Tag Archive: Southern Comfort


Canteen Cocktail

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I guess the 12 days of Christmas were clearly oversold as I didn’t get to 12.  I certainly made more than 12 drinks, I just got lost somewhere in the festivities.  Next year I will have to pick up with the remaining 9 cocktails of Christmas.

Speaking of the fat guy in the red suit, today’s drink comes from one of my Christmas presents from the wife – The Joy of Mixology.  This has the potential to be another great source of recipes, and is very highly regarded – so as we continue the adventure we will have to see.

So enough banter, the drink of the night is the Canteen Cocktail.  I have to say, looking at the contents, this is a drink I would not immediately be drawn to as I am not a fan of either Southern Comfort or amaretto, but I must continue on in the name of Dave Drinks.  Let’s see how the first drink of 2015 does…

  • 1.5 ounces white rum
  • 1.5 ounces Southern Comfort
  • 0.5 ounce amaretto
  • 0.5 ounce lime juice

Combine ingredients and shake over ice, serve in a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Except for the rum, each element of the drink can easily be identified in the taste, and I actually have to say, the taste of both Southern Comfort and amaretto are both well received.
  • A sweet drink, but far from sickly so, this has the potential to sneak up on you if you have a few.
  • If I were to describe a sip – starts with amaretto, middle is SoCo and the end is tart  lime.  The white rum is forgotten.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • I am amazed how much I like this drink – I really was expecting this to be a solid 4/10, who knew!

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.