Monthly Archives: February 2011

Daiquiri

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Daiquiri

The daiquiri has gotten a bad rap. It’s not supposed to be blended or overly sweet; properly made, a daiquiri is a rich and refreshing combination of lime and light rum.

Combine the following in a shaker ⅔ full of ice

2 ounces light rum
1 ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce simple syrup

Shake well and strain into a double old fashioned glass filled ⅔ with crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Per the William-Sonoma: The Bar Guide this drink was discovered by Teddy Roosevelt on Daiquiri Beach, Cuba during the Spanish-American War and it was popularized by Ernest Hemingway.

Adapted from William-Sonoma: The Bar Guide

Blended Piña Colada

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Blended Piña coladaCombine the following in a blender

2 ounces light rum
6 ounces pineapple juice
2 ounces canned coconut cream (such as Coco López)
2 cups crushed ice

Blend well and serve in chilled glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge and Maraschino cherry.

Adapted from William-Sonoma: The Bar Guide

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Surf Room Mai Tai

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Royal Hawaiian Mai TaiThis is not the original Trader Vic Mai Tai. What this is is a very nicely balanced version of the fruity one’s that we fell in love with while on vacation in Kauai. This recipe originates from Surf Room at the Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki circa 1940.

Combine the following in a shaker ⅔ full of ice

1 ounce Orange juice
1 ounce unsweetened pineapple juice
½ ounce fresh lime juice
¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
¼ ounce orgeat syrup
¼ ounce sugar syrup
¼ ounce orange curaçao
1 ounce Demerara rum
1 ounce Jamaican rum
1 ounce Puerto Rican rum

Shake well and strain into a chilled double old fashioned glass. Garnish generously.

Recipe adapted from Beachbum Berry’s Intoxica!

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Gourmet Coffee Grog

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Gourmet Coffee GrogThe brown sugar, rum and spices are almost chocolatey with the coffee. This is quite good and worth the bit of preparation. Note that this recipe is enough for 4 drinks.

Cream together…

2 teaspoons of sweet butter
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
a pinch each of salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and ground cloves

Stir together in a mug…

1 teaspoon of the prepared mixture
a splash of hot coffee to dissolve the butter

top off the mug with
1 inch strip of lemon rind
1 inch strip of orange rind
1½ ounces of light rum
1 ounce cream
enough hot coffee to fill mug

Stir to blend. Serve immediately. Makes 4 drinks

Recipe adapted from Beachbum Berry’s Intoxica!

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Atomic Cocktail Cosmopolitan

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Atomic Cocktail CosmopolitanCombine the following in a shaker ⅔ full of ice

1½ ounces vodka
½ ounce triple sec
½ fresh lime juice
ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce cranberry juice cocktail

Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

This makes rich and sweet version of a cosmo. Don’t skimp on the fresh juices, they make a big difference.

Adapted from Atomic Cocktails: Mixed Drinks for Modern Times

Monkey Coke

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Monkey CokeStir ingredients together in your ice filled highball glass.

1½ ounces Crème de Banana
Enough cola to top off glass

Don’t dismiss this drink; it’s stupid easy and quite good.

Adapted from Wikipedia’s entry on Crème de Banane.

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Bloody Mary

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Bloody Mary

Bloody Marys are a standard at weekend brunches and they’re hard to mess up but as far as I’m concerned this is the recipe to beat.

Combine the following in a shaker ⅔ full of ice…

2 ounces vodka
4 ounces tomato juice
1 ounce fresh lime juice
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Generous pinch of salt
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
2 dashes of Worcestershire suce
2 dashes of Tabasco sauce

Shake well and strain into a chilled highball glass (the hurricane shown here is impressive as well). Garnish with a stalk of celery and a slice of lime.

Adapted from William-Sonoma: The Bar Guide

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Banana Cow Cocktail

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Banana CowWhen all the guys are ordering Boiler Maker’s it’d take some resolve to ask for (and explain how to make) this seemingly silly banana drink but it’s not too sweet and is actually quite refreshing. It’s easy to adjust the sweetness by tweaking the quantity of Crème de Banana and a splash of dark rum wouldn’t hurt this if you feel experimental.

A further alteration is that instead of cream we usually will substitute vanilla soy milk which is far less rich.

Combine the following in a shaker ⅔ full of ice

1½ ounce of cream
1 ounce of light rum
1 ounce of Crème de Banana
dash of Grenadine

Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with banana slices and sprinkle with grated nutmeg.

Recipe adapted from The Book of Cocktails

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