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Ruby Twist Tequila Cocktail

Ruby Twist 032 This little gem of a cocktail uses reposado tequila, pomegranate liqueur and premium orange liqueur. Ruby Twist weighs in at about 48.63 proof. - recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin of The Intoxicologist {http://intoxicologist.net}

This little gem of a cocktail uses reposado tequila, pomegranate liqueur and premium orange liqueur. – recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin of The Intoxicologist

The Ruby Twist tequila cocktail was inspired by a cocktail offered years ago at a local brewing company. It was really nice to see something other than a margarita on the menu. Upstream Brewing Company in the Omaha Old Market served their drink with lemonade and lime cordial on the rocks. A little creative play and additional ingredients brought their tequila long drink into premium cocktail range.

Orange radiates with remarkable flavor. There are heavy, yet smooth notes of vanilla. The flavors round out nicely giving this cocktail beautiful full texture and decadent mouth feel.

Ruby Twist Tequila Cocktail Recipe

Ruby Twist 034 This little gem of a cocktail uses reposado tequila, pomegranate liqueur and premium orange liqueur. Ruby Twist weighs in at about 48.63 proof. - recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin of The Intoxicologist {http://intoxicologist.net}

Ruby Twist weighs in at about 48.63 proof. – recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin of The Intoxicologist

Ruby Twist – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

1-1/2 ounce Reposado Tequila

1-1/2 ounce Pomegranate Liqueur

3/4 ounce Premium Orange Liqueur

Thick Fresh Lemon Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Twist a fresh lemon rind over the cocktail so the essential oils spray into the drink. Drop lemon twist into the cocktail.

This little gem of a cocktail weighs in at about 48.63 proof {adding in approximately 1 ounce water dilution during the shake and chill process.} Please sip responsibly.

I used Cielo Tequila, PAMA Liqueur and Cointreau during the creation process.

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4 Champagne & Orange Juice Cocktails

A Buck’s Fizz by any other name is what most Americans know as a Mimosa. This Sunday brunch staple may well be the most commonly known Champagne cocktail. The Buck’s Fizz or Mimosa is a simply elegant cocktail which turns an ordinary breakfast into an invitation for leisurely conversation.

The Buck’s Fizz originated in 1921 with barman, Pat McGarry, the first bartender of the famous Buck’s Club in London. McGarry is also the recognized creator of the original Sidecar cocktail. Captain H. J. Buckmaster established the Buck’s Club in 1919. He wanted an American Cocktail Bar rather than the stuffy traditional gentlemen’s clubs in existence at the time. He must have hit upon something, because the Buck’s Club made its way into contemporary fiction writing and has hit Hollywood’s big screen.

With only two ingredients, Champagne and orange juice, the Buck’s Fizz is an easy preparation. A Buck’s Fizz is heavier on orange juice than the Mimosa version that followed a few short years later, making its appearance at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1925. Both are very similar, the difference being only in the ratios of Champagne to orange juice. If Champagne is not available or desired, sparkling wine or Prosecco may be used. Fresh orange juice is always a plus, but is not absolutely necessary to make either of these cocktails a winning combination.

PJ Mimosa copyright Cheri Loughlin

Buck’s Fizz

4 ounces Orange Juice

2 ounces Champagne

Pour chilled orange juice in chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with float of grenadine and maraschino cherry if desired.

Mimosa

2 ounces Orange Juice

4 ounces Champagne

Pour chilled orange juice in chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with float of grenadine and maraschino cherry if desired.

Barman Frank Meier or the Ritz Bar created an alternate version to the Mimosa calling it a Valencia.

Valencia

1 ounce Orange Juice

1/2 ounce Apricot Liqueur

5 ounces Champagne

Orange Spiral Garnish

Pour chilled orange juice and apricot liqueur in chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with orange spiral.

Yet another version of this ever popular cocktail is the French Mimosa using Grand Marnier. Cointreau or other Premium Orange Liqueur may be used as a substitute as well.

French Mimosa

1 ounce Orange Juice

1/2 ounce Premium Orange Liqueur

5 ounces Champagne

Orange Spiral Garnish

Orange Bitters – optional

Place chilled orange juice and orange liqueur in chilled champagne flute. Add orange bitters if desired. Top with champagne. Garnish with orange spiral.

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Create a Cocktail: Dubonnet Rouge, Cointreau & Kahlua

Dubonnet Rouge - Cointreau - Kahlua Especial 006 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

I recently posted a photograph of three spirits (Dubonnet Rouge, Cointreau and Kahlua Especial) to The Intoxicologist Facebook page to encourage a little cocktail creativity. The directive: What cocktail would you create using these three ingredients plus base spirit and / or mix-ins such as juices, syrups, etc.? The following three recipes were shared in response.

Thanks to all those who shared recipe ideas! I look forward to doing this again soon.

Grape Season – via Daniel Delgado Teran

1 ounce Kahlua (Coffee Liqueur)

1 ounce Cointreau (Premium Orange Liqueur)

1/4 ounce Dubonnet Rouge

1/4 ounce Hazelnut Liqueur

1/2 ounce Merlot Juice

Sea Salt Rim

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

Bloody & Bitter – via Justin Scappaticci

1/2 ounce Kahlua (Coffee Liqueur)

1-1/2 ounce Cointreau (Premium Orange Liqueur)

1/2 ounce Dubonnet Rouge

2 ounces Blood Orange Juice

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Club Soda

Justin didn’t give instructions on glass type, but due to the volume of this drink I would imagine the Bloody & Bitter should be built in highball glass over fresh ice.

Duke of York – via Steve Asmussen

Steve didn’t leave a name for his creative concoction, so I took the liberty of naming it. Steve, if you’re reading this and would like a name change for the cocktail, let me know.

2 ounces Kahlua (Coffee Liqueur)

1 ounce Dubonnet Rouge

1 ounce Cointreau (Premium Orange Liqueur)

4 ounce Peach Nectar

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice. ~ This makes an 8 ounce drink, so it might be advisable to cut the measurements in half. This makes the drink more manageable and you can take your time sipping without worrying about the bottom half of the drink becoming watery from ice melt.

What cocktail would you create using the spirits above?

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Review: Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon

Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon _DSC3962 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin81 Proof / 40.5% alcohol

Suggested Retail Price: $23 to $25 range / 750ml bottle

Wild Turkey 81 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Tasting Notes

Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon _DSC3953 photo copyright Cheri LoughlinColor: Dark side of gold with light reddish glow.

Aroma: Flat with usual bourbon notes of oak and wood. Slight dryness feel in the nose. Mild. No sweetness detected. Seems thin.

Tasted Neat: Quite a bit of burn naturally. Extremely light in field of sweetness. Warm. Thin. Falls a bit flat, non-descript. Vague orange peel.

Mouth Feel: Thin. Flavor and heat do not linger.

Comparable Spirit: Lower proof, drier rather than sweet mid range bourbons.

Possible Uses, Pairings and / or Cocktails:

Mixing bourbon or on the rocks pour for casual any day sort of use. Wild Turkey has many variations in its line. Experiment with the various levels to find one you like for how you use it.

Wild Turkey Rare Breed at 108.2 proof is one of my favorites for a bourbon based Bloody Mary. It adds just enough depth of flavor to compliment the cocktail rather than the usual brassiness a vodka Bloody Mary sometimes retains.Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon _DSC3954 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

The Black Demure – created by Franky Marshall, Clover Club – New YorkWild Turkey 81 Bourbon _DSC3966 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

2 ounces Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon

1/4 ounce Crème de Mure

1/4 ounce Cointreau

3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1/4 ounce Simple Syrup

Blackberry Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice. Garnish with blackberry.

Review sample provided by representatives of Campari AmericaCheri Loughlin Photography - Cocktail Development & Photography Services

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Betsy Ross

Flag 002 - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinYou’ll definitely want to flag this cocktail recipe for Independence Day celebrations.

Betsy Ross

2 ounces Brandy

1-1/2 ounce Tawny Port

1/2 teaspoon Cointreau

Place all ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Stir or shake according to preference until well chilled. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.Cheri Loughlin Photography - Cocktail Development & Photography Services

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