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Can't touch this cocktail

4 oz. cheap but clean 5X distilled Svedka Vodka

Fresh zest of 1 tangerine, 1 grapefruit, 1 sour orange

Soak zest in vodka for three days

Ice and shake 1 oz


dust with chiltepin chile dust

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    1. re: Alcachofa

      Si, si amigo mio

      But you have to create the "Hammer time cocktail."

      Pass the cocktail recipe along.

    2. A cold glass of citrus infused vodka?

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      1. re: ultramagnetic

        Just good spirited fun, got something better, post it.

      2. If Alcachofa won't take the bait, maybe I'll call this one Hammer Time, a nice variation on a Daiquiri:

        Juice of 4 Key Limes

        1TBSP simple syrup

        1 oz. Lemon Hart Demerara Rum
        (I have a chowhound posting on the Boston board that got me thinking about this rum again, what a great product.)

        1 oz. light rum

        Shake and strain.

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        1. re: StriperGuy

          I took the bait, just need to chew on the hook for while!

          1. re: StriperGuy

            Thank you. I have about 5 key limes that I've been trying to figure out what to make with.

            1. re: Cinnamon

              Heck you could toss in a slight dash of the bitters of your choice and then it would officially be a "cocktail." I've got orange, angostura, and peychaud's at home right now. A dash of the highly concentrated citrus infused vodka I made recently had the same effect.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                Say, I've been meaning to ask... can you describe the different uses for the different bitters? I've tried orange bitters but only own Angostura. Dearly love the Angostura, so I'm wondering in what instances I might want to try some other bitters.

                Also, just ran across this which sounded like an interesting riff on the bitters concept (different ways to create a bitter edge in cocktails, occasionally through 'bitter sugars'):

                1. re: Cinnamon

                  Peychaud's is in a "Sazerac." Classic old school New Orleans cocktail.


                  Angostura is the all around cocktail helper to give a libation a little depth and bite. The first drink that comes to mind for me is a Manhattan. I make mine with Jim Beam and switch it up a bit on what Vermouth I use.

                  Orange bitters (there are several decent makers) are also a real cocktail utility item. You can toss a light dash into a Manhattan to brighten it up, put a bit in a Gin Rickey, or even a generous dash or two in a daiquiri get a little added depth.

                  I am starting to really experiment in terms of home made additions.

                  Recently steeped some anis, fennel, and other spices in some ethanol and water (read vodka) and got a very nice herbal that was somewhere between a bitters and an anisette.

                  Not a real believer that there are harsh lines between bitters, liqueur, cocktail, drink, etc. When the spring cherries are here I plan on soaking some in Spanish brandy to serve in an Aviation cocktail. An old school drink currently experiencing a rebirth in beantown and duly inspired, in my own kitchen.

                  I add a a bit more lemon juice, a teaspoon of simple syrup and serve this version on the rocks. Very nice on a hot day.


                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    I'll invest in some orange bitters, then. Thanks.

                    Just ordered the book Artisanal Cocktails, which has a good section on making simple syrup infused with toasted Chinese Five Spice ingredients including pepper.

          2. Kiss my ass Gran Marnier

            1/2 oz Same citrus infused vodka.

            Scant 1 Tsp lemon juice

            1/2 oz Jeam Beam

            tiny drop angostura bitters

            Shake and serve straight up or on the rocks

            I like it with a cherry

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            1. Well, I can't really call this a Hammer Time cocktail (working on that still) because it doesn't have much punch. But it was good:

              The Edouard:
              2 parts Campari
              1/2 part St Germain (more or less to taste)
              2 parts soda

              Build over ice in a highball glass in the order presented. Garnish with orange wedge.

              Easy-drinkin' drink, suitable for afternoons on the patio.

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              1. re: Alcachofa

                Whew, glad you finally cooked up a winner.

                Last day or two I have been gaining a newfound appreciation for the classic Gin Rickey:

                Juice of 1/2 lime
                2 oz gin
                Good splash of soda
                served on the rocks


              2. I'm a bartending virgin so measurements are eyeballed.

                In a highball glass:
                Fill up halfway with cubed ice
                a long splash of light rum
                juice of one lime
                fill up to the top with pomegranate soda (i use izze's)

                i stir but i bet it would be ever more hammer-ish shaken. i don't have the gear for it, though.
                it's the kind of bev you can guzzle or sip. delightfully fruity. yum.

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                1. re: isadorasmama

                  Try adding a squeeze of fresh lime. Sounds tasty!

                2. I don't think I would called citrus zest infused vodka a cocktail. Maybe that's why you can't touch it. Because it isn't?

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                  1. re: JMF

                    Instead of being a snark, why don't you create a better one and add it to the thread?

                    1. re: StriperGuy

                      I'm not being snarky, just honest. It isn't a cocktail. It's just infused vodka, a form of limocello but infused with multiple types of citrus instead of just lemon.

                      A cocktail is a drink composed of a base spirit and one or more modifiers. In this case all you have is a base spirit, citrus infused vodka. If you added sugar to it, then you would have a liqueur, but not a cocktail. To make it a cocktail it would need another modifier. Juice, bitters, vermouth, soda water, etc.

                      1. re: JMF

                        Getting a wee tad technical now... still chime in, add a cocktail of your own making.

                        1. re: JMF

                          perhaps not the technical definition but I would consider anything that requires labor, time and love to be a cocktail, and this would appear to qualify....

                          1. re: barleywino

                            Merci mon ami...

                            I agree barleywino, if you ask any bloke on the street I would say common usage of the word is "any mixed drink" thus, Jameson on the rocks does not really qualify, but a Rum and Coke (shudder) probably would.

                    2. Because of the swine flu news, and feeling a little under the weather...

                      1 tsp. (purported antiviral) elderberry syrup, some St. Germain, some Tru organic vodka, juice of 1/2 blood orange (muddle in bottom of glass), demerera sugar syrup to taste, ice. Stir with thermometer. Serve horizontal.

                      Citrus bitters might be nice.

                      The elderberry syrup: http://www.gaiaherbs.com/product.php?...

                      Optional, if I had to do over again (I may): crushed Ricola-lozenge rim

                      But in support of the OP, I may have to try a vindaloo cocktail of some description next time.

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                      1. re: Cinnamon

                        That's great!
                        Wonder if I could swab some on my 1-yr old son's sore gums?! ;)

                        1. re: Cinnamon

                          Awesome... but you have to name it...

                          1. re: StriperGuy

                            I'll mull this over the next day or so and get back to you. Early attempts include the "Swino."

                            1. re: StriperGuy

                              OK, I'm settling on naming the cocktail the Gargoyle.

                              I like that name better than a few others, such as H1N1-kicker or the Chupacabra since it contains nothing like tequila, Southern Comfort or Tabasco.

                              Gargoyles are meant to ward away bad things, and like plenty of those on medieval cathedrals comprised of different animals, this one is a chimera with the elder flower and the berry. Fitting in the face of a chimeric flu maybe (which I do not mean to make light of at all).

                              But I'm alternating this cocktail with caipirinhas to ward off scurvy too.

                              1. re: Cinnamon

                                There you go, the gargoyle it is...

                                1. re: StriperGuy

                                  :) It's a little silly and overdone as a name, but ah well.

                                  1. re: Cinnamon

                                    "Silly and overdone" is the whole point of it...

                            2. re: Cinnamon

                              during the swine flu scare in the 70's a friend and i went to a bar instead of standing in long vaccination line and "inventing" the fline swoo: blueberry liqour Brandy? perhaps and vodka... was ok but i don't think i've done it again. so i guess not that special...i do like a dark and stormy for summer

                            3. Just invented a new one:

                              El Toro Suave

                              1 oz Tequila
                              1 oz Sotol http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sotol
                              1 Tsp Meyer lemon juice
                              1 Tsp lime juice
                              1 Tsp spiced cherry syrup
                              Garnish with a cherry.

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                              1. re: StriperGuy

                                haven't had sotol, but...since we're talking cherry (this being the season), there's always the following version of a bing cherry mojito: muddle 8 bing cherries, add 2 oz rum, 1 oz Averna, 2 tbspn 100% maple syrup, mint, shake over ice and strain...i suspect Nardini Amaro would work even better (more mint overtones) if you can find it

                                1. re: barleywino

                                  Sounds tasty. I'd lose the maple syrup though. I like the idea of a fresh cherry mojito though.

                                  1. re: StriperGuy

                                    i think the maple syrup takes the place of simple syrup which would ordinarily go into a mojito...a friend of mine once tried making it w/o the maple syrup and found it too bitter...but feel free to experiment!

                                    1. re: barleywino

                                      I would use simple syrup, just don't want the maple taste, which I otherwise like.

                                  2. re: barleywino

                                    I tried this recently (found the recipe from last time it was posted here) and found it to be a bit too sweet for my taste, and not especially refreshing. I don't think it's fair to call this a Mojito variant, as it lacks sourness. I do like the combination of Averna and cherry, and might try again with 1/2 oz Averna, 1/2 oz lime, and the rest as listed. I think the Averna and cherry alone should have enough sweetness to balance the lime.

                                    1. re: davis_sq_pro

                                      i agree that the lime would add more sourness. I find lime tends to overpower drinks but that's just my personal taste ;). of course a true mojito is all about the lime...

                                      1. re: barleywino

                                        I kept playing w/ the cherry+Averna idea and came up with:

                                        8-10 Rainier cherries (depending on size)
                                        1 oz Averna
                                        1 1/2 oz gin (I've been using Hendricks)
                                        1/4 oz St Germain
                                        1/4 oz Strega
                                        1/4 oz lime juice

                                        Muddle cherries to release juice. Add the rest of the ingredients, shake hard with crushed ice, then tight strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a 4-carat emerald-cut diamond set in a yellow gold pendant, or just skip the garnish and sip the cocktail.

                                          1. re: davis_sq_pro

                                            Misty at Drink (Boston) did a rye, Averna, Amarena cherries muddled with black pepper, galliano, Angostura bitters, double strained into a rocks glass, which was quite nice

                                  3. Came up with another winner. Because it is basically an adapted Aviation I will call it an Amelia Earhart (the strawberries are a bit girly):

                                    Amelia Earhart Cocktail

                                    2 oz fresh local strawberry puree (I blended some with the gin)
                                    2 oz gin
                                    2 Tsp marascino liquer
                                    1 Tsp creme de violette
                                    2 Tsp simple syrup
                                    Juice and zest of 1/2 meyer lemon
                                    Shake and serve on the rocks, or straight, or whatever

                                    Really, really tasty.

                                    1. We were in CT this past weekend and dined/drank at 116 Crown in New Haven. I had what they called a Belmont - bluecoat american dry gin, st. germain elderflower liqueur, rothman & winter creme de violette, soda - served on the rocks. It was DELICIOUS. I have no idea what the ratios are or where I'd find the ingredients locally. Off to google...

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                                      1. re: isadorasmama

                                        That's a funky take on the Aviation, sans Marashino, sub St. Germain.

                                      2. El Omnipotente Cocktail

                                        2 Oz Cruzan 2 year aged rum
                                        2 oz pineapple orange juice
                                        1/4 teaspoon molasses
                                        1 teaspoon julienned fresh ginger
                                        Dash of grated nutmeg
                                        Slice of lime

                                        Muddle ginger with rum
                                        Shake and serve on the rocks
                                        drizzle molasses over top
                                        squeeze lime
                                        dust a bit of nutmeg powder on top and serve

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                                        1. re: StriperGuy

                                          sounds great-- maybe even add a tbsp of tart citrus marmalade to the muddle?

                                        2. Heck, I grew up in upper Manhattan so...

                                          Upper Manhattan Cocktail

                                          2 oz Jim Beam
                                          1/2 Tsp Ginger Bitters (I made mine)
                                          2 Tsp sweet vermouth
                                          1 home made spiced cherry
                                          1/2 Tsp spiced cherry juice

                                          I like it on the rocks, stirred vigorously.

                                          Dang good cocktail.

                                          1. Made up a new one last night:

                                            Sort of like a kinder gentler dark and stormy:

                                            Light and Breezy

                                            2 oz Brugal Anejo Rum
                                            1/4 Tsp ginger bitters (I make my own)

                                            Shake and serve straight up or on the rocks.

                                            The ginger compliments the delicate floral notes of the brugal in a wonderful way.

                                            1. Heck, just came up with another one:

                                              Upper Manhattan Cocktail

                                              2 oz Jim Beam (I tried Jim Beam Black and it was too oomphy)

                                              1 Tsp Pedro Ximenez sherry (this is a type of very sweet dessert sherry, not a particular brand)

                                              2 dashes angostura bitters (I used my home made, but angostura is pretty close)

                                              Shake and serve straight up, or on the rocks

                                              Garnish with a cherry (I used home made spiced cherries)

                                              Explanation of the name: I grew up in Upper Manhattan. The use of sherry in lieu of sweet vermouth add a certain latin touch. Upper Manhattan is very latin, so there.

                                              1. Have to add my new favorite first cocktail of the night, or after dinner choice (with credit for most of the recipe but not the proportions going to Peche in Austin, TX):

                                                Paris Manhattan

                                                2 oz cognac (I use Pierre Ferrand Ambre)
                                                1 oz sweet vermouth (Antica is my current pick, Vya was in the original incarnation)
                                                1/2 oz. St. Germain (overused, I know, but really good in this case)
                                                2 dashes Regan's Orange Bitters (the original had some awesome housemade cherry vanilla bitters reportedly from the Absinthe, SF restaurant cookbook that I cannot locate anywhere online or in print)

                                                Stir well and strain into cocktail glass, garnish with brandied cherry or Luxardo marasca.

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                                                1. re: rlh

                                                  have you checked Liquor World in Porter square (cambridge MA) for the cherry bitters?

                                                    1. re: rlh

                                                      perhaps an even better alternative to the cherry bitters: Amarena liqueur (Brix on Broad st, Boston)

                                                2. My my my... what a nice Maitai

                                                  1.5 oz Cruzan dark
                                                  1 oz Lemon Hart Demarara Rum
                                                  .5 oz Ziyad almond syrup
                                                  .5 oz Luxardo amaretto
                                                  Juice of one lime
                                                  1 Tsp of juice from my home made brandied cherries (so sad the cherries are gone)
                                                  Shake well
                                                  I like mine on the rocks
                                                  Top with 1 Fabbri cherry

                                                  Note: my next adventure is whipping up some of my own Falernum

                                                  1. Figure I'll bump this thread up.

                                                    Last night made a nice variant on a rum sour:

                                                    I am forgetting the 4 year aged rum I used but...

                                                    2 oz rum

                                                    juice of 1/2 lemon

                                                    2 tsp simple syrup

                                                    healthy dash of my own homemade bitters

                                                    shake and serve on the rocks

                                                    It was really excellent.

                                                    1. Here's one that has been a big hit with my friends:

                                                      The French Bulldog
                                                      1.25 oz gin
                                                      1 oz red grapefruit juice (I used Texas rio star)
                                                      1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
                                                      1.25 oz Dry Lemongrass Soda

                                                      Stir ingredients in a glass full of ice; strain into a cocktail glass.

                                                      More photos at http://backyardbartender.blogspot.com...

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                                                      1. re: backyardbartender

                                                        Hmmmm, nice.

                                                        Try it with fresh grapefruit...

                                                        I just cooked up a new one recently:

                                                        On a Fall Day -

                                                        2 oz Bowmore Legend Single Malt
                                                        3/4 ounce GOOD cream sherry (I used Patricia which is superb stuff if you can find it, but any decent cream will do)
                                                        3 good dashes of bitters (I used homemade, but angostura will do fine)
                                                        Serve on the rocks or straight up.

                                                      2. Didn't have enough milk to make egg nog, but did have heavy cream, so came up with this...

                                                        Creamy Holiday Coffee Spicy Yummy Stuff
                                                        (all of this is to taste so freel free to adjust quantities)

                                                        1 cup strong coffee
                                                        1/2 cup each Old Monk and Lemon Hart Rum
                                                        1/2 cup heavy cream
                                                        4 egg yolks
                                                        2 tablespoons sugar (again to taste)
                                                        1 tablespoon vanilla
                                                        1/4 teaspoon each ground (I grind fresh) cloves, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and a tiny bit of cardamon

                                                        Slowly whisk booze with egg yolks.

                                                        Slowly whisk in coffee, cream, spices and sugar.

                                                        After making refrigerate and serve cold.

                                                        This can "age" almost indefinitely in the fridge.

                                                        1. I'm still playing around with the exact proportions, but:

                                                          The DSG:
                                                          2 oz Hendrick's gin
                                                          1 oz cucumber juice
                                                          1 oz rosemary simple syrup
                                                          1/2 oz lime juice

                                                          Shake and serve straight, or with ice and club soda on a hot day

                                                          To make the rosemary simple syrup, heat up 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, and 5 or 6 small sprigs of rosemary. Turn off the heat after the sugar is dissolved but before the water boils, cover, and let steep until cooled.

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                                                          1. re: jacquesf

                                                            Glad you bumped up this thread.

                                                            Interesting. What does DSG stand for?

                                                            Here is a recent one I made.

                                                            Winter Citrus

                                                            375 ml Everclear 190 proof grain alcohol

                                                            zest of 5 tangelos

                                                            extract for 5 days

                                                            (I ate the fruit as I zested them over the coarse of three days)

                                                            juice one tangelo

                                                            pour 1/2 ounce of tangelo zest extract

                                                            pour 1 ounce Brugal Anejo rum

                                                            Shake all ingredients with ice

                                                            strain into a chilled glass

                                                            1. re: StriperGuy

                                                              Davis Square Gimlet. My wife started calling it the DSG when she requested it, and we both agreed it's a better name.

                                                          2. Here, I'll bump this thread with a recipe for a cocktail that I made last night.

                                                            I'll call it the Rum Tum Tum:

                                                            Juice of 1/2 lemon

                                                            3/4 oz Lemon Hart Rum (80 proof)

                                                            3/4 oz Pyrat Rum

                                                            3/4 oz Cruzan White Rum

                                                            Healthy dash home made orange liquer, Luxardo Triplum would do as a sub

                                                            4 drops home made bitters

                                                            Simple syrup to taste

                                                            Shake and serve on the rocks

                                                            It was really tasty

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                                                            1. re: StriperGuy

                                                              Came up with a few last night at work while I was bored. I will warn you that my bar has very limited stock (which I am desperately trying to change) but I'm trying to make do with what I have.

                                                              45ml Appletons 12y.o. Jamaican Rum

                                                              10ml Licor 43

                                                              15ml Spiced Gomme (Cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger)

                                                              15ml Fresh Grapefruit juice
                                                              3 dashes of Orange Bitters

                                                              Shaken and double strained into a cocktail glass, garnished with a pineapple leaf.

                                                            2. Here's a new one:

                                                              1 Tablespoon Homemade orange peel infusion.

                                                              1 Tablespoon Homemade ginger syrup.

                                                              juice of 1/4 lemon and 1/4 lime

                                                              1.5 oz Meyers white rum

                                                              shake with eye and serve straight up.

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                                                              1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                Should that eye be marinated, or freshly scooped?

                                                              2. Just came across this thread as I rec'd a bottle of St. Germaine for a a gift yesterday. Thanks for all the interesting ideas StriperGuy and others. I'm kind of new (increasingly curious in the past year) to the world of artisanal cocktails and am interested in trying to infuse some of my own citrus, rosemary, etc. Also, just bought myself a muddler. I had a great muddled fresh pomegranate and tangerine drink at Oswald in Santa Cruz recently and am working on trying to recreate it.
                                                                Has any one infused a vodka to get rose essence into it? Would rose hips work?

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                                                                1. re: vday

                                                                  This time of year I do a lot of citrus peel infusions. Have posted here if you'd like more info:


                                                                  Rose is tricky. And Rose hips do not have the flavor you are thinking of. They are more citrusy then rosey.

                                                                  You either have to get very fragrant fresh roses, many varieties these days just don't smell so good, or do a little cheat with rosewater:


                                                                  Good luck.

                                                                  1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                    Striper is right. Dried rose doesn't infuse like fresh roses. For fresh roses you can't use the ones from a florist, but have to get ones that are used for edible garnish, expensive.

                                                                    Rose hips are a fruit, and no rose favor, sort of like a cross of tomato with a bit of citrus, for fresh ones, dried are sort like that but in a raisin kind of way.

                                                                    Rose water is cheap, and very good. You can find it in Middle eastern sections of stores. Buy a bottle of the rose water and orange blossom water. You need only tiny amounts and they will last forever.

                                                                    1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                      Thanks for the info on rose infusions. Sounds like I would be able to infuse fresh (unsprayed) fragrant rose petals which I may try as I have gardener friend sources. I do have some rose water from a middle eastern market in my fridge that I bought a while back, though haven't experimented too much with it yet. That will be on my agenda in the coming month as I have time off work and am feeling creative:-) Many thanks again for the helpful feedback!

                                                                  2. I revive this thread every time I invent a new cocktail, please feel free to contribute your own recipes...

                                                                    My latest:

                                                                    Cannot Tell a Lie Cocktail

                                                                    2 oz Rye Whiskey (Bourbon works fine too)
                                                                    2 ounces cherry juice
                                                                    2 teaspoons Luxardo Amaretto
                                                                    1 Teaspoon Luxardo Marascino
                                                                    Optional tiny dash angostura bitters

                                                                    Still vigorously, can be served up or on the rocks, garnish with a good cherry or two, or even better a twig covered with cherry blossoms and a cherry or two.

                                                                    This is really delicious and they go down so smooth. I'm hooked and keep having them every night.

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                                                                    1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                      When you say "cherry juice", what are you using exactly?

                                                                      Did you find/enjoy any obscure booze in Italy?

                                                                      1. re: Alcachofa

                                                                        Literally Trader Joe's Cherry Juice in a jar.

                                                                        My father in law bought me 8 different bottles of booze to bring home. Aged brandy, aged grappa, Vermouth, Centerbe, etc etc. Yum.

                                                                        1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                          Well here's one for the thread. Not really ground-breaking, and probably someone's done it before, but I had this the other night and enjoyed it:

                                                                          The Penultimate Word
                                                                          1 part gin
                                                                          1 part maraschino liqueur
                                                                          1 part *yellow* Chartreuse
                                                                          1 part lime juice