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Hemmingway Daiquiri

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Oh my word, three nights and three drinks.  What has the blogosphere come to?  Get over it – I’m making drinks again on a (somewhat) frequent basis.  And as always, past results are no indication of future performance.

This week my boss gave me a brown bag full of goodness to use in my cocktails.  The optimistic among you would anticipate that this was a bottle of some new and exciting liquor, but in fact, it was just a bag of limes.  Really good limes.  Less exciting, but equally useful.  While I have been telling you about all of the exciting new drinks in my repertoire from my new book, the real reason for the selections is that they all call for me to use up these delicious limes.  So, what better drink to use some limes with but a daiquiri!  Hemmingway’s Daiquiri in fact.

  • 3 ounces light rum
  • 1.5 ounces lime juice
  • 1.5 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce maraschino liquor

Blend with 12 ounces of ice.  Serve in a Collins glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Not sure if I have mentioned this before, but the Dave of Dave Drinks is not a big fan of grapefruit.
  • This drink is tart and refreshing.  While tonight is a cool winter San Diego evening, I can imagine this being an excellent compliment to a warm summers’ day.
  • This drink is definitely a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  The liquor hides in it’s midst, sneaking up on unsuspecting sippers.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness: 4/10
  • I prefer the traditional daiquiri, but if you are sophisticated and prefer a tart drink with a bit of depth, and you are not above giving yourself brain freeze, then maybe this is your drink.

Bolero

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Keeping with the Bacardi and Calvados theme, here is another cocktail mixing them together.  Apparently there are two drinks called the “Bolero”, this is the first one I’ve tried – perhaps I will follow up with the second soon.

  • 3 ounces Bacardi
  • 1.5 ounces Calvados
  • 1 tsp sweet vermouth

Shake everything over ice and serve in a martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • For such a boozy drink, I was surprised how smooth the flavors are.  I was expecting to feel the healthy portion of Bacardi on my throat!
  • There is a hint of apple, but no sweetness to the drink.
  • Not for the faint of heart, but not so strong that you can’t enjoy the flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 9/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • When you want the power of a martini, a little softness and no sweet.

Liberty Cocktail

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Today reminded me of the disadvantage of living in America.  With all the talk over the 4th of July about liberty and the freedom, it made me think that what I miss the most about immigrating to the United States from England is the oppression by an outdated family who lives in a castle on a hill.  At least they have good blood lines and no hereditary diseases or anything.  Well, I guess everyone doesn’t feel the same way as me, so on this the day that we added another royal, I drink to Liberty!

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 0.75 ounces Bacardi
  • 1 ounce Calvados

Muddle the sugar and lime wedge in the bottom of a rocks glass, fill with ice, add the liquor and stir. Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I was expecting sweeter, even with the sugar this remains quite a stiff drink.
  • The flavor is apple, but apple with a kick.  As the ice melts, the drink mellows nicely.
  • Surprisingly, the lime is undetectable.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 4/10
  • A nice way to consume some apple flavor with the blessings of alcohol.

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.

This is a drink near and dear to my heart.  Right below the heart.  In the vicinity of the liver.

I have already reminisced about my days at Wild Wooly’s in Chula Vista back in my Junior College days, and this is the drink that I graduated to after drinking those Midori Sours we’ve already talked about.  I remember ordering these for $6 and being amazed at how much liquor was actually in these things.  There was no better buzz for the buck.

Needless to say it’s been a while since I have made myself one of these – but I remember how.  Truth is, while I don’t like to brag – I make a mean Long Island Iced Tea.  Now I am half way through one, so forgive any spelling and grammatical errors.

  • 1.5 ounces vodka (use a premium, Kettel One)
  • 1.5 ounces light rum (Bacardi)
  • 1.5 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 1.5 ounces tequila (Jose Cuervo)
  • 1.5 ounces sweet and sour
  • Coca Cola to taste

Pour everything in a pint glass over ice, give it a stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • As you sip, you are thinking “there are how many shots of liquor in here”, cause it doesn’t taste like it.
  • Then you get halfway through and you think “wow, there’s a lot of liquor in here”.
  • Go easy on this one – it’s dangerous.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 10/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Warning Will Robinson.

Between the Sheets

It’s been almost a month now since my birthday, and I realized today that one of my great friends Jon gave me a bottle of Spanish Brandy that I have yet to crack open.  While I have not been digging the brandy drinks made so far, it got me thinking that maybe its in the brandy I was using (E&J for the record).  After 5 minutes of looking through the trusty bar book, the following drink was revealed to me.

  • 1 ounce brandy (Gran Duque d’Alba)
  • 1 ounce light rum (Bacardi)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice (lemon juice is optional)
  • 1 dash of simple syrup

Shake everything over ice, and if feeling fancy garnish with a lemon twist.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • First sip and this is a quality drink right here.  Surprisingly balanced and delicious – makes you want to have another sip – let’s…
  • Second sip and you start to get the depth of flavor, there is a nice sweetness up front and a tart finish, all the while with the undertone of brandy.
  • After that the sipping got a little rapid and I forgot to think about what I was drinking – it was too good!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • This was a real surprise – this is one of my new favorite drinks… thanks Jon!

Daiquiri

Valentines Day!  We had great plans – Kathryn had a court date, we both had too much work to do, and our romantic dinner at Outback Steakhouse was already behind us the night before.  So it was a night of homemade cooking and a cocktail and watching “The Fighter”.  Romance!

Tonight let’s kick off another of the classics – the Daiquiri.  There are about as many versions of this drink as will fill this blog, but this is the classic.  You can serve this up or over ice… and since I have those sexy new big ice cubes from my birthday – on ice it was.

  • 1.5 ounces light rum (Bacardi)
  • 0.75 ounce lime juice
  • 0.25 ounce simple syrup
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Shake everything over ice and strain into the container of your choice – martini glass up or rocks glass over ice.  Garnish with the lime wheel.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I will admit that a Daiquiri is not my favorite drink.  Too much lime flavor for me.
  • The first taste is dominated by the lime, but once you get used to it, this is a well balanced drink which speaks to its popularity.
  • While not strong, it tastes stronger than I would have expected.

Tastings Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10 – just not my thing.
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • It was Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and J.F.K.’s favorite drink, just not mine!

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.

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.