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Bolero #2

Once upon a time in 2013 I made a cocktail of a similar name. Now I am trying another version… not only is it a different recipe, it’s an entirely different flavor profile! According to my favorite bar book this is the “fruity” version. I can get with that, but I would go with the more “robust” version. The last try got a 7/10…

  • 3 ounces of dark rum (Myers)
  • 0.75 ounce brandy
  • 0.75 ounce lime juice
  • 0.75 ounce orange juice
  • 0.75 ounce simple syrup

This is a simple one: cocktail shaker, ice, liquids, shake and strain into a martini glass. Drink.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Reading the ingredients this sounds like a fancy rum punch, and that’s exactly how it drinks… perhaps a batch version of this in my future…
  • The dark rum and brandy give the drink a sweet alcoholic base, sweetened up by the juices – serving this up makes this more sophisticated.
  • Like the aforementioned rum punch, this is a drink that can sneak up on you – be sure to go easy.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10 (this is the better version)
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • The drink for when you are craving a rum punch on the beach but you are hosting a fancy cocktail party.
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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!

Paradise

Do I make some pithy comment about living in paradise… or maybe quote Phil Collins… but you don’t want that. Instead I’ll drink in honor of one of my favorite paradises – Sint Maarten. Seeing the devastation caused by Irma this past week saddens me as it is truly one of the most amazing paradises that I have been fortunate enough to visit. Knowing the people of the island, I’m sure not only, will they rebuild, but they will do so with a smile! Maybe while they are at it, they could consider unifying the cell phone grid – making an international call to the other side of a small island may be charming, but I think it’s time!

So paradise in a glass it is.

  • 2 ounces Apricot Brandy
  • 1.5 ounces Gin
  • 1.5 ounces Orange Juice

Shake everything over ice and serve it up in a chilled Martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • This is surprisingly balanced, certainly on the sweet side, but the gin helps mellow things out.
  • The apricot flavor dominates with an orange compliment, but the flavor is actually quite complex.
  • Don’t be afraid of the gin, it’s not the dominant flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 3/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Consider stocking the bar with apricot brandy so you can serve this fun cocktail to your friends.

Melon Ball

Enjoying a late summer day in San Diego inspired me to make a refreshing traditional cocktail. There was some fresh squeezed orange juice in the fridge just begging for some mixing.

I have not documented too many of the classics on DaveDrinks, but this falls into that category. Making a Melon Ball feels like I am back in the 1980s!

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce Midori
  • 4 ounces fresh orange juice

Shake everything over ice, serve into a wine glass filled with crushed ice. Enjoy.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The Midori turns the classic Screwdriver into a sweeter, funner libation.
  • Very refreshing – great easy drinking cocktail to beat the heat.
  • At your next brunch, make a pitcher to enjoy with friends!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 1/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • Just because it’s from a time gone by, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy it today.

Pink Fetish

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So Christmas has passed.  New Years has passed.  Our series of parties has passed.  Where does that leave us?  A refrigerator full of too much beer, too many snacks, and one more bottle of champagne than we need this week.   Oh, and some left over orange juice and cran-raspberry juice taking up too much space.  In steps the Pink Fetish.  Recipe called for cranberry juice, but what the heck, Kathryn can make a meal out of leftovers fit for a king – why can’t I make a cocktail?  Enjoy.

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce peach schnapps
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces cran-raspberry juice
  • lime wedge

Over ice, shake the liquid ingredients, strain into a chilled rocks glass over ice, squeeze the lime wedge over the drink and drop it in.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • You won’t taste the vodka in here.  Lots of juice to cover it up.  But it’s not pink.
  • Really tastes like a variation of the Fuzzy Navel – the peach flavor is very pronounced.
  • This is a great morning cocktail when toasting “it’s happy hour somewhere”!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 3/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • It’s an advanced Fuzzy Navel, but the name is no less embarrassing to order at your local watering hole.

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!

Keeping up with the drinks, we have a fancy sounding cocktail – the Maiden’s Prayer.  After spending the last seven years or so living with my maiden, it strikes me as odd that there is no wine in here, as that would be her prayer!

Let’s see how it goes.

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 0.5 ounce lemon juice
  • 0.5 ounce orange juice

Shake over ice, strain and serve into a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Almost a lemon drop, but with gin instead of vodka.
  • Good balance, starts tart and ends sweet.  The lemon is the main flavor, but there is a hint or orange juice.
  • The Cointreau helps give it the sweetness and a subtle complexity if you sip.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • A lemon drop with added complexity, this would not make for a good shooter like its vodka cousin.

Daydream Martini

Flipping through the drink books this evening I came across a drink that had been crudely starred four times in pen.  Something tells me that I may have made this one before and been impressed.  Catching up on Mad Men this evening, so it is a no brainer to make a martini – but I am guessing this isn’t one that Don would enjoy.  Perhaps a straight up vodka martini would have been more appropriate?  Ah well, what’cha gonna do?

  • 3 ounces citrus vodka
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 0.5 ounce triple sec
  • 0.25 teaspoon sugar

Shake over ice. strain and serve into a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • A semi-sweet orange martini would be the best description.
  • Tastes like a flat Orangina without the bits… and with vodka.
  • I think this is best described as a classic orange martini.

Tastings Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 4/10
  • Roger quote of the evening: “How Jewish are they?  Fiddler on the Roof – audience or cast?”

Captain & OJ

Time for a simple drink today – its the sweeter and more healthful version of a Captain & Coke.  Nothing like a little bit of Vitamin C while you drink.  I feel like I should say something whitty about OJ Simpson, but he stabs people, so I think I will refrain… although that could lead to a phenomenol civil settlement, even if he’s “innocent”.  Let’s bring Judge Ito out of retirement.

On to the drinking.

  • 1.5+ ounces Captain Morgan
  • 4-6 ounces orange juice

Pour everthing in a rocks glass over ice, stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Not a combination that seems obvious, but this drink is a treat – an orange creamsicle!
  • Not sure why, but the vanilla from the Captain Morgan and the orange juice are a fantastic combo!
  • Sweet, fun and alcoholic version of the ice cream truck!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • This is a fine alternative to a screwdriver.

British Atol

Most cocktails are for the eveninging, but there are certain drinks that are acceptable before noon.  This would be one of those drinks – it’s juice with alcohol!  So grab your cocktail shaker and make a British Atol with your cornflakes.

  • 2 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 2 ounces creme de bannana
  • 2 ounces orange juice

Combine over ice, shake, strain and serve into a martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Bananna first, orange juice second and a hint of gin.
  • No question this is a sweet concoction, perfeect substitute to juice with breakfast!
  • It’s surprising that this is made with gin, almost seems better suited to vodka – I’ll have to try that next time.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 9/10
  • Perfect addition to your next brunch.