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Day 12, Cocktail 12

The mariachi bands have stopped playing, the sombrero has been packed away for another year (or until the next hat party at the Twilight Lounge).  So just how did it go yesterday?  Actually, pretty mellow.  Mark Stoffel and I ended up at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge (a shock, I know) to sample some of their Cinco inspired offerings.  After a couple of good, but not spectacular tequila based drinks I tried the Sophia Loren.  I know, I know, it doesn’t sound like a Mexican drink, but it features mezcal, the very close cousin to tequila (mezcal is made from the maguey plant while tequila is from the agave plant).  This cocktail was very reminiscent of some of the older, craft cocktails I’ve had such as the Aviation.  The smokiness inherent in the mezcal came through and was wonderfully compliment to the brandy that is the base of this drink.  While I don’t have mezcal at the Twilight Lounge (one of the few liquors I don’t have), I will have to get a bottle and try this at home.

Sophia Loren wants you to try one at Bryant's!


In the meantime, I’ll just have to visit Bryant’s again…

The Sophia Loren

  • 2oz brandy
  • 1 oz cherry heering
  • 1/2 oz mezcal
  • 2 dashes Angosturo bitters


Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice to chill.  Serve in a coupe, garnished with a flamed orange peel.

Now all you have to do is pop your favorite Sophia Loren movie into the DVD player, put your favorite smoking jacket on and enjoy!



Day 11, Cocktail 11

Of course I’m going to lay my margarita recipe on you…what else would I post on Cinco de Mayo?

Traditional Margaritas (hey, that's my sombrero!)

I learned how to make this tasty, original and authentic recipe at the 1812 bar located in the Radisson Hotel in Monterrey.  I was amazed when I watched the bartender make it – no syrup, no crushed ice, no salted rim.  Just a clean, crisp cocktail that enhances the flavor of the tequila and is a joy to enjoy!

  The Margarita

  • 1 oz Cazadores tequila
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz lime juice


Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake till you can’t shake anymore and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.  Enjoy it with some grilled shrimp and mango salso like we did for dinner tonight.  Happy Cinco de Mayo!


Day Ten, Cocktail Ten

Ahhh, Cinco de Mayo is nearly upon us!  Another great opportunity to drink, this time tequila!  I still vividly remember my first Cinco de Mayo in Monterrey, Mexico.  I was there on business and began asking my associates several days before the 5th how they would be celebrating.  I assumed, as most Americans do, that it was the Mexican equivalent to our Fourth of July.  Boy, was I wrong!  I recieved a number of quizzical looks until I explained that in the States there were Cinco de Mayo parties to celebrate.  As far as my hosts were concerned it was May 5th.  So, just like St. Paddy’s day, Cinco de Mayo is just an American excuse to drink (as if we need another excuse to drink!).

Whew!  Well, I’m still in the mood to get ready for tomorrow with a tequila drink tonight.  Here’s one I found in The Cocktail Bible:

  Blues In The Night

  • 1-1/2 oz tequila (I used Cazadores)
  • 1/2 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 oz blue Curacao
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • lemon lime soda


Add the tequila, Luxardo, blue Curacao and lemon juice to a shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously until your shaker is frosted over. Pour over ice in a rocks glass and top with the soda. Garnish with a lemon peel.

I have to admit that I’ve not dabbled much with tequila. I have used the blue Curacao before to create blue martini style drinks. I am also just starting to explore with the Luxardo. Admitedly, it is somewhat of an acquired taste, but it is growing on me. Bottom line on this one is that I did enjoy it and it will become part of the reportaire going forward.