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Day 236, Cocktails 236 & 236

Mark and Sue invited me over on Friday night to watch “Control”, the 2007 bio pic of Ian Curtis, the lead singer and soul Joy Division.  As with so many others, Curtis’ flame burned hot but for not nearly long enough as he took his own life at the age of 23.  From the embers of Joy Division emerged New Order and Joy Division is still influencing bands today.  As I go back and listen to some of their tracks the raw energy and emotion that Curtis puts into his singing is unbelievable.

A benefit of watching the movie with Mark and Sue was a couple of new cocktails from Mark.  Both of these were his recipes and both were delicious.  The first was called the Mark Tai and his take on a Mai Tai.  It consisted of light rum, Cruzan Black Strap rum, lime juice, pineapple juice, triple sec and bar syrup.  This was a tasty cocktail that Mark has come up with.  Not as rum intesive as the Mai Tai’s I make using the Trader Vic recipe, but very good.

The second was Mark’s version of the Hemingway daiquiri.  He used light rum, Campari, lime juice, bar syrup and maraschino liqueur.  Basically he uses the Campari to replace the grapefruit juice.  The result was outstanding.  Just enough of the maraschino flavor that I love in a cocktail and the Campari adds a nice touch of bitter, very similar to what grapefruit juice would do.  Another outstanding effort by Mark.


Now that's 1-1/2 oz rum, 1/2 oz maraschino...

Day 42, Cocktails 36 and 37

So I’m trying to figure out how to use up the left over limes and grapefruit juice I have in the Twilight Lounge.  A quick internet search and I stumble into this little gem called the Hemingway Daiquiri.  This cocktail is reputed to have come about while Ernest Hemingway was frequenting the La Floridita bar in Havana, a hot spot for daiquiris.  Hemingway, known for his drinking, didn’t like sweet drinks and convinced the head bartender of La Floridita, Constante Ribalaigua, to mix a daiquiri for him that used maraschino liqueur rather than simple syrup.  The result is now commonly known as the Hemingway Daiquiri and was thoroughly enjoyed by yours truly.

  Hemingway Daiquiri

  • 1-1/2 oz light rum
  • 1/2 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice cubes.  Shake to mix and chill.  Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime twist.

The maraschino and grapefruit give a great twist to the classic daiquiri.  Thank you Mr. Hemingway!

Part two tonight is actually from last Saturday’s gathering.  The credit for this one goes to Mark Stoffel who was using the fresh lemon mint he had picked up at the local farmer’s market that morning.  Just like food, great drinks come from fresh ingredients!

  Pimm’s Mint

  • 1-1/2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Pimms No. 1
  • 1/2 oz Heering Cherry liqueur
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Agnosturo bitters
  • 5-6 lemon mint (or regular mint) leaves

Muddle the mint leaves with the lemon juice, Pimms, Heering and simple syrup in a shaker glass.  Add the rye, Agnosturo and ice and shake to mix and chill.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with mint leaves.

This tasty number works quite well as the bitters pull together the Pimms, Heering and rye while the lemon provides some balance.  The aromatics from the mint top this off like a cherry on a sundae!  Great job Mark!