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thew Feb 14, 2008 04:53 AM

I made myself a delicious cocktail the other night, which deserves perfecting. Old Monk rum, parfait amor, and lime juice (i might try a dash of bitters in the next go round - think that would work there?). the vanilla/floral notes of the parfait amor pick up the vanilla/caramel notes of the old monk nicely. Only problem is I don't know if I could ever serve this to anyone else as its the color of swamp slime.

any ideas?

any stories of cocktails you've created, and did and didn't work in them?

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    Janet from Richmond Feb 14, 2008 05:01 AM

    When Absolute Ruby Red was introduced, my dh was given a sample bottle. We aren't big fans of flavored vodka,but liked the idea of grapefruit. Dh came up with a drink that has been a big summer hit among our friends and family. Mix the Ruby Red with a healthy splash of tonic (but less than say for a gin and tonic) a "tiny" splash of cranberry and a big squeeze of lime.

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      wildfire Feb 14, 2008 07:16 AM

      My friend made me try his favorite drink, and I was suprized with how good it is. Captain Morgans and Fresca. I know it sounds completely vile, but it actually tastes like cream soda.

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      1. re: wildfire
        sailormouth Feb 14, 2008 09:41 AM

        Funny, Captain Morgans and Dr. Pepper taste like root beer.

        I'm sure this type of thing is not what the poster had in mind.

        On that note, I should probably create an alias for admitting to trying this concoction.

        1. re: sailormouth
          hill food Feb 14, 2008 01:50 PM

          speaking of vile, once in college in an attempt at streamlining things, I made a vodka / Alka-seltzer...

      2. MC Slim JB Feb 14, 2008 04:00 PM

        Substitute lemon for the lime juice in your recipe, and you've got a Stardust, a forgotten cocktail that the great cocktailian, DJ, musician, and bon vivant Brother Cleve reintroduced to the world (or Greater Boston, at least) with his opening cocktail menu for Cambridge's awesome B-Side Lounge. A very fine drink, and pretty, too. There aren't many violet-colored cocktails worth drinking, but this is one.

        Didn't work: my Tequila Sunrise variant that substitutes Captain Morgan's for tequila. Tastes exactly like St. Joseph's Aspirin for Children. I call it a St. Joe Sunrise. No one ever likes it, and I don't blame them.


        MC Slim JB's Anastasia Cocktail

        2 oz ginger-infused vodka *
        1 oz pure pomegranate juice (I like POM Wonderful)
        1 oz Marie Brizzard Triple Sec **
        1 oz fresh lemon juice
        1/2 oz simple syrup ***

        Shake long and hard (at least 20 seconds) over ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a thin strip of lemon peel and a lump of crystallized ginger. (I don't recommend a sugar rim: too sweet.) This one isn't that potent as shaker drinks go, but it has some zip.

        * Infuse 750ml of vodka (I think Smirnoff 80-proof is ideal for this application, though I've also used Skyy to good effect) with 1/2 cup of peeled, grated fresh ginger for 3-5 days in a sealed container in the fridge, shaking occasionally. Strain out the ginger with a fine sieve and/or a paper coffee filter.

        ** Next best substitutes: Cointreau, then a good Curaçao. Avoid cheap Triple Secs, which are syrupy and headache-inducing.

        *** 5 parts sugar dissolved in 4 parts water. You shouldn't heat this to make it; vigorous shaking is better. If you prefer the cocktail a bit sweeter; increase this element a 1/2 oz at a time, but don't forget that the balance of a little tartness is good in a cocktail.

        A refreshing summer drink, a rare use I have for vodka.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB
          thew Feb 14, 2008 04:59 PM

          he was using a different sort of rum if it was violet in color. old monk is a dark rum. I i wish my concoction was violent, rather than the brown green algae and rot color i ended up with.

          1. re: thew
            br cleve Feb 20, 2008 05:38 PM

            I used light rum in The Stardust (which is a variation of Don The Beachcomber's Royal Diaquiri, circa early '40's). We had Bacardi in the well at the B-Side, but these days I'd use Flor de Caña or Prichards (or Havana Club when I have it around).

            btw, I've been a huge fan of Old Monk since I first encountered it in India years ago. Here's a cocktail I've invented that works quite nicely; I call it The Maharaja's Revenge -

            2 oz Old Monk
            1 ox Apricot Brandy (I recommend the Rothman & Winter's if available in yr area)
            3/4 oz lime juice

            shake with iced and strain into a cocktail glass; garnish with a lime wheel.

            Shabash! enjoy........

            1. re: thew
              chazzerking Feb 22, 2008 04:37 PM

              Maybe if you shake it really hard or even whack it around a bit, it will become violent.

              1. re: chazzerking
                kmills9408 Mar 11, 2008 09:42 AM

                That would be alcohol abuse...

            2. re: MC Slim JB
              sailormouth Feb 14, 2008 06:48 PM

              Is your simple syrup recipe where it's shaken only good for your stock simple syrup, or is it particular to this drink? I ask because I had a particularly ruinous experience making rock candy while in middle school: we needed to buy a new sauce pan, but the kitchen smelled sweet (or burnt, if you ask my mother) for weeks and am so hesitant to trying it in the pan again.

              1. re: sailormouth
                MC Slim JB Feb 14, 2008 11:01 PM

                I use that syrup for any cocktail that calls for simple syrup. Shaking in lukewarm or even cold water does the job; there's no need to cook, and good reasons not to. The stovetop method often introduces some faint level of carmelization, when what you want is a consistent, controllable amount of cane sugar sweetness and nothing else.

                1. re: MC Slim JB
                  postemotional1 Feb 2, 2011 12:53 AM

                  Microwaving simple syrup will silken the syrup.

                  There is nothing like microwaving a drink behind the bar before shaking to make $!

                2. re: sailormouth
                  postemotional1 Sep 24, 2010 12:46 AM

                  Simple syrup can be made very effectively by microwaving a 1-1 ratio of sugar and water for 30 seconds.

              2. Sam Fujisaka Feb 14, 2008 05:11 PM

                Worked: Vermont mojito: muddled lime, Nicaraguan rum, and maple syrup. In honor of my buddy, Don, and his maple syrup.

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                  Father Kitchen Feb 19, 2008 01:05 PM

                  When I was a seminarian in Rome, we had a guy with us that couldn't learn the language, and he "regressed" with some memories of his wild college days, including the names of strange cocktails (like a Hop, Skip, and Go Naked and some interesting things from Nepenthe's at Big Sur). Soon we were mentally inventing bizarre mixes. One was a Crippled Hippopotamus, which would have consisted of rum, sauerkraut juice, and Rose's lime juice. Some years later, I mentioned this weird idea to friends who had the nerve to try it. They tell me that it was actually rather good.

                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                    ChefBoyAreMe May 14, 2008 02:28 PM

                    When my wife was on South Beach a few years ago, and carbs were bad, she (we) cheated a bit when I had a big mint crop coming in, and used Splenda instead of sugar in the mojitos we were drinking...

                    ...the birth of the Splendito!

                    I've also found frozen tropical fruit pulps fro Goya in the local ShopRite, and have experimented with using passionfruit pulp in place of lime juice to make passionfruit margaritas.

                    Last, Absolute citron with a splash of sake,shaken and up with a twist of lemon for a Sak-it-to-me-tini.

                    I'm not sure any of these cocktails qualify as inventions, though, more like variations on a theme...

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                    Bobfrmia Feb 14, 2008 07:16 PM

                    Years ago I went to make Moscow Mules. Turned out I was out of lime, so I used a small splash of Amaretto. Didn't make sense as a substitute, but it went over well. I named it a Des Moines Donkey. It debuted at the bar in my basement, progressed all the way upstairs to my kitchen, and then sadly was forgotten.
                    Until now.

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                      chazzerking Feb 14, 2008 07:27 PM

                      3 that have been successful;
                      1.The NorManhattan:
                      2 parts bourbon(I like to use a caramel-ly one like Woodford
                      1 part Calvados
                      1 part Liquer de Pomme( French apple liquer)
                      Shake over ice and serve in a stemmed glass with a thin wedge or Granny Smith apple, notched to hang on the side of the glass.

                      2 1/2 oz. dutch gin
                      1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
                      1 dash orange bitters
                      shake and serve up with an orange twist

                      3. Yellowtail:
                      3 oz. Stoli Vanil
                      1 oz. Alize (yellow)
                      1/2 oz. Cointreau
                      1/2 teaspoon Rose's lime juice
                      mix in a tall thin glass over crushed ice and top off with a splash of plain soda and garnish with an orange wedge.
                      all of these have met with much appreciation from those who have tried them.

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                        chazzerking Feb 14, 2008 07:32 PM

                        one more- a Melbelini;
                        6 ripe white peaches
                        1pint ripe red raspberries
                        1 vanilla bean split
                        1 qt. vodka
                        1 bottle prosecco
                        Combine the fruit in a large jar(sun tea jars work great) pour the vodka over it and let it sit in a cool spot for 3-4 weeks. then in shake about 3 oz of the infusion over ice and strain into a champagne flute and top with prosecco. garnish with a raspberry.

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                          jkv Feb 15, 2008 06:43 AM

                          Success: a spin on the Aviation cocktail that involved my sister's homemade Buddha's Hand-infused vodka. Add a little Meyer lemon juice and more Stock Maraschino than I would have guessed, shake, and there you have it. I know that Hangar One makes a Buddha's Hand Vodka, so I suppose one could use that instead.

                          We couldn't agree on the name. She liked the 'Flying Buddha.' I preferred 'Buddha Is My Co-Pilot.'

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                            BilZ0r Feb 16, 2008 10:32 PM

                            2 Oz. London Dry Gin
                            1Oz. Grenadine (Nice grenadine, not the stuff that tastes like fake Cherries)
                            1/2Oz. Maraschino Liquer
                            1/4Oz-1/2Oz Rose Water
                            Juice of half a lime.
                            Shaken with ice, served in a cocktail glass.

                            Fresh Zombie (cross between a Mojito and a Zombie)
                            Clap 6 mint leaves and place in the bottom of a shaker
                            1 Oz. White Rum
                            1 Oz. Amber Rum
                            1 Oz. Dark Rum
                            1/2Oz Lime Cordial Syrup
                            3-4Oz pineapple juice
                            Shake with ice pour over rocks in a highball glass.

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                              Toadberry Feb 17, 2008 11:12 AM

                              Fuzzy Devil

                              3 part vodka
                              1 part Pear Juice
                              1 part Elderberry Flower Concentrate

                              Shake with ice, strain into chilled martini glass.

                              Pear has a wonderfully mellow flavor and the elderberry a nice touch of floweryness. It is a very deceptive drink, goes down smooth.

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                              1. re: Toadberry
                                kenito799 Feb 21, 2008 07:49 AM

                                This would be good with St Germain elderflower liquer, but might be a tad sweet...I might add 1/2 part lemon juice.

                              2. whs Feb 17, 2008 11:18 AM

                                Butch Screw: Vodka on the rocks with a slice of orange.

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                                  jenluxy Feb 17, 2008 02:30 PM

                                  A tropical twist on a Cosmo:
                                  1.5 oz vanilla vodka instead of regular
                                  .75 oz triple sec
                                  ,75 oz roses lime
                                  .50 -1 oz (depending on taste) Cranberry juice
                                  .50 coconut rum


                                  1. The Dairy Queen Feb 17, 2008 02:44 PM

                                    Disasterous: a rhubarbarita. Blended fresh rhubarb, tequila & baker's sugar. Tequila & rhubarb just don't mix. On the other hand, rhubarb+vodka go quite well together.


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                                      mhoffman Feb 17, 2008 10:47 PM

                                      I don't have a name for the following cocktail, but it is a slight variation on a drink called El Pepino served at A Cote in Oakland, CA. Measurements are approximate since I haven't settled on ratios completely.

                                      1 inch of English cucumber, skinned
                                      2 oz gin
                                      1/2 oz lemon juice
                                      1/2 oz simple syrup

                                      Muddle cucumber until pulverized, add ice and other ingredients. Shake and strain.

                                      I think they use Plymouth Gin at A Cote. My go-to gin is Bluecoat. Both do well. They use cranberry instead of lemon. I love gin+cukes.

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                                      1. re: mhoffman
                                        hill food Feb 19, 2008 11:40 AM

                                        almost a Pimm's cup, but sounds better.

                                        1. re: mhoffman
                                          Bat Guano May 19, 2008 08:56 AM

                                          I had the ingredients on hand for this the other day, so I made one up according to this recipe (with Hendricks gin, which has an affinity for cucumber already). Delicious! I then made up a couple more for the GF and myself. Don't mess with the ratios; they're perfect.

                                          1. re: Bat Guano
                                            mhoffman May 19, 2008 08:04 PM

                                            Glad you enjoyed it! Try it on the rocks with some lightly bruised mint.

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                                              Bat Guano May 20, 2008 12:14 PM

                                              Y'know, I was thinking a bit of mint wouldn't be amiss; I will try that. Thanks!

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                                            BeautifulVesper Jul 10, 2010 12:47 PM

                                            There's a cocktail on my bar menu very similar to this one.

                                            2 ounces Hendricks Gin
                                            3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
                                            3/4 ounce simple syrup
                                            5 mint leaves muddled with 2 slices of cucumber

                                            Pour the liquid ingredients over the muddled cucumber and mint (they should be a pulpy paste before you add the liquids,) shake vigorously with large ice cubes, put a large cube of ice and a cucumber into your cocktail glass or champagne coupe, and strain the cocktail over. Perfectly refreshing for summer.

                                            1. re: mhoffman
                                              tigercrane Jan 6, 2012 01:33 PM

                                              Is the cucumber sliced into a disk, or is it a one inch spear?

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                                              modbetty Feb 20, 2008 07:45 AM

                                              I've got the eponymous Mod Betty:

                                              Peach Vodka
                                              Cranberry Juice

                                              yum! but don't have too many, as is oft the case....

                                              1. morefuuud Feb 21, 2008 05:02 PM

                                                Rum goes alright with Ribena & wedge of lime. It's a little too sweet tho' - still needs adjustment.

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                                                  heypielady Feb 28, 2008 12:15 PM

                                                  The Lumberjack: 1 part vanilla vodka and 1 part maple syrup.

                                                  My husband would say its a success. I would say the opposite.

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                                                    hill food Feb 28, 2008 07:00 PM

                                                    maybe as a sauce on a version of creme brulee (pre-torching)...

                                                    1. re: hill food
                                                      chazzerking Feb 29, 2008 04:31 AM

                                                      that would be a disaster; Vermont napalm!

                                                  2. thew Feb 29, 2008 05:05 AM

                                                    well ive been playing with the cocktail that started this thread.. i've added a few dashes of bitters to it which is nice... but it still has the most disgusting color ever.

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                                                    1. re: thew
                                                      hill food Feb 29, 2008 09:56 AM

                                                      sometimes the best doesn't look so good. think garnish, what looks best with puke-y greenish-brown?

                                                      1. re: hill food
                                                        ricepad Mar 5, 2008 06:55 PM

                                                        Low lighting?

                                                        1. re: ricepad
                                                          hill food Mar 5, 2008 09:04 PM

                                                          low lighting works well for so many things...

                                                    2. Paul Weller Mar 4, 2008 06:42 PM

                                                      Pernod, Campari, mixed with Stella Artois on the rocks. It was like some sort of green looking beer that tasted like candle wax.

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                                                        ricepad Mar 5, 2008 07:03 PM

                                                        One that worked, followed by one that didn't.

                                                        Years ago, I tended bar in a small Japanese restaurant, and a regular customer came in and asked for something different. As if guided by divine intervention, I instinctively poured an ounce each of vodka, triple sec, and lime juice (standard Kamikaze, if you're paying attention) into a shaker, then added half an ounce of melon liqueur. He loved it, and had several that night. When he asked what it was, I said, "uh....a Tsunami."

                                                        As for the one that didn't, it wasn't really MY invention, but the brothers and cousins of an old girlfriend of mine used to love Brass Monkey and Mountain Dew. Ugh.

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                                                          invinotheresverde Mar 6, 2008 07:34 AM

                                                          Ugh, that reminds me of my husband's favorite drink from college: Southern Comfort and Mountain Dew. Nastastic!

                                                          I've been drinking a deadly mixture of gin, Campari, blood orange bitters, triple sec and lemonade lately. Yes, I'm rushing the season, but I'm sick of winter!

                                                          1. re: invinotheresverde
                                                            thew Mar 6, 2008 08:06 AM

                                                            that sounds good - the campari not the mountain dew

                                                            1. re: invinotheresverde
                                                              mamaciita Mar 7, 2008 06:53 AM

                                                              I've been looking for something to do with Campari lately. Is blood orange bitters readily available? Will "regular" bitters work in a pinch?

                                                              1. re: mamaciita
                                                                invinotheresverde Mar 7, 2008 07:12 AM

                                                                I've never tried it with regular bitters, although I'm sure they'd work just fine.

                                                                I've been using Stirrings, which can be ordered through their website, although I've seen their products at Whole Foods.

                                                                PS To be honest, this is the only product they make that I've liked so far.

                                                                1. re: invinotheresverde
                                                                  BeautifulVesper Jul 10, 2010 12:51 PM

                                                                  Look for Regan's orange bitters or Peychaud's. Use a dash of each with the Campari drinks, rather than that Stirrings stuff, which is basically flavoured simple syrup. Or try making your own bitters with dried blood orange peel and some other whole spices. It takes a month for the bitters to be ready, but the results are well worth the wait!

                                                                  1. re: BeautifulVesper
                                                                    invinotheresverde Jul 11, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                                    Yeah, in the last two years I've drastically changed bitter brands. I now have a large collection (Fee's Rhubarb is probably my fave).

                                                            2. re: ricepad
                                                              Scrapironchef May 22, 2008 01:39 PM

                                                              We used to serve MIdori and Calpico with a chunk of dry ice and called it a 3 MIle Island, one of my bartenders was an ex navy reactor tech and got a big kick out of it.

                                                              Tasted darn good on a hot summer day.

                                                            3. jspear Mar 10, 2008 07:26 AM

                                                              Black Martini
                                                              3 parts Chambord
                                                              1 part citron vodka

                                                              120 tini
                                                              2 parts white godiva
                                                              2 parts vanilla vodka
                                                              1 part cointro
                                                              orange slice

                                                              both sweet but good

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                                                              1. re: jspear
                                                                invinotheresverde Mar 10, 2008 10:11 AM

                                                                You're going to catch some heat on this board for calling those martinis. :)

                                                                1. re: invinotheresverde
                                                                  bza Mar 10, 2008 11:50 AM

                                                                  if those are the drinks they are making, this will be the only place they will be catching heat. :)

                                                                  Three parts chambord and one part citron vodka sounds like a great way to kill someone who is diabetic.

                                                                  1. re: bza
                                                                    invinotheresverde Mar 10, 2008 12:12 PM

                                                                    Yeah, sugar much?

                                                                    1. re: invinotheresverde
                                                                      jspear Mar 11, 2008 05:57 AM

                                                                      Hey, y'all asked for drinks that people liked. One is New Orleans inspired, the other customer designed. Heat or no, just replying with favorites from my mixology career. Amazed at the number of experts on this site......

                                                                      1. re: jspear
                                                                        invinotheresverde Mar 11, 2008 09:38 AM

                                                                        I think the problem is with the proportions. Three parts of Chambord to one part vodka is just way off for a balanced cocktail.

                                                                        1. re: invinotheresverde
                                                                          jspear Mar 11, 2008 11:25 AM

                                                                          There really isn't a problem, this was something that we developed and that people order and drink. If it's not to your liking or offends your sensibilities.....don't try it.

                                                                        2. re: jspear
                                                                          pringle347 Mar 25, 2008 06:59 PM

                                                                          I think they both sound good....there are a lot of us "sweet" drinkers out there! I'd rather have the plum wine than the sake, and the key lime "martini" than anything with gin...it's just a matter of preference.

                                                                          1. re: pringle347
                                                                            jspear Mar 26, 2008 12:18 PM

                                                                            thanks, They are both sweet but great, especially with a chocolate dessert or stand alone after dinner drink, we make a lot of them....

                                                                      2. re: bza
                                                                        thew Mar 10, 2008 12:31 PM

                                                                        on the other had if it was say 2 parts citron vodka one part chambord one part raspberry/cranberry or raspbeery apple and some lime juice it would make a lovely new orleans sour sort of thing a cosmo variant

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                                                                    sillysully Mar 19, 2008 05:31 PM

                                                                    Black Diamond (named while skiing)
                                                                    Peppermint Schnapps

                                                                    Pineapple Smush
                                                                    Coconut Rum
                                                                    Pineapple Juice
                                                                    Splash Chambord

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                                                                      kenito799 Mar 26, 2008 07:29 AM

                                                                      I squeezed a grapefruit for a Hemingway Daiquiri, then ran out of rum. So I invented this:
                                                                      2oz gin
                                                                      1/2 oz St Germain elderflower liquer
                                                                      1 oz grapefruit juice
                                                                      dash orange bitters

                                                                      Since St Germain is so sweet and grapefruit juice is a lot sweeter than lemon or lime, the idea was to try to offset that with a little extra bitterness with the gin and bitters. The result was still a bit sweet and actually sort of weird--grapefruit and elderflower didn't quite mesh. It was interesting, anyway. When I get some cognac I will return to one of my favorites, a St Germain Sidecar (replace the Cointreau with St Germain--no sugar rim!).

                                                                      The Hemingway Daiquiri is still my favorite cocktail with grapefruit. Does anyone have any others?

                                                                      1. gatorfoodie Apr 18, 2008 10:33 AM

                                                                        Last year around this time I created (though I'm sure I'm not the first to do so) something I called a "Southern Belle"...Basically a Mint Julep but instead of simple syrup, I replaced it with my homemade sweet tea. Very refreshing.

                                                                        1. hot breath May 10, 2008 03:14 PM

                                                                          I really shouldn't admit that I liked this...This drink was made because we didn't feel like going to the store one more time.
                                                                          Pint glass with ice
                                                                          2 shots Absolut Citron
                                                                          Fill almost to the top with Cactus Cooler
                                                                          Top with Lipton Black Tea (iced) for "Long Island Iced Tea" color
                                                                          Be sure not to tell anyone you did this (oops).

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                                                                            FlaHopper May 11, 2008 07:47 PM

                                                                            A couple months ago I was fiddling around with a bottle of Cointreau. Most cocktail recipes, I found, want too much Cointreau, so I was looking for a way to use it in a restrained way. I also love gin. LOVE it. So what I finally came up with is a slightly sweet orange gin cocktail that works on the 6:1 mixture of gin to Cointreau, or any other orange liquor.

                                                                            3 oz. of gin
                                                                            1/2 oz. of Cointreau

                                                                            Add to an ice filled shaker, stir and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange.

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                                                                              sparre May 14, 2008 02:17 PM

                                                                              My girlfriend and I like to infuse our own vodkas, one drink we made using chocolate vodka (made on unsweetened, non-dutch-processed cocoa powder and then sweetened, a lot, with simple syrup):

                                                                              The Chocolate Truffle:
                                                                              1 part chocolate vodka
                                                                              1 part Frangelico
                                                                              garnish with a dried cherry that has been marinated in chocolate vodka or liquer

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                                                                              1. re: sparre
                                                                                beteez May 19, 2008 08:02 PM

                                                                                Add Baileys & you have one of my wife's faes.

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                                                                                mhoffman May 15, 2008 02:52 PM

                                                                                A friend and I came up with this summery cocktail two nights ago. It's the best drink I've ever created.

                                                                                I realize that this recipe is a bit too large, but the 6:3:2:2 ration is perfect, and I couldn't bare to call for 2/3 oz. of anything. Most modern cocktail glasses (which I think are too large) will hold the recipe as written.

                                                                                PIERCE STREET COCKTAIL
                                                                                3 oz. light rum (I used 10 Cane)
                                                                                1.5 oz. coconut juice (preferably fresh from a young coconut)
                                                                                1 oz. ginger syrup (recipe below)
                                                                                1 oz. lime juice (fresh, duh)
                                                                                2 generous dashes orange bitters (I used homemade, but Regan's No. 6 are good)

                                                                                Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glasses.

                                                                                GINGER SYRUP (adapted from Imbibe magazine)
                                                                                2 cups roughly chopped, unpeeled fresh ginger
                                                                                2 cups sugar
                                                                                6 cups water

                                                                                To make the ginger syrup, rinse and roughly chop approximately two cups of unpeeled fresh ginger. Place the ginger in a blender and chop finely. Put the ginger in a large pot with six cups of water and two cups of granulated sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for an hour. Strain and press through rough wire mesh to get out the larger chunks of ginger, then filter at least once using cheese cloth or a French press. Makes about two or three cups.

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                                                                                1. re: mhoffman
                                                                                  AnneInMpls May 16, 2008 10:46 PM

                                                                                  Oh, wow - mhoffman, the Pierce Street Cocktail sounds amazing! I've been looking for something alcoholic that includes young coconut juice. And I just happen to have all the ingredients in my fridge right now. It's fate...

                                                                                  Me, my cocktail "invention" was from the day that I wanted a Kir-type champagne cocktail, but also wanted some Campari and grapefruit juice. So I put it all together to make:

                                                                                  Grapefruit-Campari Kir

                                                                                  In a champagne flute, put:
                                                                                  2 parts grapefruit juice (fresh-squeezed pink or ruby is best)
                                                                                  1/2 to 1 part Campari
                                                                                  generous splash of Cointreau
                                                                                  Fill glass with sparkling wine (something nice but not too expensive)

                                                                                  Oh, so very tasty! Since then, I make sure there's always a bottle of Gruet sparkling wine in my fridge, so I can have this one whenever I want. (A champagne stopper is a big help, too - the open bottle lasts for days.)

                                                                                  On the cocktails-that-didn't-work front, I've had no luck mixing anything with my home-infused saffron vodka. Everything I try either clashes or doesn't really make a difference. And it's too good to waste on so-so cocktails. So I just drink it straight.


                                                                                  1. re: AnneInMpls
                                                                                    EvergreenDan Jan 11, 2010 02:32 PM

                                                                                    Reviving this old post because I just made the above Grapefruit Campari Kir and it is delicious -- not particularly challenging, but delicious. I used 1 oz of Campari and 1/2 oz Cointreau.

                                                                                    1. re: EvergreenDan
                                                                                      AnneInMpls Jan 16, 2010 04:54 PM

                                                                                      So nice to hear that there's another grapefruit-campari-sparkling wine fan out there. I hope you enjoy many of these lovely cocktails in good health!

                                                                                      OK, now I need one of these, too. It'll be a change from my current elderflower-gin kir bender: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4895...


                                                                                      1. re: AnneInMpls
                                                                                        invinotheresverde Jan 17, 2010 05:10 PM

                                                                                        Add me to the list. Yum!

                                                                                    2. re: AnneInMpls
                                                                                      BeautifulVesper Jul 10, 2010 12:59 PM

                                                                                      I made a cocktail with apricot nectar, lemon juice, gin, home made bitters, and a curry simple syrup with a fat dose of saffron in it. It's heavenly.

                                                                                  2. Bat Guano May 16, 2008 12:12 PM

                                                                                    Experimenting with the Sazerac formula, one time I subbed bourbon for the rye and angostura bitters for the Peychaud's, then made the drink as if it were a sazerac. It was surprisingly bad.

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                                                                                    1. re: Bat Guano
                                                                                      guilty Dec 27, 2011 03:49 PM

                                                                                      So glad to hear this--I was thinking about this exact substitution. Thanks for saving me the trouble.

                                                                                    2. purple goddess May 16, 2008 11:07 PM

                                                                                      If you go to The Scores Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland, you can order a "Purple Goddess".. invented for yours truly but the head bartender there in 2001. It's got Blue Curacao, vodka, cranberry juice!

                                                                                      I don't think it's widely advertised, but it was invented for me for drinking said bar out of Drambuie!

                                                                                      1. davis_sq_pro Jun 16, 2008 03:31 PM

                                                                                        I hope this thread isn't too old to revisit... I missed it before and would like to join in :)

                                                                                        To begin with, an unnamed cocktail that I created one night when I was in the mood for something Martini-like, but was about to eat some Indian food and didn't think a Martini would pair well. I've been tweaking it for the past few months and I think it's pretty solid at this point:

                                                                                        3 parts gin (I use Plymouth at the moment)
                                                                                        1 1/2 parts Lillet Blanc
                                                                                        1/4 part lime juice
                                                                                        1-2 dashes orange bitters (Regan's)
                                                                                        Shake, strain, garnish with a lime wheel

                                                                                        Next, an elevated version of a cherry cheesecake "Martini", created at the request of a guest. My goal was to do something a bit more interesting than the standard recipe you find online, usually involving pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and vodka. I tried to incorporate all of the flavors one might find in an actual piece cherry cheesecake: lemon, cherry, vanilla. This probably needs just a bit more tweaking but I'm relatively happy with it at this point.

                                                                                        4 brandied cherries (I use Chukar dried bing cherries, macerated in cognac)
                                                                                        1/4 tsp vanilla extract
                                                                                        2 1/2 oz light rum (I use Cruzan Estate or 10 Cane)
                                                                                        1/4 oz grenadine (homemade, please)
                                                                                        1/4 oz fresh lemon juice

                                                                                        muddle cherries, vanilla, rum, grenadine, lemon juice, and optionally a 1/4 tsp of the brandy from the cherries
                                                                                        shake very well with lots of crushed ice
                                                                                        tight strain (to get rid of little cherry chunks)
                                                                                        garnish with a lemon twist

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                                                                                        1. re: davis_sq_pro
                                                                                          mhoffman Jun 16, 2008 03:37 PM

                                                                                          Your unnamed gin/Lillet/lime number sounds right up my alley. This will be the very next cocktail I make. Would you consider garnishing it with an orange twist instead of a lime wheel as a nod to Lillet tradition?

                                                                                          1. re: mhoffman
                                                                                            davis_sq_pro Jun 16, 2008 04:45 PM

                                                                                            I had no idea that was Lillet tradition, but it sounds great to me! Especially with the orange bitters already in there. Let me know how it turns out!

                                                                                        2. davis_sq_pro Jun 22, 2008 06:03 PM

                                                                                          Next up, a drink I just finished tweaking tonight. This is a modification of a Swedish Punsch into a short drink. I started with the recipe on the Batavia Arrack van Oosten bottle ( http://www.alpenz.com/images/poftfoli... ) and worked from there. The original recipe:

                                                                                          2 oz Batavia Arrack
                                                                                          1/2 oz rum
                                                                                          1/2 oz lemon juice
                                                                                          1/2 oz simple syrup
                                                                                          3 oz water
                                                                                          Pinch of ground cardamom or nutmeg

                                                                                          I thought it would be fun to pair the Arrack with Pimento Dram, and since that's a sweet, spicy, rum-based liquor, it eliminated the simple syrup, pinch of spice, and the rum. The water, of course, also had to go if I wanted a short drink. After mixing this and trying a few batches I was missing some sweetness, and also didn't think that the Pimento Dram was doing a good enough job balancing the smokiness of the Arrack. I thought that Maraschino might play nicely with that flavor profile, and in my opinion it absolutely does. So here is my rather fusion-y resultant drink:

                                                                                          2 oz Batavia Arrack
                                                                                          3/4 oz Pimento Dram (I use a homemade one -- YMMV
                                                                                          )1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
                                                                                          1/2 oz Maraschino (Luxardo)

                                                                                          Combine, shake, strain. Garnish with a twist, or perhaps a cherry. Enjoy! :)

                                                                                          1. Wahooty Jun 22, 2008 06:35 PM

                                                                                            Once, on an otherwise nondescript weeknight, I wanted a mojito. Weirdly enough, I had the mint, but no rum, and no limes. So I invented the Mexito: built like a mojito, but substituting a healthy splash of bitter orange juice (from the Goya aisle - right next to the bottled mojo marinade) for the lime, and tequila for the rum. It went down ludicrously well.

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                                                                                              boxcar_sf Jun 27, 2008 01:39 PM

                                                                                              I "created" this cross between a mint julip and a ginger rogers...I make pitchers of this drink for summer parties i'm invited to. You can make the syrup/booze mixture ahead of time and add the gingerale/ice as you make each pitcher. It's a strong drink that's tempered by the melting ice:

                                                                                              Ginger simple syrup
                                                                                              Lots of fresh mint
                                                                                              Ginger ale

                                                                                              Muddle a handful of fresh mint with lime juice, ice and a few sliced limes. Add ginger simple syrup and bourbon. Pour over ice, topping with ginger ale depending how strong you want it. When the pitcher is empty, add more ice and start again. Repeat til the bourbon is gone.

                                                                                              1. thew Jul 10, 2008 03:31 PM

                                                                                                i need names for these:

                                                                                                2 oz of either gin or vodka
                                                                                                1 1/2 oz aperol
                                                                                                1 oz lemon juice
                                                                                                some amount of stirrings blood orange bitters (still finding the optimal)


                                                                                                2 oz mandarin vodka
                                                                                                splash of campari
                                                                                                grapefruit juice
                                                                                                squeeze of lime and/or lime garnish

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                                                                                                1. re: thew
                                                                                                  hill food Jul 11, 2008 02:03 AM

                                                                                                  #1 Cacciavite Risoluto

                                                                                                  #2 Italian Greyhound (5:1 odds in the third race)

                                                                                                2. RHplus Jul 11, 2008 02:37 AM

                                                                                                  My style: no fuss, sweet, and strong-
                                                                                                  japanese cold sake
                                                                                                  dash of peach liqueur

                                                                                                  sometimes called the sakura-tini or peach blossom

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                                                                                                    phantomdoc Aug 8, 2008 05:07 AM

                                                                                                    Vodka and Prune Juice....A PILE DRIVER.

                                                                                                    1. thew Aug 8, 2008 06:37 AM

                                                                                                      (still working on proportions - and need a name)

                                                                                                      1 1/2 oz hendriks gin
                                                                                                      1 oz aperol
                                                                                                      1 oz maraschino liqueur
                                                                                                      1 oz lemon juice
                                                                                                      twist of orange peel

                                                                                                      1. k
                                                                                                        kitty kate Oct 30, 2009 08:49 PM

                                                                                                        Simple but delish... black cherry vodka with arizona diet green tea...

                                                                                                        1. jerryc123 Oct 31, 2009 08:56 AM

                                                                                                          This was an Autumn-inspired cocktail that just didn't work out.

                                                                                                          I tried several variations, by changing the quantities, playing with the sweetness, adding more sour, because I really thought the ingredients would work well together. It just never went anywhere with my taste testers.

                                                                                                          It did not get a name.

                                                                                                          1 oz Laird's AppleJack
                                                                                                          1/2 oz Green Apple Vodka
                                                                                                          1/2 oz fresh apple cider
                                                                                                          1/4 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
                                                                                                          dash of Angostura bitters

                                                                                                          Shake with ice and serve straight up.

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                                                                                                          1. re: jerryc123
                                                                                                            BeautifulVesper Jul 10, 2010 01:45 PM

                                                                                                            Try replacing the apple vodka with some fresh green apple puree and 2 dashes of Regan's orange bitters in place of the Angostura. I made the same thing with bourbon as the main spirit. Pretty tasty.

                                                                                                          2. KatChow Oct 31, 2009 09:21 PM

                                                                                                            I poached some pears in white wine (and spiced rum, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and honey) for dessert this evening and while I was debating what to do with the leftover poaching liquid (now reduced to a syrup), divine inspiration struck...

                                                                                                            Spiced Pear Martini:
                                                                                                            1-1.5 oz vodka (depending on how strong you like your cocktails)
                                                                                                            1 Tb poaching liquid
                                                                                                            Shake and serve in a cinnamon sugar rimmed glass

                                                                                                            I normally don't enjoy sweet cocktails, but yum, this one goes down so smoothly....

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                                                                                                            1. re: KatChow
                                                                                                              hill food Oct 31, 2009 09:36 PM

                                                                                                              that sounds delicious, but you must realize disasters are more entertaining (heh)

                                                                                                              1. re: KatChow
                                                                                                                hill food Oct 31, 2009 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                post somewhere what the heck you did with the pears themselves

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                                                                                                                Scotpaulabear Nov 4, 2009 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                Apologies if this sounds vile, but it's a cocktail I started experimenting with at MIT and my friends and I keep going back to it. Measurements approx., mix to taste:

                                                                                                                2 parts raspberry vodka (I use a homemade one local to Edinburgh, which is very berry-ish and bright red - you could use any, or maybe vodka and framboise or chambord)
                                                                                                                1 part raspberry Sourz
                                                                                                                1 or 2 parts Amaretto
                                                                                                                Fill to desired level with half orange juice, half cranberry juice.

                                                                                                                It was promptly dubbed the Pink Death, in homage to the old nickname of the Hong Kong in Harvard Square (the Red Death ;). Seems appropriate, as everyone laughs at how pinky-cute it looks and tastes (very candy like), but it packs a wallop...

                                                                                                                I did used to love the Roy Rogers on Acid (Coke and vodka with grenadine), but I'm past that now. ;)

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                                                                                                                1. re: Scotpaulabear
                                                                                                                  invinotheresverde Nov 4, 2009 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                  Wow, that last drink sounds horrid!!

                                                                                                                  1. re: invinotheresverde
                                                                                                                    Scotpaulabear Nov 6, 2009 03:31 AM

                                                                                                                    Well being honest I would have thought the same reading that, but drunken experimentation led to it, we tried it again when sober and it's actually quite lovely ;)

                                                                                                                2. walkie74 Nov 11, 2009 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                  A guy friend of mine stayed with me for almost a year, and created another version of a martini to thank me for it. I present the Walker:

                                                                                                                  1 oz Bombay Blue Sapphire Gin
                                                                                                                  1 oz dry vermouth

                                                                                                                  combine and shake over crushed ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with three almond stuffed olives. The dirty version has, of course, olive juice in it.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: walkie74
                                                                                                                    JMF Dec 28, 2009 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                    That's a martini circa 1900. sometimes called a fitty fitty. equal parts gin and dry vermouth.

                                                                                                                    1. re: JMF
                                                                                                                      davis_sq_pro Dec 28, 2009 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                      Don't you need a dash or two of orange bitters for a martini from that era?

                                                                                                                      1. re: davis_sq_pro
                                                                                                                        JMF Jan 11, 2010 09:43 PM

                                                                                                                        Definitely orange bitters, and served with a lemon twist, not olives. Olives are a relitively recent addition to the martini.

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                                                                                                                    cycloneillini Nov 11, 2009 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                    My friends are convinced I should write a cocktail book. I can look at whatever is behind a bar, especially if they have some unusual things, and pretty quickly come up with an awesome new drink. Here are a few I can think of. All can be shaken with ice and served either in a martini glass or as a shot, or stirred and served over ice depending on your preference and atmosphere.

                                                                                                                    Kimmy Vanilli (My name is Kim, and Absolut Vanilla reminded me of the lip sync group Milli Vanilli)
                                                                                                                    2 parts Absolut Vanilla
                                                                                                                    1 part Baileys

                                                                                                                    Peach Melba
                                                                                                                    2 parts Absolut Peach
                                                                                                                    1 part OJ
                                                                                                                    splash peach schnapps
                                                                                                                    splash Amaretto
                                                                                                                    splash grenadine

                                                                                                                    Chocolate Covered Cherry
                                                                                                                    2 parts Baileys
                                                                                                                    1 part Godiva dark chocolate
                                                                                                                    1 part Cherry Brandy
                                                                                                                    splash Amaretto

                                                                                                                    Mounds Bar
                                                                                                                    1 part Malibu rum
                                                                                                                    1 part Godiva dark chocolate
                                                                                                                    splash cream

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                                                                                                                    1. re: cycloneillini
                                                                                                                      invinotheresverde Nov 14, 2009 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                      I'm not trying to be a jerk, but man, these are sweeeeet drinks. Do you have any less sugary recipes?

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                                                                                                                      pacheeseguy Nov 24, 2009 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                      "Captain José"
                                                                                                                      Equal parts Captain Morgan and José Cuervo, up or on the rocks.
                                                                                                                      Knocks your socks off.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: pacheeseguy
                                                                                                                        davis_sq_pro Nov 24, 2009 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                        Best consumed after a night of knocking back a Miller Lite 24-pack or two?

                                                                                                                      2. j
                                                                                                                        jbatl Nov 25, 2009 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                        I have to lay claim to what is now known as the 'Manmosa.' I called it the 'Bromosa' when I, as far as records can tell, invented it on Bull Street in Savannah during St. Patrick's Day 2001.

                                                                                                                        OJ, liberal Champagne, with a vodka floater.

                                                                                                                        1. j
                                                                                                                          jengaworld Nov 30, 2009 11:12 PM

                                                                                                                          We seem to have invented a Brandy Negroni tonight (dh would like to dub this a Randy Roni, but I demurred). We were out of gin and I didn't like the first attempt with vodka. Since I went to college in Wisconsin, home of the brandy Old Fashioned: 1-1-1 brandy-campari-sweet vermouth, with Angostura bitters and burnt orange to garnish. The result was bitter as all get out, and not too bad :-)

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                                                                                                                            coldmtn Dec 4, 2009 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                            Okay, I'm not sure if it qualifies as "invented" by me as I made it based on a vague memory of a recipe I saw online (but I have a TERRIBLE memory ;). Anyway, I had some friends over and wanted to make some "seasonal" cocktails. I made a handful of concoctions involving apple cider and some other stuff.

                                                                                                                            This, however, was the sweet drink I made for a couple folks who I knew would not get into anything too, uh, intense. It's definitely on the sweet side but has nice balance and it's delicious. Courtesy of my friend and named for my street in the East Village, NYC, it's called an "11th Street Saint":

                                                                                                                            2.5 oz. Tequila (Sauza Hornitos Reposado)
                                                                                                                            .5 oz. St. Germain Elderflower liquer
                                                                                                                            1 oz. pear pureé
                                                                                                                            1/2 oz. apple cider
                                                                                                                            1 Tsp fresh lemon
                                                                                                                            1 Tsp fresh lime
                                                                                                                            Dash (1/8 oz.?) Agave syrup
                                                                                                                            Shake with ice, serve up in a cocktail glass

                                                                                                                            1. w
                                                                                                                              will47 Dec 10, 2009 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                              3 different attempts at a persimmon cocktail; none were bad, but I think the third was the most successful in the opinion of everyone who was there.

                                                                                                                              They could probably all use some work, but I think not bad for first attempts.

                                                                                                                              From my gf's site:

                                                                                                                              1. AnneInMpls Dec 28, 2009 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                                Speaking of Elderflower Liqueur, here's my current cocktail favorite.

                                                                                                                                Gin-soaked Epiphany

                                                                                                                                1 Tbsp Sapphire Gin
                                                                                                                                2 tsp St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
                                                                                                                                Sparkling wine (I like Gruet, Zardetto, and Rotari)

                                                                                                                                I was inspired by last year's trendy Epiphany Cocktail, as served at the W Hotel
                                                                                                                                in Minneapolis (as described here: http://www.nightclub.com/first-round-ride-wild-side ). It's a swanky variant of Toadberry's Fuzzy Devil, above: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4895... ). But I would never use Veuve Cliquot in a cocktail, and I didn't have any Grey Goose Poire vodka. The gin is great with the Elderflower liqueur, because it helps cut the flowery sweetness.

                                                                                                                                Note: Several of these are required in order to have an Epiphany.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: AnneInMpls
                                                                                                                                  thew Dec 28, 2009 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                  perhaps if you lowered the bubbly to other stuff ratio fewer would be required...

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                                                                                                                                  pb n foie Dec 28, 2009 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                  I am really stoked on this cocktail that I recently came up with called Poke Your Eye Out.
                                                                                                                                  11/2oz tequila blanco, 1/2oz mezcal, 3/4oz aperol, 1/2oz carpano antica, 1/2oz maraschino liqueur, 2 dash regans orange bitters, rinse of green chartreuse, orange twist

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: pb n foie
                                                                                                                                    EvergreenDan Dec 12, 2010 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                    Took me a year, but I finally got around to trying this with real Mezcal. Very interesting, although a bit sweet for my tastes. I also though the Maraschino dominated a bit. Have you played with this any further?


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                                                                                                                                  2. Niki in Dayton Jan 19, 2010 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                    Don't have a name for it, but lately I've been pouring some Hangar One Rasberry vodka into a glass with ice and adding just a splash of Chambord....punches up the rasberry flavor.

                                                                                                                                    1. CosmicMiami Feb 7, 2010 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                      Star fruit, or carambola, nice and ripe. Juiced.

                                                                                                                                      3 parts vodka
                                                                                                                                      1 part juice
                                                                                                                                      Shake, strain, drink

                                                                                                                                      1. Davwud Feb 7, 2010 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                        Not exactly a cocktail but a shooter.

                                                                                                                                        Rocket Fuel

                                                                                                                                        1 pt, Jack Daniels
                                                                                                                                        1 pt. Zambouca


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                                                                                                                                          vincentinparisandrome Feb 20, 2010 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                          This is my "house" cocktail every summer since I moved to Rome. It can be made out of season with different fruit.

                                                                                                                                          Purée very ripe and tasty melons or peaches. Freeze in small ice cube trays.

                                                                                                                                          In a flute, add an ice cube or two, a shot of peach or melon vodka (depending on which fruit you used) then charge with prosecco. You can add a crushed mint leaf to the glass or a sparing amount of chopped mint to purée before freezing. It is sort of a lazy man's rossini, with a kick. We've never given it a name, but has been referred to simply as the "cocktail della casa".

                                                                                                                                          Incidentally, the fruit vodka in still or sparkling wine is our answer to kir, since I can never remeber to bring cassis back from Paris with me.

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                                                                                                                                            existentialhero Feb 22, 2010 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                            After coming back from a trip to Prague with 2.5 litres of the local herbal bitters (Becherovka), I concocted the following. I've never come up with a name, but it's exactly my kind of drink: intensely multiflavored, aggressive, and bitter-sweet.

                                                                                                                                            1oz. blanc tequila (I've used Hornitos and 1800 Silver)
                                                                                                                                            1oz. decent rum (I've used Appleton Estate)
                                                                                                                                            1oz. Grand Marnier
                                                                                                                                            1oz. Becherovka
                                                                                                                                            1/4oz. amaretto

                                                                                                                                            Shake gently over ice, then strain into a cocktail glass.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: existentialhero
                                                                                                                                              invinotheresverde Feb 22, 2010 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                                              That drink would blow my mind without (gross) rum. Thanks for the idea.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: invinotheresverde
                                                                                                                                                existentialhero Feb 22, 2010 08:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                I know the rum sounds weird, but (at least for my palate) it turns out to be necessary — it balances the zing of the tequila and adds some depth. By all means, though, mix it up, and let me know if you think of a decent name.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: existentialhero
                                                                                                                                                  invinotheresverde Feb 22, 2010 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I'll experiment and let you know. I freaking love bitters and tequila.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: existentialhero
                                                                                                                                                EvergreenDan Feb 23, 2010 03:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                I love bitter.

                                                                                                                                                How sweet is Becherovka? For me, I might add about 1 oz of lemon or lime to balance the Grand Marnier+Amaretto, plus whatever the Becherovka needs. And a 10 oz water glass to drink it out of. :)

                                                                                                                                                For me, Bitter + dry > Bitter + sweet/sour > Bitter + sweet.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: EvergreenDan
                                                                                                                                                  existentialhero Feb 23, 2010 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                  The Becherovka is sweeter than, say, Campari, but most of what it contributes is spice flavors. I tend to prefer drinks that have a sweet component as well as bitterness, but adding some sour is an interesting idea — I'll definitely give that a try next time I make it.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: EvergreenDan
                                                                                                                                                    EvergreenDan Feb 23, 2010 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Now you've got me curious. Is it roughly comparable to any of the commonly-available amari? (e.g. Averna, Ramazzotti, Meletti). I want to try you cocktail with something that I have. (I also have Lucano, Cynar, Aperol, Campari, and Zwack Liqueur if that helps.)

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: EvergreenDan
                                                                                                                                                      existentialhero Feb 24, 2010 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Here's where my inexperience in the field comes out: Campari is the only one of those I have tried, and it's not much like that. Becherovka has lots of big sweet-spice flavors like anise and cinnamon along with a vanilla component; the bitterness is definitely present, but it doesn't dominate like in Campari (and, from what I've just read on the nets, most amari). If you're interested in comparing, I believe that Downtown Liquors in Davis stocks Becherovka, although I haven't checked in a while.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: EvergreenDan
                                                                                                                                                        EvergreenDan Feb 24, 2010 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Thanks. Yes, I've seen it around frequently. No, my wife won't appreciate another bottle overflowing the liquor cabinet. ;) My vile collection is getting a little out-of-hand.

                                                                                                                                                        I've found it challenging to mix with the sweet/spicy amari, such as Ramazzotti, Averna, Meletti, Lucano, and so forth. They can replace a sweet vermouth (which is sweet/spicy, but often they don't go well where a bright, fairly dry ingredient is needed. (That's where I use Campari.) I bet my Campari recipes outnumber my sweet/spicy amari recipes by at least 2:1.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: EvergreenDan
                                                                                                                                                        existentialhero Feb 24, 2010 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Tried it with a splash of key lime juice tonight, and that was very nice. I'll test it with fresh lemon the next time I have some around.

                                                                                                                                                      3. re: existentialhero
                                                                                                                                                        EvergreenDan Mar 19, 2010 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Finally got some Becherovka. This is quite an interesting drink. I found it a bit sweet, so I added an equal amount of lime, and reduced the quantities from 1oz to 3/4 oz to keep the volume in check.

                                                                                                                                                        I served it on the rocks because, well, I like rocks. Let me know if you come up with a name, otherwise it's gonna be the "Existential Hero" in my house.

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                                                                                                                                                        runwestierun Feb 22, 2010 09:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                        The Tuna Colada!! Yeaaaaahhh, that one didn't work...

                                                                                                                                                        1. YAYME Mar 21, 2010 05:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Let's see there was Red one which was Gin, Absinthe, Grenadine and POM shaken over ice.

                                                                                                                                                          "Faux Stout"
                                                                                                                                                          Castries Peanut cream
                                                                                                                                                          Godiva chocolate liqueur
                                                                                                                                                          and Cola

                                                                                                                                                          Then there's the last one
                                                                                                                                                          St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
                                                                                                                                                          apple juice
                                                                                                                                                          Again shaken and strained over ice It was divine everythig balance out and it didn't taste alcholic at all.

                                                                                                                                                          those are ghe ones that have worked, I've found I'm usually good at whipping up somethign or other.

                                                                                                                                                          1. nomadchowwoman Mar 30, 2010 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Nothing too original about this, I'm sure, but I do like it:

                                                                                                                                                            I put two frozen blood orange juice cubes into a glass w/1 part Campari, 3 parts soda, and garnish w/a sprig of fresh basil.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                                                                                                              hill food Mar 31, 2010 12:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                              add a shot of vodka, substitute champagne for half the soda and I am so waking up for that brunch

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: hill food
                                                                                                                                                                nomadchowwoman Mar 31, 2010 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Well that's my summer drink when I'm trying to stay sober. But I've always thought a shot of vodka would improve the drink a lot, so tonight, I'm going to try it. I'll save the champagne twist for a celebratory occasion, but that sounds really good.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                                                                                                                  invinotheresverde Mar 31, 2010 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  No, go with gin. Gin and Campari are BFFs!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: invinotheresverde
                                                                                                                                                                    nomadchowwoman Mar 31, 2010 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    I'm a gin lover--but I don't like it with orange juice. I do like it w/Campari, however, esp. in a Negroni.

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                                                                                                                                                              Masonville Apr 4, 2010 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                              long long time ago, and haven't had it since, but it was very good for a time: jack daniels, tonic, bitters, I think some kind of citrus rind. I still drink tonic and bitters and love it--my way of dealing with unpleasant social occasions where I want something to drink that isn't going to leave me impaired.

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                                                                                                                                                                nomadchowwoman Apr 5, 2010 06:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the idea for tonic and bitters--I've been trying to figure out a "cocktail" (and experimenting, not so successfully) to have for non-drinking friends so they can feel included or for when I have to drive.

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                                                                                                                                                                  invinotheresverde Apr 5, 2010 07:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I'm sure you already know this, but just in case you don't, most bitters contain quite a bit of alcohol. Your non-drinking friends might not groove on that.

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                                                                                                                                                                    davis_sq_pro Apr 5, 2010 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Most bitters contain alcohol, yes, but to put this into perspective: A dash--which is maybe 1/8th tsp, or 0.020 oz--of 80-proof bitters in an 8-ounce glass of non-alcoholic liquid will yield a drink containing only 0.1% ABV, if my math is correct. So dash away--within reason--unless your friends have an absolute restriction on even the most minute amounts of alcohol.

                                                                                                                                                                    By the way, Fee Brothers bitters don't seem to contain alcohol. Or at least the label doesn't say anything about it. Also, I find that tonic pairs quite nicely with a splash of cranberry juice for a refreshing nonalcoholic beverage. Made even better with a dash of bitters!

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                                                                                                                                                                      invinotheresverde Apr 5, 2010 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      I know the amount actually consumed would be tiny, but that would still be a problem for most people who abstain.

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                                                                                                                                                                      nomadchowwoman Apr 5, 2010 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, I was thinking as davis sq pro--that it would end up being such a minute amount as not to matter--but I guess it would always be prudent to ask before serving. (We know someone who, upon joining AA, wouldn't eat risotto because the recipe contained wine; I remarked that I always assumed all the alcohol cooked out, but he seemed afraid that even the possibility of any miniscule traces would pose a problem.)

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                                                                                                                                                                  pb n foie Apr 10, 2010 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  really digging this one
                                                                                                                                                                  11/2 oz cruzan amber rum
                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 oz lemon hart 151
                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 px sherry
                                                                                                                                                                  1/4 oz homemade velvet falernum
                                                                                                                                                                  lemon twist
                                                                                                                                                                  served up
                                                                                                                                                                  I am going to try using nicer rums. I think zacapa would work in place of the cruzan or maybe cruzan single barrel.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. geg5150 Apr 16, 2010 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Here's my Spring 2010 cocktail. Note that I don't really measure, I'm more of an eyeballer.

                                                                                                                                                                    Blackberry Lime Gin Fizz
                                                                                                                                                                    Muddle 3 blackberries
                                                                                                                                                                    Add ice cubes
                                                                                                                                                                    Rangpur gin
                                                                                                                                                                    Trader Joe's Sparkling Limeade

                                                                                                                                                                    So delicious. Thinking about trying it with an herb. Basil or mint come to mind first, maybe even thyme. Any other suggestions?

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                                                                                                                                                                      dhs Apr 21, 2010 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Ran out of gin, wanted a corpse reviver #2, went a step further...

                                                                                                                                                                      corpse invigorator #1
                                                                                                                                                                      1oz silver tequila
                                                                                                                                                                      3/4 oz Lemon Juice
                                                                                                                                                                      3/4 oz Lillet
                                                                                                                                                                      3/4oz Cointreau
                                                                                                                                                                      1 tsp absinthe
                                                                                                                                                                      1/3 an egg white (reserve remaining for your next drink)

                                                                                                                                                                      bring together ingredients, shake without ice to foam, add ice, shake to chill, dispense and finish with 2 dashes of angostura bitters on egg white foam

                                                                                                                                                                      yum. I can't say my changes to corpse reviver #2 are too earth shattering, but I do think it works quite well. The addition of egg and bitters to the orginal recipe would also be quite satisfying (if you like egg white cocktails of course).

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                                                                                                                                                                        BeautifulVesper Jul 10, 2010 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Tarragon. Sounds funky, but with the right fruit and gin, you're in business. I make a cocktail with 7 tarragon leaves, muddled, 1 ounce Passion fruit puree, 1 3/4 ounce gin, 2 dashes Regan's orange bitters, 1/2 ounce simple, a splash of fresh lime juice and a splash of Cointreau. Shake, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve. A few rosemary leaves bruised might be fantastic with the blackberries and lime.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Mame16th Jun 7, 2010 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        St. Germain, club soda, a splash of rosewater. I call it a French Whorehouse, 'cause I'm ladylike like that.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. YAYME Jun 30, 2010 04:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Let's see I didn't have lemon for a 20th century cocktail substituted a lime and hence the 21st century cocktail was born!

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                                                                                                                                                                            hill food Jul 1, 2010 12:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            what would you've called it if all you had was Durian? The Endtimes?

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                                                                                                                                                                            cheesehead in recovery Jul 12, 2010 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Favorite "up north drink" Lutheran Lemonade:
                                                                                                                                                                            Southern Comfort and Lemonade......the name of the drink is entirely optional, and a story in and of itself!

                                                                                                                                                                            Someone also introduced us to another oddballl combination: Brazillian rum and Cream Soda! Yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                              slabbit Sep 24, 2010 09:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I just came up with something at home here which tastes pretty nice. I wanted to call it the Harvest Moon since there just was one, but it seems there are a few less than great sounding Harvest Moon cocktails on the interweb already. Kind of a standard Tiki variation with Applejack as the base.

                                                                                                                                                                              Anyway, here goes:

                                                                                                                                                                              1 1/2 oz Laird's Applejack
                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 oz Coruba Dark Rum
                                                                                                                                                                              1/4 oz Allspice Dram (Homemade)
                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 oz lemon juice
                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 oz lime juice
                                                                                                                                                                              1 oz homemade grenadine
                                                                                                                                                                              2 dashes orange bitters (Regan's)

                                                                                                                                                                              Shaken and served in a cocktail glass.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. thew Sep 25, 2010 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                aperitif from last night

                                                                                                                                                                                (no measurements - just eyeballed)

                                                                                                                                                                                suze aperitif
                                                                                                                                                                                passionfruit syrup
                                                                                                                                                                                orange bitters
                                                                                                                                                                                fresh grated ginger

                                                                                                                                                                                1. YAYME Sep 26, 2010 03:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  My crazy friend Stephie invented this I dubbed it "Sparklie Unicorn" because it's pink and she loves unicorns.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Here goes:
                                                                                                                                                                                  St. Germain
                                                                                                                                                                                  Triple Sec
                                                                                                                                                                                  Raspberry Ginger ale

                                                                                                                                                                                  It's surpriseingly good and palatable. However we don't have exacty measurements.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. StriperGuy Dec 13, 2010 11:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Heck, figured I'd link up these two related threads:


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                                                                                                                                                                                      deet13 Dec 14, 2010 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Cream cooler

                                                                                                                                                                                      1.5 to 3 oz of Bourbon, blended whiskey, vodka, or dark rum...
                                                                                                                                                                                      Boylan cream soda
                                                                                                                                                                                      4 or so dashes of Angostura bitters

                                                                                                                                                                                      Pour Ice, Liquor, Bitters into a highball glass
                                                                                                                                                                                      Top off glass with cream soda, stir, and drink.

                                                                                                                                                                                      It's incredibly sweet, so avoid this drink if you're diabetic, or suffering from a toothache.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Poindexter Dec 17, 2010 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      A light/low-alcohol summer cocktail I (think) I invented is simply Campari and San Pellegrino Aranciata soda. Pour over ice, garnish with a green plastic army man and call it: The Agent Orange.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Johnny West Dec 21, 2010 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        It may or may not be a bona fide cocktail but it
                                                                                                                                                                                        is one I came up with for Mrs W and she loves

                                                                                                                                                                                        The Danish Martini

                                                                                                                                                                                        2 ounces Svedka Cherry Vodka
                                                                                                                                                                                        1 ounce Herring (cherry liquor from Denmark)

                                                                                                                                                                                        Shaken in an ice filled cocktail shaker and
                                                                                                                                                                                        pour into a sugar rimmed martini glass.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          invinotheresverde Dec 22, 2010 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Flavored fish? ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                            JMF Dec 22, 2010 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            sounds very one dimensional. Just cherry and cherry. Oh, and that's not a martini.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Johnny West Dec 22, 2010 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ja, whatever. The Mrs likes cherry and I made it for her. It's a take off on Chambord's French martini. Deets, I like your idea of adding the cherry bitters and putting it in Coke.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                deet13 Dec 23, 2010 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                As I'm debating on what to mix tomorrow, I'm thinking of going to my local liquor store and picking up a bottle of cherry liqueur and mix up a few Heering and Ginger-ale Highballs and toss a shot of bourbon into the mix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Or just make a couple of Blood and Sands...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              deet13 Dec 22, 2010 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              IMO, you need a couple of dashes of some Fee Brothers cherry bitters to go along with that... :)

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd probably just pour the whole drink into a large glass, and top it off with club soda, or coke.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              postemotional1 Feb 2, 2011 12:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              HV3 was named after my boss:

                                                                                                                                                                                              3 parts Hennessey
                                                                                                                                                                                              2 parts Dry Vermouth
                                                                                                                                                                                              1 part Triple Sec

                                                                                                                                                                                              Strain into martini glass.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Get it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                postemotional1 Feb 2, 2011 12:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                A guest asked me for a hip-hop drink. thus the Jay Z.

                                                                                                                                                                                                4 oz. Red Zinfandel
                                                                                                                                                                                                1 oz. Jagermeister

                                                                                                                                                                                                Shake and strain into a martini glass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Kind of like Robitussin with a boner.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                  davis_sq_pro Feb 2, 2011 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perfect name. Either drink that, or listen to some Jay Z. Same headache in the end!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  pb n foie Apr 20, 2011 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  One I am loving right now is kind of a creation of mine. That being said, I got the idea from looking at a cocktail menu. The ingredient list looked tasty and I came up with this which I am calling The Broken Arm
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1oz del maguey vida mezcal (any delicious mezcal)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1oz El Dorado 12 year rum (any good amber rum, Bacardi 8)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2oz pineapple gomme syrup
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/4oz benedictine
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/4oz cherry heering
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2oz tuaca (any vanilla liqueur)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  3/4oz lime juice
                                                                                                                                                                                                  dash angostura bitters
                                                                                                                                                                                                  shake, strain, up

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. magumpa Nov 11, 2011 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I thought I'd add the challenge I competed last night when someone asked me to make a drink with chips in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    45ml Absolut
                                                                                                                                                                                                    15ml Lemon Juice
                                                                                                                                                                                                    A handful of Dorito's, muddled
                                                                                                                                                                                                    4 Dashes of Cholula Chilli Sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 Slices of Jalapeño

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shaken and Double Strained, serve in a cocktail glass with a Crushed Dorito rim.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was a lot better than I expected and the challenger seemed to like it. I would never buy it though. The things you do to pass the time with regulars on a quiet night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      EvergreenDan Nov 12, 2011 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Might be better with teq... oh never mind ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        magumpa Nov 16, 2011 12:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Haha I did make one later for myself with tequila in it and it was different, I would definitely call it an improvement but again, I wouldn't buy one and I probably wouldnt sell one either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        StriperGuy Nov 12, 2011 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        How bout one with cat food in it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          EvergreenDan Nov 12, 2011 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          With Peychaud's -- a Cataract?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            StriperGuy Nov 12, 2011 05:12 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                        calliope_nh Nov 12, 2011 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pangalatic Gargleblasters are authentically made with ingredients not readily available on Earth, but my friends and I decided we needed to create a version. Problem was we were not experienced mixologists (it was the early '80s and we were in highschool), but we did have access to one dad's well stocked cabinet. It contained lots of this and that and some sort of soda. The really impressive part though, was that when the powdered lemonade mix was added, the drink in the pitcher immediately started foaming and bubbling all over. COOL! I think we would all have called it a success. It was crazy and lemony. probably not suited for most adult pallets.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          ncyankee101 Nov 14, 2011 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do you have the recipe for a jynnan tonnyx? How about gee-N'N-T'N-ix? Jinond-o-nicks? Ouisghian Zodahs?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          BKMixologist Jan 9, 2012 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          When Absolut released Absolut Brooklyn ( Ginger and apple flavored vodka), my bar manager asked me to create a cocktail with this. I decided to do a play on the apple martini and called it "The Big Apple", since it was created in NYC

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1.5 oz of Absolut Broooklyn (It is now named Absolut Oriental)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          .5 oz of apple schnapps
                                                                                                                                                                                                          1.0 oz of cranberry juice
                                                                                                                                                                                                          squeeze a lime wedge
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shake and strain into a martini glass. top off with a touch of club soda to cut the sweetness. A crowd favorite

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