The Habana Libre is a overpowered version of the Cuba Libre that just isn’t quite there in terms of taste. Glassware may vary for this drink and after making it with a pint glass I can easily say that a tumbler would have been much better. Using the pint, the coke overpowered the drink and really you are left with drinking a bit of fizzy 151.
Alcohol Rating: 8-9 First Half of the Drink. 5-6 Second half.
Overall Rating: 3-4
1 1/2 oz Light Rum
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Grenadine
Top with Coca-Cola
Float 1/2 oz Bacardi 151
Straight Build in a Tumbler Glass (Not a Pint!)
Not as good as it looks.
Today’s cocktail is one that I’ve been sitting on for quite a while, but have still wanted to make. The “East India” is mildly fruity and mildly bitter. I’m always impress at pineapple centered drinks as well as the froth up in a similar way that cream or milk does in desert style drinks. While the drink calls for Brandy, my bar isn’t stalked with the standard, but instead I have both apricot and blackberry brandies. Given the pineapple flavor I chose my apricot as I imagined it to be the best possible complement. Although given the name of the drink I’m surprised I wasn’t using my Bombay Dry Gin (maybe next time). I also think that Orange Bitters might have been a better choice here.
The drink starts sweet with a light bitter in there as well, but as it reaches the back of your tongue and throat you get more of the alcohol. While I’m not certain that the flavors present were due more to the original recipe or my use of Apricot Brandy, the unique complexity of this drink has certainly made me want to try it again. I also feel like the lemon twist could have been more dominant if there was a dash of lemon juice in the mix as well, but then again I don’t think this drink even needs a sour element.
Alcohol Rating: 3-4 of 10
Overall Rating: 7.5 (with possible variations)
Worth Making Again? Yes
1 1/2 oz Brandy (Apricot Brandy Used)
3/4 oz Cointreau (Triple Sec Used)
2-3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
2 oz Pineapple Juice
Shake and Strain. Garnish with a lemon twist
Still not sure where the “India” is in this drink…
Today’s cocktail “The Fitzgerald” is a great Gin drink that doesn’t limit the spirit to the summer months. While many Gin drinks are refreshing for a late summer’s afternoon, this one’s use of bitters makes it much more mellow. Despite the abundance of lemon juice, I wouldn’t categorize this as a sour drink. Instead look at this as a highlighter to your bitters, as the flavor comes through from the aromatics. While I made this drink with Angostura Bitters, I believe it’s worth trying with a variety of other flavors (orange specifically is what came to mind).
½ oz Simple Syrup
1 ½ oz Gin
1 ½ oz Lemon Juice
3 Dashes of Bitters (Aromatic)
Shake with ice strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Sweet and Bitter at it’s best!
Ever wanted a Whiskey sour that tasted a little sweeter? Well that’s the “Dog Sled” in a nutshell.
It’s good… but it’s a little too simple for my tastes, and the presentation leaves something to be desired.
1 1/2 oz Canadian Club Whiskey
2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Grenadine
Shake and strain into a chilled tumbler glass.
~Arf Arf Woof
Need a sweet drink for your special someone this Valentine’s Day? Why not make her (or him) a Dream of Love. Sweet, not too dry, tropical, and smooth.
See how it’s made on the new episode of the show: http://youtu.be/sofbVGDHiNg
Dream of Love
1 oz Coconut Rum
1 oz Peach Schnapps
Splash of Blue Curacao
Splash of Lemon Juice
3 oz Pineapple Juice
Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
So good you’ll think you’re dreaming!
This week I bring you a drink that tastes just like Code Red Mountain Dew. Seriously, that’s what it tastes like. Not that I’m complaining though.
1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Rose’s Grenadine Syrup
1/2 oz Rose’s Lime Juice
Top with Sprite/7-Up
Straight build ingredients in an iced tumbler.
~ The name’s Skyy, Skyy Vodka
Also be sure to stay tuned for this months special Valentine’s Day episode of the show coming this Wednesday (yeah it’s a week late, but I wanted it to line up with the holiday better). For that episode I’ll be making a drink called the Dream of Love, with a post to follow.
So this week I’m late by a day again, but here to bring you a very interesting mix. The Kool Aid is nothing like the name suggests. It’s not very attractive nor very tasty. While it is a decent drink, I was confused on how exactly to place the taste. The flavors don’t really meld together that well, and your left tasting each of them a little at a time. This is one of those drinks like the “watermelon” that I certainly wouldn’t serve first. Try it if you’re looking for something different, but it’s not something I can recommend very much. There are two versions of this drink found in my recipe book. The first is without the “optional” ingredients. The second is with both of them. Maybe this recipe just needs tweaking a bit. My guess is to ditch the amaretto as it’s the strangest ingredient of the set.
1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Midori1/2 oz Amaretto
2 oz Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz Southern Comfort (Optional)
Splash of Grenadine (Optional)
Straight build in an iced tumbler.