Lil’ Watermelon

Well, my vision for this drink a “core sample” of an alcoholic watermelon. Green floating over pink working our way to the juicy and sweet red center. I was recently leafing through my cocktail book when I remembered the “electric watermelon” that I featured back in May. This however I designed to take on both flavor and the appearance of watermelon. Granted the green is on top, how ever that could easily be rectified by mixing the melon liqueur with simple syrup on the bottom (1/4 oz each to make a 1/2) and topping it with a mix of the 1/4 oz of rum and 3/4 of pucker. Today though we’ve got our core sample of the Lil’ Watermelon.

The taste starts with a powerful melon taste as the Melon Liqueur creates a more natural taste with the pucker. After a little burn it ends on a slightly sweet finish from the grenadine

Alc. Rating: 9/10
Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Lil Watermelon (Core Sample Version) Shot

1/4 oz Grenadine
3/4 oz Watermelon Pucker
1/2 oz Mix (1/4 oz Midori/Melon Liq. + 1/4 oz Light Rum)

Layer in order in a tall double shot glass. OR half all ingredients in a standard shot.

lil watermelon

“Professor what is this strange object we just found?” “I don’t know, take a core sample. “

Mint Condition

It’s the first day of Fall and we’re rolling in the season with an interesting bourbon drink. Now I’m not one for coffee in general, but I will tolerate Kahlua on the occasion, and this makes an interesting use of the liqueur. The oaky taste of bourbon and Kahlua begins this drink and it ends on a refreshing peppermint blast. Presentation is pretty simple, and itsĀ  slight mint and earthy bourbon aromas. If you have the ingredients it might be worth a try, but personally I’ll be ranking this one lower as coffee doesn’t sit well on my palette.

Mint Condition

3/4 oz Bourbon
3/4 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Peppermint Schnapps
1/2 oz Kahlua

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled sour glass.

mint condition

“It’s not super collectable, but it is in Mint Condition.”

Tropical Dream

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

bacardi tropical dream

“I’m dreaming of something like this!”

Apple Swizzle

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.

Apple Swizzle

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.

apple swizzle

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Pina Colada

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.

classic pina colada

“…and getting caught in the rain.”

Surf Sider

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

Surf Sider

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.

Surf Sider cocktail

“Surfs up! Move Over!”