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”

 

Sassafras Sunset

Possibly one of the more interesting names for a drink I’ve come across and it certainly didn’t disappoint on taste. The Sassafras Sunset has a pleasant citrus aroma and starts with an equally light citrus flavor with a bit of fizz. Mid palette it hits you with a nice juicy mix and finishes off with a mild rum and hit of raspberry. The shift in flavors in this drink are exactly what I like to find in a drink, and the addition of club soda makes this a perfect drink for any occasion. The taste of alcohol in the drink in minimal sitting at around 3/10 and overall it’s a solid 7/10. I do wish the juice and club soda was a bit more balanced, but that is something that can easily be tweaked depending on which type of tall glass is used.

Sassafras Sunset

1 oz Light Rum
1 oz Gold Rum
3/4 oz Triple Sec
1 oz OJ
1 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
1 1/2 Sweet/Sour
Club Soda
3/4 oz Raspberry Schnapps
Orange Slice and Cherry

Shake Rums, triple sec, and juice ingredients with ice. Strain into an iced pint or highball glass. Top with Club soda and float raspberry liqueur (sinks to bottom). Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.

sassafras sunset

“Kick back and enjoy the sunset”

 

Vampire Cocktail

Well it still might be a little early for some (myself included) to be thinking about Halloween themed drinks, so this one will work for both the holiday and all the annoying Twilight fans out there that also drink (which is probably a very small area on a venn diagram).

The drink is simple enough. Berry aromas to start, with a sweet start and a slightly sour finish with a mild bite (no pun intended). It’s a good themed drink, but it’s lacking in a lot of complexity so there’s not much to talk about. It tastes a bit like each of the constituent parts. Perhaps a drop or two of grenadine after shaking could add a little more flair to the drink, if it doesn’t get lost in the rest of the “red.”

Alc. Rating: 5-6/10
Overall Rating: 6/10

Vampire

1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Chambord (or other raspberry liqueur)
1 oz. Rose’s Lime Juice
1 oz. Cranberry juice

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (Arm yourself with a stake and a garlic necklace).

 

vampire

“I vant to zack yaur blahd!”

 

Trade Winds

Well as long as we still have a full month of summer, let’s keep the tropical drinks flowing!

The Trade Winds is a wonderfully aromatic cocktail with citrus and raspberry notes. It has a dark and mysterious burgundy color with an inviting lemon twist within. The drink starts sweet, moves to a tart raspberry, then finishes with a sour brandy flavor. A great sweeter drink and well balanced it’s easy to recommend as a light starter.

Overall Rating: 8/10
Alcohol Taste Rating: 6.5/10

Trade Winds

3/4 oz Light Rum
3/4 oz Brandy (Apricot Brandy Used)
3/4 oz Raspberry Liqueur
1 oz OJ
2 oz Sweet/Sour
Lemon Twist

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

trade winds

“It will blow you away!”

Leaning Tower

I am super excited to share today’s drink of the week as it has easily become one of my new summer favorites! The drink’s  sweet pineapple aroma and a (tequila) sunrise style appearance makes for an inviting cocktial. It starts sweet, moves to a bit of spiced rum taste, then to coconut on the finish. Near the end of the drink you start getting a sweeter raspberry finish which rounds everything out making for almost 2 drinks in one. This one may be a little too sweet for some of you so it doesn’t quite make it perfect, but it’s damn close.

Alcohol Taste Rating: 2/10
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Make it Again? YES!!! (add to menu on next revision)

Leaning Tower Cocktail

1 oz Captain Original Spiced Rum
1 oz Banana Liqueur
1 oz Coconut Syrup
2 oz OJ
2 oz Pineapple Juice
3/4 oz Raspberry Liqueur
Orange Slice and Cherry

Shake all except raspberry liqueur with ice. Strain into an iced highball glass (or pint). Pour raspberry liqueur on top (should slowly sink to bottom). Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

Leaning Tower cocktail

“Thick and Tasty!”

Nordic Death

 

Well today’s cocktail is a tasty creation that is visually disturbing. Very dark green with a foamy top, and a little bloody grenadine doesn’t make it all that appealing (although it does match the name). Good thing the taste delivers and then some!

The “Nordic Death” features a tropical berry flavor with a light sparkle. It has a mild alcohol(y) taste on the finish. I’d call this a great party drink, especially in the creation side of the presentation.

Alcohol Taste Rating: 1-3/10
Overall Rating: 9/10
Make it Again? Yes! Already on the menu

Nordic Death

½ oz Vodka
½ oz Raspberry Liqueur
½ oz Midori
½ oz Blue Curacao
2 oz Pineapple Juice
Sprite
Dash of Grenadine

Shake vodka, liqueurs, and pineapple juice. Strain into an iced Collins glass. Top with sprite and dash grenadine on top.

Nordic Death

“What’s that floating in the ocean? Oh it’s just a Norwegian”

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?