Two new cocktails were created at the Twilight Lounge last Friday night. You’ll be welcome to have the first, the Pear Tequila, anytime that you come by. This was the first of the night and was inspired by my simple desire to play around with the Old Ballycastle Ginger and tequila. I have no idea what put that idea into my head, but it was there so I went with it.
The second drink of the night was the End Of The Line (pictured). I decided to use Kajmir, the vanilla flavored brandy – vodka blend. And why did I name it End Of The Line? Well, I’m almost out of Kajmir, and since it is no longer made, when its gone, its gone…of course, freeing up a space for a bottle of something else (hehe). So, I’ll get back to this in a minute, but first I want to go back to the Pear Tequila.
- 1-3/4 oz Cazadores tequila
- 1-1/2 oz Mathilde Poire liqueur
- 3/4 oz Old Ballycastle Ginger
- 1/8 oz bar syrup
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice cubes and stir to mix and chill. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist, if desired.
This turned out to be pretty good. The recipe above was the second iteration – I had too much tequila and not enough Mathilde and Old Ballycastle in the original attempt. It’s a multi-layered cocktail, with the pear and ginger flavors both subtly intertwined and complimenting the Cazadores nicely. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
With my first effort under my belt, I turned my attention to my nearly empty bottle of Kajmir. I really don’t know what led me to pull out … maybe it was just my desire to clear out a space for something new. Whatever the reason, as I sniffed the now open bottle I started thinking about what else could I pair with this to create a cocktail. I wanted to stick with the Old Ballycastle Ginger, but I’d need something else as well. I finally settled on orgeat as my third flavoring ingredient.
End Of The Line
- 2 oz Kajmir
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/4 oz Old Ballycastle Ginger
- 1/8 oz orgeat
Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice cubes and stir to mix and chill. Strain into a rocks glass with an ice ball. No garnish needed.
This is also a very nice cocktail…a hint of nuttiness from the orgeat, a bit of spice from the ginger and the smooth, slighty smokey vanilla of the Kajmir. I added the extra shot of vodka (I used Sobieski) to give this drink at list a little heft since the Kajmir is only 40 proof.
I’d ask you to try this one out as well, but unless your one of the three people in the world who still have a bottle, you’ll have a tough time finding it. Of course, if you get over to the Twilight Lounge soon, I still have enough for a couple more!