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Day 125, Cocktails 122 & 123

Kind, gentle grandfather or ruthless killer?  Or both?  Or just a great actor? 

Whatever Don Vito Corleone was I love watching the Godfather movies, especially the original.  From start to finish there’s not a slow moment and even though I’ve seen it a hundred times the tension leading to Sonny’s death, Michael’s assination of the police chief and competing mob boss or the attempt on Don Corleone’s life while he’s in the hospital is always there.

When Gwen and I watch the Godfather we like to have a cocktail or two (that is, if we are not already into a bottle of Chianti or a Tuscan red).  What is better for watching the Marlon Brando and company better than these two drinks?

  The Godfather

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark bourbon
  • 1 oz amaretto

Combine the bourbon and amaretto in a shaker with 4-5 ice cubes.  Shake, shake, shake to combine and chill.  Pour into a rocks glass filled with ice.  Garnish is optional, but if you want one I prefer a lemon or orange twist.

The Godmother

  • 2 oz Chopin vodka
  • 1 oz amaretto

Combine the vodka and amaretto in a shaker with 4-5 ice cubes.  Shake, shake, shake to combine and chill.  Pour into a rocks glass filled with ice.  Garnish is optional, but if you want one I prefer a lemon or orange twist.

Ok, one guess as to which one I drink and which one Gwen drinks!  Yeah, I thought you’d be stumped.  I like both of these, but the bourbon Godfather version is just a bit more boozy and to my taste since the flavor of the bourbon stands up to and blends with the amaretto.  The Godmother has an overall sweeter and nuttier flavor since the vodka provides a base but doesn’t really have any flavor of its own to add to the drink.

Fire up the DVD player, put in your favorite Godfather movie and mix up a couple of these.  Let me know how it turns out!

Cheers!