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Cocktail Hour: Metro Mexico

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 25, 2016

Metro Mex SAM_2605I am asked by my friends how it is that I can create so many cocktails for them to enjoy when they attend my private tastings. The answer is simple, I stand on the shoulders of the giants who came before me. (Yes, that is an homage to a Stephen Hawkins reference for those who are astute enough to recognize it). What I mean by standing on the shoulders of giants, is that many of my ‘original’ recipes are built upon the platform of other well-known bar drinks and cocktails. These ‘classic’ cocktails have stood the test of time, and by building upon them, I can arrive at new creations many of which I share here.

One of the modern classic cocktails I love to work with is the Cosmopolitan which mixes Vodka and Orange Liqueur with Cranberry and Lime juices. It is an excellent serving which never fails to please my friends when we have our Vodka Tastings. A few years ago, I came upon the idea of tweaking the Cosmopolitan using Tequila as its base rather than Vodka. I called this new recipe of mine, Metro Mexico, and I discovered it worked very well with both Blanco and Reposado Tequila.  A few weeks ago when I was introduced to the Ultra Premium Herencia Historico Tequila – 27 de Mayo 1997 Cristalino Extra Anejo Tequila (see note below), I knew that I had to mix at least one Metro Mexico with this commemorative spirit.

I am glad I did.

Metro Mexico

2 ounces Herencia Historico Tequila 27 de Mayo 1997 Cristalino
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce Cranberry Juice
1/2 ounce Lime Juice
Tsp of  Sugar Syrup (1:1 ratio)

Add the first six 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 lime slice

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!

Note: Herencia Historico Tequila 27 de Mayo 1997 was created by Tequilas del Senor to commemorate the recognition of the domination of origin, TEQUILA which was signed in Brussels Belgium, on May 27, 1997. Three expressions commemorate this historical event, the Extra Anejo 15 Anos, the Extra Anejo 5 Anos, and the Extra Anejo 5 Anos Cristalino. All of these expressions are 100 % Agave tequilas which have been aged in oak casks imported from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. The Cristalino is aged for 5 years and is then triple filtered to produce an almost clear spirit which is bottled at 35 % alcohol by volume. My review for this commemorative spirit will publish tomorrow.

Chimo!

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Cocktail Hour: Nocturnal

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 19, 2016

Nocturnal SAM_2592Today’s libation is mixed drink that pairs a robust rum (Noxx and Dun 2-4-5) with a sweet coffee liqueur (Kahlua). I stumbled upon this flavour combination when I was checking out the cocktail selections on the Bacardi Rum website. Their version of the cocktail (called Noctuno) is a little different from my final version as I changed the ratio of rum to coffee liqueur from 2:1 to 3:1 which gives the rum in the serving more expression. I also added a touch of lemon juice to provide a very small counterbalance of tart flavour to play against the sweetness of the Kahlua.

The Nocturnal (as I call my version of the mixed drink) is excellent as an after dinner drink to enjoy while entertaining friends and family.

Nocturnal

2 oz  Noxx & Dunn 2-4-5 Rum
3/4 oz  Kahlua (sub quality Coffee Liqueur)
dash  Fresh Lemon Juice
ice
Orange Peel

Add ice in a small rocks glass
Pour the aged rum and the coffee liqueur over the ice
Add a dash of lemon juice
Stir
Garnish with a thin slice of Orange Peel.
Enjoy

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!

 

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Cocktail Hour: Casa Rica

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 16, 2016

Casa Rica SAM_2581When I receive spirit samples for review, I often ask the producer (or distributer) for a cocktail suggestion or two to give me an idea of how the people who make and market the spirit intend for us to enjoy it.

Today’s cocktail is one such bar drink. It is a sour drink that it uses both orange juice and lime and includes a dash of bitters to give the libation added depth and complexity. The recipe was sent to me by the Alberta distributor of Casamigos Tequila, Charton Hobbs and after giving it a try, I can safely give the bar drink my Rum Howler Seal of Approval.

Casa Rica

2 oz Casamigos Anejo Tequila
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/8 oz fresh Lime Juice
1/8 oz fresh Orange Juice
dash Angostura Bitters
Ice
Orange Twist

Add all the ingredient into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with an Orange Twist
Enjoy Responsibly!

If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my favourite servings.

Note: My review for the Casamigos Anejo Tequila will publish tomorrow.

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Cocktail Hour: Añejo Tequila Sour

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 13, 2016

‘Sour’ drinks are amongst the oldest family of mixed drinks and have been served by bartenders in America since the early 1800s. The basic recipe for a sour is to combine a base spirit with lemon or lime juice and to add a sweetener to balance the flavour. Although this style of cocktail originated quite a bit earlier, Jerry Thomas is often referenced in his 1862 book, How to Mix Drinks for providing the first published recipe for this form of bar drink.

Añejo Tequila Sour SAM_2594Typically a sour recipe will take the form of a 4-2-1 construction which represents 4 parts of base spirit, two parts of sour (lemon or lime juice), and one part of sweetener (sugar syrup or orange liqueur). This formulation works very well, allowing the base spirit to dominate the serving while maintaining the balance between the sweet and the sour elements. Sometime though, particularly when I am mixing with an outstanding spirit, I prefer to alter those ratios bringing an even stronger focus to the base spirit. Such is the case with Cabresto Don Silver Anejo Tequila.

Añejo Tequila Sour

3 oz Cabresto Añejo Tequila
1/8 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
3/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
2 dashes Orange Bitters
ice
Orange Peel

Add the first five ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until the sides frost
Strain into a chilled rocks glass with ice
Garnish with orange peel.

Enjoy Responsibly!

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

Note: My review of Cabresto Don Silver Anejo Tequila will publish tomorrow. Chimo!

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Cocktail Hour: The Lonely Silver Rain

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 10, 2016

The The Lonely Silver Rain is the last of 21 novels in the Travis McGee series written by American author John D. MacDonald. All 21 stories have a color descriptor in the title, and when I began to make my own cocktail recipes I concluded that most of those titles would also serve as great names for bar drinks. So I decided to create a series of Tequila based cocktails based upon those Travis McGee Titles. This particular cocktail is called, the Lonely Silver Rain.

This is a short serving meant for afternoon enjoyment when sipping a strong  flavourful cocktail is preferred over tall refreshment. The theme of the drink is reflection and relaxation, and if you study the construction you can see that it is basically a Tequila Gimlet lengthened with just a touch of sparkling water. Fresh squeezed grapefruit and jemon juice give the serving a lightly tart flavour, and if white rather than pink grapefruit juice is used in conjunction with a nice reposado tequila such as Espolon, we can almost see the implied colour of silver rain.

The Lonely Silver Rain

2 oz Espolon Reposado Tequila
1 oz fresh White Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
3/8 oz Agave Syrup
ice
splash of Sparkling Water
Lemon Slice

Add the first four ingredients into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the sides of the shaker frost
Strain into a tall cocktail glass
add a splash of soda
Garnish with fresh lemon or grapefruit
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!

Note: My review of Espolon Reposado Tequila will publish tomorrow.

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Cocktail Hour: The 1794 Cocktail

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 7, 2016

The 1794 Cocktail (created by Dominic Venegas at “Range” in San Francisco) celebrates the US Whiskey Rebellion which occurred in 1794. The libation is an offshoot of the classic Negroni cocktail (which uses equal parts of Gin, Sweet Vermouth, and Campari), and a variation of the lesser known Boulvedier (which replaces the Gin in the Negroni with Bourbon).

1794 SAM_2544The recipe calls for three strong flavours to coexist: spicy Rye Whisky, Sweet Vermouth, and the somewhat unique herbal bitterness of Campari. Balancing these strong flavours takes a bit of practice as not all rye whiskies have the same spicy kick, and not every Vermouth has the same sweetness (or the same herbal flavour profile). But when you get it right, the bar drink is a wonderful melding of flavours which makes the libation an ideal aperitif to enjoy before your evening meal.

My chosen whisky for this offering was George Dickel Rye which has a firm but not over-the-top rye flavour. I found that when I mixed with a touch less (1/4 oz less) Campari and Sweet Vermouth (Cinzano Brand) than the original recipe called for, the George Dickel Rye was able to shine just a bit brighter in the cocktail, and balance (at least for my palate) was achieved.

Here is the recipe:

1794 Cocktail

2 oz George Dickel Rye Whisky
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth (Cinzano)
3/4 oz Campari
Ice
Strip of Orange Peel

Add the ingredients into a metal shaker with plenty of ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with a twist of orange peel

Please Enjoy Responsibly!

And if  you are interested in more Cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for some of my original mixed drink recipes!

Note: My review for George Dickel Rye will publish tomorrow.

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Cocktail Hour: The Spanish Mule

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 4, 2016

The Spanish Mule is variant of the more familiar Moscow Mule which mixes spicy ginger beer with Vodka and uses a lime garnish. The Spanish Mule simply replaces the Vodka with Dark Rum. Now if this sounds to you suspiciously like a Dark ‘N Stormy, you would be almost right. Almost, because the aforementioned Dark ‘N Stormy is one of the few rum cocktails in existence which has been granted a Trademark license (the other that I know of is the Pain Killer Cocktail).

Creating a trademark around a cocktail is a tricky business, and in the case of the Dark ‘N Stormy, the trademark granted apparently provides Gosling’s Rum Company, and only Gosling’s Rum Company the right to set the ingredients for this particular Cocktail. Without getting into things too deeply, what this basically means is that if a this bar drink is made with Gosling’s Rum, then and only then is it properly called a Dark ‘N Stormy. If any other rum is used, the cocktail should be given a different name, especially if the bar drink is used for a commercial purpose.

Spanish Mule SAM_2349For that reason, I choose to call my version of the serving a Spanish Mule as this tends to eliminate any confusion as to what the libation is, and this stops any potential lawsuit from coming my way. (And to be fair, I expect people to respect my rights under copyright so it is only fair that I respect the trademark rights of others as well.)

This is the simplest of Spanish Mule recipes. I am mixing a very nice Anejo Rum, Brugal Superior, with a new non-alcoholic Ginger Beer that I have recently become acquainted with, The Great Jamaican Old Tyme Ginger Beer. Old Tyme is not as spicy as many other ginger beers which makes it a perfect accompaniment for this young (but tasty) Anejo Rum.

Please enjoy the Serve!

Spanish Mule

2 oz Brugal Anejo Superior Rum
3 oz Old Tyme Ginger Beer
ice
Slice of Lime

Add Ice to a Rocks Glass
Add the Rum over ice
Top with Ginger Beer
Stir
Garnish with a lime slice
Enjoy Responsibly!

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

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Note my new review for Brugal Anejo Superior Rum will publish tomorrow!

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Cocktail Hour: The Scarlet Ruse

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 1, 2016

Scarlet Ruse SAM_2561This cocktail, The Scarlet Ruse, is part of my ongoing series of Tequila cocktails named after the Travis McGee novels of American author John D. MacDonald. This is the fourteenth novel in the series and like most of the Travis McGee stories its title is well suited to be also the name of great cocktail. In keeping with the theme of a ruse or trick, this cocktail is actually an altered version of the classic bar drink, the Tequila Sunrise. However the ruse or twist is that the mixed drink is made not with orange juice but with the juice of both the navel orange and the blood orange.

For those unfamiliar with the Tequila Sunrise, it is a simple bar drink made in an ice filled glass with just Orange Juice, Silver Tequila and Grenadine. I experimented with the juice from blood oranges in the recipe, and then I went a step further and used lightly aged Reposado Tequila instead of Silver Tequila. My new recipe, the Scarlet Ruse, tastes a little different from a typical Tequila Sunrise; it is not quite so sweet and carries that lightly earthy flavour which is typical of blood oranges.

However, it is delicious in its own right.

The Scarlet Ruse

1 3/4 oz 1800 Reserva Reposado Tequila
1 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
3/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Juice of Blood Orange
3/4 oz Grenadine
Ice

Build over ice in an Old-Fashioned Glass
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!

Note: My review of 1800 Reserva Reposado Tequila will publish tomorrow.

Chimo!

 

 

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Cocktail Hour: Los Altos Finesse

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 29, 2016

For today’s serving, I wanted to craft a cocktail which enhanced the sipping experience of a very nice Reposado (Tequila Cabresto) rather than one which would hide or diminish its wonderful nuances. The recipe I came up with is very similar to the cocktail recipes which had begun to evolve in the late 1800s (see, American and Other Drinks, 1878 Leo Engels) where only a small amount of sweetener and bitters are used to complement the spirit.

Tequila Finese SAM_2555For my sweetener, I chose to add a touch of Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curacao to an equal amount of simple sugar syrup. I felt too much orange liqueur would take more than it would give to the spirit, and too little would not provide the enhancement I was looking for. Fees Cocktail Bitters were chosen for their overt cinnamon flavour which I felt worked well with the main flavours within the tequila as well as with the orange accent of sweetener and garnish.

The results speak for themselves; I chose to call this particular libation Los Altos Finesse.

Los Altos Finesse

2 oz  Cabresto Reposado Tequila
1/8 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curacao (review here)
1/8 oz Agave Syrup
2 drops Fees Cocktail Bitters
Ice
Orange peel

Place the Tequila, Orange Curacao, and Agave syrup into a metal shaker with the bitters
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a small rocks glass
Garnish with a strip of Orange Peel
Enjoy!

Please enjoy the spirits and cocktails I recommend responsibly

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

Note my review for the Cabresto Reposado Tequila will publish tomorrow, Chimo!

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Cocktail Hour: The Deep Blue Good-bye

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 26, 2016

Deep Blue SAM_2535The Deep Blue Good-bye is the first of 21 novels in the Travis McGee series written by American author John D. MacDonald. All of these novels have unusual names usually with a colour based theme, and when I began to make my own cocktail recipes I concluded that most of those catchy titles would also serve as great names for bar drinks. So I decided to create a series of Tequila based cocktails based upon those Travis McGee titles.  I began with the Deep Blue Good-bye.

This is a tall serving meant for hot days when refreshment and thirst quenching is as much the order of the day as is enjoying a fine mixed drink. The theme of the drink is whimsical cloud free skies and blue ocean waters (rather different from the theme of the John D. MacDonald novel of the same name which is decidely darker).

If you study the construction my serving, it is basically a Picador (or lemon based Margarita) lengthened with soda. Bols Blue (an blue orange liqueur) is used rather than Orange Curacao in order to give the serving a ocean blue colour. I wouldn’t use my best tequila to make this particular tall drink; but when I used Corralejo Reposado, I did not even feel a twinge of guilt when I also added a drop of blue food colouring to get the colour just right.

Deep Blue Good-bye

1 1/2 oz Corralejo Reposado
1/2 oz Bols Blue (Curacao)
3/4 oz Lemon juice
1 tsp Agave Syrup
Ice (4-5 Large Ice-Cubes)

Soda (Club Soda, Sprite or 7-Up)

Fill a long Collins glass with ice
Add the Tequila, Bols Blue, and Lemon Juice
Stir and complete with lemon-lime soda

Please enjoy the spirits and cocktails I recommend responsibly, it is my intention to help you drink better spirits and cocktails, not to help you drink more spirits and cocktails!

Note: My review of Corralejo Reposado Tequila will publish tomorrow.

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