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Made in Scotland Makes Mixing at Home a Cinch

Christmas Cake Martini Ingredients - Made in Scotland room Tales of the Cocktail 2009

Christmas Cake Martini Ingredients – Made in Scotland room Tales of the Cocktail 2009

I almost missed the Made in Scotland tasting room at Tales of the Cocktail while sitting through a seminar about cocktail photography.  Luckily my partner slipped into the tasting room early to taste and photograph and I ducked out of my seminar early to do the same.  What a delicious treat!  Charlotte Voisey must have been the hardest working spirits personality at all of Tales of the cocktail from a few bystanders point of view.  She shook up fresh cocktails using The Balvenie.  It seems this busy lady could be found just about everywhere lively debate or Hendrick’s Gin needed a fresh smile.

Charlotte Voisey - Balvenie and Glenfiddich Tasting Room - Tales of the Cocktail

Charlotte Voisey

While I did not have the pleasure of tasting the Glenfiddich offering of the Scottish Pair cocktail my impressions remained solid.  First off many Scotch enthusiasts would cringe at the thought of placing Glenfiddich 12 Year Old in a cocktail rather than consuming it neat or on the rocks.  However the representative on duty at the table assured me this cocktail tasted wonderful.  Since there was nothing left to sample, I assume it went over quite well.  My other observation happened to be the number of ingredients contained within the recipe, ease of obtaining the ingredients and degree of difficulty in building the cocktail.  All measured an overwhelming ‘trouble-free’ on the ‘simple’ scale.  Glenfiddich is relatively easy to find across the nation rather than one of the harder to find Scotches available only in selected markets.  The ingredients may be found in nearly any moderately stocked grocers shelves.  The Scottish Pair is a simple shake and strain variety that can be prepared with a cocktail shaker or mixing glass and strainer.  Straight forward.  When I mentioned how much I appreciated the detail of uncomplicated recipe for the average home bartender, the Glenfiddich representative said that is exactly what the brand was going for with this particular recipe.  Nice to know that while there are thousands of fabulous recipes swirling about that tempt our taste buds with more ingredients than we can juggle and names we can’t pronounce there are also offerings of a more simple nature to choose from.

Scottish Pair Martini Recipe

Scottish Pair Ingredients Balvenie and Glenfiddich Tasting Room - Tales of the Cocktail

Scottish Pair

3/4 ounce Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

3/4 ounce Hendrick’s Gin

2 ounces Pear Juice

1/2 ounce Agave Nectar

1/2 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

Combine ingredients and shake well.  Serve up in a martini glass.  Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Christmas Cake Martini Recipe

Something more along the lines of wintry and warm to set our sights on the days ahead comes from The Balvenie.  This marvelous cocktail surprised me a bit with its beautiful color and flavor.  The cinnamon notes revealed in lovely form with The Balvenie remaining intact throughout the cocktail.  It would be a pity to cover up the delightful flavor personality of The Balvenie with over the top additions.  The Christmas Cake Martini harmonized the essence of all the flavors perfectly.  This would be an excellent cocktail to serve at your next Christmas party or family gathering this winter.

Mixing Christmas Cake Martini Balvenie and Glenfiddich Tasting Room - Tales of the Cocktail

Mixing Christmas Cake Martini

Christmas Cake Martini

1-1/2 ounce The Balvenie Portwood

1/4 ounce Raynal VSOP

1/4 ounce Cherry Brandy

1/4 ounce Orgeat

1/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

Pinch of Cinnamon Sugar

Combine ingredients and shake well.  Serve up in a martini glass.  Garnish with a fresh cherry.

Apple Bellini Drink Recipe

Apple Bellini Ingredients Balvenie and Glenfiddich Tasting Room - Tales of the Cocktail

Apple Bellini Ingredients

Tired of the usual champagne topped cocktail for Sunday brunch?  The Balvenie offered the Apple Bellini for something just a little unique and more than a little divine at the Made in Scotland tasting room.  This cocktail is so easy to prepare you won’t have to wait for a visit to Scotland.  You can make it in your own home to enjoy for Sunday brunch, Saturday afternoon on the deck or anytime something refreshing suits your mood.

Apple Bellini

1 ounce The Balvenie Doublewood

1-1/2 ounce Fresh & Cloudy Fiji Apple Juice

2 ounces Brut Champagne

Combine ingredients in a champagne flute.  Stir gently before serving.

Glenfiddich Tasting Dropper

There are other cocktails offered by The Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Hendrick’s Gin that should be sampled as well.  These recipes are taken from the Stir Your Soul drink recipe book offered at Tales of the Cocktail.

Balvenie Smash – created by Charlotte Voisey

Balvenie Signature Cocktail

2 ounces Balvenie Doublewood

3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 ounce Agave Nectar

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

4-6 Mint Leaves

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake well.  Serve over fresh ice in a Double Old-Fashioned glass.  Garnish with a fresh spanked, mint sprig.

Sweet Solera – created by Charlotte Voisey

Glenfiddich Signature Cocktail

1-1/2 ounce Glenfiddich 15 Year Old

3/4 ounce Lillet Rouge

1/2 ounce Caramel Syrup

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake well.  Strain into a martini/cocktail glass.  Garnish with a fresh cherry complete with stem.

Abandoned Rocket Ship – created by Jim Ryan

Hendrick’s Signature Cocktail

1-1/2 ounces Hendrick’s Gin

1 ounce Yellow Chartreuse

1/2 ounce Honey

3 Medium Hulled & Sliced Strawberries

1/2 ounce Lemon Juice

Fist full of Arugula (rocket)

Murray River Australian Sea Salt to rim glass

In mixing glass present in this order: fist full of arugula, strawberries, lemon and honey.  Muddle with a spring in your stick.  Add Hendrick’s Gin and Yellow Chartreuse.  Ice.  Shake and fine strain into a salt rimmed double rocks glass.  Smile.

Blood & Sanguinello – created by Charlotte Voisey

Featured at: Wolfe’s of New Orleans Spirited Dinner

3/4 ounce Glenfiddich

3/4 ounce Sandeman 10 Year Old Tawny Port

4 Muddled Luxardo Cherries

3/4 ounce Solerno Blood Orange Bitters

1/2 ounce Pink Grapefruit Juice

1/4 ounce Lemon Juice

1 dash of Orange Bitters

1 Egg White

Shake ingredients vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with an orange zest.

All content ©2009 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Mixing Up Something Beautiful

This weekend the ‘Mix Up Something Beautiful’ contest came to a final close as the winner became exquisitely clear.  Judges for this cocktail contest included myself (Cheri Loughlin-The Intoxicologist), Virginia Roode and Steff Childs (The Kitchen Trials).  We started out with a quick sampling of Pinky Vodka to get a sense of the base spirit. Virginia Roode - Pinky Vodka Contest

Pinky Vodka certainly lives up to its reputation of the world’s most beautiful vodka with its pretty pink hue, but there is more to this sexy bottle than girlish good looks.  Comments from Steff and Virginia leaned toward the floral garden feel of this spirit.  Steff said the pretty presentation of Pinky leant itself well to a Girl’s Night Out theme party.  There is undeniably feminine appeal to this spirit, yet both judges agreed their male friends would sample Pinky if it were offered at a gathering.  Though it has floral tones there are also herbal notes in the background with a hint of citrus.

Winning cocktail of The Intoxicologist ‘Mix Up Something Beautiful’ with Pinky Vodka contest is 3,2,1…Pinkies Up entered by Charles Steadman, Palm Beach Bartender.  This particular cocktail has fabulous color, exquisitely deep strawberry flavor with a bit of Pinky Vodka flavor still coming through underneath. 

321 Pinkies Up Club Soda Version - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin3,2,1…Pinkies Up

3 Fresh Strawberries

2 ounces Pinky Vodka

1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1 ounce Agave Nectar

Soda Water

Garnish: Thin slice of strawberry (taken from the ingredients)

Preparation: Remove the green and muddle the strawberries in a mixing tin. Add the Pinky vodka, lime juice and agave nectar into the mixing tin with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and strain into a highball glass with ice. Top with a nice splash of soda.

Steff Childs 321 Pinkies Up“I like this,” said Steff.  “I can imagine this being served at a bar with fun outdoor patio.  I’d serve it at a Sunday brunch or bridal shower.  It’s cute!  Visually it looks like it could be strawberry limeade.”

“I like the burst of citrus,” Virginia commented immediately after the first taste.   However, Virginia’s feeling was a bit mixed about presentation.  “I don’t know if I would use the same glass.” 

There was much discussion about the 3,2,1…Pinkies Up cocktail before choosing it as the contest winner.  This cocktail is rather nice without the addition of soda water for starters.  The soda water actually thins it out just a little rather than adds to the flavor.  The soda water addition and conversation among judges gave us the idea of substitution.  This cocktail would be better suited for champagne rather321 Pinkies Up Champagne Version - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin than soda water.  Champagne also suits the Pinky Vodka flirty, fun, sexy spirit a little better.  Thinking of where we might order or serve this particular cocktail and what type of glass might fulfill that need better we topped this cocktail with champagne and loved it even more.  This showed the versatility of this particular recipe.  The only drawback on this cocktail is the name.  Three female judges concur that we would never order the 3,2,1…Pinkies Up cocktail from a menu based on the name.  Something more suited to the flavor of the cocktail and characteristic of Pinky Vodka would be much more appealing.

Many thanks to all who participated in the ‘Mix Up Something Beautiful’ with Pinky Vodka contest.   Charles Steadman will receive his contest prize shortly.  Stay tuned to The Intoxicologist site for a new cocktail contest to be announced soon!

Cheri Loughlin is a leading cocktail and photography resource for beverage companies, event planners, businesses and individuals. High resolution cocktail and beverage stock photography images are available in downloadable digital format in the newly redesigned Stock Photography Gallery at www.cheriloughlin.com.

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Grand Marnier Celebrates the Moonwalk

GPN-2000-001137 photos credited to: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s 1969 famous walk on the moon.  NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has documented five of the six Apollo moon landing sites with recent photos posted on the NASA website.  The Apollo 12 landing site is expected to come into view within the next few weeks, so look for that on the NASA site soon. 

The photos are not extremely detailed as up close and personal photos are of the original walk on the moon from so long ago, but they are fascinating!  As the NASA website aptly states, “Although these pictures provide a reminder of past NASA exploration, LRO’s primary focus is paving the way for the future.”  LRO’s purpose is to continue the efforts of lunar exploration.  By studying the past, future technology advances.  We may look at history with a view to stirring memories of good times and the way things were or may have been.  At times we often use historical moments in time as grounds for celebration.  No doubt NASA celebrates today as well. 

Grand Marnier enjoys a little moonlit celebration today, too.  This illustrious liqueur was used in the first cocktail the astronauts enjoyed upon landing back on earth.  Joe Gilmore, head barman at the Savoy Hotel in London, created the Moonwalk to commemorate the first moon landing. 

GPN-2001-000013 photos credited to: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State UniversityThe Moonwalk

1 part Grand Marnier

1 part fresh grapefruit juice

2 dashes Rosewater

Moët & Chandon (top with)

Shake ingredients well and strain into a wine glass. Top up with Moët & Chandon.

More information about NASA and the LRO photos may be found here.  LRO photos credited to: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University.  Moon landing photos credited to NASA.  A great read on the behind the scenes moonwalk: What we didn’t know about the moonwalk by Jay Barbree NBC News Correspondent.

Cheri Loughlin is a leading cocktail and photography resource for beverage companies, event planners, businesses and individuals. High resolution cocktail and beverage stock photography images are available in downloadable digital format in the newly redesigned Stock Photography Gallery at www.cheriloughlin.com.

Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon – str8upcocktails @ gmail.com – ©2012 Cheri Loughlin-The Intoxicologist, All Rights Reserved. All opinions, reviews and spirits’ coverage are the personal opinion and decision of Cheri Loughlin.

21 Must Try Classic Cocktail Recipes

Martini - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

This post has been updated from The Intoxicologist Is In blog. Three more ‘Must Try Drinks’ have been added to the list. If you have suggestions, please add them to the comment section or drop a line through the email. Thanks!

Martini Fruit Background photo copyright Cheri LoughlinYou have heard about, seen it and possibly gone out and tried it yourself.  What am I talking about?  The 21 Drink Salute.  You know the one.  Turn twenty-one and it is the rite of passage to go out and drink twenty-one alcoholic drinks within the day.  This rite of passage is a bad idea for reasons too numerous to count.

However, thinking on the whole idea of people going out to drink when they turn twenty-one sets the thinking cap in motion.  They are dipping into the waters of drinking, assuming they have never imbibed before coming of age.  These newbie drinkers will try anything their buddies place before them and dare them to throw down the hatch.  Not a quality drinking experience to be sure.  But it gives one pause to think.  There certainly are a fair amount of partakers out there who drink whatever is on the cocktail menu or never veer from their tried and true standard.

Why not be like the twenty-one year old newbie and dabble in cocktails that revolutionized the cocktail as we know it?   Instead of trying them all in one day, take the time to savor the flavor.

Americano

Campari Neat copyrigh Cheri Loughlin2 ounces Campari

2 ounces Sweet Vermouth

Club Soda

Orange Slice for Garnish

Fill a Collins glass two-thirds full of ice.  Pour in Campari and Sweet Vermouth.  Top off with club soda.  Garnish with orange slice.

Bacardi Cocktail

2Blue Sapphire Gin Martini and Bacardi Cocktail - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin ounces Bacardi Superior

1 ounce Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Grenadine

Maraschino Cherry for Garnish

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker filled one-third full of ice.  Shake for 10 to 15 seconds.  Strain into a well chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with maraschino cherry dropped to the center.  Bacardi Rum must be used in this cocktail for it to be a true Bacardi Cocktail.

Bellini

1 ounce Pureed White Peaches

1/4 teaspoon Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

Prosecco Sparkling Wine

Peach Slice for Garnish

Pour pureed white peaches and lemon juice in bottom of a champagne flute.  Carefully top off with Prosecco.  Stir gently.  Garnish with peach slice.  A 1/4 ounce of peach schnapps may be added to the pureed white peaches to give this cocktail added punch.

Russian Cherry Espresso - created by Cheri Loughlin - - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinBlack Russian / White Russian

2 ounces Espresso Vodka

1 ounce Kahlua Especial

Fill a rocks glass two-thirds full of ice.  Build drink in glass beginning with vodka and then Kahlua.  Insert stir straw.  To turn this into a White Russian:  1 ounce Vodka, 1 ounce Kahlua, 1 ounce half and half.  Build in a rocks glass in the same manner.

Bloody Mary - copyright Cheri LoughlinBloody Mary

2 ounces Pepper Infused Vodka

1/2 Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

6-8 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce

4-6 Dashes Tabasco Sauce

2-3 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

3 Dashes Celery Salt

2 Dashes White Pepper

2 Dashes Garlic Powder

2 Dashes Onion Powder

Clamato Juice

Coarse salt for rimming

Garnishes:  Celery stalk is standard.  Try a dill pickle spear, jalapeño stuff olives on a skewer or shrimp cocktail for something off the beaten track.

Rim a Collins glass with salt.  Fill glass half full with ice.  Season ice with sauces, bitters, powders, peppers and salts.  Pour in vodka.  Top off with Clamato Juice leaving a half inch at the rim of the glass.  Squeeze in lime and drop into glass.  Garnish.  For a fantastic Bloody Mary Vodka infusion recipe click on my recipe here Bloody Mary

Variations: Red Snapper and Cry Me a River

Buck’s Fizz

2 ounces Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Brut Champagne

Pour freshly squeezed orange juice into the bottom of a champagne flute.  Carefully top off with Brut Champagne.

Caipirinha

Caipirinha photo copyright Cheri Loughlin2 ounces Cachaca

1 lime cut into wedges

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

Place lime wedges in cocktail shaker, reserving one for garnish.  Muddle.  Pour Cachaca and bar syrup into cocktail shaker and fill two-thirds with ice.  Shake to combine well.  Place ice into old-fashioned glass.  Do not overfill.  Strain contents of shaker into glass.  Garnish with one reserved lime wedge.

Cosmopolitan Dale DeGroff Original recipe - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinChampagne Cosmopolitan

The Cosmo has been done so many times, so here is one with a twist from a friend of mine, Dan Crowell.

1 ounce Citrus Vodka

1 dash Premium Orange Liqueur

1-1/2 ounce Cranberry Juice

1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1 Twist Orange

1 ounce Moet & Chandon White Star Champagne

Shake Vodka, Grand Marnier, cranberry juice and lime juice over ice in a cocktail shaker.  Strain into a chilled champagne flute.  Top off with champagne.  Garnish with orange twist.

Screaming Fantasma - Harvey Wallbanger adaption - photo property of Cheri LoughlinHarvey Wallbanger

2 ounces Vodka

Orange Juice

1/2 ounce Galliano

Build in a Collins glass filled two-thirds full of ice.  Pour in the vodka.  Add orange juice leaving room for the Galliano to float on top.  A simple drink yes, but how often do you find Galliano in a cocktail?

Variation: Screaming Fantasma

Horse’s Neck with a Kick

This recipe is credited to Difford’s Guide Cocktail’s #7.  It makes the list for the garnish alone.

2-1/2 ounces Bourbon

3 dashes Classic Bitters

Ginger Ale

Garnish: Peel entire rind of a large lemon in a spiral and place in glass with end hanging over rim

Pour ingredients into an ice filled Collins glass.  Stir.  Add garnish.

Irish Coffee – Unsweetened

Irish Mock-achino - Coffee Mocktail created by Cheri Loughlin - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin1-1/4 ounce Irish Whiskey

Hot Strong Coffee

Whipped Cream (optional)

Three Whole Coffee Beans for Garnish

Place a metal spoon in hot toddy glass.  Measure in whiskey.  Top off with hot coffee.  Optional whipped cream may be added to the top with three coffee beans sprinkled on top.

Irish Coffee – Sweetened

1/2 ounce Irish Whiskey

3/4 ounce Irish Cream

Hot Strong Coffee

Whipped Cream (optional)

Three Whole Coffee Beans or three chocolate covered espresso beans for Garnish

Place metal spoon in hot toddy glass.  Measure in whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream.  Top off with coffee.  Optional whipped cream may be added to the top with coffee bean garnish sprinkled atop.

Kamikaze Cocktail

While most twenty-one year olds are throwing back shots, this Kamikaze is a cocktail instead.  An easy way to remember this one; throwing back too many will make for a Very Tough Landing.

Kamikaze Shot photo copyright Cheri Loughlin1-1/2 ounce Vodka

1 ounce Triple Sec

3/4 ounce Lemon Juice

Lime Wedge for Garnish

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds full of ice.  Shake for ten to fifteen seconds.  Strain into a well chilled cocktail shaker.  Garnish with a lime wedge.

Variation: Blue Kamikaze

Mai Tai – Original

This is an adaptation of the original formula as interpreted in The Joy of Mixology by Gary Regan.

Mai Tai Teenie - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin2 ounces 17 year old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican Rum

1/2 ounce French Garnier Orgeat

1/2 Holland DeKuyper Orange Curacao

1/4 ounce Rock Candy Syrup

1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1 Sprig Fresh Mint for Garnish

Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake for 10 to 15 seconds.  Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled half with crushed ice.  Add mint sprig garnish.

Mai Tai – Variation

These ingredients are much easier to find and this makes a fantastic Mai Tai.  Credited  to Dan Crowell.

2 ounces 10 Cane Rum (or 1 ounce each 10 Cane and Captain Morgan Private Stock)

3/4 ounce Orange Curacao

3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1/4 ounce Orgeat Syrup

2 Mint Springs & Lime Wedge for Garnish

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled one-third with ice.  Shake well.  Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.  Garnish with mint springs and wedge of lime.

Manhattan – Dry, Perfect, Sweet

Manhattan Dry

Manhattan on the Rocks 2 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin2-1/2 ounces Bourbon

1 ounce Dry Vermouth

3 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Orange Twist for Garnish

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with orange twist.

Manhattan Perfect

2-1/2 ounce Bourbon

1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth

1/2 ounce Dry Vermouth

3 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Orange Peel & Maraschino Cherry for Garnish

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a skewered maraschino cherry wrapped with an orange peel creating a flag.

Boardwalk Manhattan with Canadian Club adapted by Cheri Loughlin - The IntoxicologistManhattan Sweet

2-1/2 ounces Bourbon

1 ounce Sweet Vermouth

Bar Spoon of Syrup from Maraschino Cherry Jar

3 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Maraschino Cherry for Garnish

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Mockup Margarita Mocktail created by Cheri Loughlin - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinMargarita

Everyone has their version of the perfect Margarita and their favorite tequila to add to the equation.  Here is a basic recipe to build upon so you won’t have to pick up a mix from the corner grocery.

2 ounces Tequila

1 ounce Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Triple Sec

Lime Wedge for Garnish

Salt for Rimming

Rim edge of margarita glass with salt.  Combine liquid ingredients in cocktail shaker filled two-thirds with ice.  Shake for 10 to 15 seconds.  Place ice in margarita glass.  Strain contents of shaker into margarita glass.  Garnish with lime wedge.  To upgrade this margarita use quality tequilas such as Patron Silver or Reposado and Cointreau or Grand Marnier in place of the Triple Sec.

Van Gogh Vodka Martini - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinMartini

A “real” martini doesn’t have to be difficult, yet there are so many ways to mess it up.  Stirred, shaken, up with a twist (is that a lemon or lime?), with an olive (stuffed with blue cheese, almonds, jalapeño, or pimento?) gin or vodka and did you say dirty or dry or extra dry?  Oh, so many questions.  This martini is pretty straight forward.  When you saddle up at the bar all you have to say is, “Tanqueray 10 Martini dry, up with a twist, please” and then sit back and watch an inexperienced bartender squirm and an experienced bartender do their job.  Make sure you get that “please” and “thank you” in there with a nice tip.

2-1/2 ounces Tanqueray 10 Gin

Noilly Pratt Dry Vermouth

Lemon Twist

Place ice in a martini glass.  Drizzle approximately 1/4 to 1/2 ounce of dry vermouth in the ice and set aside.  Measure out Tanqueray 10 Gin into a cocktail shaker filled one-third full of ice.  Shake or swirl the gin (depending on your theory of “bruising” the gin) for at least fifteen seconds.  Your goal is to chill the gin thoroughly.  Take the martini glass with vermouth in hand.  Swirl the glass so the vermouth coats the inside and pour out.  Do not shake the glass until every drop is gone.  Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the vermouth coated martini glass.  Take your lemon twist and circle it around the rim of the martini glass before placing it halfway on the edge and partially inside the gin as garnish.  Serve and drink while still chilled.

Cinnabar Negroni created by Jason MacDonald - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinNegroni

1 ounce Gin

1 ounce Campari

1 ounce Sweet Vermouth

Orange Twist for Garnish

Fill an old-fashioned glass half to two-thirds full of ice.  Add liquid ingredients in the order given.  Garnish with orange twist.

More Negroni Variations: Cinnabar Negroni, Negroni Virtuoso, Unusual Negroni and Naughty Negroni

Muddled Old Fashioned - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinOld Fashioned

There is much debate over what is “real” Old Fashioned and what is just a fruity version of one.

2 ounces Bourbon

2 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

3 Maraschino Cherries (save one for garnish)

2 orange slices (save one for garnish)

Bar Spoon of Maraschino Cherry Juice from Jar

Place all ingredients (save one cherry and one orange slice) into a cocktail shaker.  Muddle.  Fill one-third full of ice.  Shake for ten to fifteen seconds.  Fill an old-fashioned glass half full with ice.  Strain contents of shaker into old-fashioned glass.  Garnish with cherry and orange slice skewered.

Orgasm Cocktail

1-1/2 ounce Cointreau

1-1/2 ounce Irish Cream

1 ounce Grand Marnier

Maraschino Cherry for Garnish

Fill an old-fashioned glass half full with ice.  Place ingredients in glass in the order given.  Garnish with cherry.  Insert cocktail stirrer.

Rob Roy

2 ounces Scotch

1 ounce Sweet Vermouth

2 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Maraschino Cherry for Garnish

Place liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake for ten to fifteen seconds.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with the maraschino cherry.  This drink can also be built in an old-fashioned glass on the rocks.

Salty Texan created by Cheri Loughlin - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinSalty Dog

This twist on an old favorite is proof that an old dog can be taught new tricks.

2 ounces Charbay Grapefruit Vodka

2-1/4 ounces Freshly Squeezed Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

Bar Spoon of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

Salt for rimming

Rim a chilled cocktail glass with salt and set aside.  Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake for ten to fifteen seconds until well mixed.  Strain into salt rimmed cocktail glass.

Newly added drinks from reader suggestions are listed below:

Rangpur & Tonic - Toxi Low Calorie Low Carb - - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinGin & Tonic

2 ounces London Dry Gin

3 to 4 ounces Tonic Water

Lime Garnish

Build over fresh ice in Collins glass. Garnish with squeeze of lime.

Long Island Iced Tea

1/2 ounce Light Rum

1/2 ounce Gin

1/2 ounce Vodka

1/2 ounce Tequila Blanco

1/2 ounce Triple Sec

1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

1/2 to 1 ounce Cola

Lemon Slice Garnish

Build over fresh ice in Collins or Sling style glass saving cola topper as last addition. Stir. Garnish with lemon slice.

Russian Quaylude – Shot

1/2 part Galliano

1/2 part Green Chartreuse

1/2 part Vodka

Layer chilled liquids in order given in chilled shot glass. Layering can be achieved by slowly pouring liquids over back of bar spoon.

That is it for the “21 Must Try Cocktails” on this list.  Of course these are only a few of the basics.  Some you may have tried or thought you would get around to one day.  Why not today?

Many more classic cocktails have been suggested as Top 10 classic cocktail favorites.  Have a suggestion to add to the list?  Add a comment or send me a tweet of your top 10 classic drink favorites.  Twitter the Intoxicologist.

Cheri Loughlin is a leading cocktail and photography resource for beverage companies, event planners, businesses and individuals. High resolution cocktail and beverage stock photography images are available in downloadable digital format in the newly redesigned Stock Photography Gallery at www.cheriloughlin.com.

Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon – str8upcocktails @ gmail.com – ©2012 Cheri Loughlin-The Intoxicologist, All Rights Reserved. All opinions, reviews and spirits’ coverage are the personal opinion and decision of Cheri Loughlin.

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri Contest at Tales of the Cocktail 2009

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri Contest at Tales of the Cocktail 2009

Classic cocktails are always in season, but they are getting more attention than ever before. Mixologists are shaking things up with specialty syrups, homemade bitters, locally grown ingredients and aged cocktails. Drinks are lavish, delicious and more grandiose than ever before. But the spectacular show and spice can leave the home bartender wondering how to duplicate equally delicious cocktails at home.

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri Contest at Tales of the Cocktail 2009

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri Contest at Tales of the Cocktail 2009

Bacardi takes us back to basics by reminding us to begin with simple ingredients. Bacardi reminds us of the original Hand Shaken Daiquiri. It has been around since the days of Pre-Prohibition. This modern day classic is refreshing without the need for blender, specialty ingredients or flair bartending skills.

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri Contest at Tales of the Cocktail 2009

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri Contest at Tales of the Cocktail 2009

According to Bacardi the Hand Shaken Daiquiri was first introduced in the small town of Daiquiri, Cuba in 1898 by a mining engineer with a little ingenuity. Jennings Stockton Cox received the same monthly allotment of Bacardi Rum as the other mining men, yet chose to experiment just as modern day mixologists do today. Jennings may have had different reasons for experimenting with Bacardi rum, limes and sugar than today’s bartenders, but the result became a classic – the Hand Shaken Daiquiri. The original Hand Shaken Daiquiri consists of fresh squeezed lime juice, sugar, crushed ice and what we now recognize as Bacardi Superior.

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri Contest at Tales of the Cocktail 2009

The Daiquiri’s popularity is due in part to its simplicity.

The Daiquiri’s popularity is due in part to its simplicity. The handful of ingredients are easy to find. It is fairly simple to make. And the drink is so delicious. Learn to measure the ingredients correctly and the Daiquiri is one of the most refreshing summer drinks available.

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri Recipe

Bacardi Daiquiri from Tour at Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico

Bacardi Daiquiri from Tour at Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri

3 ounces Bacardi Superior Rum

1 ounce Lime or Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Sugar

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or pour into rocks glass.

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri Trivia

Ernest Hemingway creative commons use photograph

The Daiquiri was especially popular at Ernest Hemingway’s favorite cocktail
lounge, La Floridita, during Prohibition. Earnest Hemingway chose the Daiquiri as one of his favorites saying, “My mojito in La Bodeguita. My daiquiri in El Floridita.” There is a Hemingway Daiquiri or Papa Doble which is lower in sugar, using grapefruit juice. {creative commons use photograph}

July 19 is National Daiquiri Day. Sip the history and legendary taste of a modern day classic.

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri Contest at Tales of the Cocktail 2009

Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri Contest at Tales of the Cocktail 2009

Original post written July 15, 2009 has been updated March 4, 2014.

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