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End of the Summer Cocktail: Mint Summer Splash

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 11, 2019

For those of you who are concerned about the amount of sugar in your drinks and cocktails, Smirnoff has come up with this new line-up of flavours for your enjoyment, their new Zero Sugar Infusions. My understanding is that the new Smirnoff line-up is available throughout the US, and that the Infusions come in three new flavors: Cucumber & Lime, Watermelon & Mint and Strawberry & Rose.

The recipe I am sharing is for Smirnoff’s Watermelon & Mint Infusion. It’s a highball style libation called the Mint Summer Splash.

Mint Summer Splash

2 oz. Smirnoff Watermelon-Mint Zero Sugar Infusions
2 oz. Watermelon sparkling water
1 oz. bottled watermelon juice
1 oz. club soda
Ice
Mint leaves for garnish

Combine all the Ingredients in a highball glass and serve.

I assume that for a true sugar free libation, care must be used when selecting the sparkling water and club soda brands, but I will leave that up to you.

Stay tuned for my full review of Smirnoff’s Watermelon & Mint Infusion in the coming weeks.

And its good to be back writing again, this summer was fraught with distractions and difficulties which kept me away. Please forgive.

Chimo!

 

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August Cocktail: The Cantarito

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 4, 2019

The Cantarito is a tall mixed serving where Orange and Lemon juice are added to the Paloma’s mix of to the mix of Tequila, Lime, and Grapefruit soda making this a refreshing highball to enjoy on your back deck during warm sunny days (and evenings).

It is customary to use grapefruit soda to complete the serving, my current favourite is Q Grapefruit, but if you want a more authentic Mexican serving by all means use Squirt which is commonly found south of the US border.

The Cantarito

1 1/2 oz. Patron Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz. fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz. fresh Orange Juice
3/4 oz Sugar Syrup (1:1 Ratio)
4 ounces Grapefruit Soda (Q Grapefruit or Squirt)

Shake the first five ingredients with ice
Strain into a tumbler filled with ice.
Complete with grapefruit soda.
Enjoy Responsibly!

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

Chimo!

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July Cocktail: Leo Engle’s Rum Crusta

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 22, 2019

The Rum Crusta recipe I am sharing is based upon a variation of Joseph Santini’s classic cocktail, the Brandy Crusta (circa 1840). Santini was a celebrated bartender and caterer in New Orleans. Santini’s early Crusta recipe was almost certainly the inspiration for Leo Engels in 1878 when he published his recipe for the Rum Crusta (see Leo Engels, American and other Drinks, 1878). In this effort, I have tried to stay as close to the original 1878 formulation as possible.

Here is Leo Engle’s Rum Crusta mixed with the modern Flor de Cana 4 Aged Rum.

The Rum Crusta

2 oz Flor de Cana 4 Aged Rum
1/4 oz Orange Curacao
1/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Sugar Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 dash Maraschino Liqueur
Ice
Sugar (Optional)
Citrus Peel

Add the first seven ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until the sides frost
Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled cocktail glass
(In the older original recipe the cocktail glass was rimmed with sugar)
Garnish with a spiral citrus peel and if you follow the old recipe a lump of ice
Please Enjoy Responsibly!

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

Here is a link to my previously published review of the Flor de Cana 4 Aged Rum:

Review: Flor de Caña 4 (Añejo 0ro)

“… The Flor de Caña 4 is a light bodied column distilled rum which has a dry quality when it is sipped. There is a little bite of alcohol and some grassiness at the front of the delivery, followed by a light butterscotch sweetness, vanilla and almond. Fine wood spices and orange peel keep the mouth lightly heated …”

Please enjoy the review which concludes with two more serving suggestions, the Cuba Libre’ and the Railcar.

Chimo!

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July Cocktail: Juan Collins

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 14, 2019

This mixed drink is an agave take on the popular gin cocktail, the Tom Collins. The recipe is simple, Tequila, lemon juice, agave syrup, and soda. Because the Juan Collins is such a simple drink to mix, it is a favourite on back decks or Sunday afternoon barbecues.

Juan Collins

1 1/2 oz. El Jimador Silver Tequila
1 oz Lemon juice
1/2 oz Agave Nectar
Ice
2 oz. Sparkling Water or Club Soda
Lemon Wedge

Add Ice to a tall serving glass
Pour the tequila, lemon juice, and agave nectar into the glass
Top with club soda
Stir Gently
Garnish with a citrus wedge

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

Chimo!

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July Cocktail: The Trovador

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 9, 2019

Here is a recipe I constructed as part of my review of Jarnal de Berrio Mezcal. I originally dubbed the serving, the Pompadour (which of course is the extravagant hairstyle named for Madame de Pompadour, who was a mistress of King Louis XV of France); however, I decided to rename the libation when I became aware of a  completely different agricole rhum serving which shares the name.

Trovador, in case you are wondering, is a Spanish translation of the French word Toubadour. This implies my cocktail should cause you to burst into poetic songs of love. Make sure you have a suitable partner when you enjoy the libation.

Trovador

1 1/2 oz Mezcal Jarnal de Berrio
1/2 oz Bols Apricot Brandy
2/3 oz Lemon Juice
1/3 oz Sugar Syrup (1:1 ratio)
dash Fees Old Fashioned Cocktail Bitters
Ice
Orange peel for garnish (option)

Chill a cocktail glass
Add the ingredients into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into the chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with Orange Peel if desired

Enjoy Responsibly!

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

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