Cocktails of the Week : Blue Monday and Whiskey Sour


Still finding recipes where I can use my fancy Curaçao of Curaçao blue curaçao. It is usually pretty easy to find them - flip through the book and find a blue cocktail, or look up in the back under "Blue...".

    Blue Monday

  • 1 oz tequila (nothing fancy here, just Jose Cuervo)
  • 1 oz Drambuie
  • 1 oz blue curaçao
  • 3 oz lemonade

Shake the liquors over cracked ice, then strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with lemonade.

A disappointing effort. Plenty of different tastes, but nothing really worked together and it ended up tasting mostly like a weak lemonade, oddly enough. Can't say as we'll revisit this one.

    Whiskey Sour

  • 1.5 oz Scotch whiskey (we used Jack Daniels, actually)
  • 1 oz lemon juice (almost done with my frozen Meyer lemon juice:-()
  • .5 oz sugar syrup

Shake together over cracked ice. Pour into a tumbler with ice.

Whiskey SOur

This is one of those "classic" drinks with a million different recipes. My little black book, with a gazillion recipes made for the bar, has it simply 1 oz whiskey with sour mix - yech! Michael has a recipe with both lemons and limes. Even what glass to serve it in is controversial, from tumbler to chilled cocktail glass! This particular recipe worked okay, but I can't say as I was wild about it. I guess just not being wild about whiskey in general would explain a lot of that!

We did do a taste test on a couple of whiskeys I have here. Forced to pick a whiskey, I would go with Dewars White Label. That's what I use in my Rusty Nails, and it makes a great one. So we tasted it "neat", side by side with the Jack Daniels. The Dewars was definitely "smoother", but the JD would stand up better in a mixed drink, like the Sour.

Michael was going to make one for his girlfriend, who isn't much of a drinker. I told him they should watch Days of Wine and Roses before embarking down that trail! In the movie, executive Jack Lemon introduces secretary Lee Remick to booze via a Brandy Alexander. Things eventually turn into an alcoholic haze for them both, and only Lemon finally, and barely, pulls out of it. A dark tale of drink, but an excellent movie.

Jack Lemon: You remember how it really was? You and me and booze - a threesome. You and I were a couple of drunks on the sea of booze, and the boat sank. I got hold of something that kept me from going under, and I'm not going to let go of it. Not for you. Not for anyone. If you want to grab on, grab on. But there's just room for you and me - no threesome.

Then we finally got through the level we were playing on Serious Sam 2. It was a tough one, and Michael is a tough game master. He made us do it, and do it, and do it again until we got through it with only 2 lives, at the hardest level. We quit for the night after making it to the next level and watched another episode if Nowhere Man. Sorry to say, but it seems to be going nowhere for us. I'm not sure we'll even try another episode. This one had an interesting twist, where he was kidnapped to a city hidden away, populated by other "Disenfranchised" people like himself. But there was a dark secret that he uncovered. Weird, and ultimately unsatisfying.


As I was reading your post I saw

"Jack Lemon:" and my brain thought it was about to see a cocktail recipe.

After my brain figured out what was really going on it then said "Jack Lemon would be a good name for a cocktail".

And then my brain said "That's such a good name for a cocktail that there already must be one called that".

And then Google told me that there was indeed a cocktail called a Jack Lemon and it's recipe is:

Jack Daniels, Triple Sec, sour mix, Sierra Mist & a lemon wedge.

Which sounds OK but I think my "Jack Lemon" would probably be better.

Mmmm, a "Jack Lemon". Sounds like our whiskey sour, actually. Not sure I'd drink Sierra Mist, even with JD in it!

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