Posts Tagged ‘mixed drinks’

Cocktail Corner: Daiquiri

January 19, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s a story I’ve told many times, but I suppose it’s worth telling again; the reason why I decided to abstain from drinking rum for the past five years is because of a single instance in which a series of rum and Cokes one night nearly made me keep my promise of swearing off drinking for life. It was only recently that I bit the bullet and added a bottle of dark rum to my mini-bar. I now have a new appreciation for this tropical spirit though. It’s more versatile than I ever realized, certainly more so than tequila. There’s also a number of classic, history-filled drinks that use rum as its base. One of those drinks is the daiquiri, a cocktail that has interesting 100+ year old Caribbean origins.

The original daiquiri is really just a rum gimlet.


2 parts light rum
1/2 part lime juice
Dash of Simple Syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled martini or margarita glass.

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Cocktail Corner: Dry Martini

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

The martini is both one of the most popular cocktails of our time and also one of the least understood. There are a number of variations on the original martini (which interestingly enough was made with sweet vermouth), from fruity adaptations to briny vegetable concoctions. Today though, I’m going to talk about the currently more famous dry martini. The recipe that I’ve provided below is my personal take on the dry martini. Though some martini enthusiasts may be offended by my liberal use of vermouth, the truth is that a martini is not a martini without vermouth.

A crystal clear martini wading in the glass that bears its name.

Dry Martini

3 parts gin
1 part vermouth
In an ice filled shaker add gin and vermouth and stir. Strain the mixture into a martini glass. Garnish with olives and a lemon twist. For a dirty martini add a small bit of olive juice to the mixture.

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Cocktail Corner: Jack Rose

January 6, 2012 Leave a comment

My thriving fascination with mixing drinks is a fairly recent obsession. On a whim one day I purchased a cocktail shaker. Though my attentions were to create a classy mini-bar for my newly rented house, it ended up setting dormant in the cupboard for some time. That little black plastic shaker gave me an itch though. Knowing that it was setting, never before used, in my kitchen cabinet; I now had motivation to add more liquors and liqueurs to my collection, which at the time consisted of nothing more than a lonely bottle of Jameson. Soon my ambitious attitude turned into an obsession to have a mini-bar that was just as well stocked as any bar in town. Along the way, I purchased a unique cocktail recipe book and scoured the internet for interesting concoctions that I could mix for my wife, my house guests and myself. So now I’m going to use the Cocktail Corner section of this site to provide these recipes, and their back stories, to my thirsty readers.

Jack Rose

Everything you need to make the perfect Jack Rose

Jack Rose
2 parts applejack

1 part lime juice
1/2 part grenadine
Shake with ice and serve neat in a martini glass. Garnish with a cherry, a lime slice or even an apple slice.

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