Its now 2.5 years ago i started this cocktail blog and to celebrate that i`ve hunted down the seven most appreciated drinks made for the blog. Its all original cocktails and twists and also two new drinks that i strongly believe also will last – and eventually make it to the “surviving” bunch.
To fit into that category the drink needs to be regularly in rotation in my homebar and /or being appreciated and/or also made by others.
It was pretty fun to browse through all the posts and sometimes i got a good laugh – or a head shaking – “what was i thinking here” etc – its a good thing we people develop..
Most of the original homemade drinks that are made doesn´t last for too long before they are forgotten in the flood of drinks…which doesn`t necessarily mean that they are bad even though many are – some should even have been donated to the zink…but then there are a few that stays alive in repeated rotation.
In no particular ranking, here they are – the survivors:
1 cored pineapple.
In mixing glass:
A few large chunks of pineapple – muddled
2 juiced limes
1 barspoon orgeat
1.5 oz Rhum Agricole Blanc ABV 100
2 tblsp fresh honey cream-mix* with a splash JWray overproof rum
Dash of grapefruit bitters
Shake hard and fast, strain and serve in the pineapple with crushed ice
Top with Ting. Garnish with 2 pineapple leaves and a piece of pineapple.
Believe me..this drink is worth the effort..
Equal parts Sugar, butter and liquid honey
Add in pot, heat and stir until it gets creamy. Add a splash JW&N overproof rum and stir again. You want a smooth creamy sauce. Keep a bit above room temp.
The problem with honey cream mix is the milk solids from the butter that forms when the mix gets chilled. It may help to use clarified butter or to dry shake first (without ice) before shake over ice.
Can also be made with just honey-mix (equal parts water and honey) if you wanna avoid the fuss with the butter. But the butter adds a silky buttery touch..
2 oz demerara rum
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz honey-mix
1 tsp cream of coconut
0.5 oz fresh lime
A decent float of 151 demerara.
Serve in goblet with crushed ice. Sprinkle demerara sugar on top.
Blend with crushed ice at high speed for 5 sek. Pour into goblet with more crushed ice.
Garnish with sprinkled demerara sugar, lime wedge and brandied cherry.
1 oz mezcal
0.75 oz pineapple juice
1 barspoon coffee liqueur
1/4 oz orgeat
Shake and strain into a tumbler with crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple spear, zest of limequat and brandied cherry. The coffee flavor plays nice with the mezcal.
3 oz Bourbon
1t fig and bayleaf marmalade (or fig marmalade)
0.5 oz honey
0.5 oz lemon juice
1-2t hibiscus grenadine to brighten up the boozy flavours.
Shake with ice, strain. Serve in a wide glass with large ice cubes and fig garnish.
A small piece of fresh ginger, muddled with 1/4 oz of sugarcane syrup (Petit Canne)
0.5 oz fresh lime
1 oz Smith & Cross
1 oz aged rhum agricole
1/4 oz coffee liqueur (Tia Maria) mixed with several dashes Bittermen´s xocolatl mole bitters
2 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
Shake all ingredients well and pour into a Tiki mug or tall glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with fresh mint.
CREOLE PLANTER´S PUNCH
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz sugarcane syrup
2 dashes Bitter Truth Creole bitters bitters or Peychaud`s.
1 oz dark Jamaican rum (Coruba)
1 oz strong dark Jamaican rum (Smith & Cross)
Swizzle together in tall glass with ice, add a few extra dashes Creole bitters on top and garnish with fresh mint and lime.
1oz Old New Orleans Cajun Spiced Rum
1oz El Dorado 15yo
1 oz Clemènt VSOP
0.5 oz fresh lime
¼ oz simple syrup
0.5 oz coffee liqueur
1t cream of coconut,
Fresh pineapple juice to top.
Run in blender until smooth with crushed ice. Pour in tall glass, top with fresh pineapple juice and more crushed ice to fill,dust nutmeg on top and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Coffee liqueur and pineapple…
When i look at these seven drinks i realize to my surprise that no less than three of them contains coffee liqueur – combined with among other things – pineapple juice – apparently i like coffee liqueur in mixed tiki style drinks more than i knew and so does others as it seems. But it goes well with dark rums and pineapple juice, no doubt about that.
Four are tiki drinks, two are tropical drinks and one is a bourbon drink. That shows what i already knew..that i have a preference for good rum and tiki drinks. But then again the classic cocktails are not counted in here since it was all about original drinks and twists made by myself. But i like many of the classics – for instance my three most beloved cocktails are the Sazerac, the Daiquiri and the Mai Tai.
The classics are the REAL survivors!
Soon we roll into 2011..i wonder if there`ll be any more “survival drinks” made next year, well who knows? just to keep mixing and be happy!