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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.

Lemon Drop

It’s a stormy Friday 13th here in San Diego tonight.  The cat isn’t a happy camper, and all he wants to do is hang out with me.  Sounds like a perfect night for a drink.

So why the Lemon Drop?  Simple enough, but last week I somehow ended up at the infamous Silver Fox in PB and more incredibly, I found myself drinking a Lemon Drop shot.  Damn it was awful.  With that as my background, I set out to make the ultimate version of this drink.  I present to you – the fancy pants davedrinks Lemon Drop.

  • 1.5 ounce lemon vodka
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1.5 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 ounce orange juice

Combine in a shaker over ice, shake and serve in a chilled sugar rimmed martini glass.  Garnish with a lemon spiral.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The same basic flavor profile of a Lemon Drop, but this one really pops.  It’s the perfect blend of sweet and tart.
  • The Silver Fox version was flat, but here you can really taste the lemon, the orange and the Grand Marnier as you sip.
  • This may be based on a shot, but this is better enjoyed as a martini.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • Next time your buddy orders a Lemon Drop shot – make sure this is the one!

Tuaca Sidecar

After searching through the internet after work today I discovered that today is “Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day”.  What the hell… how come nobody told me this before I went to the office today?  Maybe today was fun and I didn’t notice, maybe I am a masochist, or just maybe I must have had fun today.  Did you go to work?

Today’s drink is a variation on a classic cocktail the Tuaca Sidecar.  We already sampled the regula kind in February, and it scored a fantastic 9/10 – now let’s see how this one comes along.  I’ll let you in on a secret though – this is the fourth time I have made this drink in the past few days, so that might give you a hint to its rating.

  • 1.5 ounces brandy
  • 0.75 ounces Tuaca
  • 0.5 ounce orange juice
  • 0.5 ounce lime juice
  • lemon twist (optional)

Shake everything in a cocktail shaker over ice, and serve in a chilled cocktail glass, enjoy.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • First all, just look at it.  It has all the good looks of someone throwing up in a martini glass.
  • Now taste it so we can get that thought out of your head.  This is a great blend of ingredients – the complexity of the brandy, the sweet of the Tuaca and the orange juice and the tart of the lime.
  • The picture does not do this one justice.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Why stop at four – I’m sure I’ll be making five… and six… and, well, you get the idea.

Tiger’s Tail

Sometimes drinks have a name that makes you think – wow that must be cool.  Sometimes drinks have a list of ingredients that make you think – wow that must be disgusting.  This is one of those drinks.  Pernod and orange juice – who does that?  Tiger’s Tail – who wouldn’t drink that.  Let’s see how it goes.

  • 1.5 ouunces of Pernod
  • 6 ounces of orange juice

Combine in an ice filled collins glass filled with ice, and stir.  Garnish with a lime slice is so desired.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Odd.  I have never had a drink that tastes like this.  Not bad, just odd.
  • The flavor of licorice from the Pernod is unmistakable.  It almost goes well with the orange juice.
  • A long drink that gets better with each sip.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 3/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • When you are in the mood for a drink that you never drank before!

Agent Orange

Not sure exactly why I am stuck on the orange drinks over the past few days, but here is another one – the Agent Orange – and I have to say that this is the best one so far.  Up there in the picture you can also see my favorite bar drink book – which I HIGHLY recommend to everyone out there.  It doesn’t have the most original name – “Ultimate Bar Book” – but it is hands down the best recipe guide that I have ever seen.  So if you tire of my endless rants and mediocre pictures, do yourself a favor and add this one to your collection.  So how does this Agent Orange taste, page 311.

  • 3 ounces of vodka
  • 1.5 ounce of Grand Marnier
  • 0.5 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce orange juice

Shake the ingredients vigorously over ice, serve in a martini glass.  Garnish with an orange peel.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • This is a sweet cocktail.  The Cointreau and the Grand Marnier take care of that.
  • The flavor has a base of orange juice, the sweetness of the Cointreau and the complexity of the Grand Marnier.  It is amazing how each of the ingredients stars in its own way – a surprisingly complex drink.
  • If a dry martini is your thing – stay away.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 9/10
  • A deliciously complex orange treat.