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Cocktail Hour: The Ice Wyrm

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 30, 2016

This recipe came about when I was choosing a suitable short cocktail for a particular Añejo tequila (shown below). I studied my previous cocktail creations and a cognac recipe of mine called the Medusa Coil caught my eye. That particular recipe is basically a sweetened Brandy Sour with added elements of Amaretto and bitters to give the serving extra dimensions of flavour. I thought to myself, I wonder if amaretto and tequila can share a harmonious coexistence?

Although this was a sour recipe, I wanted my chosen tequila (Dulce Vida Añejo Rocky Mountain) to shine through the bar drink so I decided to adjust the proportions of my agave based Medusa Coil by increasing the amount of Añejo Tequila and pairing back the Amaretto and the bitters both of which I felt might overpower the nuances of flavour in the Special Edition Dulce Vida. Things were not quite right until I also reined in the lemon and sugar as well.

The Dulce Vida Rocky Mountain Añejo Tequila was now the star of my cocktail. Do try this one, it tastes quite delicious.

Ice WyrmThe Ice Wyrm

2 oz Dulce Vida Rocky Mountain Añejo
1/8 oz Luxardo Amaretto
1/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 dash Fees Cocktail Bitters
1/8 oz Simple Syrup (1:1 ratio)
Lemon peel

Add the first five ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a coil of lemon peel
Add a small lump of ice to the center of the lemon coil

Please Enjoy Responsibly!

If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!


Originally, I was going to call my recipe, the Mexican Rattlesnake as my final recipe shared some characteristics with another bar drink called the Rattlesnake Cocktail. And, it did seem to me that the coil of lemon with the lump of ice in the middle (used as the garnish) sort of looked like a coiled up rattlesnake. However once I photographed my creation, I realized that no rattlesnake would ever survive our cold Edmonton winters. Then I remembered a fanciful creature that is said to haunt the ski slopes of our Canadian Rockies swallowing up those skiers who dare wander into the forbidden areas out of bounds, the Ice Wyrm. It seemed a more fitting name for the cocktail pictured upon my snowy back deck.

And please note, my review of the wonderful Dulce Vida Organic Rocky Mountain Añejo Tequila will publish tomorrow.


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