Tag Archive: Cranberry Juice


Pink Fetish

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So Christmas has passed.  New Years has passed.  Our series of parties has passed.  Where does that leave us?  A refrigerator full of too much beer, too many snacks, and one more bottle of champagne than we need this week.   Oh, and some left over orange juice and cran-raspberry juice taking up too much space.  In steps the Pink Fetish.  Recipe called for cranberry juice, but what the heck, Kathryn can make a meal out of leftovers fit for a king – why can’t I make a cocktail?  Enjoy.

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce peach schnapps
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces cran-raspberry juice
  • lime wedge

Over ice, shake the liquid ingredients, strain into a chilled rocks glass over ice, squeeze the lime wedge over the drink and drop it in.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • You won’t taste the vodka in here.  Lots of juice to cover it up.  But it’s not pink.
  • Really tastes like a variation of the Fuzzy Navel – the peach flavor is very pronounced.
  • This is a great morning cocktail when toasting “it’s happy hour somewhere”!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 3/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • It’s an advanced Fuzzy Navel, but the name is no less embarrassing to order at your local watering hole.
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Old San Juan

The more I flip through these bar books, the more I notice a theme.  Apparently mixing rum, lime juice and cranberry juice is a popular way to make a cocktail.  Some of these I have really enjoyed, others not so much.  This one is in the later category – the Old San Juan.  At least the picture is cool.

  • 1.5 ounces gold rum
  • 0.5 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • lime wedge to garnish

Shake everything but the lime wedge over ice, serve in a chilled martini glass, rim the glass with the lime wedge and drop it in.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • This drink was way too tart for me.  Can’t decide if it’s just not a drink for me or there was something wrong with the lime.  Hmm.
  • It’s pink.  There is a well documented association with my obsession with pink drinks.
  • Cool name, okay drink.  Moving right along.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 4/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • There are better variations to this cocktail – go with the Bacardi cocktail.

Blizzard

Tonight I am drinking with the wife across three-time zones through the wonders of Skype.  In honor of the bad weather that Kathryn is experiencing, I decided to go with the Blizzard!

  • 3 ounces bourbon (Makers Mark)
  • 1 ounce of cranberry juice (unsweetened)
  • 0.5 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • lemon slice

Mix the booze and the juice over ice into a shaker, shake, and serve in an ice filled rocks glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • This is another great use for my favorite beverage.
  • I have to say, I am not sure where the name comes from exactly, it’s not blizzardly, however, I am sure the double shot of Makers will keep you warm!
  • The juices blend well together with the bourbon to make a nice cocktail.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10 (this was a surprise, it didn’t sound good to me)
  • Strength: 8/10 (two shots of liquor in an easy-going beverage)
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • This is definitely one to offer up at my next party – easy drinking, tastes great and sure to loosen you up!

Love Potion

It’s Saturday night before the wife leaves for a week, so tonight we need to break out the Love Potion!  I guess you’ll have to ask Kathryn tomorrow if it had the desired effect!

  • 1.5 ounces lemon vodka (Ketel One)
  • 0.75 ounce Chambord
  • 0.75 ounce cranberry juice (unsweetened)

This is one of those throw it over ice, shake it up, in a martini glass drinks.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • After drinking I feel like tonight is the night.
  • It’s sweet, but not overpowering, the Chambord is the star of the drink.
  • A drink to make for the ladies.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 5/10 (but deceptive)
  • Sweetness: 9/10
  • Are there 9 of these?

Cosmopolitan

Was shopping at Ralph’s today and could not resist the “buy six bottles and get 30% promo” – time to stock up on some fun ingredients for the bar.  One thing that caught my eye was the bottle of Cointreau that I recently ran out of, but this one cam complete with a plastic shaker with recipes to some classic cocktails to make.  Armed with some cranberry juice in the refrigerator I decided to make “The Original Cosmopolitan” (according to the folks at Cointreau).

  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 0.75 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice (unsweetened)
  • 1.5 ounces of vodka (Grey Goose)

Shake the ingredients in the fancy Cointreau shaker over ice!  Serve in the trusty chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I always thought that a cosmo was almost the color of cranberry juice when made, not this one – its pink!
  • The cranberry flavor really falls into the background, more so than I remember when drinking a cosmo.
  • The flavor of the lime juice really comes through.
  • Overall a very pleasing drink, but I have to admit, for some reason I am underwhelmed.  It’s not bad, but I wouldn’t offer it in my bar.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 5/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • Not sure why this drink became such a hit, I am guessing this was not the recipe that did it.

I Dream of Jeanie Martini

Sometimes I don’t understand the name of cocktails, this is one of those times.  All I can come up with is the “Jeanie” rhymes with “martini”.  I’ll try to put this behind me as I sample this cocktail.  Kathryn was flipping through the bar book and this one caught her eye, so let’s give it a whirl.  I have to admit that I am not sure if this goes with the football gathering we are hosting.  Go niners!

  • 1.5 ounces Malibu Rum
  • 1 ounce lemon Vodka (Kettle One)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1.5 ounces cranberry juice (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • lemon twist

Nothing different here, mix up in a shaker over ice, shake it up, through it in a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I should confess that I don’t like coconut.  This drink smells of coconut and tastes a little of coconut, so there’s that.
  • That said, this is a really nice drink, the flavors are very nice and its very satisfying.
  • Not the manliest color, but I think this is a great drink.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 6/10 (with the “it’s a martini disclaimer”)
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • If you don’t like coconut and you want coconut.