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Harvey’s Perfect

The Harvey Wallbanger classic cocktail and Harvey's Perfect variation are both natural progression cocktails to the popular Screwdriver long drink {vodka and orange juice}. - recipe adaption and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Harvey Wallbanger classic cocktail and Harvey’s Perfect variation are both natural progression cocktails to the popular Screwdriver long drink {vodka and orange juice}. – recipe adaption and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

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If you have ever sipped, served or ordered vodka and orange juice on the rocks then you are well aware of the ever popular Screwdriver long drink. Add a splash of Galliano to the Screwdriver and you could be sipping a Harvey Wallbanger. Both drinks have been around for ages, but became extremely popular cocktails of the 70’s era.

The Screwdriver is an easy two ingredient drink with 1-1/2 to 2 ounces vodka and 3 to 4 ounces orange juice built over ice. The classic Harvey Wallbanger typically calls for 1-3/4 ounce vodka, 1/2 ounce Galliano and 4 ounces orange juice built over ice, garnished with orange slice. However, I think Galliano is really something special. It should be the crowning point in this particular cocktail. Just a smidgen more makes Harvey shine! I dabbled a bit with the Harvey Wallbanger drink for a Halloween party in 2010 and called it the Screaming Fantasma for fun. I used citrus vodka, fresh orange juice and a wee bit more Galliano for extra spirited flavor. Delicious!

Harvey is just one of those drinks you like to keep around for all occasions and moods. He is the perfect refreshing drink, the perfect gentlemen. So, I thought I would dabble just a little more and see if Harvey’s Perfect for a chilled cocktail glass too. Oh, he is!

Harvey’s Perfect Cocktail Recipe

Harvey's Perfect cocktail variation on the Harvey Wallbanger classic cocktail. Served straight up with larger vodka and Galliano ratio to orange juice and dash of classic bitters. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

Harvey’s Perfect cocktail variation on the Harvey Wallbanger classic cocktail. Served straight up with larger vodka and Galliano ratio to orange juice and dash of classic bitters. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

Harvey’s Perfect – recipe adaption by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Citrus Vodka

1/2 ounce Galliano Liqueur

1-1/2 ounce Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

1 to 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Flamed Orange Peel

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with flamed orange peel or orange twist.

Harvey’s Perfect and Harvey Wallbanger Tips and Tricks

The beauty of the Screwdriver, Harvey Wallbanger and even Harvey’s Perfect is the ease of the making the drink. There are few ingredients and they are fairly easy to make. Vodka and orange juice are readily available.

But here’s the thing.

If you want a really great drink experience, take the time to juice a fresh orange. One medium size orange should yield approximately 2 ounces or a little more of juice. A hand held juicer takes only a moment of time. Fresh orange juice will totally make the difference in this drink. Fresh really will enhance the flavor. The flavor will taste lighter on the tongue rather than weigh heavily.

Think about using citrus vodka rather than plain vodka. Or try pineapple vodka for a little twist on flavor. If you are not a vodka fan, use gin or silver rum.

What is Galliano?

Galliano liqueur is a blend of Mediterranean herbs and plants. The recipe includes Mediterranean anise, juniper, musk yarrow, star anise, lavender, peppermint, cinnamon and vanilla. The color is golden yellow, reminding me of King Midas of Greek mythology and his golden touch. Perhaps the flavor is deeply flavorful, rich, rolling over the tongue, warming and smooth. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Galliano liqueur is a blend of Mediterranean herbs and plants. The recipe includes Mediterranean anise, juniper, musk yarrow, star anise, lavender, peppermint, cinnamon and vanilla. The color is golden yellow, reminding me of King Midas of Greek mythology and his golden touch. Perhaps the flavor is deeply flavorful, rich, rolling over the tongue, warming and smooth. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Galliano is a blend of Mediterranean herbs and plants. The recipe is secret just like so many other elixirs, liqueurs and aperitifs. But it does include Mediterranean anise, juniper, musk yarrow, star anise, lavender, peppermint, cinnamon and vanilla. The color is golden yellow, reminding me of King Midas of Greek mythology and his golden touch. Perhaps the flavor reminds me of the same. It is deeply flavorful, rich, rolling over the tongue, warming and smooth. It is truly wonderful. I think it pairs beautifully with raspberries and champagne, too.

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6 Easy Two Ingredient Duo Drinks

The Godmother drink is classified as a “Duo” drink. Duo drinks mix a base spirit with liqueur. In this case amaretto and vodka are used. In the case of the Godfather duo drink, scotch and amaretto are used in the same ratio. Other variations include the Royal Widow and Widow’s Cork. Find the base spirit to liqueur ratio you prefer for the most enjoyable experience.

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Godmother

2 ounces Vodka

1 ounce Amaretto

Combine liquids in Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice. Stir.

Royal Widow

1-1/2 ounce Canadian Whisky

1-1/2 ounce Amaretto

Combine liquids in Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice. Stir.

Widow’s Cork

1 ounce Irish Whiskey

1 ounce Amaretto

Combine liquids in Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice. Stir.

Another common Duo drink can be found bottled at your local liquor store or you can mix it in a glass yourself. The B & B cocktail was one of the first RTD (ready to drink) bottled cocktails on the market way back in the day.

B and B

1 ounce Brandy or Cognac

1 ounce Benedictine

Combine liquids in Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice. Stir. Or… Place liquids in snifter and serve neat.

One could say the Green Hornet and Stinger cocktails are one in the same. They both contain the same base spirit, same liqueur and in the same recipe ratio. The difference is the Green Hornet contains green crème de menthe and the Stinger uses white crème de menthe. The ultimate taste ends up the same no matter if you use white or green crème de menthe. Of course there are variations in exact recipe amounts depending on personal taste. Play around with the recipe and tweak it to your liking.

Green Hornet

3 ounces Brandy

1 ounce Green Crème de Menthe

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Stir or shake according to preference. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Or… Combine liquids in large rocks glass over fresh ice. Stir.

Another exceedingly popular liqueur ingredient in Duo drinks is coffee liqueur. The Black Russian is an excellent example. Variations include the Dirty Mother with brandy and the Brave Bull with tequila.

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Dirty Mother

1-1/2 ounce Brandy

1/2 ounce Coffee Liqueur

Combine liquids in Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice. Stir.

Another delicious Duo drink that should make any “must try” drink list is the Rusty Nail. The Rusty Nail is an excellent crowd pleaser drink that’s easy to make and serve. It contains scotch and Drambuie.

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10 Two Ingredient Cocktails to Mix at Home

I’m often surprised to find so many people who will mix rum & coke, orange juice and vodka or bourbon and soda, but say they would never just make a cocktail at home. Some feel cocktails are more for a night on the town. Others are a bit intimidated by the thought of pulling out a cocktail shaker (if they have one), icing a glass and mixing the cocktail. In reality, mixing a cocktail is merely a step or two away from cocktails served straight up.

A few steps to remember when making a cocktail; instead of placing ice in your highball or rocks glass, place ice in a cocktail glass with a bit of water to chill the glass or keep a few cocktail glasses in the freezer until time to use them. The other item needed is cocktail shaker with strainer or almost every kitchen has a container with lid and small strainer. Those will both work for the impromptu home bartender.

More Two Ingredient Cocktails to sip your way through can be found in the highlighted link.

The Orange Blossom is an excellent alternative to the popular, but ordinary Screwdriver or vodka and orange juice. Gin brings more flavor to the drink with its botanical mix. Orange juice lessens a bit of the brashness some might expect from gin, making this a great starter cocktail for those just beginning to dabble with gin cocktails.

Satan's Whiskers builds on the Orange Blossom cocktail by adding dry & sweet vermouth, Grand Marnier and Bitters - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Satan’s Whiskers builds on the Orange Blossom cocktail by adding dry & sweet vermouth, Grand Marnier and Bitters – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Orange Blossom

1-1/4 ounce Gin

1-1/4 ounce Orange Juice

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Perhaps the Cornell Cocktail would be an intermediate gin cocktail to sample since it moves away from fresh fruit ingredients and uses liqueur to complement the gin. Some cherry liqueurs can come across a bit perfumed, others taste a bit more chocolate covered cherry-ish. Sample a few and find your favorite.

Chilled Martini Glass photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Cornell Cocktail

2 ounces Gin

1/2 ounce Cherry Liqueur

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Pink Gin captures the attention of the true gin enthusiast. Gin is forefront and center with lots of spice added to the glass with the classic bitters inclusion.

Pink Gin

2-1/2 ounces Gin

6 dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

For those already immersed in the world of gin and lovers of peated smokey scotch there is the Smokey Martini. Instead of filling the cocktail glass with ice and adding water to chill, fill your cocktail glass with ice and add the scotch. Allow to sit for a few moments. Then swirl to coat the inside of the glass.

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Smokey Martini

2-1/2 ounces Gin

1/2 ounce Laiphroaig Whisky

Place ice and whisky in chilled cocktail glass. Swirl & toss. Place gin in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into prepared cocktail glass.

If the deep peated flavor of Laiphroaig is just too much for your palate, try the Dusty Martini with a lighter scotch expression. Just remember the olive is garnish. This isn’t Dirty Martini style with splash of olive juice added.

Dusty Martini

2-1/4 ounce Gin

1/4 ounce Scotch

Olive Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with pierced olive.

For those with a bit of a sweet tooth, the Stinger is a classic cocktail with a bit of wintry feel with its minty liqueur inclusion. Feel free to use clear or green crème de menthe. The difference is merely color.

Stinger

2-1/2 ounce Brandy

1/4 ounce White Crème de Menthe

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over fresh crushed ice or strain into chilled cocktail glass according to preference.

If sweeter (sweet vermouth sort of sweet) is more your thing, this cocktail just might send your taste buds soaring. Even though this is a chilled cocktail, it’s nice and warming as it is savored.

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Bob Danby

3 ounces Dubonnet Rouge

1-1/2 ounce Brandy

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

This cocktail is appropriately named in my opinion. Fresh squeezed orange juice balances the lightly spiced cocktail with refreshing zest. This is also one of those cocktails that would be equally refreshing served on the rocks. Just don’t let the ice melt too much or it becomes a bit of a watery mess by the time you reach the bottom of the glass.  

Appetizer

3 ounces Dubonnet Rouge

1 Orange – freshly squeezed

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Flavored brandies are a terrific way to step your cocktail experience up a notch. One of my favorites is apricot flavored brandy. It is wonderful as flavorful inclusion in a classic Daiquiri.

A.J.

1-1/2 ounce Apple Brandy

1 ounce Grapefruit Juice

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

This last cocktail is an interesting mix of brandy and dry vermouth. I suggest allowing just a bit of maraschino cherry juice to stay on the cherry when it’s time to garnish. This will bring a hint of sweetness to the cocktail.

Carroll Gardens Cocktail

2 ounces Brandy

1/2 ounce Dry Vermouth

Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

I think the most important thing to remember when mixing cocktails at home is keep it simple to start and experiment a lot! A recipe is not etched in stone. Tweak it to how you like it. Then it’s perfect for you!

 

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Licor 43 Mini Beer

A while back I posted the Baby Guinness shot as a two ingredient drink just in time for a labor free Labor Day. Not only is the Baby Guinness eye catching andBaby Guinness Shot is a two ingredient layered shot. - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist easy, but it’s delicious. Now Licor 43 has created a new shot that is equally eye catching, easy to build and insanely delicious. It’s the Mini Beer. You guessed it, no beer included. It’s just meant to look like a mini frosted mug of goodness.

Since both shots are beer oriented in appearance and name, I thought they would both be perfect drink (or shot) picks for Super Bowl weekend. It doesn’t take much to get anyone in the mood for a good game of football, but this little shot of heaven is a great way to kick off festivities.

Licor 43 Mini Beer Layered Shot Recipe

Licor 43 Mini Beer layered shot with heavy cream. Doesn't taste like beer at all. More like a creamsicle! - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Licor 43 Mini Beer layered shot with heavy cream. Doesn’t taste like beer at all. More like a creamsicle! – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Licor 43 Mini Beer

1-1/2 ounce Licor 43 – chilled

Splash of Heavy Cream

Fill shot glass 2/3 full of chilled Licor 43. Top with layer of heavy cream. Layer heavy cream on top of Licor 43 by slowly pouring it over the back of spoon.

While I love a good mug of beer, this little shot tastes more like a decadent creamsicle. Great way to celebrate a touchdown, field goal or great play. Cheers!

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7 Two Ingredient Cocktails for Labor Day

Labor Day celebrates the hard working American laborer and is often observed as a day (or weekend) set aside for end of summer parties and celebrations. We could opt for high end, call out all the stops, seventeen ingredient cocktails to “Wow” and impress friends and guests, but why? There are many refreshingly satisfying two ingredient cocktails waiting in the wings. No muss, no fuss.

More Labor Day & two ingredient cocktails to enjoy.

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The Highball is a basic recipe for many base spirits. The ratio of base spirit to choice of mixer evens out nicely giving you and guest options depending upon taste preference. A table or bar with selection of base spirits, variety of easy mixers and perhaps a few optional lemon, lime or orange slices allows your guests to prepare their own drinks, keeping your day labor free. Pick your poison…

Highball

2 ounces Base Spirit of Choice

3 ounces Mixer of Choice

Place base spirit (Whiskey, Vodka, Rum, etc…) in highball glass over fresh ice. Top with mixer (club soda, tonic, juice, etc…).

Cocktails in a beer crowd? No problem. These three two ingredient recipes offer alternatives for the combined beer and cocktail crowd.

Beer Pour - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin
Depth Charge

2 ounces Schnapps

1 pint Beer

Place schnapps flavor of your choice into chilled beer mug. Top with beer.

Shandy

7-UP

Beer

Place chilled 7-UP to the halfway point in a highball glass; no ice. Top with chilled beer.

Shandy Gaff

Ginger Ale

Beer

Place chilled ginger ale to the halfway point in a highball glass; no ice. Top with chilled beer.

Keeping it slow, comfortable and relaxed…

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Comfortable Screw

1-1/2 ounce Southern Comfort

3-1/2 ounces Orange Juice

Orange Slice Garnish

Combine liquids in highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Sloe Screw

2 ounces Sloe Gin

3 ounces Orange Juice

Place Sloe Gin in highball glass over fresh ice. Top with orange juice. Stir.

Since whiskey is king…

Kentucky Colonel Cocktail

3 ounces Bourbon

1 ounce Benedictine

Lemon Twist

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

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