WoM – Week #1

Posted in Mixology at 10:49 by Kathleen

Here is a summary of Week of Mixology #1.

Since this blog was not created when I started the Week of Mixology project, I had to reconstruct the week based on my coarse notes. I hope to do a better job at recording my experiments starting with week #3.

The Week of Mixology #1 started on Sunday, 22 May 2011.

Blue Hawaiian

  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz blue curaçao
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz coconut cream
  • 1 cup crushed ice

  • Blend all and serve. Garnish with cherry, pineapple stick, paper umbrella.
  • Source: Mr. Boston, Official Bartender’s and Party Guide, 1994

As I mentioned in the previous post, it all started with a Blue Hawaiian. I made a double recipe and filled a nice large curvy glass. The drink looked great.   Good. Colourful. A double recipe fits in a Bubba Gump Pillsner glass. It is also a large fraction one blender.

Green Eyes

  • 3/4 oz Midori melon liqueur
  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1/2 oz Rose’s sweetened lime juice
  • 1/2 oz cream of coconut

  • Pour over crushed ice and stir or can be blended.
  • Source: DrinksFree iPhone App

I went for the blended version. I blended with 1 cup of ice. It fit nicely in one of my margarita glass. This cocktail is very nice indeed. Great taste, great colour.

Monkey La-La

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz kahlua
  • 4 oz half-and-half
  • 1 scoop ice-cream
  • 2 oz cream of coconut

  • Blend until smooth and frothy.
  • Source: www.webtender.com; Credits: Anthony’s Key Resort on Roatan, Honduras, C.A.

It’s a dessert really. Make sure the ice cream is really frozen hard and add it at the end to keep frozen as long as possible.

Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

In memory of all those happy Hikers who have died of pleasure in the Marshes of Fallia.

  • 1 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey
  • 1 oz peach schnapps
  • 4-6 oz orange juice
  • 1 splash blue curaçao liqueur

  • Shake the orange juice, the Jack and the peach schnapps in a shaker 3/4 full with ice cubes. When it’s chilled, strain into the highball glass and drizzle some of the blue curacao liqueur over the top of it. Add a citrus twist (and, bizzarrely, an olive if you’re a DNA purist), sit back and be prepared to have your brain smashed out by gold bricks, lemons and allsorts.
  • Source: www.drinksmixer.com; Credits: Ottawa nightclub named Zaphod Beeblebrox.

It just happened that on Wednesday of that week, it was the Hitch Hiker Guide to the Galaxy day. It was therefore clear that I had to mix a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. This particular recipe is nothing spectacular. Probably worth trying another recipe next time. I did not try add the citrus twist, and I did not dare adding an olive. Maybe that is the secret, but I am not sure I want to know. (An olive with those ingredients? Really?)

Midori Emerald Martini

  • 1 part Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 1 part SKYY Vodka
  • Splash fresh lime juice

  • Shake and pour into martini glass. Garnish with cherry.
  • Source: A little leaflet that came with the Midori bottle

Normal name but bright green! It’s tasty too. It is a keeper for sure! I had it as an aperitif before starting on the dinner preparation.

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Both the Daiquiri and the Alien Urine (next) were mixed on the Saturday. I skipped the Friday cocktail as I was way too tired. But a week of mixology must have seven cocktails, so I simply mixed two cocktails on Saturday.

I decided on a Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri because the strawberries had to go. A fair excuse I thought.

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz powdered sugar
  • 5-6 strawberries

  • Blend with 1 cup of ice. Serve in sugared-rim margarita glass. Decorate with strawberry.
  • Source: My variation on the www.artofdrink.com recipe.

I like that cocktail a lot. The second one was even better; I had a lot of strawberries to use. I sugared-rimed the glass and decorated with the strawberry, and all that jazz. A possible adjustment to the recipe would be to use extra-fine sugar instead of powdered sugar. Also, using simple syrup would help adjust the sweetness to anybody’s taste in a more controlled way.

Alien Urine

  • 1/2 oz Midori melon liqueur
  • 1/2 oz peach schnapps
  • 1 oz coconut rum
  • 1 part sweet and sour mix
  • 1 part orange juice

  • This drink is ideally made in a 16 ounce glass, but can also be made in a Collins glass. The drink is served on the rocks. Add the Midori, Malibo, and Schnaps. Add juices. Shake in a tin. Garnish with either two cherries or with a kiwi wheel.
  • Source: www.drinksmixer.com

I admit, the reason I picked this one is the name. Too bad the cocktail tastes very ordinary and not very exciting. Maybe homemade sweet and sour mix gives it life, but I only had the store-bought mix. Or maybe I did not interpret the “1 part” correctly relative to the liquors. I any case, I doubt that I will go back to this one any time soon.

In summary, the cocktails for the week of May 22, 2011:

  • Blue Hawaiian (Sunday)
  • Green Eyes (Monday)
  • Monkey La-La (Tuesday)
  • Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (Wednesday)
  • Midori Martini (Thursday)
  • Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri (Saturday)
  • Alien Urine (Saturday)

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