Tuesday Tipple

So, been a while. I am a bit busy lately what with painting and all, but I have been practicing my mixology quite a bit.

Yes, some of it is sweet. Stop rolling y’all’s collective eyes at me.

Anyway, one drink I featured in the previous incarnation of the blog was made famous in Bangkok, at a place called appropriately enough, Aquatini. It’s a favorite drink of mine, and not too sweet, since no simple syrup is involved.

Aquatini

  • 1 part blue curaΓ§ao
  • 1 part citrus vodka
  • splash of sweet and sour mix

Pour all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Mix well, and strain into a cocktail glass. Depending on the amount of sweet and sour mix you add, you’ll have a color variation anywhere from sea blue, to sewage green. If you want to avoid the color variation, add Β½ part lemon juice and Β½ part simple syrup, more or less to taste.

Y’all know I had to bring in simple syrup somehow πŸ˜‰

Tuesday Tipple

Yesterday, I spent some time down the chasm that is Pinterest researching liquor infusions. As a result, my Pinterest home page looks like Foster Brooks’ Christmas list. I shouldn’t complain. It’s far more exciting than chalk paint and book folding pins.

Moving on, I did find some recipes worthy of posting, but today I wanted to highlight a classic. I love Amaretto. It has such a beautiful aroma and flavor, and love to use it in baking. Weirdly, I can’t abide almonds in their natural state. But use them in liqueur and I am all over that. Don’t judge me.

Amaretto Sour

  • 1Β½ oz. Amaretto
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • ΒΎ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Pour liquid ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well, and pour over ice. Garnish with the orange slice and cherry.

Some people use sweet and sour mix instead of fresh ingredients. I prefer to control the sweetness. And by that, y’all know I mean INCREASE it. I would say I am what I drink, but this is a sour πŸ˜‰

Tuesday Tipple

Welcome to the Drink of the Week. I’m not sure if this qualifies as a girlie drink. It’s pretty due to the addition of grenadine, but color isn’t the only qualifier for that. But since it was created in France during the American Prohibition, it’s a very gray area.

The Scofflaw

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 oz. dry vermouth
  • ΒΌ oz. lemon juice
  • Β½ oz. grenadine
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Pour ingredients into an shaker with ice. Shake well, and strain into a glass. I prefer to use fresh lemon juice, and Patron Citronge instead of orange bitters. And because I like sweet, I add just a wee bit of simple syrup. Either way, this is best enjoyed while watching a romantic movie, like The Revenant πŸ˜‰