Straw House Hummer

Figured it was about time I got around to posting this one. This is a leftover from about 4 months ago when I was planning on doing another “blended cocktails week.” However I instead just made this for 4 days straight, because it was just that good! (Glad I wrote down my tasting notes).

A wonderfully blended and sweet drink, this one comes very close to perfect. My recipe book calls for a whipped cream and banana garnish, but honestly I feel it kinda ruins it a little that way.

For this cocktail you are greeted with a wonderful rum and banana aroma. First taste (it may be hard to pick it out) starts with citrus and sweet then moves to a creamy rum on your mid palette. After just a second or so you’re lead straight into a dominant banana flavor with subtle amaretto on the finish. This drink is absolutely worth making! For yourself or a crowd I highly recommend checking this one out!

Straw House Hummer

1 1/4 oz Light Rum
3/4 oz Creme de Banana (Torani Banana Syrup Used)
3/4 Amaretto
1 Whole (Peeled) Banana
1 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Sweet/Sour Mix
3/4 oz Dark Rum

Blend all ingredients except the dark rum with a cup of ice. Pour into a Pint (or other tall) glass. Float dark rum (Kraken Preferred) on top. Optional garnishes: Banana Slice and Squirt of Whipped Cream

"mmmmmmmmm"

“mmmmmmmmm”

Slipped Disk

Well this is one of those cocktails that can be described as “everything but the kitchen sink.” The drink actually doesn’t have much of an aroma which starts off very deceiving. The drink starts off like snow cone…sweet and icy, you’re then greeting by the wonderful mixing of rums, and you’re left with a complex mixing of juices, and liqueurs. The Grand Marnier and Amaretto are very subtle in this drink, but they are there. If you weren’t told about them you might just say “oh that tastes like spiced rum,” but when you recognize the flavors in the drinks aftertaste you’ll want to go back for more!

Alcohol Taste Rating: 5/10
Overall Rating: 9/10

Slipped Disk

1 1/4 oz Gold Rum
1 oz Spiced Rum
3/4 oz Amaretto
3/4 oz Grand Marnier

1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Grenadine
1/2 oz Sweet/Sour
1 oz Coconut Cream Syrup
1 oz Pineapple Juice

Blend all ingredients with ice. Pour into a large pint, or 3-4 short glasses.

Slipped Disk Cocktail

“Drink this too fast and you might just slip a disk”

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”

 

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 wish there was another juice component in theĀ  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!”

Jelly Fish Shot

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."

“It may not sting ya, but it will certain make you question your choices today.”

Tidal Wave

Today I bring you one of the best drinks I’ve had since the ” ‘57 T-Bird with Arizona Plates.” The Tidal Wave has great presentation and a very inviting coconut and almond aroma. It starts tropical and sweet, moves to a stronger coconut kick, then finishes with a more alcohol amaretto and sour bite. It’s not often you get such a great mixing of flavors across your palette, but this drink delivers in every respect. On my next menu revision I’ll be doing a section of “seasonal favorites” and this is sure to make the list!

Alcohol Taste Rating: 4.5/10
Overall Rating: 9/10

Tidal Wave

1 1/2 oz Coconut Rum
1 oz Blue Curacao
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Amaretto
1 tablespoon Coconut Cream
1 teaspoon Sugar (Superfine if you have it)
Lime Slice
(Additional Garnish: Small Orchid if available)

Shake all liquid ingredients with the sugar with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish by floating a lime slice on top.

tidal wave

“Surfs up!”

A Day At The Beach

Well it’s after midnight, but I haven’t been to bed yet…so it still counts as Monday right? Ok then.

Today’s drink is called “A Day at The Beach” and for good reason as it’s a very tropical themed cocktail. I didn’t have the necessary ingredients for the garnish, but the color still delivers here. A powerful red-orange makes for a brilliant presentation. Smelling of amaretto and OJ it’s a very inviting cocktail. The drink starts sweet with orange, moves quickly to a little almond/amaretto flavor and finishes on the great taste of coconut rum. It certainly reminds me of a relaxing day at the beach as there is hardly any bite at all. This is a perfect drink for those looking for a sweet summer cocktail.

Overall Rating 8/10
Alc. Taste Rating: 2/10

Make it again? Yes, actually a little too sweet for the menu, but a great one to suggest on a hot summer day.

A Day At The Beach

1 oz Light Rum
1 oz Coconut Rum
1/2 oz Amaretto
1/2 oz Grenadine
4 oz OJ
Pineapple Wedge and Orange Slice Garnish (not used in photo)

Shake and strain into an iced tumbler.

a day at the beach

Simply Sensational!

Red Snapper and 4th of July

So today I need recap on the past month from episodes of the show. First we have the Red Snapper Shot from June 4th which is a great recipe that yields 2-3 shots.

Red Snapper Shooter

3/4 oz Canadian Whiskey
3/4 oz Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz Amaretto

Shake with ice, strain into (Chilled) shot glasses (makes 3oz)

Next up we’ve got a side by side comparison tasting of two blue summer-style schnapps. Dekuyper’s Island Punch Pucker and Maui Blue Hawaiian. Where I’m from the Pucker is VERY difficult to find so I had to seek out some kind of alternative. While the Blue Hawaiian has a similar flavor it may require a little bit of sweet/sour mix to use it as a “substitute.” More on that in Episode 8.5:

Finally we have today’s festive 4th of July Shot. It’s a powerful orange blast both in aroma and taste. The presentation (as with any layered drink) is quite impressive and really matches with the Red, White, and Blue theme. Although there is also a “Red, White, and Blue Shot” (made with peach schnapps instead of Cointreau), I found this version layered much easier and made for a better demo. For my initial reaction check out the new episode (9) of the show.

4th Of July Shot

1/3 Grenadine
1/3 Blue Curacao
1/3 Cointreau

Layer in order in a presentation shot glass.

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

Kool Aid (Late)

So this week I’m late by a day again, but here to bring you a very interesting mix. The Kool Aid is nothing like the name suggests. It’s not very attractive nor very tasty. While it is a decent drink, I was confused on how exactly to place the taste. The flavors don’t really meld together that well, and your left tasting each of them a little at a time. This is one of those drinks like the “watermelon” that I certainly wouldn’t serve first. Try it if you’re looking for something different, but it’s not something I can recommend very much. There are two versions of this drink found in my recipe book. The first is without the “optional” ingredients. The second is with both of them. Maybe this recipe just needs tweaking a bit. My guess is to ditch the amaretto as it’s the strangest ingredient of the set.

Kool Aid

1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Midori
1/2 oz Amaretto
2 oz Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz Southern Comfort (Optional)
Splash of Grenadine (Optional)

Straight build in an iced tumbler.

OH YEAH!

OH YEAH!