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The second drink of Christmas has arrived!  Just in time to help with a weekend of holiday shopping.  Malls full of people trying desperately to think of something creative for their loved ones.  The only problem is when they return to work in the new year, the realize that they all received the same sweater and trinket that was on sale at Macy’s.  I guess I shouldn’t be so jaded… it is a nice sweater after all,

To help with the holiday shopping, along comes the Nacional.  Drink enough of these and you too will be a creative force, turning over every pile of clothes in the mall to find that different sweater,  You know the one that somehow didn’t get marked down like the rest of them, and really looks no better.  But damn it, it’s different.  Mission accomplished.

It seems like this drink has a high standard to reach, so let’s give it a try.

  • 1.5 ounces gold rum
  • 0.75 ounces apricot brandy
  • 0.75 ounces pineapple juice
  • 0.25 ounces lime juice

Serve this once in a martini glass after shaking everything over ice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The combination of apricot brandy, rum and pineapple juice make this a sweet drink.
  • Essentially a “complex” pineapple juice.  It’s hard to discern the other ingredients, but you can tell something is there,
  • When drinking this in martini sized portions, it seems like it disappears too fast.  So one leads to two… all the better to lighten your mood.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating 8/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 9/10
  • A nice gateway martini for those who are scared of “short” format drinks.

Park Avenue Cocktail

This year for Christmas my wife treated me to a new cocktail book to expand my horizons and allow me to keep expanding my experiment in mixology that is DaveDrinks.  This book is a great one full of classic cocktails, and is appropriately named “Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails” by Ted Haigh.  It’s a fascinating book, with many interesting tidbits, although unsurprisingly, many of the drinks contain a difficult to acquire ingredient not found in the modern bar.  There are exceptions of course, and tonight I tried the Park Avenue Cocktail.

According the Haigh, “This drink is synonymous with wealth, power, and luxury in New York City”.  That’s high praise for a cocktail, so let’s see how I feel after a sample…

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 0.75 ounces pineapple juice
  • 0.75 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 2 teaspoons orange curacao

Shake it all over ice and serve it up in a martini glass, simple enough.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • It starts dry, has a just perceptively sweet middle and ends dry again.  You should enjoy your gin before sampling this wealthy beverage.
  • I’m not sure how the drink earned it’s powerful moniker, as to me it tastes of a softened dry martini.
  • Don’t be confused with its three luxurious sweet sounding ingredients, there is only a hint of the sweet pineapple flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness: 4/10
  • I tried to be witty and note its wealthy, powerful and luxurious qualities, but honestly, I didn’t think these were the best descriptors as I tasted.  On the whole, and ok classic cocktail, very middle of the road.

Sorry for the lack of a picture – just wasn’t feeling photographic tonight!

 

Rum Shake

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I’ve been drinking a lot of bourbon lately – my drink of the month appears to be a Manhattan, as every drink I order in a bar has a 50% chance of being a Makers Manhattan. It’s a lovely drink, but I needed some variety, so a flipped through my “World Bartender Guide” on the lookout for something that sounded very different. With that I stumbled on the Rum Shake.

At first read you might think that this was a desert cocktail with some dairy product thrown in for fun, but alas, the ingredients give way to a Caribbean themed drink with a little rum and pineapple juice. Then the curveball is Pernod. Let’s give her a whirl.

  • 1.5 ounces dark rum
  • 0.75 ounces Pernod
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice

Shake everything over ice, and strain into an ice filled rocks glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • There’s definitely some interesting flavors in here.  The pineapple and the Pernod set each other off quite well.
  • In the tradition of Caribbean rum cocktails, you can’t really taste any liquor in here.
  • It drinks heavy, its frothy and rich like a shake – now I understand the name.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • According to plan, this is a different cocktail to try when you are craving a sweet alternative.

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.

East India

I am so happy today.  The wife is coming home from being away on business/pleasure to New York and Chicago for the last 8 days – and I have to say she is missed.  I cannot wait until tomorrow, when I no longer have to eat McDonald’s three meals a day, have to pick out my outfits unassisted and, most importantly, drink alone.  Alas, she is not arriving until later this evening – so one final solo cocktail is in order – the East India.

  • 1.5 ounces brandy (Spanish)
  • 0.25 ounce Cointreau
  • 1.5 ounces pineapple juice
  • Dash of Angostura bitters

Shake everything over ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist and a maraschino cherry.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Basic flavor is pineapple, but it is subtle, almost like a cocktail with infused liquor and not one containing real juice.
  • Very mellow drink, and a little on the sweet side.  Easy to sip and enjoy.
  • The finish is a mix of sweet pineapple and the complexity of the brandy.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Exceedingly well-balanced cocktail, if you want and easy sipping martini with the friendly taste of pineapple – you should give this a try.

Pineapple Cocktail

It’s been 10 long nights since I updated the blog, what a week it has been.  Do not confuse this with a lack of drinking, just a lack of creative writing.  So last Saturday night the drink of the day was prepared by my lovely wife – the Pineapple Cocktail.  Not only did she find a cool drink, she went all out with the sugared rim and pineapple and cherry garnish!  Let’s see how it goes.

  • 1.5 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 0.5 ounce lime juice

Mix all the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker, shake, strain into a martini glass with a sugared rim and garnish with a pineapple slice and maraschino cherry.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Surprisingly, not as sweet as you would think and unsurprisingly, all you can taste is the pineapple.
  • There is liquor in here, but this is one to serve to your friends that want something sweet and fun that won’t get them drunk.
  • For a sweet cocktail this is very well-balanced.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Great choice from Kathryn – and looked as good as it tasted.

Grass Skirt

Back to some homebrewed cocktails tonight.  Well, perhaps not homebrewed… but read in a book and assembled in a cocktail shaker.  Don’t know why this caught my eye exactly, but the Grass Skirt sounded fun and it has pineapple juice!  The big question is – what am I wearing under there?

  • 1.5 ounces of gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 0.5 teaspoon of grenadine

Mix everything in a shaker over ice, give it a shake a serve it in a martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • It tastes like… pineapple juice, grenadine and Cointreau.  Surprising – at least the surprising that the gin disappeared!
  • Easy sipping, friendly martini.  One you can give to a friend and not worry if they are a “martini person”.
  • I might even make this for my mother!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • I’ll make one for the first person who tells me who owns that book it’s sitting on.

Heatwave

Tomorrow is Superbowl Sunday, and as always here in San Diego the weather is fantastic!  Why the NFL doesn’t listen to Chris Berman and have the game in San Diego every year is beyond me, but I guess I am biased.  So in honor of this special time of year and the ridiculous weather we are having, tonight’s libation is the Heatwave.

  • 1 ounce dark rum (Myers)
  • 0.5 ounce peach schnapps
  • 4.5 ounces pineapple juice
  • 0.25 ounce of grenadine

Fill a highball glass with ice, pour in the ingredients, being sure to leave the grenadine to last, give it a stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Tastes of alcoholic pineapple juice with a hint a peach – in a good way.
  • Not much liquor in here, so this is a great afternoon in the sun sipping cocktail – it’s not going to get you plastered.
  • While our heat wave in January is a good start, I think this one is best saved for poolside in the summer.

Tastings Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 2/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • Brings back memories of sipping the drink of the day aboard a cruise ship.  That is, right before the captain drove the damn thing into a reef and sank it.