Friday, July 29, 2011

It’s Friday! Aurora Borealis, Salty Puppy, Buttafuoco, it’s all in the name! Happy Friday!

George IV statue at Trafalgar Square London, UK

I wanted to do a post  about different types of cocktails and not a single main ingredient.  I thought that cocktails with fun names would enhance our drinking experience, it would definitely give us something to talk about while serving !.

Let's start with a cocktail which has an interesting story along with an interesting name.....
Mrs. Fitzherbert
Mrs. Fitzherbert was secretly married Prince of Wales, later George IV (b1762- 1830). Because she was a commoner, a widow (twice), six years his elder, a Catholic and  his father George III had not blessed the union, the prince was forced to divorce her and marry a wealthy Protestant princess instead ( Caroline of Brunswick, turned out to be a very unhappy union). For all of  the complications and pain Miss Fitzherbert endured, this cocktail by contrast is a very simple.

1 measure White Port

1 measure cherry brandy

Pour the white port and cherry brandy over ice cubes in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


2 measure white tequila

½ measure Galliano

½ measure cherry brandy

½ measure lemon juice

Cracked ice

Club soda

Cocktail cherry

Shake the tequila, Galliano, cherry brandy and lemon juice vigorously over the ice cubes until well frosted. Half fill a highball glass with cracked ice and strain the cocktail over it. Fill with the club soda and dress with the cocktail cherry.

Salty Puppy (no alcohol)

Granulated sugar

Coarse salt

Wedge of lime

Cracked ice

½ measure lime juice

Grapefruit juice

Mix equal amounts of the sugar and salt together on a saucer. Rub the rim of a chilled highball glass with a wedge of lime and dip it into the sugar and salt mixture to frost it. Fill the glass with cracked ice and add the lime juice. Fill with grapefruit juice

Slow Comfortable Screw

2 measures slow gin

Orange juice (only fresh squeezed)

Orange slice

Shake the sloe gin and orange juice with the cracked ice until well frosted and pour into a chilled highball glass. Decorate with a slice of orange.


Cracked ice

2 measures white tequila

Ginger ale

Lime or lemon slice

Half fill a chilled highball glass with cracked ice. Add the tequila and fill with ginger ale. Stir gently and dress with a slice of lime or lemon.

Old Havana
Courtesy istockphotos.

Amigos Pina Colada- the difference is the dark rum and cream

Serves 4

10 to 12 ice cubes, crushed

1 cup rum

11/4 cups pineapple juice

5 measures coconut cream

2 measures dark rum

2 measures light cream

Pineapple wedges

Cocktail cherries

Mix the crushed ice in a blender with the run, pineapple juice, coconut cream, dark rum and cream. Blend until smooth. Pour without straining into chilled lowball of hurricane glasses and decorate with pineapple wedges and cherries.

Mule’s Hind Leg

½ measure apricot brandy

½ measure applejack

½ measure Benedictine

½ measure gin

½ measure maple syrup

Vigorously shake the apricot brandy, applejack, Benedictine, gin and maple syrup over ice cubes until well frosted. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Harvey Wallbanger

3 measures vodka

8 measures orange juice

2 teaspoons Galliano


Orange slice

Half fill a highball glass with ice cubes, pour the vodka and orange over the ice and float the Galliano on top. Garnish with the cherry and slice of orange. For a warming variant, mix a splash of ginger wine with the vodka and orange.

Cordless Screwdriver

2 measures vodka chilled

Orange wedge

Superfine sugar

Pour the chilled vodka into a shot glass. Dip a wedge of orange into the superfine sugar. Down the vodka in one gulp and suck on the orange.

Tiger by the Tail

2 measures Pernod

4 measures orange juice

¼ teaspoon triple sec

Crushed ice

Twist of lime peel

Blend the Pernod, orange juice and triple sec with the crushed ice until smooth. Pour into a chilled wine glass and dress with the twist of lime peel.

Adam “N” Eve…. The base is sharp and stringent; the top is sweet and frothy, brilliant but super strong.

2 measures triple sec

1 measure vodka

1 measure grapefruit juice

1 measure cranberry juice

5-6 cubes pineapple

2 teaspoons superfine sugar

2 tablespoons crushed ice

Strawberry slice

Shake the triple sec, vodka, grapefruit juice and cranberry juice over ice cubes until well frosted and strain the mixture into a chilled highball glass. In a blender, mix the pineapple with the sugar and the crushed ice until you have a frothy slush. Float this gently on top of the cocktail and dress it with slice of strawberry.

Adam and Eve a scene from the Bible. Engraving from 1870 by Gustave Dore
Courtesy of Istockphotos.

Have a Fantastic Weekend!

Please remember to drink responsibly!

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