Tag Archive: Orange Bitters


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!
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Southern Martini

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Sometimes you need a classic martini to set the evening off right.  No fruity pretense, and none of that dry vermouth to scare us away.  Allow me to present the Southern Martini.  A classic gin martini that features a hint of orange to add to the flavor.  A freshly poured martini has that naturally cloudy texture, that gradually fades to a crisp clear liquid.  No one will mistake you for an armature.

  • 3 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 0.5 ounces triple sec
  • 3 dashes of orange bitters

Combine ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker, stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Don’t let the triple sec or the orange bitters fool you, this is a dry martini.
  • There is an oh so subtle hint of orange deep down inside, but you will need to let the drink sit on your tongue to notice.
  • If served to an unsuspecting friend, they would swear there was a full measure of dry vermouth included.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10 (a little too dry for my taste)
  • Strength: 9/10
  • Sweetness: 2/10
  • A great alternative to a classic martini.

Pegu Club Cocktail

Back on track – actually time for a drink I made today.  Lot’s of posting to get on track… hopefully the post quality isn’t suffering.  This drink was the alternative choice of Kathryn for my birthday beverage, so let’s see how its stacks up.  Notice the cool new “glassware” courtesy of my sister for my birthday – stainless martini glasses!

  • 1.5 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 0.75 curacao (pretty sure blue isn’t the best choice, but it’s what I had)
  • 1 dash of Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 1 dash fresh lime juice

Mix vigorously over ice.  Serve in a martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The story is this drink was created in Rangoon in the 1930s… fun fact of the day!
  • When sipping you get a hint of orange from the curacao and a hint of the gin in the background, neither overpowers the other.
  • A fun drink that is… blue.  Don’t be surprised if you are asked about that blue popsicle you didn’t have.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • Is this drink the work of the devil?

Okay, okay – I’m a few days late on my posts.  Cut me a break though – it’s was my birthday.  It’s not to say that I wasn’t drinking on my Birthday, in fact there are probably some pictures that I wish to have un-taken, but isn’t this the one day of the year that people cut you some slack?

As part of my birthday gift, today’s drink was handcrafted by the beautiful Kathryn.  It’s quite amazing to me that she knows how to use a glass that wasn’t built for vino – so it’s even more impressive that it contains scotch!  She’s just showing off.

  • 1.5 ounce scotch
  • o.75 ounce of Cointreau
  • 2 or 3 dashes orange bitters

Place everything in a shaker over ice and go nuts.  Serve in a chilled martini glass over ice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Apparently a Scottish drink… Bairn means “child”… fun to say with a Scottish accent!
  • Combines the flavors of orange and scotch, and neither one overpowers the other.
  • Even if you are not a scotch drinker, this one may have potential for you.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Combining the wonderful flavors of orange and scotch into a great cocktail.