Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cool And Friendly-Like

Lime & Orange To make a good drink you need good ingredients. Neon "maraschino" cherries are not a good ingredient. Either buy some Luxardo cherries or make your own brandied cherries. Though to be fair I haven't even followed my own advice, yet. I'm getting by with Twilight Cherries. Anyway, the neon ones are to be avoided.  I was once tempted by some stemmed blue cherries but they stayed on the shelf.  And then...

Whilst shopping with Cutes she spied a jar of green cherries.  I paid them no mind as I figured they were for baking. Then I noticed the stems.

"You should get these," she said. "They could be a blog topic."

"I don't know," said I.

Then I read the label. May contain pits? Lime flavoured? Made by Whytes?

Lime flavoured!?

Lime flavoured!?

Yes, Doug, onions lime flavoured!

So with coercion approval from the missus I bought a jar.  I expected them to smell like green popsicles and that is exactly what I was greeted with when I opened the jar. The taste was less acidic than an actual lime but still more like lime than, say, cherry. Eating one is a bit of a trip akin to eating a Dorito and tasting a cheeseburger thought nowhere near as awesome.

So what to do with these things? I dunno...

Friday, May 25, 2012

"Tantos años tardó en cruzar el mar..."

Sailing to Tortuga

Some time ago while perusing the Flickr group Exotic Cocktails and Tiki Mugs I came across Mr Bali Hai's Tortuga. It intrigued me. Unfortunatley once I set sail I was turned away by the acrid smoke of the lime zest cannons. Overzealous garnishing and my fault entirely I'm sure. Recently, bravely, I set sail again.

Under the convenient flag of the blood orange Captain Vermouth and First Mate Grenadine sail their three masted lime hulled ship. They are a worthy match to the guns of Bergeron and San Felipe. Unfortunately their vessel is ultimately sunk in the rough waters of the crushed ice sea, but they survive. An uneasy peace is achieved. Blood oranges and cocoa are consumed in hesitant celebration. But the Cpt remains on the qui vive for more guns.

Rather than the double 151 cannons and full ounce of vermouth of the Grog Log I went with the recipe from The CocktailDB. It went something like this:

0.5 oz orange juice
0.5 oz lime juice
0.5 oz Meyer lemon juice
0.75 oz (homemade)  Herbes de Provence Huckleberry Vermouth
1 oz Brugal 151
1 oz Trader Vic's Silver Rum
0.5 oz Meaghers Triple Sec
0.5 oz grenadine
0.5 oz Bols Creme de Cacao (white)

Shake with ice. Strain in to a candy dish of crushed ice. Garnish with a ship.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

That's Not A Gimlet

When I was young(er) a common source of refreshment was lime cordial topped with soda water.  This is as much a shorter grown-up version of that as it is a virgin gimlet. It's actually much better than I anticipated and makes me want to try the Mocktini found in The Complete book of Mixed Drinks. Another timeperhaps.

Mock Gimlet Mockimlet
0.5 oz lime cordial
2 oz tonic water
Stir with ice and  strain in to a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime flavoured cherry.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Juice A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

I found this one in The Complete book of Mixed Drinks.  There are several drinks in it calling for grapefuit, lime, and something. This one intrigued me most. The book calls for Lite-n-Low which I assume is the Aussie version of Sweet'N Low. I used stevia. Here's my adaption of the recipe.

Doctor's Orders
0.5 oz lime juice
2 oz grapefruit juice
1 sachet stevia
2 oz tonic water
Shake first 3 ingredients with ice. Strain in to a coupe. Top with tonic. Garnish with lime and straws.
Doctor's Orders


That's Not A Product Review: Wray & Nephew Rum Cream

Recently(ish) a bottle of rum cream came into my possession.  Straight from Jamaica even! The label proclaims it's made with genuine overproof white rum yet for some reason the product is brown. Hmmm. White rum + cream (assumedly white) = cafe au lait coloured product. What's that all about? Some sort of secret process by which alcohol is emulsified with cream (and stable at room temp and not requiring refrigeration) also necessitates added colour? Maybe. I'm not a food scientist. I'm not any kind of scientist for that matter.

Unlike some other products I've had that taste vaguely of alcohol and mostly of cream this is definitely made with rum. Even at 15% abv anyone else (with working olfactory senses) in the room you're in will know you're drinking rum!

So, when next someone you know goes to Jamaica and asks what (legal things) you'd like brought back as a souvenir you could do worse than to ask for Wray & Nephew Rum Cream.


Friday, May 18, 2012

A Definitive Mai Tai & A Simplified Zombie

While I appreciate comments on my blog as much as the next blogger it's a little disheartening when most of it is spam.  Sometimes it gets past the filters but it's still really spam. Here are two recent comments I've decided not to allow.  Instead i will present them here as found prose/poetry:

"Покупка автодома или каравана – серьезный вопрос. Как правило, стать владельцем собственного мобильного и удобного дома на колесах решают состоявшиеся люди. Много и тяжело работая, они уже сформировались, как сильные личности, сформировались и их представления об уровне быта, которого достойны они, их семьи и близкие люди. Наша задача – помочь реализовать возможность приобретения современного и комфортабельного автодома. Первое представление о модельном ряде даст каталог Hymer. Наши специалисты помогут подобрать Ваш индивидуальный вариант. С победой в сезоне празднуют REGINA и Antonio Cairoli который становится новым чемпионом мира в MX1! Cairoli заканчивает сезон в MX1 с титулом чемпиона мира, завоевав свой третий титул в карьере и стал самым молодым MX1-GP с номером ОДИН!. 6 апреля 2008 года в Голландии, в местечке Valkenswaard, был открыт чемпионат мира по мотокроссу. Это первый из пятнадцати этапов, которые нам предстоит посмотреть в 2008 году. В нем принимал участие наш"

Which Google-translates as: 
Buying a caravan or camper - a serious issue. As a rule, to take ownership of their ownmobile and comfortable home on wheels held the people decide. A lot of hard work, they have already formed, as a strong personality, have formed their perceptions about the level of everyday life, which they deserve, their families and loved ones. Our goal - to help realize the opportunity to purchase a modern and comfortable motorhomes. The first idea of ​​the model number of the directory will Hymer. Our experts will help you choose your individual choice. With the victory of the season and celebrate REGINAAntonio Cairoli who becomes the new world champion in the MX1! Cairoli finished the season in MX1 with the title of world champion, winning his third title in his career and became the youngest MX1-GP with the number ONE!. April 6, 2008 in Holland, in the town of Valkenswaard, was opened on the World Championship Motocross. This is the first of the fifteen steps that we will see in 2008. It involved our 

A definitive 

Mai Tai and Simplified 
 is really a really 
useful resource thanks so much! 
Today is virtuous indisposed, isn't it?