More Olympic Cocktails

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I don’t know about you, but here at the League we’ve been watching a lot of the Winter Olympic games.  Seeing all that snow and ice has inspired me to try some new drinks with the Olympic theme in mind. Here are a couple of the good ones:

Alpine Glow

  • 1 part Cointreau
  • 2 parts Lemon Juice
  • 4 parts Cognac  (I used Rémy Martin VSOP)
  • 4 parts Gold Label Rum (I used Appleton Estate V/X)
  • 1 or two dashes of grenadine to each drink (use a real pomegranate grenadine, not Rose’s)

This is from David A. Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks (1948), hence the proportions instead of exact measurements. If you let 1 part equal an ounce, this will make 4 cocktails. Do some simple math and you can adjust it to your needs (frankly, this is about the only math I care to do these days).  I mixed this for the first time last night for my ol’ man and myself while watching some rad womens’ downhill action. It was a cocktail up to the event and one I will definitely add to my quiver. Try it, you’ll like it.

Also from Mr. Embury’s fine tome:

Olympic

  • 1 part Cherry Heering liqueur
  • 2 parts Lime Juice
  • 8 parts White Label Cuban Rum

As Mr. Embury points out, this is a basic Daiquiri with Cherry Heering substituted for the simple syrup. Obviously, the Cuban rum was unavailable, so I took some liberties and substituted 10 Cane Rum. This makes a tart, dry drink.

Published in: on February 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The King is dead. Long live the King!

Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge

The spirit of Elvis was certainly alive last Friday at Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, where a crowd gathered to celebrate what would have been the King’s 75th birthday.  Blue Hawaii and Viva Las Vegas were playing on separate screens, peanut butter & banana sandwiches were the featured snack, and Elvis-themed cocktails were flowing.  Six members of The Antifogmatic League turned out to pay tribute to the King and toast him in grand style…repeatedly.  It was only fitting to start off the evening with one of the six featured Elvis cocktails, so we ordered a round of Blue Hawaiians.  FI’s version of the Blue Hawaiian was creamy and sweet with plenty of coconut and rum.

Blue Hawaiians for the King's 75th

Our intrepid members then sampled a cocktail as showy as the King himself, the Burning Love: a flaming drink made with two kinds of rum, lime, and homemade pomegranate grenadine.  Our fearless explorers then branched out on different paths, some continuing on the Elvis trail, while others sampled libations from FI’s extensive list of Tiki drinks.

Burning Love x 3

Other Elvis cocktails sampled included the “King Creole” which was really a Sazerac.  A rare misstep of the evening, The King Creole suffered from a heavy hand with the absinthe and we politely discussed our expectations for a Sazerac with our bartender, Paddy.  Paddy, I must say, was a perfect gentleman, and a wicked good bartender, and he took the drink back and delivered another that was spot-on.  Another AL member tried the “Girl Happy” which was Forbidden Island’s version of La Floridita Daiquiri.  Petite, but delicious, the Girl Happy was a classic combination of fresh lime juice, rum, and Maraschino Liqueur.  The Burning Love proved to be more than a flash in the pan, and Paddy was more pyromaniac than bartender at points in the evening as he lit fire after fire for the throng.

Paddy, our pyromaniac bartender

Drinks sampled from FI’s extensive menu included The Monkey Pod, an original cocktail featuring rum, lime, coconut and tamarind served with a sprig of fresh mint. Virgin Painkillers were the drink of choice for our AL member with the bun in the oven, and somehow that seemed so àpropos.  The Nui Nui didn’t disappoint either with its kickass combo of allspice, cinnamon, rum, and citrus.  Hail to Don the Beachcomber! (The creator of this drink, one of my favorites.)

Virgin Painkiller, Burning Love, Monkeypod

Nui Nui

Towards the witching hour, our stalwart AL members carried on, venturing off the beaten menu paths.  Dr. John sipped Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year Old rum, while your fearless leader tried the same on the rocks with falernum (kind of a Corn n’ Biodiesel, instead of a Corn n’ Oil).  Our ever accommodating bartender, Paddy, even whipped up an old-skool Aviation complete with a dash of Crème de Violette for one of our members, who was celebrating his last day at one job, before moving on to the next.

Aviation with Tiki-style garnish

A little after midnight, our crew decided to head for our respective little grass shacks. As we started to leave, a new wave of patrons started to trickle in. Will the Thrill grilled them as he had everyone who ventured in during the evening, “Are you over 21, and do you know who Elvis Presley is?”

“Yes, and of course we know who Elvis Preston is!” they replied indignantly. We took that as our cue to leave. I think Elvis would’ve headed for Graceland too.

Published in: on January 18, 2010 at 11:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Spiced Pear Daiquiri

Spiced Pear Daiquiri

So I finally tried the Spiced Pear Daiquiri and I liked it so much I had to make two.  Well, actually I made three and drank two.  I had planned to make this for the infamous Christmas party that birthed this blog, but as they say, the best laid plans ….  Anyway, after a whirlwind of rushed packing and cramming everything we could possibly fit into the lil’ Civic, we made it up to our Tahoe rental.  I unpacked the mini bar I brought and set to work mixing up the drink that never made it to the party.  This recipe was featured in an article on holiday cocktails in the recent issue of Imbibe magazine.  It involved making a special spiced simple syrup, but that was easy and made the house smell damn good.

Spiced Pear Daiquiri

  • 1 1/2 oz. rhum agricole
  • 1/2 oz. spiced simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. fresh pear juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Garnish: pear slice, lemon twist or candied lemon peel

Cocktail by Todd Appel, Piranha Bros. Consulting, Chicago

I cheated a bit and didn’t juice my own pears, but the Looza pear nectar I used seemed to work well.  For the rhum agricole I used La Favorite Ambre. Dare I say, it? Pear-fection!

Published in: on December 27, 2009 at 9:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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