Tag Archive: Ginger Ale



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So its Christmas time, and my original goal of publishing a book for friends and family was unfortunately not realized, so we have another long year ahead of us of sampling new and interesting cocktails. Since our last installment, I have read a history of rum in the new world and I have become an official Makers Mark ambassador – so it’s not like I forgot how to drink!

Today, it’s the Presbyterian. Apparently this was originally a non-alcoholic concoction, giving it a temperance flair, but the 18th Amendment couldn’t prevent a happy marriage with bourbon. Lets see how this goes…

  • 3oz bourbon (Makers Mark)
  • 1oz ginger ale
  • 1oz club soda
  • Mix everything over ice in a rocks glass, stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Unsurprisingly, the bourbon comes through, the other ingredients are just there to soften the blow.
  • I never have been a fan of club soda, to me it just has a flat taste, and there is a hint of that here.
  • Very drinkable, especially as the ice melts and continues to mellow the flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • Proving once again why the 21st Amendment was passed.

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.

El Diablo

Today I was driving the mean streets of Chula Vista as I took a trip down memory lane with my ex-coworker Matt as he was looking for his next office space endeavor.  We drove out to Eastlake and then over to Sunbow past my old stomping grounds at Tivoli Villas.  Somehow we managed to avoid Lolitas, odd.  Then we went to downtown Chula Vista, where it seems to stay in business you need to be selling car audio equipment or be a 99 cent store.  We even passed by Wild Wooly’s (of Long Island Iced Tea fame).  Sounds bad, but as we drove around it was like I was touring my buddy around my neighborhood.  Funny how you keep a connection to the place you do your growing up.

In honor of being in Chulajuana, today’s drink is the El Diablo – full of tequila!

  • o.5 lime
  • 1.5 ounces tequila
  • 0.5 ounce crème de cassis
  • 4 ounces of ginger ale

Pour into a rocks glass over ice, stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • You can certainly taste the flavor of the tequila, but the shiver factor has been removed.
  • Odd taste of blackcurrant in the background, it goes strangely well.
  • The ginger ale can’t be tasted – it just softens the rest of the drink.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • There’s not really anything devilish about this cocktail beyond its name.

Bonus points to the first person to name the cool cat in the picture.

Rum Swizzle

We have tried to Rum Cooler, so why not the Rum Swizzle!  I guess the best way to describe this would be to call it the “Advanced Rum Cooler”, and I have to say after tasting this, it is definitely the better alternative, fixing any of my critiques.  Best of all, this doesn’t need a lot of unique ingredients to upgrade your cooler…

  • 2 ounces dark rum (Myers)
  • 0.5 ounce lemon juice
  • 0.5 ounce triple sec
  • 5-6 ounces of ginger ale
  • lemon wheel

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Take one part Rum Cooler, add a couple of parts lemon juice and triple sec, and you have the new and improved Rum Swizzle!
  • Drink retains the flavor of the rum, but really softens the flavor, making a much more drinkable beverage, loosing all the harshness.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Skip the Rum Cooler, this is better.

Rum Cooler

It is well-known that I love a rum and coke.  So tonight it’s a variation on rum with a sugary beverage – the Rum Cooler.  Instead of coke, this one takes ginger ale – so its a great drink when Mexican coke is not available at the local store!

  • 2.5 ounces dark rum (Myers)
  • 6 ounces ginger ale
  • lemon twist (optional)

Simple to make – fill a glass with ice, pour in the rum, add the ginger ale, give it a sir and serve with a lemon twist.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I really enjoy the flavor of dark rum – the thick raw sugar cane flavor with the hint of vanilla in the aftertaste, and that is exactly what you get here.
  • The ginger ale is actually hard to discern, although that is not a negative here.
  • The first taste is a little harsh, mirroring that of the rum, but the reward is great overall flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • This is a great alternative when you burn out on rum and coke.