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It’s New Year’s Eve Eve, and for the first time in many years the Holiday Bowl will happen without me in Qualcomm Stadium.  I miss overpriced bad beer.  I miss bad pretzels.  I miss end zone seats courtesy of Hornblower.  Instead, I get to sit in the comfort of my own home, warm, with good food and a good drink.

Tonight its a cocktail with port and gin – two flavors I did not think would go together.  Let’s see what happens when we add lemon juice to the mix…

  • 3 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 0.5 ounce Grenadine
  • 0.75 ounce port

Shake the gin, juice and Grenadine over ice and pout into a chilled martini glass.  Slowly pour the port into the drink as served.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • It just looks cool.  Its a deep red cocktail with a deeper red center from the port.
  • Its a sweet drink, but you can still taste the dry gin in the background, with its pleasing floral notes.
  • Hard to say what it tastes like, you can taste all of the ingredients, but it comes together to create an altogether different flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • Just look at it – Dexter would be proud of this one.

Hasty Martini

Sometimes a name has nothing to do with the drink.  Maybe I just don’t get the name, but I don’t understand what exactly is hasty about this drink.  Seemed like a good one to try, although like all drinks with dry vermouth, I am always a little nervous about how this will taste – it could be great or awful.

  • 3 ounces gin
  • 0.5 ounce dry vermouth
  • 3 to 5 dashes of Pernod
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine

Combine the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker, shake, strain and serve in a martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The drink is dominated by the dry flavors of the gin and vermouth – if you don’t like those flavors stay away.
  • There is an interesting spiciness to the aftertaste that comes from the subtle hint of Pernod.
  • Definitely a tough first sip, but more enjoyable each time you come back for another.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 4/10
  • Strength: 9/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • It might be pink, and it may have grenadine, but this is no Shirley Temple.

Grass Skirt

Back to some homebrewed cocktails tonight.  Well, perhaps not homebrewed… but read in a book and assembled in a cocktail shaker.  Don’t know why this caught my eye exactly, but the Grass Skirt sounded fun and it has pineapple juice!  The big question is – what am I wearing under there?

  • 1.5 ounces of gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 0.5 teaspoon of grenadine

Mix everything in a shaker over ice, give it a shake a serve it in a martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • It tastes like… pineapple juice, grenadine and Cointreau.  Surprising – at least the surprising that the gin disappeared!
  • Easy sipping, friendly martini.  One you can give to a friend and not worry if they are a “martini person”.
  • I might even make this for my mother!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • I’ll make one for the first person who tells me who owns that book it’s sitting on.

Commodore

Thanks to Kathryn’s friend Jennifer, we found a fantastic bar hidden behind ove Grand Central Station in NYC – the Campbell Apartment.  After looking over the menu I found what appeared to be a refinement of last months D.O.T.M. – the Kentucky River.

  • bourbon
  • Creme de cacao
  • Grenadine
  • Lemon juice

Served up in a martini glass, garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Whoa, this is a great drink. Each taste is better.
  • The drink is a little sweet, and the bourbon is in the background, overall this drink is nothing but smooth.
  • This is no Kentucky River, totally different drink.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • This could be all the reason you need to visit NYC.

New York Cocktail

It’s a New York celebration today!  Not just because the New York Giants just won the Superbowl… not because my wife is living her bi-coastal life right now with a week in New York City… and not because on this day in 1985 “New York, New York” became the official anthem of New York City… but because I found a recipe for a “new” cocktail.  What more perfect a cocktail then than the New York Cocktail?  Time to see if I can truly say that “I heart [a] NY [cocktail]”!

  • 2 ounces Canadian whiskey (Crown Royal)
  • 0.75 ounce lime juice
  • 0.5 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 tsp grenadine
  • orange peel for garnish

Shake all the ingredients together over ice, strain and serve either up or over ice, your choice.  Garnish with an orange peel.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • First taste, and this is a nice drink, very smooth.
  • A little on the sweet side, but not overly so.  It is pink too, so its got that.
  • This is a keeper and will be added to my regular bar list for friends – it tastes great and is made of common stuff that I generally always have in the house!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness:  7/10
  • I thought New York earnerd a reputation as being full of unfriendly people, ’cause if that is true, this drink does not belong.

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.

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.

Beach Bum

Another night, another drink.  I’m starting to get back into the swing of things now, I’m being good though and trying to stick to one beverage a night!  Tonight the cat is helping me mix it up.

Did I mention the weather in San Diego today?  It sucks.  We even had to turn the heater on… in San Diego… in January.  So to lift the spirits today’s drink is definitely not what you would think of on a day like today – it’s the Beach Bum, courtesy of the Grey Goose website.  This drink includes one of my favorite ingredients in my bar – Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur.

  • 2 ounces Grey Goose La Poire
  • 0.5 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • dash of grenadine

Mix in a shaker full of ice, shake vigorously and serve in a rocks glass full of ice.

Tasting Notes:

  • The headline ingredients really come through in this – the maraschino gives the drink a pleasant nutty flavor up front with a pear finish to contrast.
  • Unfortunately for the men, this one’s pink.
  • After a few sips I was transported to a sunnier day on the beach.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Definitely a drink to enjoy on a sunny day at the beach, or on a day that you wish you were there.