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 pleasant 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?

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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!

Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (Geek and Sundry Version)

Don’t Panic!

This week I’m featuring an additional drink as I forgot to post last Monday.
Recently I tried Mitch Hutt’s version of the “Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster” from his recent Geek and Sundry Vlog.

The drink is a unique sea foam green color with a citrus and gin aroma. The cocktail starts sweet and goes quickly to sour. Then you get a moderate gin flavor and it finishes with a tart bourbon taste.

Alcohol Rating: 6-7/10
Overall Rating: 8/10
Make it Again? Yes!

Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

1/2 oz Bourbon
3/4 oz Gin
1 oz Sour Apple Pucker
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist

pan galactic cocktail

At least this variation won’t kill you…

John Wayne Cocktail

The John Wayne is a very interesting drink in that it doesn’t really embody the the essence of rugged or western. Instead the drink has a more bitter citrus aroma and more southern presentation. If anything it as a bit of a sandy color thanks to the hues of the ingredients. The drink calls for Angostura Bitters, so to compliment the drink I chose the orange bitters version. The cocktail starts out with a pleasant bitter citrus (standard aromatics might give a slightly different flavor) and ends with a full bourbon flavor. It’s a good slow sipper drink, but I do feel it might be more well rounded with a little extra OJ.

Alcohol Rating: 6-7/10
Overall Rating: 6.5/10
Make it Again? Yes, but try some variations.

The John Wayne

2 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz Amaretto
2-3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
1/4 oz Orange Juice
Orange Slice

Shake and strain ingredients into a chilled cocktail glass. Float an orange slice on top.

John Wayne Cocktail

~Not manly, but a little sandy

Habana Libre

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

Habana Libre

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!)

Habana Libre

Not as good as it looks.

East India Cocktail

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

East India

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

east india cocktail

Still not sure where the “India” is in this drink…