two the Caribbean Mule.  Sounds interesting, trade rum for the vodka and add some bitters and see what happens!

  • 2.25 ounces of light rum (Bacardi)
  • 0.75 ounce dark rum (Myers)
  • 0.75 ounce lime juice
  • 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 3 ounces of ginger beer

Mix together in a tall collins glass, stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • First taste is the dark rum, thick taste of raw sugar cane.  The lime is in the background, and the finish is all ginger beer, but the sweetness is cut by the bitters.
  • I have never tasted a drink like this, rum and ginger is a fine combination.
  • Not as smooth and light as the original, but a great flavor all its own.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • A great alternative to the original, although not my first choice.

I have a fan!  Today I received a note on Facebook from one of my good friends about the drink they were enjoying and how it wasn’t on the blog.  Now, apparently there were six Mule alternatives where they were, but presented here is the classic original.  Developed in the late 1940s, including the obligatory copper mug, as a way to promote Smirnoff vodka, it contributed to the fact that today that is a household name.  How does it taste?

  • 2 ounces vodka (Smirnoff if you want the original)
  • 0.5 ounce lime juice
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Mint sprig and lime wedge for garnish

Combine everything over ice in a tall collins glass, stir and garnish with the mint sprig and lime wedge.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Another great ginger beer cocktail, with a little sweetness of lime and the spiciness of the ginger.
  • There is vodka in here to add the kick, but you wouldn’t know it.  This is an easy drinking long cocktail.
  • The smell of the mint as you sip adds to the experience.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • A fine inspiration for a fine cocktail.

Churchill Downs

Help!  I’m so far behind.  After 4 full months of making drinks I have to say that it is a challenge to keep up.  One drink a day sounds so easy until you try it.  This drink is from April 26.  It fell to the cutting room floor as a result of me not having anything creative to say that day.  It’s really a shame, because this is a great drink, I guess its just not inspirational!  Enjoy the Churchill Downs – maybe your horse will come in!

  • 1.5 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounces brandy
  • 0.5 triple sec
  • 4 chilled ginger ale

Combine in a tall collins glass over ice, stir gently and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • This is a boozy drink, but not a strong one.  The bourbon and the brandy make this a classic cocktail.
  • A nice sweetness up front, but the flavor of the brandy is clear in the aftertaste.
  • The triple sec adds an interesting flavor to the liquor, softens and sweetens.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • A pleasant cooler to enjoy with a good movie.

Honolulu Lulu

I’m seventy or so posts in, and today I am having a bout of writers block.  What’s a blogger to do?  Maybe it’s because it’s Blah Blah Blah Day, maybe it’s because I just wrote a check to Uncle Sam, I dunno.  Instead of wasting your time with more words, let’s just focus on the drink – the Honolulu Lulu.

  • 1.5 ounces dark rum (Myers)
  • 1 ounce light rum (Bacardi)
  • 1 ounce Frangelico
  • 0.5 ounce Kahlua
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup

Mix everything over ice and shake, serve in a tall collins glass over ice.  Garnish with a lime wedge if desired.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • An interesting drink, nice and sweet flavor of pineapple, and the interesting taste of coffee in the background, like rum punch meets Columbia.
  • The rum disappears, although I am sure it helps the enjoyment…
  • More writers block, let’s just say its good.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • Try this as a great summer cocktail – you will not regret it.

Light n’ Stormy

That Dark n’ Stormy went down well.  Really well.  The problem was that it leaves me with am empty glass!  Since I just made its’ sinister cousin – let’s try a Light n’ Stormy.

  • 2 ounces rum (10 Cane)
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 0.5 tablespoon of simple syrup

Same as before: glass, ice, liquor, stir, serve.  Garnish with a lime if desired.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The 10 Cane certainly has the same flavor of cane sugar, but much less pronounced.  Almost smooth.
  • Looks like a glass of sparkling white wine!
  • A little lighter, maybe even more appropriate for a noon cocktail, but retains the balanced goodness of its darker friend.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • Almost as good as the original, but if given the choice, I’ll go with the classic.

I am a day late on this one, but the storms have passed, and we are back to beautiful blue sky.  Or course, it is April 15 – Tax Day – so today is a dark day, and depending on how much you owe Uncle Sam, may be quite a stormy one.  The real reason I made this cocktail though is the Bundaberg Ginger Beer that has stared at me from the refrigerator waiting to be added to a cocktail (thanks Tony & Michelle)!

  • 2 ounces dark rum (Myers)
  • 4 ounces ginger beer (Bundaberg)
  • 0.5 tablespoon simple syrup

Mix in a cocktail glass over ice and stir, if desired, garnish with a lime wedge.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The heavy raw cane sugar taste of the Caribbean comes through, especially in the aftertaste.
  • The ginger beer provides a spicy punch as you sip – delicious.
  • More commonly made with ginger ale, I cannot image this cocktail tasting anywhere near as good.  Do yourself a favor and pick up some ginger beer!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • A great alternative summer cocktail to a rum and coke – so much more unique and satisfying.

Tiger’s Tail

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!

Yellow Bird

No longer alone!  The wife is home tonight to drink with me!  Of course she drinks the wine and drink the liquor, but the important part is that I am not drinking alone!  Tonight is time for some punch, the Yellow Bird, apparently a Caribbean favorite – let’s see if it is one of mine!

  • 1 ounce dark rum (Myers)
  • 1 ounce light rum (Bacardi)
  • 0.25 ounce Tia Maria
  • 1.25 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • mint sprig and maraschino cherry for garnish

Shake liquids vigorously over ice and serve in a collins glass over ice, garnish with mint sprig and maraschino cherry.

Dave’s Thoughts

  • Memories of drinking rum punch in the Caribbean come back quickly after the first sip.
  • Very different from the other drinks I have made – very juicy – the alcohol is hidden in the sweetness.  There is a hint of coffee in the aftertaste.
  • The mint sprig and the cherry are just for show, but they certainly add to the fun factor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 5/10
  • Strength: 5/10 (it’s there, but you can’t taste it)
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • A good rum punch to add to the collection – serve while serenading your friends with a steel drum.

Dave’s Centenario

The parents came to visit today, and since we always end up having to make them a cup of coffee, I thought it best to try a drink with some coffee liqueur in their honor – Tia Maria.  Of course, when making the drink I misread the recipe, so my version has 3x as much Tia Maria and 3x as much triple sec.  Interestingly enough, what came out was quite pleasant.  So enjoy my screw-up.  I will update this with the correct recipe one of these days, but until then I am christening this “Dave’s Centenario”.  This drink is also in the tradition of a rum punch, with a lot of liquor mixing together with fruit flavors to mask its strength.  I like it.

  • 1.5 ounces gold rum (10 Cane)
  • 0.75 ounce of white rum (Bacardi)
  • 0.75 ounce Tia Maria (oops)
  • 0.75 ounce triple sec (oops again)
  • 1.5 ounces of fresh lime juice
  • Dash of grenadine
  • Garnish with a fresh mint sprig

Lots of ingredients here, throw them in a shaker, shake them up, serve in a collins glass filled with ice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Drink has a sweet start, a tart middle and a finish of coffee.
  • Overall the drink is well-balanced, I think it would be a great summer drink.
  • Be careful, there’s 2.5 shots of liquor in here.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10 (1 off for having coffee flavor!)
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Some screw ups do work out for the best.