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The Twilight Lounge – August 6, 2012

Ok, so I don’t really have a golden stingray – at least not the kind with four wheels and a bowtie on the grille. But I did recently find an interesting cocktail by that name.

I’ve recently decided to slim down the number of different liqueurs that I have at the Twilight Lounge (33 or 34 at last count) and have been using up the items I’m not planning on stocking anymore. One of those items is my bottle of Galliano. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but I have several other anisette flavored liqueurs, and outside of Harvey Wallbangers, I haven’t found much to do with it (ok, so there are two cocktails I made with it during my 365 day journey, the Powerhouse and the Salt Lake Special).

So, I dialed up the CoctailDB and searched under Galliano and found the Golden Stingray. As has happened before, my initial reaction was no way this tastes good, but I figured what the heck and gave it a whirl.

Golden Stingray

  • 1 oz quality bourbon
  • 3/4 oz Galliano
  • soda water

Fill a rocks glass with ice and add with the bourbon and Galliano. Top with soda water, stir and serve.

I have to confess that the recipe I found on CocktailDB did not include the soda. I added that to cut the sweetness of the Galliano and make it a more refreshing summer sipper (it has been awfully hot this summer!). The primary flavor is the sweet anisette of the Galliano, but it is tempered by the bourbon (I’ve used both Maker’s Mark and Four Roses Small Batch).

A pleasant enough drink, but not enough to get me to continue stocking Galliano at the Twilight Lounge. So if you want one, you better get here soon!


Did This Confuse Me?

Day 161, Cocktail 156

Last Sunday I was at Ivee’s to watch the Browns – Ravens game.  As usual, I watched a Browns lead slip away as they turned a win into a loss.  I guess I’ve grown used to it, but still, having a lead in the second half against the hated Ravens and then watch it slip away was painful.

As I was watching the game I began with a Bloody Mary.  However, during the second half I wanted to switch to something else.  Typically I drink bourbon and cola at Ivee’s, but I saw another patron order a vodka cranberry and I thought that sounded good.  So when Terry came over to ask what I’d like next I promptly ordered a vodka rum…and then realized that didn’t make sense as Terry stood there with a startled look on her face.  Uh, make that a vodka bourbon I spit out…what!?!  Oh boy, this was getting worse by the moment…uh, how about a vodka cranberry I finally managed to croak out.  Terry was looking at me like I had horns growing out of my head and laughing the whole time she made my drink.  In fact, she was still giving me a hard time about it last night!

While Terry thought it was bizzare to have vodka and rum together, I knew that it wasn’t as strange as it sounded.  So a little research on the CocktailDB revealed a number of likely candidates.  The Powerhouse looked interesting, so that’s what I tried this afternoon after spending a couple of hours scraping carpet pad up off the floor of the Twilight Lounge.


  • 1 oz Galliano
  • 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz 151 rum
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz bar syrup
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1/8 oz grenadine

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with 4-5 ice cubes.  Shake to combine and chill.  Strain into a collins glass filled with cracked or crushed ice.

This is a tasty drink, but it seems just a tad disjointed.  The Galliano clashes a bit with the orange juice and there’s a general lack of harmony.  Perhaps a dash of Agnosturo would help pull this together, but that is an experiment for another day.

Tonight we are visiting a new (to us) Mexican restaurant with friends.  While that probably won’t yield any new cocktail opportunities, we are hoping to land at Foundation afterwards and that will yield a new cocktail opportunity!  Stay tuned…


Look ma, no hands!

Day 64, Cocktail 60

My exploration of grapefruit juice continues today (hey, it’s a 64 oz bottle!) with a cocktail called the Salt Lake Special.  Your guess is as good as mine as far as where the name for this drink came from.  Thankfully, it does taste much better than Salt Lake does!

This drink features Galliano.  I’ve worked a bit with Galliano in the past.  However, it is one of those bottles that once purchased seems to be around for a long time.  An herbal liqueur that has been around since 1896, it is named in honor of Guiseppe Galliano, a hero of the first Italian – Ethiopian war (really?).  Anise is the predominant flavor in Galliano, but it is softened by vanilla, ginger and citrus flavors.  It is an 84.6 proof spirit, putting it up there for a liqueur.

  Salt Lake Special

  • 3/4 oz Galliano
  • 3/4 oz gin
  • 2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 dash Agnosturo bitters
  • lemon lime soda

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with 4-5 ice cubes.  Shake to mix.  Strain into a collins glass over filled 3/4 with ice cubes.  Top with lemon lime soda.

At first I felt that the Galliano was a bit overpowering for this.  But, as the ice has melted down it has smoothed out the rich anise flavor and helped bring the grapefruit back into play.  On the whole, this has been a nice, refreshing cocktail.  It has hit the spot after cutting the grass tonight and would be a good dinner pairing with a spicy, summer dish.