American Graffiti

Do you live dangerously? Well you might want to start, by downing this powerful cocktail. The American Graffiti is a summery tropical drink with a lot of flavor without a harsh punch (taste wise). The main aroma builds from pineapple and sweet/sour and its bright red color is reminiscent of the Red Demon cocktail. The drink starts off very smooth and then hits the back of your palette with a mild and full bodied rum. Considering the amount of alcohol present, I am surprised it doesn’t have more of a harsh kick. I imagine this is thanks to the mix of sloe gin and roses lime to build a fruity citrus into the mix.

My only concern with the original recipie is that it calls for both “light rum” and “rum.” Because the first rum is specifically light, but the second is unspecified, I decided Bacardi Gold would be a nice balanced choice. I do wonder how Some Captain Original Spiced would change this drink. Even a flavored rum would be a good choice (something like mango or coconut). Either way though it’s a very solid drink with a great open end for variations.

Alcohol Taste Rating: 4/10
Overall Rating 8/10
Make it again? Yes. Try flavor variations too!

American Graffiti Cocktail

1 1/4 oz Light Rum
3/4 oz Rum (Bacardi Gold Used)
1/2 oz Sloe Gin
1/2 oz Southern Comfort
1/4 oz Rose’s Lime Juice
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 1/2 oz Sweet/Sour

Shake and strain all ingredients into an iced tumbler. Garnish with an Orange slice and a Cherry.

american graffeti

“I ALSO like to live dangerously…”

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.

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Red Demon

Today’s Drink is not only on schedule, but is a potent blast of berry flavor. The Red Devil is one of those dangerous mixes, like the “Long Island Iced Tea,” which is sure to get you plastered if you’re not drinking lightly. This variation is a half recipe of the Red Devil. that I’m calling the “Red Demon.” The plus to the Red Demon is that it will fit in a pint glass. The Red Devil will not, you’ll have to find something bigger.

Red Demon
3/4 oz Peach Schnapps
3/4 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Sloe Gin
3/4 oz Southern Comfort
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Orange Juice
Dash of Grenadine

Shake all with ice, serve into an half iced pint glass. (For Red Devil find something big enough or serve in two pints)

red demon

I figured the Majora’s Mask glass fit the theme of “Demon” quite well.

*Update: This drink makes the potency of a Long Island Iced Tea look mild. Watch how fast you’re downing this one.