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Apr 20, 2009 01:28 PM


Any thoughts on the following signature cocktail to be served at my wedding:

1.5 oz vodka
3 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz cranberry juice

Chilled and served in a cosmo glass w/ stir stick w/ dendrobium orchid attahced

I'm looking for a second signature drink that would compliment this.... something sweet. Any suggestions?

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  1. Mai Tai, sweeter, but still fruity. Light liquor. Seems right to me.

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    1. re: Bobfrmia

      Mai Tais, when made properly, are not syrupy sweet, and not light liquor either color-wise OR strength-wise. It's tawny from the gold and dark rums used to make it. If it comes out yellow or (God forbid) red, it ain't a Mai Tai. Here's how to make an authentic one:

      Juice of a large lime
      1/2 ounce orgeat syrup
      1/4 ounce simple syrup
      3/4 ounce DeKuyper orange curaƧao
      1 ounce gold rum (preferably St. James, or another Martinique gold)
      1 ounce dark rum (preferably Appleton Estate Extra, or another Jamaican dark)

      Shake like hell with plenty of crushed ice, garnish with a spent lime shell and a sprig of fresh mint.

      Incidentally, your cocktail has a name, namely a Seabreeze. However, your usual Seabreeze, like other highballs, is generally served on the rocks instead of straight up. My first thought of another cocktail to go with it would be a classic, the Lemon Drop. 1-1/2 ounces citron vodka, 1 ounce triple sec, 1/2 ounce lemon juice, shaken with ice and served straight up in a cocktail glass that has been rimmed with sugar.

      Another one that might work well is the Blood and Sand, named after a 1922 bullfighting movie starring Rudolf Valentino. It's traditionally equal parts Scotch, Cherry Heering, sweet vermouth, and orange juice (most commonly an ounce of each), but you can turn it into a less potent drink by upping the amount of orange juice. I know it sounds like a weird combination, but it is quite the tasty drink.

      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        I stand corrected. Should have known not to post to the Spirits board without a little research.
        I haven't had a Mai Tai for probably 20 years, and after reading your post I guess I should expand that to ever.
        A real Mai Tai should have no fruit juice other than lime? Well, that eliminates every version I ever had.
        The authentic version sounds good. Maybe one day soon as it gets warmer.

        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          Have you ever heard of rosewater being added to this lineup?
          I keep hearing about that, but never see it show up in recipes.

      2. That sounds like it will seriously pucker some mouths and not altogether very strong. What liquors and level of liquors will the bar be supplying?

        1. These are just my thoughts, so take 'em or leave 'em.

          Your drink sounds odd to me. It's a Seabreeze being served in a modern cocktail glass with a garnish added that does nothing to enhance the drink's flavor. If anything, the orchid will just get in the way and look amateurish. Nothing about a Seabreeze says fancy wedding reception to me; it says "I used to drink these in the eighties".

          It's a wedding. Serve bubbles! Add some St. Germain to it and call it your own. It's much more a signature-style drink than a Seabreeze served in the wrong glass.

          1. Why not get a copy of the newest edition of Mr. Boston Cocktail Guide (the one edited by Jim Meehan) and look through that for some real cocktails.

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            1. re: JMF

     is also a good resource.