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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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Blue Hawaii

What Are You Drinking Button - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinIn a recent article I asked readers to participate in cocktail discussion about how cocktails are created, mixed, tweaked and served at home. Let’s face it, we all change recipes up a bit whether we’re talking about cooking or cocktails. The changes you make for easier mixing and better flavor just might be the tweak or tip someone else has been searching for. Read What Are You Drinking? and find out how to share your cocktail tips and ideas here.

One of Todd Swantek’s all-time favorite drinks is his version of the Blue Hawaii. Though some prefer rum in the drink, Todd prefers vodka only. The original Blue Hawaii calls for both. One less ingredient makes this drink one step quicker than the original.

Blue Hawaii - Todd Swantek 600Blue Hawaii – adapted by Todd Swantek

1 shot Vodka

1 shot Blue Curacao

Splash Sour Mix

Pineapple Juice

Place ice in tall glass. Pour ingredients over ice. Top with pineapple juice. Serve. Todd suggests a fun Tiki mug to make the Blue Hawaii more festive. Photo credit: Todd Swantek

“It was an evening favorite on St. Patty’s Day due to the green color.” ~ Todd Swantek

Why green rather than blue for Blue Hawaii? It all comes down to a matter of ratios within the mix where color is concerned. It also has to do with which sour mix you choose and how much color it has in it or if the sour mix you use is homemade.

Original Blue Hawaii is below for comparison purposes only. Try them both and decide how you would tweak this cocktail to make it your own.

Blue Hawaii

3/4 measure Rum

3/4 measure Vodka

1/2 measure Blue Curacao

3 measures Pineapple Juice

1 measure Sour Mix

Place liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with slice of pineapple. Don’t forget the umbrella. Alternative: Place liquids in blender with 12 ounces ice. Blend until completely smooth. Serve in hurricane glass or goblet. Garnish with umbrella.

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