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Jamaican Martini


Since when did falling off of the wagon mean that you stop drinking?  I need to get reinvigorated here.

Hey mon, time for the Jamaican Martini mon!  Nothing better than a tasty beverage while watching the best show on TV – Community.  Let’s get right to it – no witty comments with this one.

  • 2 ounces of dark run (Myers)
  • 0.5 ounce of Tia Maria

Stir in a shaker over ice, strain into a martini glass over ice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Coffee and rum, together.
  • You taste the coffee first and then the flavor of rum lingers.
  • Not sweet and not strong.  If you like coffee, then you’re gonna like this.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 5/10 (what can I say – I’m not a fan of coffee)
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • Let this be the gateway to get back on the wagon.
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Yellow Bird

No longer alone!  The wife is home tonight to drink with me!  Of course she drinks the wine and drink the liquor, but the important part is that I am not drinking alone!  Tonight is time for some punch, the Yellow Bird, apparently a Caribbean favorite – let’s see if it is one of mine!

  • 1 ounce dark rum (Myers)
  • 1 ounce light rum (Bacardi)
  • 0.25 ounce Tia Maria
  • 1.25 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • mint sprig and maraschino cherry for garnish

Shake liquids vigorously over ice and serve in a collins glass over ice, garnish with mint sprig and maraschino cherry.

Dave’s Thoughts

  • Memories of drinking rum punch in the Caribbean come back quickly after the first sip.
  • Very different from the other drinks I have made – very juicy – the alcohol is hidden in the sweetness.  There is a hint of coffee in the aftertaste.
  • The mint sprig and the cherry are just for show, but they certainly add to the fun factor.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 5/10
  • Strength: 5/10 (it’s there, but you can’t taste it)
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • A good rum punch to add to the collection – serve while serenading your friends with a steel drum.

Dave’s Centenario

The parents came to visit today, and since we always end up having to make them a cup of coffee, I thought it best to try a drink with some coffee liqueur in their honor – Tia Maria.  Of course, when making the drink I misread the recipe, so my version has 3x as much Tia Maria and 3x as much triple sec.  Interestingly enough, what came out was quite pleasant.  So enjoy my screw-up.  I will update this with the correct recipe one of these days, but until then I am christening this “Dave’s Centenario”.  This drink is also in the tradition of a rum punch, with a lot of liquor mixing together with fruit flavors to mask its strength.  I like it.

  • 1.5 ounces gold rum (10 Cane)
  • 0.75 ounce of white rum (Bacardi)
  • 0.75 ounce Tia Maria (oops)
  • 0.75 ounce triple sec (oops again)
  • 1.5 ounces of fresh lime juice
  • Dash of grenadine
  • Garnish with a fresh mint sprig

Lots of ingredients here, throw them in a shaker, shake them up, serve in a collins glass filled with ice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Drink has a sweet start, a tart middle and a finish of coffee.
  • Overall the drink is well-balanced, I think it would be a great summer drink.
  • Be careful, there’s 2.5 shots of liquor in here.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10 (1 off for having coffee flavor!)
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Some screw ups do work out for the best.