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Bourbonball

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Happy president’s day!  My wife asked me today – who is your favorite president?  I didn’t have a good answer off the top of my head, and neither did she.  It makes you realize that we probably are not the students of our own history that we should be.  I could play the English card, but I have been living here since the late ’80s and I did take AP US History in high school.

We could go with the original GW, as in George Washington (nobody is going to seriously consider Bush Jr), but after reading “The History of Democracy” recently, I realized that he was pretty much just a figure head, a disaster of a president, and basically yearned for a form of monarchy to return.  Hard to root for a guy that thinks he’s smarter than the rest of us.

Then there is Jefferson – he had a cool house as I recall and was quite the renaissance man.  Wrote the declaration of independence – definite plus.  However, he was also the ultimate hypocrite as he was unable to reconcile opposition to slavery with owning hundreds of them himself.  He even had kids with one of them.  I guess we need to move on to another.

We could make an argument for Harding – the original Warren G.  Unfortunately, I think he was best known for his rap song hit “Regulate”…  Bonus points if you have any more trivial on him!

So what do I think really?  Lincoln, who freed the slaves?  John Adams, who had an HBO series about him (that must count for something)?  Nah.  For me I am going to go with King Roosevelt II, more commonly known as FDR.  Led us out the Great Depression and guided us through the most of WWII – his passion for his job accomplished much – and his unprecedented 4 terms proved it.  So, feel free to argue, but that’s what I think.

Damn it – I almost forgot this was a drink blog!  Tonight for my new book “The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book” courtesy of my brother in law, is the Bourbonball.

  • 1.5 ounces bourbon
  • 1.5 ounces Tuaca
  • 1.5 ounces crème de cacao

Shake over ice and strain into  a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Whoa – this is sweet.  The orange and the chocolate flavors really take over the drink.
  • After the initial shock, I would call this a complex sweet martini.  The bourbon adds a dimension that vodka never could.
  • After a couple of sips, its readily apparent that this should be a desert cocktail.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 9/10
  • A great alternative desert cocktail, when a boring vodka martini won’t do!
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Tuaca Sidecar

After searching through the internet after work today I discovered that today is “Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day”.  What the hell… how come nobody told me this before I went to the office today?  Maybe today was fun and I didn’t notice, maybe I am a masochist, or just maybe I must have had fun today.  Did you go to work?

Today’s drink is a variation on a classic cocktail the Tuaca Sidecar.  We already sampled the regula kind in February, and it scored a fantastic 9/10 – now let’s see how this one comes along.  I’ll let you in on a secret though – this is the fourth time I have made this drink in the past few days, so that might give you a hint to its rating.

  • 1.5 ounces brandy
  • 0.75 ounces Tuaca
  • 0.5 ounce orange juice
  • 0.5 ounce lime juice
  • lemon twist (optional)

Shake everything in a cocktail shaker over ice, and serve in a chilled cocktail glass, enjoy.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • First all, just look at it.  It has all the good looks of someone throwing up in a martini glass.
  • Now taste it so we can get that thought out of your head.  This is a great blend of ingredients – the complexity of the brandy, the sweet of the Tuaca and the orange juice and the tart of the lime.
  • The picture does not do this one justice.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Why stop at four – I’m sure I’ll be making five… and six… and, well, you get the idea.