So recently I picked up a set of 4 pints with laser etched designs of the popular series Avatar: The Last Airbender and Avatar: Legend of Korra. With these new glasses in my set I was inspired to design 4 drinks that embodied the franchise. The first in this set (today’s cocktail) is a spin on the classic long island iced tea.
In addition to the recent glassware I found myself buying a bottle of Pimm’s No. 1 Liqueur, which in retrospect was a terrible idea. Pimm’s tastes like flat cola and cheap vodka, and not in a good way. However in having it on hand it allowed me to impart the cola flavor without the unnecessary fizzy element. I also thought I’d be spending more time refining this, but I honestly don’t think it needs any more work. Sometimes you just get lucky and design something spectacular the first time around!
The cocktail itself imparts a unique yellow-green color, not unlike a generic green tea and the aroma is citrus with a hint of melon. The drink starts sweet, moves to sour and a little lemon, and finishes with an alcohol burn (but surprisingly not much of one). If you’re looking to use up some Pimm’s as I was, why not give this long island ice tea variant a try. However, I wouldn’t buy the Pimm’s just for this. Instead leave a can of cola open overnight, then use that the next day.
Overall Rating: 8/10
Alchohol Taste Rating: 6/10
Uncle Iroh’s Pai Sho Earth Tea
3/4 oz Light Rum
3/4 oz Gin
3/4 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Blended Whiskey
1 1/2 oz Midori
3/4 oz Pimm’s No. 1
Top with Lemonade
Fill a pint glass to the top with ice. Straight build ingredients in order, Stir well.
An early post this week so you can be sure to enjoy the holiday tomorrow. If you’re looking for that last blast of summer here’s the “Classic Pina Colada” for you. I shouldn’t even have to talk about this one. Light in texture and flavor. Pineapple and Coconut mixes perfectly with 2oz of rum that you can’t even tell is there. Need a smoothy? Drink this!
Classic Pina Colada
6oz Pineapple Juice 2oz Coconut Cream Syrup 2oz Light Rum Ice Cherry Garnish
Combine ingredients in a blender with ice. Serve in a BIG glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
A cast into the Atlantic catches you a “Blue Marlin!”
With it’s citrusy aroma, and brilliant blue color you know this one is a catch!
Ok so nautical puns aside this is an interesting and powerful drink. The Blue Marlin Cocktail features a sugar rim and feels very tropical. Unfortunately the taste doesn’t quite come up to par with the classy appearance. I feel the drink is very lacking in a more well rounded taste palette. Of course I do prefer sweeter drinks, so it might just be me.
That being said the addition of the sugar rim, really helps make the drink manageable. It’s not very sweet in the first place, so having that extra bit on your lips redeems the cocktail a bit. Also I did need to substitute a little citron vodka into the mix which may have thrown things off a little bit.
Either way the Blue Marlin is a great drink in terms of presentation, but the taste isn’t for everyone.
Alcohol Taste Rating: 6-7/10
Overall Taste Rating: 5/10
Make it Again? Maybe. Try again with all citron rum, or variation with more juice
2 oz Citron Rum (1/2 citron vodka, 1/2 light rum used)
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz Sweet/Sour
Lemon Wedge and Sugar (for rim) Orange Twist (or orange blossom)
Rum lemon wedge around edge and rim with sugar. Shake and strain rum, curacao, and sweet/sour with ice. Strain into prepared cocktail glass. Garnish with Orange Twist.
The Habana Libre is a overpowered version of the Cuba Libre that just isn’t quite there in terms of taste. Glassware may vary for this drink and after making it with a pint glass I can easily say that a tumbler would have been much better. Using the pint, the coke overpowered the drink and really you are left with drinking a bit of fizzy 151.
Alcohol Rating: 8-9 First Half of the Drink. 5-6 Second half.
Overall Rating: 3-4
1 1/2 oz Light Rum
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Grenadine
Top with Coca-Cola
Float 1/2 oz Bacardi 151
This week I bring you one of my favorites. The Classic Daiquiri is a sour limey drink with a nice bite. Most people are familiar with the “Frozen Strawberry” variety, but the traditional is a shaken smooth cocktail perfect for any occasion.
Classic Daiquiri (shaken)
2 oz white rum 1 oz Lime Juice (1/2 a lime) ½ oz simple syrup
Shake with ice serve in a cocktail glass
Ideally you’ll want to use fresh lime juice for the best taste, but I tend to keep a bottle on hand for longer term use and not having to keep buying limes every week.
So I was at the grocery store recently (well more than recently since it’s my job to be there), and I was looking around at the Torani flavoring syrups. Which as it turns out are essentially flavored simple syrup. So after looking at the seasonal choices of Peppermint, Gingerbread, and Pumpkin I found myself picking up “Strawberry.” Coming home I thought of a few ideas for strawberry flavored drinks. One of which I still need to work on is called the “Strawberry Shortcake.” However today we have my first test of the syrup that I call “Strawberry Fields”
¾ oz Strawberry Flavoring Syrup Splash of Watermelon Pucker 1 ½ oz Gold Rum
Combine ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into petite cocktail glass.
Well the bar is expanding with new ingredients such as Coconut Rum and Triple Sec, and new glassware as well. Though the glassware is for another post. Today’s cocktail comes from my inspiration blog “The Drunken Moogle” in this “Harvest Moon” inspired drink. I only played the game once, so at the very least I can say that I sort of understand it. The Power Berry is a just a little tart and goes down smooth. Check out how to make it here: Power Berry (Harvest Moon Cocktail)
So this is my new blog, hopefully to be updated every Monday. My goal if any is to have this site be a record of my diving head first into the partially unknown territory of Mixology. The fine art of shaking making and creating cocktails and mixers. As a visual fine artist I find myself perusing greatness in every new hobby I encounter and this one is no different. Much like Mitch Hutts (Geek and Sundry Vlogger and creator of thedrunkenmoogle.com) I found myself turning 21 with very little knowledge of alcohol. but the desire to know more.
In recent months to fulfill my 2013 New Year’s Resolution (yep I actually remembered and am working on it) I learned to make a traditional Mojito. From the mojito I moved to a daiquiri and a few other basic drinks, but of course this was just enough to get my feet wet from a shaker.
Currently I’m in the process of gathering ingredients for my bar and looking up new cocktails for my menu. Hopefully by the time the annual family Christmas Party rolls around I’ll be able to offer a diverse set of drink for our guests.
For today however, I offer you a tasty spin on my first cocktail that I call the “Melonball Mojito”
3/4 oz Melon liqueur
3/4 oz white rum (bacardi)
12 mint leaves
1/2 lime (1 oz)
2 tbsps simple syrup (or 4 teaspoons sugar)
Add all ingredients together with ice an a shaker. Strain into a highball glass, top with club soda. Garnish with a mint leaf.
Please Drink Responsibly.