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Millionaire Cocktail

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So tonight we are celebrating with the rich folk, and enjoying ourselves a nice Millionaire Cocktail.  For me, this is a little more “act as if” than living the reality, but we can play let’s pretend at least for one evening.  Of course, we are not going to escalate this to Ben Affleck’s level in Boiler Room… a fantastic movie by the way, that takes the same theme’s as The Wolf of Wall Street, but tones things down to a more relatable level.  Where were we again?

Tonight’s cocktail is the second from the new book, and it claims to be well balanced and delicious.  I have no reason to doubt this, as the first drink was a surprising winner.  So rab yourself some rum, some apricot brandy and some gin made with sloe berries (what exactly are those???) and let’s make a cocktail!

  • 2 ounces Myers Rum
  • 1 ounce sloe gin
  • 1 ounce apricot brandy
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Shake everything over ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Before even the first sip, this drink has a beautiful deep pink color.  Looks amazing in the glass.
  • The deep molasses flavor of the Myers is the glue that holds this together in the background, never dominating, but always present.
  • The initial hit is sweetness that slowly transitions to the tartness of the lime.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • I am not sure that drinking one will make you a millionaire, but it tastes damn rich to me.  We have a winner.

Rum Sangaree

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Always on the prowl for a new type of drink, I stumbled upon the Rum Sangaree.  I have to admit that I have been tempted by this drink a couple of times, with its combination of dark rum and port, which are two of my favorite ingredients.  I have always been scared away however by the prospect of mixing them together with little else.  Time to put those fears aside and jump right in.

  • 2 ounces dark rum (Myers)
  • 0.5 ounces Cointreau
  • 0.5 ounces port

Combine in mixing glass over ice and stir.  Strain and serve in an ice filled wine glass and sprinkle a little nutmeg over the top. Dave’s Thoughts:

  • When looking at the recipe, I felt that the amount of rum was going to overpower the drink, and not in a good way.  Now that I am tasting it I have to say that you can taste the rum, but there is no harshness as I sip.
  • The drink certainly is sweet, and you can taste the complex Cointreau flavor, which surprisingly the rum and the port combine with to create a pleasing flavor.
  • The finish is all dark rum, with the taste of burnt sugar lingering in your palette.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 4/10
  • Strength: 8/10 (although I think it

Rum Shake

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I’ve been drinking a lot of bourbon lately – my drink of the month appears to be a Manhattan, as every drink I order in a bar has a 50% chance of being a Makers Manhattan. It’s a lovely drink, but I needed some variety, so a flipped through my “World Bartender Guide” on the lookout for something that sounded very different. With that I stumbled on the Rum Shake.

At first read you might think that this was a desert cocktail with some dairy product thrown in for fun, but alas, the ingredients give way to a Caribbean themed drink with a little rum and pineapple juice. Then the curveball is Pernod. Let’s give her a whirl.

  • 1.5 ounces dark rum
  • 0.75 ounces Pernod
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice

Shake everything over ice, and strain into an ice filled rocks glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • There’s definitely some interesting flavors in here.  The pineapple and the Pernod set each other off quite well.
  • In the tradition of Caribbean rum cocktails, you can’t really taste any liquor in here.
  • It drinks heavy, its frothy and rich like a shake – now I understand the name.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • According to plan, this is a different cocktail to try when you are craving a sweet alternative.

XYZ

Some drinks are easy to understand, some are not.  Take the classic Rum & Coke – what exactly are the ingredients?  Strangely enough it’s made of, get this, a measure of rum and… some Coke.  So moving on to tonight’s beverage, the XYZ.  What exactly do you think may be in there?  A xylophone?  Some Yeah-germeister?  Perhaps a zebra?  Nope, it’s rum, Cointreau and lemon juice, of course.

So it has a dumb name, but what does it taste like and should you order one?

  • 2 ounces of Jamaican rum (Myers)
  • 2 tablespoons of Cointreau
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Shake over ice, strain and serve in a rocks glass over ice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • It’s the first drink that I have made with Myers rum where the harsh flavor of sugar cane is almost completely absent.  There is just a hint in the aftertaste.
  • The lemon and the Cointreau combine to make a sweet and tart base for the drink.
  • It’s almost like a strange alternative to a Rum and Coke, but one you could drink without soda on hand.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Three 7’s does not a jackpot make, but I was expecting less with such a stupid name.

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.

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.

Dark n’ Stormy

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.

Jamaican Martini


Since when did falling off of the wagon mean that you stop drinking?  I need to get reinvigorated here.

Hey mon, time for the Jamaican Martini mon!  Nothing better than a tasty beverage while watching the best show on TV – Community.  Let’s get right to it – no witty comments with this one.

  • 2 ounces of dark run (Myers)
  • 0.5 ounce of Tia Maria

Stir in a shaker over ice, strain into a martini glass over ice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Coffee and rum, together.
  • You taste the coffee first and then the flavor of rum lingers.
  • Not sweet and not strong.  If you like coffee, then you’re gonna like this.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 5/10 (what can I say – I’m not a fan of coffee)
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • Let this be the gateway to get back on the wagon.

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.

Heatwave

Tomorrow is Superbowl Sunday, and as always here in San Diego the weather is fantastic!  Why the NFL doesn’t listen to Chris Berman and have the game in San Diego every year is beyond me, but I guess I am biased.  So in honor of this special time of year and the ridiculous weather we are having, tonight’s libation is the Heatwave.

  • 1 ounce dark rum (Myers)
  • 0.5 ounce peach schnapps
  • 4.5 ounces pineapple juice
  • 0.25 ounce of grenadine

Fill a highball glass with ice, pour in the ingredients, being sure to leave the grenadine to last, give it a stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Tastes of alcoholic pineapple juice with a hint a peach – in a good way.
  • Not much liquor in here, so this is a great afternoon in the sun sipping cocktail – it’s not going to get you plastered.
  • While our heat wave in January is a good start, I think this one is best saved for poolside in the summer.

Tastings Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 2/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • Brings back memories of sipping the drink of the day aboard a cruise ship.  That is, right before the captain drove the damn thing into a reef and sank it.