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Day 310, Cocktail 312

Ok boys and girls, let this be a lesson to you…do not let middle aged men drink and have access to bermuda shorts. 

With that said, Tuesday night I was again somewhat aimlessly wandering through the Ultimate Bar Book, looking for a cocktail for the evening.  A few pages after the not so special Barton’s Special I found Tuesday’s drink.  Thinking of Bermuda got me thinking of warm weather, summer and fun.  Yes, the pool is still buried under several feet of snow and ice, but it is March.  Spring training is under way and it won’t be long before the warm breezes reach us, the tiki torches are lit and we are on our way to summer fun.

In the meantime, the Bermuda Highball (and those guys in the funny shorts) will have to sustain me.

  Bermuda Highball

  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz brandy
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • ginger ale

Combine the gin, brandy and vermouth in a mixing glass with a few ice cubes and stir to mix.  Pour, ice and all, into a collins glass, fill with ice and top with the ginger ale.  Give a quick stir to mix.

A pretty tasty cocktail that is well balanced.  I used St. Remy brandy and Beefeater gin in this one and they both blended well with the vermouth.  There were hints of the vermouth that came through the ginger ale, with the gin and brandy playing nice supporting roles.

So breakout the shorts and get ready for summer!


Day 25, Cocktail 25

Spring has finally returned here, which means it won’t be long before the tiki torches are lit at the Patio Bar and Swim Club.  So what to pair with this great evening?  Well, I still had some ruby red grapefruit juice and an ample supply of rum.  Sounds like a good start, heh?  I also keep orgeat syrup around which is an essential for many tiki drinks.  Orgeat is an almond flavored syrup and works very well with rum and many tropical fruit flavors.  It’s very inexpensive and is available at most liquor stores. 

So, after thinking about what I could pull together, this is what I settled on.

  Tiki Sunset

  • 1 oz Mt. Gay silver rum
  • 1/2 oz St. James rum
  • 1/4 oz orgeat
  • 2 oz ruby red grapefruit juice

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Stir well to mix.  Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lemon twist.

The orange pink hue of this cocktail resembles a tropical sunset.  The orgeat softens the flavor of the St. James while the Mt. Gay provides a nice tropical base.  Light the torches and mix one up!