Tag Archive: Tequila

Tequila Ghost

Sometimes you have to jump in with both feet to see if the water is warm. Sometimes you have a sense that something is about to go terribly wrong. Sometimes you say “what the hell, it can’t be that bad”. And only very rarely do you say screw it, I’ll make a Tequila Ghost.

I really should have known better. Pernod has never been my favorite, but I was curious how it’s liquorice flavor could be enhanced by tequila and some lemon juice. Turns out, not well.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I guess that if you have a strange combination of taste buds, that this could be an attractive melody on the tongue. My taste buds respectively disagree.
  • I can honestly say that none of the ingredients seem to work against the other. I mean lemon and tequila is a classic, but adding Pernod seems like it was a dare.
  • The worst part is the odd liquorice lemon aftertaste.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating – 2/10
  • Strength – 5/10
  • Sweetness – 5/10
  • Uh, nothing to see here, move along.

Black Sombrero

One of the reasons that I started this blog back in December was that I wanted to tell you how drinks taste not just how to make them.  As I have said before – some drinks sound good and taste bad and others sound bad and taste good.  Tonight’s drink is a test of that theory.  Since starting davedrinks I have leant towards drinks that sound good, because let’s face it, I have to drink them.  The Black Sombrero however, does not sound good at all.  Let’s see how this goes.

  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce Kahlua

Shake over ice, strain and serve into a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I didn’t expect that.  This drink is surprisingly well-balanced and good tasting.
  • The Kahlua is basically what you taste, with a hint of tequila in the background.
  • The taste is the coffee/cocoa flavor of Kahlua, but strong nonetheless.

Tastings Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Surprises can be good – count the Black Sombrero among them.

El Diablo

Today I was driving the mean streets of Chula Vista as I took a trip down memory lane with my ex-coworker Matt as he was looking for his next office space endeavor.  We drove out to Eastlake and then over to Sunbow past my old stomping grounds at Tivoli Villas.  Somehow we managed to avoid Lolitas, odd.  Then we went to downtown Chula Vista, where it seems to stay in business you need to be selling car audio equipment or be a 99 cent store.  We even passed by Wild Wooly’s (of Long Island Iced Tea fame).  Sounds bad, but as we drove around it was like I was touring my buddy around my neighborhood.  Funny how you keep a connection to the place you do your growing up.

In honor of being in Chulajuana, today’s drink is the El Diablo – full of tequila!

  • o.5 lime
  • 1.5 ounces tequila
  • 0.5 ounce crème de cassis
  • 4 ounces of ginger ale

Pour into a rocks glass over ice, stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • You can certainly taste the flavor of the tequila, but the shiver factor has been removed.
  • Odd taste of blackcurrant in the background, it goes strangely well.
  • The ginger ale can’t be tasted – it just softens the rest of the drink.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • There’s not really anything devilish about this cocktail beyond its name.

Bonus points to the first person to name the cool cat in the picture.

This is a drink near and dear to my heart.  Right below the heart.  In the vicinity of the liver.

I have already reminisced about my days at Wild Wooly’s in Chula Vista back in my Junior College days, and this is the drink that I graduated to after drinking those Midori Sours we’ve already talked about.  I remember ordering these for $6 and being amazed at how much liquor was actually in these things.  There was no better buzz for the buck.

Needless to say it’s been a while since I have made myself one of these – but I remember how.  Truth is, while I don’t like to brag – I make a mean Long Island Iced Tea.  Now I am half way through one, so forgive any spelling and grammatical errors.

  • 1.5 ounces vodka (use a premium, Kettel One)
  • 1.5 ounces light rum (Bacardi)
  • 1.5 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 1.5 ounces tequila (Jose Cuervo)
  • 1.5 ounces sweet and sour
  • Coca Cola to taste

Pour everything in a pint glass over ice, give it a stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • As you sip, you are thinking “there are how many shots of liquor in here”, cause it doesn’t taste like it.
  • Then you get halfway through and you think “wow, there’s a lot of liquor in here”.
  • Go easy on this one – it’s dangerous.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 10/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Warning Will Robinson.

Once in a while we have to add one of the classic cocktails in here for completeness.  We’ve already made one type of Margarita, but let’s make the most generic kind.  This is the one that your friend who doesn’t know anything about bartending will make you.  It’s the one on the sweet and sour bottle.

  • 3 ounces of tequila (Jose Cuervo)
  • 1.5 ounces of triple sec
  • 2 splashes of sweet and sour (homemade)

Shake everything over ice, serve how you like – rocks, up, with salt, without.  Throw a lime wedge in there too!

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • It’s like the margarita you order at the local dive bar.  It will suffice.  Enough of them will get you drunk, but your not going to remember drinking it in the morning.
  • I cannot say how many better margaritas there are in the world, let’s go with a lot.
  • You can taste the tequila.  You can taste the sweet and sour.  There’s triple sec in here?

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 3/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • What did you expect from a generic drink?


So its March, right?  The NFL season long gone, right?  Meanwhile all the news is NFL with the Saints and their “pay for pain”, a certain Mr. Manning is being released by the Colts and Brees is mad that he has been given the franchise tag.  What the heck – can’t we let baseball and NASCAR have the limelight all to themselves for a while?  Anyways…

I whipped up some homemade sweet and sour mix today… time to make a cocktail with the result.  Quick search on the internet came up with the Iguana.  This one sounds a little odd, but we’ll give it a whirl and see how is tastes.

  • 3 ounces sweet and sour (homemade!)
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 0.5 ounce Kahlua

Shake everything over ice, strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The sweet and sour really is dominant in the drink, so I highly recommend the homemade stuff!
  • The drink tastes sweet… and sour.  Also has an odd aftertaste that I think is the Kahlua.
  • One thing is certain – you can’t taste the liquor!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 4/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • A fine drink with an odd finish.


Not all drinks can be winners.  This is what happens when you try too hard to be Mexican.  There’s Mexican limes, Mexican coke, and tequila, and a glass rimmed with salt… the only thing missing is a dash of hot sauce.  This drink is apparently the specialty of a bar in the town of Tequila, and to me I think they have drunk too much of their product to have a rational opinion about what is good.  They say it’s the ONLY drink they serve.  I guess if it’s all you’ve got, it’s better than nothing.

  • 3 ounces white tequila
  • Mexican coke
  • 1 Mexican lime
  • rock salt

Rim a rocks glass with the lime and rock salt.  Fill glass with ice, pour in the tequila, squeeze in half the lime, top off with coke, stir with the knife you cut the lime with.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Well, nothing like ruining Mexican coke with the addition of Mexican tequila.
  • The salt adds… a bad taste.  No help here.
  • You put it all together and realize you should have just used rum.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 2/10
  • Strength: 8/10 (maybe not in alcohol content, but definitely in flavor)
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • As a public service, I suggest you skip the town of Tequila.

Margarita on the Rocks

Not that many drinks in and I am already on my second margarita – this time served on the rocks.  Nothing beats a fresh margarita on a summer’s day (or December 31), and I needed to find a use for some fantastic home-made Sweet and Sour Mix that was taking up space in the refrigerator.

  • 3 ounces fresh sweet and sour mix
  • 1.5 ounces triple sec
  • 2.25 ounces gold tequila (Los Osuna)
  • 0.5 ounce Grand Marnier
  • lime wedge

Mix all of the ingredients in a rocks glass over ice (salt the rim if that is your thing).  Stir it up, squeeze in the fresh lime wedge and enjoy.

Dave’s Thoughts

  • Not too shabby this.  A long drinking alternative to the Golden Margarita
  • The home-made sweet and sour was probably the difference here.
  • The tequila blends in so well and compliments the flavors.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • Enjoy it on a summer’s day at the beach!

Tijuana Taxi

Well, its christmas eve, and that means the Tijuana Taxi. Originally conceived as a method to keep my brother-in-law from church it is now a Christmas Eve tradition.

  • 2 ounces gold tequila (reposado preferred)
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice (no pulp)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • lemon twist

Shake liquid ingredients vigorously over ice, serve in a chilled martini glass up, garnish with lemon twist.  Optional: rim the glass with sugar.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Its got tequila
  • It tastes good
  • I am writing this after three!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 9/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Better than actually getting in a Tijuana Taxi.

Golden Margarita

Drink number one – the Golden Margarita!  I am not necessarily a Tequila fan, but I had Tequila, lots of limes and some Grand Marnier, so I gave it a whirl!

  • 2 ounces gold tequila (Los Osuna)
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice

Mix over ice, shake it up, serve in a chilled martini glass up.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Nice drink, not so smooth you can’t taste the tequila, not so harsh you can’t enjoy
  • Great special margarita
  • Not sweet, not too strong, a real margarita

Kathryns’s Thoughts:

  • Tart and clean
  • Strong
  • Very good – an 8 or 9/10

We have a winner!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Score: 8/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • For when you want to drink tequila without the whistle.