Thursday, August 17, 2017

Daniel's Cocktail (Non-Alcoholic)

Whoever Daniel is, he doesn't drink much. This is a very basic mocktail, one I've done before in a Collins glass on ice. The cool thing about this drink is that it looks like a Cosmo or some other pink New York cocktail. That's why I'm guessing that this Daniel is a New Yorker, a rare one who doesn't drink. At least, not all the time.
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 2 tsp. grenadine
Shake all ingredients on ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 


The cocktail is very pale because Pernod releases its flavors into the dissolved water from the ice through precipitation. The green liquid becomes a cloudy yellow. The name Blanche is intended to indicate this.

Overall this is a simple and very herbal cocktail. I like it because a hefty dose of triple sec gives the sharp anise flavor of Pernod a soft orange flavor. Please use a good triple sec like Cointreau or Luxardo for this.
  • 1 oz. Pernod
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz. white curacao
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  

Hair Raiser Cocktail

Look at that gorgeous hair on the can of Slow & Low.

The Hair Raiser is a tart vodka cocktail that is only sweetened by Rock And Rye. This is a little bit too bad, because Rock and Rye has a great flavor that is largely covered up by the tart lemon juice. The result is a puckeringly sour Lemon Drop that has some flavor of rock candy, rye and a dash of orange zest.

Slow & Low rock and rye is flavored with citrus zest. It is a good cocktail in itself. I think the point of this cocktail is that you can sort of call it a whiskey cocktail, and it is so sour your hair might stand up.
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. rock and rye
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

Rock And Rye Cooler

So Rock and Rye is a cocktail itself. It comes bottled, but it would be easy to make at home. It is basically rock candy sugar and rye.

This Slow & Low Rock and Rye is all over the Virginia liquor store counters lately. It comes in these 100 ml. cans that make for a quick drink when you pop the top. You're good for about two drinks with a single can.

So the cooler is really potent because it is basically a Vodka Collins that uses Rock and Rye as the sweetener. It's good, if a little bland. But it does its job as advertised. If you use 100 proof vodka and 86 proof Rock and Rye, like I did, there's no need for a second drink.
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz. rock and rye
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • bitter lemon soda
  • lime slice
 Combine vodka, rock and rye and juice in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass full of fresh ice. Top with soda and garnish with the lime slice. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Depth Charge

The Depth Charge is intended to flavor your beer in some unnatural way. Europeans are very adept at this, choosing a flavored schnapps to give an uninteresting beer more flavor and alcohol. It's almost unnecessary in this age of craft brewing. Not to mention that flavored schnapps get a bad reputation.

I can see taking a PBR and adding peach schnapps, but I don't want to drink that. And in an earlier entry I used Kolsch and Absolut Ruby Red vodka to make a beer cocktail. But grapefruit vodka goes great in an IPA. Deschutes has an incredible hoppy IPA with more bitterness than citrus flavors. Throw in ruby red vodka and you have a cool beer drink.
  • 1 bottle of beer 
  • 2 oz. schnapps of your choice 
Add both ingredients to a frosted mug.

Apricot Sparkler (Non-Alcoholic)

This is a pleasant mocktail that reminds me of an Apricot Brandy Fizz or something like that. Very light and refreshing. Getting the apricot nectar can be a challenge, so buy fresh apricots, remove the pits, and cook them down in water until they are soft enough to mash. Then strain to remove the pulp and add sugar. Return to heat and reduce.  (I don't really follow a recipe with these drinks, I just go by texture that I am looking for. But as a rule, I use nearly equal parts fruit and water. The sugar is really a matter of taste.)
  • 2 oz. apricot nectar
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • sparkling water
  • lemon peel
Pour apricot nectar and lemon juice in a Collins glass full of ice. Top with sparkling water and stir. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Beer Buster

I can't believe I've never done this one before. It seems so simple: and it is. Just a double shot of 100-proof vodka in beer and Tabasco sauce. Not to be taken lightly, though; this drink will knock you over with potency and spice. It's best to enjoy it with a heaping portion of enchiladas or some filling Tex-Mex food that pairs well with the chili sauce. You'll notice the alcoholic wallop sneaking up on you about halfway through the mug of beer.
  • 1 bottle of cold beer
  • 2 oz. frozen vodka (stored in the freezer)
  • Tabasco sauce to taste
 Add vodka and beer to a chilled beer mug and dash Tabasco sauce to taste.