Tag Archive: Rocks Glass


Hickory Press

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Today was a rough day.  Sometimes you just need a drink when you come home, and tonight this is a homemade concoction.  Inspiration was the cold pressed apple juice that I found in the refrigerator, so here we go.  The wife decided that rum would be a good addition, and then for fun I asdded a splash of Apricot Brandy to give a little sweetness and flavor.  I did take a stab at a name, which was probably the hardest part of the process.  Feel free to mock relentlessly.

  • 3 ounces cold pressed apple juice
  • 1.5 ounces gold rum
  • 0.75 ounce apricot brandy

Shake over ice and serve in a ice filled rocks glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Wow, this isn’t bad.  Not saying this is the most creative combo, but it sure does blend together well.
  • It has a apple base, with a hint of sugar in the flavor from the rum and a sweet hit from the apricot.
  • Next time I will try half the apricot brandy.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10 (I know, I’m biased)
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • A basic drink that classes up apple juice… and its all my own.
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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.

Little Colonel

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There’s a new addition to the bar and its time to make something from Southern Comfort.  I have never tried this stuff before, and my only knowledge of it is that it was the favorite of my grandfather when he was younger.  I distinctly remember him drinking it, which is bizarre because I couldn’t tell you anything about any of my family’s other drinking habits.  I take that back, my uncle likes Bacardi… a lot.

What is SoCo anyway?  I looked it up, and now I am none the wiser.  Its apparently “an American liqueur made with neutral spirits with fruit, spice and whiskey flavorings”.  Hmmm.  I figured it was some type of whiskey… but apparently its some type of “whiskey flavoring”.  I guess in the near future I’m going to have to try some neat so I can tell you if the drink even tastes like Southern Comfort, whatever that is!

  • 1.5 ounces bourbon (Makers Mark)
  • 1 ounce Southern Comfort
  • 0.5 ounce lime juice

Shake everything over ice and pour into an ice filled rocks glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • There’s lime in here for sure, but its hiding, just behind the liquor.  Gives a nice hint of sweet to the drink.
  • With each successive sip, I enjoy this one a little more, a Little Colonel more.
  • Not for the faint of heart, but not so strong that you can’t enjoy the flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • When you need a fix of “whiskey flavorings”, this might just be the ticket.

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.

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.

Presbyterian

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I missed you. Really, I did, and more so when I checked the stats and I am still getting great traffic!

So its Christmas time, and my original goal of publishing a book for friends and family was unfortunately not realized, so we have another long year ahead of us of sampling new and interesting cocktails. Since our last installment, I have read a history of rum in the new world and I have become an official Makers Mark ambassador – so it’s not like I forgot how to drink!

Today, it’s the Presbyterian. Apparently this was originally a non-alcoholic concoction, giving it a temperance flair, but the 18th Amendment couldn’t prevent a happy marriage with bourbon. Lets see how this goes…

  • 3oz bourbon (Makers Mark)
  • 1oz ginger ale
  • 1oz club soda
  • Mix everything over ice in a rocks glass, stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Unsurprisingly, the bourbon comes through, the other ingredients are just there to soften the blow.
  • I never have been a fan of club soda, to me it just has a flat taste, and there is a hint of that here.
  • Very drinkable, especially as the ice melts and continues to mellow the flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • Proving once again why the 21st Amendment was passed.

Crown & Coke

I’ve got jubilee fever!  This weekend all of England is celebrating QE2’s accession to the throne.  Such a strange antiquated thing for a first world country to celebrate.  There are only 44 countries in the world with a monarchy – and guess what – QE2 is queen of 16 of them.  So does that make her queen of 36% of the world?  Probably not, its been a couple of years since the sun hasn’t set on the British Empire.  Kind of strange that such a small country once had such a grip on the world… even more strange that they have somehow managed to hold on to as much influence as they have!  Rule Britannia!

  • 1.5 ounces Crown Royal (today we’re going with the stronger, more intriguing “Black” variety
  • 4.5 ounces Mexican Coca Cola

Grab yourself a rocks glass, add ice, Crown and coke.  Serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Not quite Makers, not quite rum.  Tastes like molasses alcohol with Coke.  Not so bad.
  • For some reason it doesn’t quite match the heights of a Cuba Libre or a Makers and Coke.  It’s just okay.
  • On second thought, molasses may be wrong, it’s missing the sweetness… but it does have the flavor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • A classic cocktail – don’t be afraid to order a Crown and Coke at the bar… but remember… Makers is better.

White Russian

It’s Shamu’s sweet sixteenth birthday!  No, not the whale, the cat.  I know the cat is drinking out of the martini glass, Shamu themed no less, but before PETA calls – there’s no alcohol in there!  The alcohol is all in the drink up front, and he turned his nose up at that one… but not me!  So happy birthday Shamu – let’s celebrate with a White Russian!

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 ounce milk (or cream)

Pour in a rocks glass over ice, serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Coffee and milk with the kick of vodka, yummy.
  • Not too sweet, and the calories aren’t just limited to the alcohol!
  • Beleive it or not, it’s my first one.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • A nice drink, a little heavy to have more than one.

XYZ

Some drinks are easy to understand, some are not.  Take the classic Rum & Coke – what exactly are the ingredients?  Strangely enough it’s made of, get this, a measure of rum and… some Coke.  So moving on to tonight’s beverage, the XYZ.  What exactly do you think may be in there?  A xylophone?  Some Yeah-germeister?  Perhaps a zebra?  Nope, it’s rum, Cointreau and lemon juice, of course.

So it has a dumb name, but what does it taste like and should you order one?

  • 2 ounces of Jamaican rum (Myers)
  • 2 tablespoons of Cointreau
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Shake over ice, strain and serve in a rocks glass over ice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • It’s the first drink that I have made with Myers rum where the harsh flavor of sugar cane is almost completely absent.  There is just a hint in the aftertaste.
  • The lemon and the Cointreau combine to make a sweet and tart base for the drink.
  • It’s almost like a strange alternative to a Rum and Coke, but one you could drink without soda on hand.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Three 7’s does not a jackpot make, but I was expecting less with such a stupid name.

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.