Razzmatazz

This week’s drink is one I’ve been dying to make for quite a while. The Razzmatazz cocktail get’s it’s name from the use of the Dekuyper raspberry liqueur of the same name. This simple after dinner sipping cordial style cocktail makes for a nice ending to any evening. The Drink has a great burgundy color and smells mostly of sweet raspberry. Mostly you get the strong syrupy taste of the Razzmatazz Liqueur but the underlying mix with the amaretto make it a great sipping drink. If you have the ingredients this could be worth trying for you.

Overall Rating: 7/10
Alcohol Taste Rating: 6/10

Razzmatazz Cocktail

1 oz Razzmatazz Liqueur
1 oz Ameretto

Straight in an iced tumbler or cordial glass.

razzmatazz

“Pizzaz and Razzmatazz”

 

Simply Crimson

Well it had to have happened sooner or later the first mediocre cocktail of the year. The Simply Crimson just lacks something interesting and tries to replace it with something bitter…and it just doesn’t really deliver. The drink smells a bit like oranges thanks to the Cointreau, but also a bit like a generic brown soft drink which isn’t super inviting. The drink starts sweet and pleasant moves quickly to a orange and cranberry mix, and finishes with a harsh bitter taste that just doesn’t belong at all. It is a drinkable cocktail, but it certainly isn’t one I’d choose to drink (or even make again).

Alcohol Taste Rating: 6/10
Overall Rating: 4/10

Simply Crimson

1 1/2 oz Cointreau
4 dashes of Bitters
1 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
Splash Club Soda
Orange Slice and Cherry (Garnishes)

Stir Cointreau, bitters, and juice with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, top with club soda.

simply crimson

“Simply… not worth it.”

 

Queen Elizabeth’s Wine

Well, at this point I think it’s safe to say that I can’t keep up with last year’s schedule of “a new drink every Monday,” but I will certainly try to keep getting drinks out to you guys. So, you may see a surplus of new recipes over the next week, then a bit of a break. Just remember to check back here occasionally for a new drink or two.

Ok so down to business. Today’s cocktail is certainly of a different caliber than most of the fruit based drinks you’ll find me making. The “Queen Elizabeth’s Wine” is appropriately named for both it’s color and taste. The cocktail’s main aroma comes from the dry vermouth in the drink, but unlike some other vermouth cocktails the flavor doesn’t overpower the drink. You’ll start off with a sweet wine taste (something like a Pinot Grigio), but it quickly moves to the lead liqueur of Benedictine. The finish has a nice mild vermouth taste and keeps you going back for more. It’s a rather small drink and fills a traditional small cocktail glass perfectly, but for a modern variation you could easily bump up the Benedictine to 2.5 oz and the lemon juice to 1.25 with a dash of citrus bitters. Even if you’re not huge on the taste of vermouth, this might be worth a try.

Overall Rating: 8/10
Alcohol Taste Rating: 5/10

Queen Elizabeth’s Wine

1 1/2 oz Benedictine
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
Lemon Twist

Stir and strain with ice into a chilled cocktail glass. Garish with a lemon twist (rub over edge of glass)

Queen Elizabeth's Wine

(Insert generic offensive Queen of England joke here)

Bitter Lemonade

Have a fully stocked bar, but no actual lemonade? Well, how about this alternative choice. Another Medium of Mixology Original, the bitter lemonade brings a nice balance to an already balanced mixer. If you can find a Fever-Tree’s Bitter Lemon (or any lemon tonic water), then this could be worth making for you. It has the taste of a vodka lemonade with an interesting bitter finish. It’s not my favorite original drink, but it certainly hits the spot on the right evening. If the bitter is too much for you, feel free to add in a little sweet/sour mix.

Overall Rating: 7/10
Alc. Taste Rating: 4/10

Bitter Lemonade

1/2 oz Citrus Vodka
1 1/2 oz Lemoncello
Top with Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon
Lemon Wedge Garnish

Straight build in a short glass over ice. Squeeze lemon wedge over drink and drop it in.

bitter lemonade

“Geez Mr. Lemon, why are you so bitter?”

 

Midnight Berry Blast

Man it’s been a while here. I’ve been so focused on working on stuff for the youtube channel that I’ve let the blog lapse a bit. So that being said here’s a little something I threw together the other night to satisfy a craving for a hard but fruity drink.

The Midnight Berry Blast is a new Medium of Mixology (or MoM for short) original. I’m hoping to post more original drinks this year so this makes for a nice starter. The Drink starts off sweet moves to a tart/sour, then finishes with a hard blackberry. If you’ve got the ingredients and want to go for a lazy drink, this might be a good choice.

Overall Rating: 7/10
Alcohol Taste Rating: 3.5/10

Midnight Berry Blast

1 oz 99 Blackberries
2 Dashes Cherry Bitters
Fill with Cranberry Juice
Lime Wedge

Straight build over ice in a short glass. Squeeze lime wedge over drink and drop it in.

midnight berry blast

“Because it’s midnight” -Limozeen (The Brothers Chaps)

 

Gold Rush

This week we’ve got a fantastic gold colored drink with a nice kick. I don’t do much with tequila, but this really hits the spot. It’s a nice balance of alcohol burn and a pinch of sweet. If you’re looking for something with tequila this is certainly worth a try. The drink’s jewel gold color makes for an inviting start in addition to the strong agave aroma. The drink starts sweet, moves quickly to the strong taste of Grand Marnier, then finishes with the familiar taste of Tequila. Overall this drink is a solid 7.5/10, it’s not perfect, but if tequila is your choice spirit, this could easily be an 8.5 for you. On the alcohol taste scale though you’re also looking at about a 7.5/10… this drink certainly has some kick!

 

Gold Rush

1 1/2 oz Gold Tequila
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Rose’s Lime Juice
Lime Wedge

Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze lime wedge over the top and drop it in. (Note: I didn’t have a lime wedge at the time of making it, but I used a few drops of lime juice to compensate)

Gold Rush v1

“Out of my way! I’m getting that gold first!”

 

Coconut Fizz Mocktail (Variation)

Well thanks to a trip to the doctors I’m on meds this week and can’t have alcohol, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a good time. Today comes a drink so good it doesn’t even need a spirit. In fact this might just become a standard drink on the menu (which needs an update actually). The original recipe for this drink calls for coconut sorbet or gelato, and raspberry syrup, however I don’t have any of those so this drink needed a slight variation and I get the feeling I improved on what was already there. The drink starts frothy and sweet as the pink color and foamy top might suggest. It moves to a berry and ginger flavor on the mid palette, then finishes with a spicy ginger fizz. This is a great drink all around, easily a 8-9/10. So if you have the original recipe’s ingredients or you happen to try this variation, let me know how it went.

Coconut Fizz Mocktail (Variation)

2 oz Coconut Cream Syrup (Original recipe 1/2 cup gelato or 2 oz Thai Coconut Milk)
2 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Strawberry Syrup (Raspberry)
1 oz Flat Ginger Ale
3-4 oz Ginger Beer
Lime Wedge

Shake Coconut Syrup, Strawberry Syrup, and Lime Juice with ice. Strain into an iced tumbler (or highball) glass. Squeeze lime wedge over the drink and drop it in.

coconut fizz variation mocktail

“Screw alcohol when you’ve got ginger!”