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Halekulani Cocktail

The tiki experiment continues. Researching drinks it is amazing the variety of ingredients included in tiki recipes. Almost as impressive is the care with which contents are selected. I mean, you can’t just call for simple syrup, you must use the demarera version for added punch. It makes it challenging to stock a bar with everything, but overall the effort rewards you with some fun tasting, and generally very strong, beverages.

  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 0.5 ounce Demarera syrup
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Throw everything in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a Martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Lots of juice and lots of sugar in here – this is in no way a diabetic friendly drink.
  • You have to like sweet, but leaves you with a tart finish.
  • No one will ever guess that there is liquor in here unless they watch you make it… Or drink more than one.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 2/10 (but it’s hiding)
  • Sweetness: 10/10
  • In the tradition of a good tiki cocktail… Lots of juice and plenty of liquor to sneak up on you!
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A new drink book showed up in the house this weekend in preparation for a Tiki party that we will be part of next weekend. This particular book is the official Smugglers Cove guide to all things Tiki, including a number of recipes from the world famous restaurant.

While we have not had time to digest all of the advice within, we did at least take the time to flip through the pages and find a couple of drinks to sample. Look for the second cocktail in my next blog post! I wish this cocktail had the most ridiculous name in the book, but it actually isn’t!

  • 0.75 ounce lemon juice
  • 0.75 ounce pineapple juice
  • 0.5 ounce orgeat syrup
  • 2 ounce blended aged rum
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice, and add all of the ingredients. Shake vigorously and poor (ice and all) into a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • From the first taste, this is all Tiki. It’s sweet, it’s got rum and it has a distinct almond flavor.
  • Despite the long list of ingredients, it’s an easy cocktail to make, and likely would be a good candidate for a premixed drink at a party.
  • It’s a very sweet drink, leaving the sweetness in the back of your mouth long after you swallow its goodness.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10 (if you like some Tiki)
  • Strength: 4/10 (lots of juice)
  • Sweetness: 10/10
  • With a bit of practice, the name is not that hard to pronounce to order at a bar, but I’m guessing they will just look back at you with a blank stare.

Tequila Ghost

Sometimes you have to jump in with both feet to see if the water is warm. Sometimes you have a sense that something is about to go terribly wrong. Sometimes you say “what the hell, it can’t be that bad”. And only very rarely do you say screw it, I’ll make a Tequila Ghost.

I really should have known better. Pernod has never been my favorite, but I was curious how it’s liquorice flavor could be enhanced by tequila and some lemon juice. Turns out, not well.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I guess that if you have a strange combination of taste buds, that this could be an attractive melody on the tongue. My taste buds respectively disagree.
  • I can honestly say that none of the ingredients seem to work against the other. I mean lemon and tequila is a classic, but adding Pernod seems like it was a dare.
  • The worst part is the odd liquorice lemon aftertaste.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating – 2/10
  • Strength – 5/10
  • Sweetness – 5/10
  • Uh, nothing to see here, move along.

Blueberries & Bourbon

Time for another installment of DaveDrinks. Over the weekend we had friends over for a dinner party, and I broke out the old bar books to offer some drinks of the day. The hit of the party was the Bramble Smash – which I’ll cover in another post, but tonight I bake with the leftovers to make the cripticly named Blueberries & Bourbon.

So what do we find within…

  • 6 blueberries
  • 1.5 ounces Bourbon (Basil Hayden this evening)
  • 0.5 ounces lemon juice
  • 0.5 ounces simple syrup
  • Splash of soda water

Start by muddling the blueberries with the simple syrup and lemon juice. Add the bourbon and fill the shake with ice. Shake and serve over ice in a collins glass. Top off with a splash of soda water and garnish with some blueberries.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • All comes together quite well -berry flavor to start with a lemony bourbon finish. Smooth.
  • The soda water helps muffle the sweetness and add a little refreshment.
  • I have to say, this was a pleasant surprise – tasty – even a non-bourbon drinker can enjoy.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Nice fruity way to enjoy your bourbon.

Absolute Martini

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It’s an old drink, but a good drink. Before I started DaveDrinks, I had a couple of false starts trying to make a cocktail book. When searching through some old times I found a word document entitled “Cocktail Book” and it was dated March 16, 2008. That predates my first post here by over 3.5 years! Looking through the book I found a lot of the same drinks that have been included here, but more drinks that I have yet to add to the blog. So the next series of drinks are going to be remakes from that old cocktail book of mine. But don’t worry, I’ll make them all again and see if my ratings still hold up!  First stop is the letter A and the Absolute Martini.

  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 0.5 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2-3 dashes of orange bitters

Simple martini – shaker over ice and serve in a chilled glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • My original thought was “very drinkable, lemon flavor”, and I think that holds true today.
  • For such a strong drink, you don’t notice the double shot of vodka.
  • On a second taste, this is very lemony, the lemon juice really cuts through everything else.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10 (previously was a 9!)
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Not a bad drink, but I am surprised that lemon isn’t in the name!

Crimson

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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.

The Gold Rush

What have I done when the wine drinker starts moving on to cocktails?  I am at a loss, but when searching for drinks made with ginger liqueur this evening, Kathryn piped in “that sounds good” so we made her one too.  Even after serving her a martini in a big boy glass, she still was ready to dive in.  This is a strange day indeed.  In honor of this momentous day, see Kathryn’s comments below in addition to my own!

  • 3 ounces Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • 2 ounces bourbon (Makers Mark)
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

Shake over ice and serve into a chilled martini glass (heard that before?).

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • A very well balanced cocktail, the ginger and the lemon can both be tasted, but they soften each others flavors.
  • There is a sweetness in here, which is surprising given what’s in it… delicious.
  • The aftertaste is a little spicy – no complaints here.

Kathryn’s Thoughts:

  • This is a great cocktail.  Lately I’ve been thinking about switching it up and a drink like this could do it.
  • The spicy ginger flavor blends beautifully with the bourbon, I can’t stop sipping.
  • I doubt these were available during the real Gold Rush!

Tasting Notes (Dave – Kathryn):

  • Rating: 8/10 – 10/10
  • Strength: 4/10 – 6/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10 – 5/10
  • There’s bourbon in here? –  Now I can drink bourbon with my Hubby!

Go West

Tonight’s drink comes from the “Around the World in 80 Drinks” and the country of choice is our neighbors in the great white north – Canada.  Seemed like a great place to celebrate, what with the Stanley Cup Finals in full swing… oh wait… there are no Canadian teams left, better think of some other reason.  Easy – it’s the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend – go Ferrari!

Speaking of Quebec – what is up with those students?  Protesting because they are raising your tuition rates that are lower than damn near anywhere else in the world?  Really?  I can’t even begin to understand.  Let’s drink.

  • 0.75 ounces Frangelico
  • 1.5 ounces Limoncello
  • 1.5 ounces dry white wine
  • 0.75 ounce simple syrup
  • 0.75 ounce lemon juice

Shake everything over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • This is all sweet, with added sweet for extra pleasure.  Might as well do the dew!
  • After you get past the sweet, the flavors of lemon and hazelnut are a surprisingly good combination.
  • Not exactly sure why simple syrup is in here, I have to believe that it would be sweet enough without it.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 3/10
  • Strength: 3/10
  • Sweetness: 10/10
  • Don’t even touch this thing until after dessert!

Oh Honey

It’s Tuesday Night Supper Club – except the club stayed home and only Kathryn and I were there.  We’re going with the “build it and they will come” theory – so when are you showing up?  We thought it was time we tried the über hip and especially gay Eden restaurant in Hillcrest.  On a Tuesday night apparently everyone had the same idea, as we were alone in the dining room!  Food was good and the drink was interesting, and the art, well, you can comment for yourself.

  • 42 Below Honey Vodka
  • St. Germain
  • French Muddled Strawberries
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Sprite

Serve it up in a tall glass over ice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Tastes like strawberry lemonade, but without the tart and with the honey!
  • Full of bits of the muddled strawberry for extra fun.
  • There is an interesting flavor of perfume and flowers… not sure if I totally am on board…
  • Nice honey aftertaste to finish.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • This is a nice tall cooler, although I can’t quite say its refreshing.

La Jolla

Oh La Jolla!  Since moving to San Diego in 1990, it has always been a secret dream of mine to live in the village.  As I got older I started to realize that (1) traffic sucks and (2) it’s a bit spendy.  But heh, it’s a dream, right?  We’ll maybe next year when we start looking for a house we’ll turn that dream into a reality.  That, or come back to reality.

So let’s see if the drink matches my fantasy or ends up being a disappointment.

  • 3 ounces of Brandy (Spanish)
  • 1 ounce Creme de Banana
  • 0.5 ounce orange juice
  • 0.5 ounce lemon juice

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

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Basically what we have here is some brown liquor shaken together with some juices – hmmm.
  • You gotta love brandy for this one – make sure you are using a quality brand-e!
  • Tastes of sweetened brandy with a banana aftertaste, admittedly though, the juice flavor is lost in the body of the drink.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 4/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • A little bit of a disappointment here, not sure this one is going to make the recommend list – although it does have a good name!