Pedro’s Blue Island

Did I really think I’d be wearing shorts in April? Nope, but in case where you live it didn’t get unseasonably warm this weekend, here’s a tropical themed delight to at least fool your brain that you’re on the beach. Pedro’s Blue Island is a drink I’ve built based on the traditional Pedro Collins. With a light lemony upper drink (similar to lemonade) and a smoother tropical end toward the bottom, this one is worth making even if it’s not terrible warm out.

This drink features my new favorite ingredient (pineapple rum) and my old one (Dekuyper’s Island Punch Pucker).

Alcohol Rating 2-3/10
Overall Rating 9/10
Make it Again? Yes! Already on the Menu

Pedro’s Blue Island

2 oz Sweet/Sour
1.5 oz Pineapple (or Coconut) Rum
1/2 oz Island Punch Pucker
Club SodaLemon Wedge

Straight build sweet/sour, rum, and pucker in an iced Collins Glass, stir, add club soda. Garnish with lemon wedge.

pedro's blue island

Caribbean Water and a Lemon Island

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

It’s time for a “Second Cocktail Saturday!”

So today I’ve got the first original cocktail in awhile. I have been working on a few recipes, but this one came to mind pretty quickly after grabbing a bottle of Parrot Bay Pineapple Rum (which is easily one of my new favorite ingredients). Additionally it features white cake vodka, which as any mixologist knows, is a tough ingredient to work into drinks.

My new drink the “Pineapple Upside-Down Cake” is modeled after the cake itself, and takes the aroma of pineapple juice. The drink starts with a glorious pineapple and pineapple rum taste. The smooth taste works down to a harder “cake” taste, but not overpowering on the cake side. Hard enough to make you think alcohol, but smooth enough to make you think dessert (without the use of cream).

Alcohol Rating: 4/10
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Make it Again? Yes, add to the menu!

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

1 oz White Cake Vodka
1/2 oz Pineapple Rum
3/4 oz Pineapple Juice
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
Cherry (garnish)

Shake and Strain into a small cocktail or cordial glass. Garnish with a single cherry.

pineapple upside down cake

Let them eat pineapple cake!

Sparkling Sweet Apple Sour

Today’s cocktail is a great afternoon sipper! A modern twist on the traditional Whiskey Sour, the Sparkling Sweet Apple, adds just enough new flavor to make the classic drink more interesting. Citrus in its aroma, and a light sweet and sour taste makes this drink easy to recommend, even if you don’t really like whiskey.

Alcohol Rating: 3-4/10
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Make again? Yes! (Available on the Current Menu v4.5)

Sparkling Sweet Apple Sour

1 ¼ oz Blended Whiskey (Canadian Club used)
¾ oz Sour Apple Pucker
2 oz sweet/sour
7UP/sprite
Lemon Wedge

Shake and strain all but sprite and lemon into a sour or cocktail glass. Splash sprite and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Sparkling Sweet Apple Sour

“Not overly fizzy either!”

Ruby Red Herring (Mocktail)

Today I bring you the first original drink in quite awhile. This is my first Mocktail creation for the morning mixologist.

Recently I bought a little white grapefruit juice to find out that as a mixer it’s far inferior to its sweeter ruby red brother. So I’ve been mixing it with simple syrup to cut back on the sourness that it inherently brings to the table. With a little grenadine and cranberry you’ve got yourself a…

Ruby Red Herring (Mocktail)

1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Grenadine
3 oz Cranberry Juice
Top with White Grapefruit Juice

Straight build in a lowball glass (ice if desired)

ruby red herring mocktail

No ratings, because it’s all just juice…

Jealousy

The jealousy is a drink unlike anything I’ve made thus far. Confusing in its taste, powerful in its components, and a great mystery drink all around.

Full Review in this months episode of the show:

Jealousy

1 oz Midori
1 oz Blue Curacao
¾ oz Bourbon
¾ oz Light Rum
¾ oz Gin
¾ oz Rose’s Lime Juice
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Sweet/Sour
Ginger Ale
Lemon Wedge

Shake and strain all but ginger ale into an iced pint. Squeeze lemon wedge over drink and drop it in.

jealousy

It tastes like what now?

Raspberry Mint Martini

This really feels more like a smoothy than a cocktail. This is a very pleasant drink with equal taste of raspberry and mint. I will say this though, if you have a double strainers… use them! Even with a classic hawthorn strainer, the raspberry seeds are littered throughout the drink making it slightly less present to spit out or chew the seeds.

Alcohol Rating: 4/10
Overall Rating: 8/10
Make Again? Yes, but needs a more thorough strain.

Raspberry Mint Martini

1/4 cup Fresh Raspberries
6 Mint Leaves
1 oz Chambord
2 oz Vodka

Muddle together raspberries and mint. Add ice and liquid ingredients, and shake.

Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint leaf

raspberry mint martini

Fruity. Minty. Thicky?

Cold Fusion

Today I’m highlighting one of my current favorites. The “Cold Fusion” is a delightful sweet, sour, and melon flavored drink with a great all around taste and feel. Built on the core lemon and Midori base, it’s aroma and taste are equally of both ingredients. The drink starts sweet and goes to a mild sour as it hits the back of your mouth. Midori takes center stage, but thanks to the sweet/sour and lemon it doesn’t overpower the drink. The colorful green makes this somewhere between a late spring and early summer drink, and certainly warrants a place on my permanent menu.

Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Alcohol Rating: 2-3/10
Make it again? Yes! (Menu item!)

Cold Fusion

¾ oz Vodka
¾ oz Midori
½ oz Triple Sec
½ oz Rose’s Lime Juice
½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 ½ oz sweet ‘n’ sour
Lime Wedge Garnish

Shake and Strain, pour to an iced pint glass

cold fusion cocktail

Cold and Crazy!