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
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)
(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.
Is the name a little cheesy? Yes, but don’t blame me this time (it’s not an original).
The Midorable is a radiant green cocktail with a slight foam on top so it doesn’t require a garnish. It has a mild melon aroma which is very inviting. The flavor begins with a little banana, moves it’s way to the melon, and the finishes just a little sour. A sweeter variation might be worth a try (replace lime juice with simple syrup).
Alcohol Rating: 6.5-7/10
Overall Rating: 7.5/10 (could use 1/4 more of each ingredient to fill glass, the sour isn’t for everyone)
Make it Again? Yes. Possible Menu item
1 oz Midori
3/4 oz Banana Liqueur (For less bite use Creme de Banana)
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Sweet/Sour
Shake and Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
“Not very cute, but it is Midorable”
Today’s late night cocktail is a mildly aromatic and powerful drink. The Vodka Grand is bold both in appearance and taste. Strong and mildly sour you get a semi-sweet citrus start, then to a mid-range Grand Marnier on your main palette, finalized by the familiar sting of vodka. This drink is certainly a slow sipper, with a flavorful bite. Don’t take it lightly, but instead enjoy it’s tasty elegance.
Alcohol Taste Rating: 8.5/10
Overall Rating: 7.5-8/10
Make it again? Yes (It’s good enough to recommend, but not good enough for the menu)
1.5 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Rose’s Lime Juice
1/4 oz Lime Juice
Stir and Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish by floating an orange slice in the drink.
Coming in pretty late this evening with the “Ballet Russe.” A Vodka and Creme de Cassis based cocktail with a sour tart flavor and a dark and mysterious color. The citrus juices create a foam when shaken that decorates the top of the drink, and smells slightly of sweet/sour mix.
A tart berry taste quickly moves to a sour and bitter finish as the taste of black currents rolls through your palette. Very few drinks I’ve found use any more than 1/2 an ounce of the stuff, but the citrus juices and syrup round this drink out well. I believe this drink could easily be remixed with other flavors such as raspberry, mint, or coconut (rum).
Alcohol Rating: 5-6/10
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Make it Again? Yes, possible menu option
1 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Creme de Cassis
1 1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
“Wait, why am I tasting cranberries?”
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!)
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 and Crazy!
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
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!)
Not as good as it looks.
This week I bring you a drink that tastes just like Code Red Mountain Dew. Seriously, that’s what it tastes like. Not that I’m complaining though.
1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Rose’s Grenadine Syrup
1/2 oz Rose’s Lime Juice
Top with Sprite/7-Up
Straight build ingredients in an iced tumbler.
~ The name’s Skyy, Skyy Vodka
Also be sure to stay tuned for this months special Valentine’s Day episode of the show coming this Wednesday (yeah it’s a week late, but I wanted it to line up with the holiday better). For that episode I’ll be making a drink called the Dream of Love, with a post to follow.