Today we’ve got one hell of a great blending cocktail! With a few minor substitutions to the “Bacardi Tropical Dream,” you’ll find this or a variation of your own to really impress your friends. While the original recipe calls for Orange Rum and Bacardi Gold, I feel my replacement of Cruzan Aged and Parrot Bay Pineapple certainly didn’t hurt the outcome. In fact it may have made it better.
If blended well you’ll start with the icy sweet and tropical flavors of orange juice and your flavored rum. Then on your mid palette you get that flavored rum with the gold embodied in the bits of ice. Finally you get a mild sour from the underlying sweet/sour mix to really bring this drink home. I do with there was another juice component in the drink though as I found myself wanting a little more body in the drink. Although this could easily be solved with a little less ice.
Bottom line, this is a great tropical drink for any occasion, and with a big enough blender it could be a great party highlighter.
Alc. Rating: 4/10
Overall Rating 8.8/10
(Bacardi) Tropical Dream
1 3/4 oz Gold Rum
1 1/4 oz Tropical Flavored Rum (Orange, Pineapple, Citrus, or Coconut) 3/4 oz Amaretto 1/2 oz Rose’s Lime Juice 1 1/2 oz Sweet/Sour 2 oz OJ
Blend with ice, garnish with a Lime, lemon, and orange slice
Today we get our first taste of fall (although the start of the season is still a few weeks off). The apple swizzle highlights a new ingredient in my bar “apple brandy.” Now my recipe for this drink calls for an iced highball glass, although given the small size of the drink I feel anything bigger than a lowball or tumbler will make the drink seem silly and out of place a bit. The drink is characterized by a tan color and smells mildly of apples, but leans closer to a bourbon smell (this could be use of the applejack as it is made primarily with neutral grain spirits). The drink starts on a mild sweet then moves the a slight rum and bitters burn. The apple brandy comes through in a lingering aftertaste which makes you go back for more. If you have some apple brandy around or are thinking of picking some up this season, you may want to give this one a try. Just be sure to go easy on the bitters (or be wise about which ones you use). This is one drink where they can be overpowering. I do wonder how different this drink would be with some cherry bitters to liven up the harvest.
1/2 oz Apple Brandy 1 oz Light Rum 3/4 oz Lime Juice 2-4 Dashes of Aromatic Bitters 1 Teaspoon SugarLime Slice
Straight build over ice in a tumbler. Stir well and garnish with a lime slice.
An early post this week so you can be sure to enjoy the holiday tomorrow. If you’re looking for that last blast of summer here’s the “Classic Pina Colada” for you. I shouldn’t even have to talk about this one. Light in texture and flavor. Pineapple and Coconut mixes perfectly with 2oz of rum that you can’t even tell is there. Need a smoothy? Drink this!
Classic Pina Colada
6oz Pineapple Juice 2oz Coconut Cream Syrup 2oz Light Rum Ice Cherry Garnish
Combine ingredients in a blender with ice. Serve in a BIG glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Today’s cocktail is a very interesting mix with some dark rum (then again it may depend on your choice rum). It’s dark sea foam green color adds intrigue and mystery as a start. It has a pleasant pineapple aroma and the lime garnish makes for a rather inviting mystery. It starts light and sweet, moves quickly to a citrus mix, then to a stiff spiced rum finish. It’s pretty good overall, but it is equally mysterious in taste and looks.
Alc. Rating: 7/10
Overall Rating: 7/10
1 1/4 oz Dark Rum 3/4 oz Blue Curacao 3/4 oz Grand Marnier 1/2 oz Rose’s Lime Juice 1 1/4 oz Pineapple Juice Lime Wedge
Shake and Strain into a chilled cocktail glass garnish with a lime wedge.
Well as long as we still have a full month of summer, let’s keep the tropical drinks flowing!
The Trade Winds is a wonderfully aromatic cocktail with citrus and raspberry notes. It has a dark and mysterious burgundy color with an inviting lemon twist within. The drink starts sweet, moves to a tart raspberry, then finishes with a sour brandy flavor. A great sweeter drink and well balanced it’s easy to recommend as a light starter.
Overall Rating: 8/10
Alcohol Taste Rating: 6.5/10
3/4 oz Light Rum 3/4 oz Brandy (Apricot Brandy Used) 3/4 oz Raspberry Liqueur 1 oz OJ 2 oz Sweet/Sour Lemon Twist
Shake and strain liquid ingredients into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Well today’s drink some may call a visual masterpiece, others might just call it very frightening. If you are familiar with an “Alien Brain Hemorrhage” this drink follows a similar path.
Built in a presenation shot glass, this is one to build in front of your guests as the grenadine trickles down taking some Irish cream with it. A relatively mild shot given the lack of any major spirit, it’s a strange flavor mix of Irish cream, almond and sweet. I certainly wouldn’t call this a “solid drink,” but if you want to impress your friends on presentation (and not so much taste) this will certainly do the job.
Overall Rating: 3.5/10
Alcohol Taste Rating: 3/10
Jelly Fish Shot
1/3 fill White Creme de Cacao 1/3 fill Amaretto 1/3 fill Irish Cream 3 Drop Grenadine
Layer in a chilled presentation shot glass
“It may not sting ya, but it will certain make you question your choices today.”