I received a bunch of cool cocktail books from Santa this year, so I was anxious to try out a few new recipes. My favorite new book so far is New Classic Cocktails by Allan Gage. Within the glossy pages are beautiful photos and recipes for 80 "classic" cocktails, each combined with one that has a slight (or big!) twist on the classic recipe. Very nice book, with great pictures and interesting recipes, along with flaps on the inside of the covers to hold the book flat.
First up was the remix for the classic Egg Nog:
- 1 oz brandy (I used a pretty cheap brand, E&J Brandy)
- 1 oz golden rum (in this case, Sea Wynde)
- 1/2 oz banana liqueur (basic Leroux)
- 1 egg
- 1 oz light cream
- 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
Put everything into a shaker with crushed ice and shake well. And then shake some more. And then a little bit more for good measure, to get a good froth worked up. Pour it into a red wine or brandy goblet and decorate with a couple of banana slices.
Well, this didn't work out very well, for any number of reasons. The brandy isn't that good, I forgot how much I disliked this rum, I used pieces of frozen banana which didn't add enough flavor, and I couldn't find the banana liqueur I was looking for (99 Bananas), so I had to settle for a low tier brand name. All in all, it wasn't that good, although there was enough potential in the taste that I still would like to try it again.
Then we went for something completely different. This on is actually the "classic" cocktail part. The twist to this recipe was to use kiwi schnapps. Not sure I've ever seen that in any of my local liquor stores.
- 1 1/2 oz Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey
- 1 oz Cointreau
- 1 oz lemon juice
- lemonade to top up
Put the JD, Cointreau and lemon juice in a shaker with crushed ice and shake well. Pour into a nice tall highball glass filled with ice cubes. Top with lemonade and decorate with lemon slices.
This one worked quite a bit better. It sure went down smoothly. It promises to be a great summer time, late afternoon drink this summer! I especially like the Wild Oats organic lemonade. It's a great lemonade. Another good one is the Paul Newman brand.
We brought our Lynchburg Lemonade down to the computers and made it through another level of Serious Sam 2, although I was then, and am still, feeling quite a bit under the weather. Rotten head cold that will neither get worse nor get better. And we watched episode 4 from season 3 of the Sopranos. Some pretty wild goings on these days!
And as a bonus, I'll throw in a cocktail that I made last night. I was anxious to give this one a try, as it was a very good looking riff on one of my favorite classic cocktails, The Sidecar, and called for one of my favorite rums, Capt. Morgan Spiced Rum.
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
- 1 oz brandy (this time I used a much better brand, Hennessy Cognac)
- 1 oz Cointreau
Put everything into your cocktail shaker with crushed ice and shake well. Strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice and decorate with orange twists.
Now this worked out pretty darn well. It takes the basic ingredients of the Sidecar and adds Captain Morgan, which isn't a bad thing at all. I used Meyer Lemon Juice from a cool bottle of it I got from Santa. I'm still looking for fresh Meyer lemons, but this will do for now. I also put it into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with Lemon Drop Rimmer (what a smart Santa!), which worked out pretty well, I thought.