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Day 201, Cocktails 196 & 197

If you are a regular reader then you know the Friday night is martini night at the Twilight Lounge.  Since starting this whacko journey of 365 cocktails in 365 days it’s hard to limit myself to my traditional martini on Fridays.  However, I can and do imbibe in a martini style cocktail (or two, as was the case this past Friday).

I cracked open Sally Ann Berk’s “The Martini Book” and started perusing.  This is the first one that caught my eye.

  Boardwalk

  • 3 oz vodka
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 bar spoon maraschino liqueur
  • 2 bar spoons lemon juice

Combine the ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake, shake, shake to chill and mix.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

This worked out well, particularly since we were watching James Bond flicks on the DVR (Thunderball, to be exact).  I used Smirnoff vodka and Luxardo’s Maraschino Liqueur.  Just a hint of the maraschino comes through and balances out the vermouth very nicely.  I definately recommend this one. 

Since we were watching James Bond, one is just not enough.  Back to “The Martini Book” and this lovely offering.

  Bronx Terrace Cocktail

  • 3 oz gin
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz dry vermouth

Combine the ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake, shake, shake to chill and mix.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime twist. 

The recipe in the book called for a maraschino cherry for the garnish.  Perhaps if I had a real maraschino cherry that had been soaked in vodka I might have, but I couldn’t see the sweet, red cherries sitting in my fridge sitting in this drink.  For the gin I used Bombay.  This one is different.  Because of the lime juice, it’s almost like drinking a margarita, just, well, different.  I might try this one again, but I won’t be in any hurry.

By the time we finished the second drink Bond was in a life raft with Domino…lucky him!

Cheers!

Day 177, Cocktails 171 & 172

Oh what a happy day it was when the new Woodmen’s store near us opened up!  Among the many wonders is the very large selection of Asian foods.  It is the best selection you can find around here without going to an Asian market.  So what, you ask?  Well, in addition to the pork and leek dumplings for dinner tonight it was the lychee juice that I was able to purchase there that has me excited.  I”ve been itching to work with lychee flavors in cocktails ever since having the Springtime cocktail at Bryant’s way back in the beginning of June. 

So with my can of lychee juice in hand, it was time to see what I could do.  My first effort was actually a nonalcoholic cocktail for daughter number 2.  She enjoys the tart, lemon juice based concoctions that I create for her and she loves lychee.  Here’s what I put together for her.

  LuLu

  • 2 oz lychee juice
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz grenadine
  • seltzer water

Combine the ingredients, except the seltzer water, in a pint glass.  Stir and then fill the glass with ice and top with the seltzer water.  Garnish with a lemon wedge or slice.

This is a nice, slightly sweet, lychee flavored cooler that would be great for sipping poolside or with an Asian meal.  The great thing about this is that it is not overly sweet, so sipping on one for the afternoon won’t leave you with that syrupy flavor in your mouth!

With Lulu satisfied, it was time to take care of Gwen and me.  I figured that the same flavors (or thereabouts) should work well for an adult cocktail as well.  Thus, the Lucky Fortune was born.

  Lucky Fortune

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz lychee juice
  • 3/8 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz grenadine

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

Hmm, hmm good is all I can say.  The lychee really pops in this, while the lemon juice keeps it from being overly sweet.  The vodka (Smirnoff, in this case) is there, but is really just the backbone while the grenadine provides a subtle layer of flavor.  I could drink this all night and be very be very lucky indeed!

With the Lucky Fortune under my belt and me writing about it I started to think about what other flavors would work with the lychee.  Ginger came to mind, being one of those quintessential Asian flavors.  So back to the bar it was.  It took a couple of tries to get the balance right (good thing Gwen was here to drink the samples) and this is what I settled on.

  Lucky Ginger

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz lychee juice
  • 1/2 oz Domaine de Canton
  • 3/8 oz lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel.  If you’re feeling adventurous, use pickled ginger or even a water chestnut for garnish instead of the lemon peel!

Well, there you have it, a very satisfying night of lychee inspired cocktails.  I’ve still got a little left, so we’ll see what I come up with tomorrow.  Until then….

Cheers!

Euphoria!

 

Day 162, Cocktail 159 

Back at Ivee’s today for more Brown’s football and finally able to celebrate a win!  While I didn’t ask Terry for a vodka rum today, I did mix up another one to go with dinner.  I guess between the tiki drinks last night and the Brown’s win today I was ready to go for it! 

This recipe comes from the CocktailDB.  Where the name Blue Mountain comes from I have been unable to discern, but I’m sure there’s a story there somewhere – if you know it, please let me know! 

Blue Mountain 

  • 1-1/2 oz dark rum
  • 3/4 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz orange juice

Combine the ingredients in a coktail shaker with ice.  Shake, shake, shake to chill and mix.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

I used Appleton Estate Reserve rum and Smirnoff vodka in this drink.  This is a very good, slighlty sweet cocktail, that is perfect for a crisp fall day.  The coffee flavors of the Kahlua blend exceptionally well with the Appleton rum to create a slighty nutty flavor profile.  I’ll happily drink this cockatil again. 

Cheers!

Day 141, Cocktail 140

I’ve been thinking of remodeling the Twilight Lounge and this is one of my concepts … what do you think?

Seriously, Gwen and I ended up on our own for dinner last night so of course this called for a cocktail from the Twilight Lounge.  Being over my run of peppermint schnapps I decided that we needed something refreshing.  What better choice than Ty Ku with its superfruits?

I guess Ty Ku, which you’ve seen on here before, is too new because my two usual interet sources, the CocktailDB and Drinks Mixer didn’t have anything using Ty Ku.  So I went to the Ty Ku web page to find a drink and found this.

  Hello Kitty

  • 2 oz Ty Ku
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/8 oz lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with 4-5 ice cubes.  Shake, shake, shake to mix and chill.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist or peel, if desired.

I used Smirnoff for the vodka, which is a decent, value vodka.  With the flavor of the Ty Ku being dominant and the vodka just providing a platform for it I don’t see a need to use a super premium vodka in this drink – you won’t be able to taste the difference.  This ends up as a light, Ty Ku flavored cocktail with the melon and other asian flavors coming through.  Now, about that name…

Cheers!