Tag Archive: Sambuca


Slippery Nipple

What can I say other than George made me do it. Paging through the drink book I ran across this dessert concoction… and it has the benefit of making 13 year old boys (or those of us who never fully evolved) snicker.

So after a disappointing Sunbasket dinner of hoison chicken, let’s see if the after dinner cocktail can change the trajectory. I mean, it can’t get much worse. Oh wait, it just did, the thought of the name have me a vision of George…

  • 1.5 ounces Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1.5 ounces Sambuca

Shake vigorously over ice, fill a Collins glass with ice and pour the liquid over the top. Enjoy dessert.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Baileys is hard to go wrong with, nice and thick and creamy, like George.
  • The sambuca adds a fun flavor in the background, giving you a hint of the unexpected, like George.
  • Very sweet, and best enjoyed after a romantic dinner, like George.

Tasting Notes:

  • George’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 2/10
  • Sweetness: 10/10
  • The name is silly, but the drink turns out to be a little more sophisticated than first appearances. Like George.
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International Cocktail

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Have you missed me? It’s been damn near 12 months without a post, and that is completely unacceptable. I know that you have all come to count on me to pick your beverage each time you need something creative. At least that’s what my ego says. But don’t worry – I’ve been drinking all along, trying new things and experimenting by myself – just need to get better with the sharing part!

So tonight, the International Cocktail – sounds nice and exotic. I am generally not a fan of Sambuca but somehow a bottle has ended up in my bar. Who knows, maybe in the right combination it’ll be better! On to the tasting…

  • 2 ounces Spanish brandy (while I did not make with other brands, I thinkĀ a selection of a good brandy makes this drink)
  • 1/4 ounce Sambuca
  • 1/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/4 ounce vodka

Shake it up over ice, and throw it in a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • For some reason I was expecting this to hit me with flavor, but the reality is that this is smooth and subtle drink.
  • The Sambuca is a nice touch, you can definitely taste it, but it does not overpower the drink as I had feared.
  • Overall the drink has a nice sweetness and you can still taste the complexity of the brandy.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 5/10 – all liquor, but not in your face.
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • A pleasant surprise, I am sure that if I was a Sambuca man that I would have an even higher rating for this cocktail.