Dog Star (Winter) Daiquiri
In mid to late January, if you look upwards to the southern sky at about 11:30 in the evening, you will see the mighty constellation Orion dominating starry landscape. Taurus the Bull is above the Mighty Hunter to his right, and Gemini is also above him, but the twins are to his left. The major stars of the Nimrod are Betelgeuse and Bellatrix which serve as his shoulders; Rigel and Saiph which serve as his knees; and Mintaka, Alnilam, and Alnitak, the three belt stars, shining brightly like sparkling yellow-white gemstones. These belt stars are, at this particular time aligned almost vertically in the sky.
If you follow the belt line down towards the horizon and just a little to the to the left, you will find the most magnificent twinkling star in the winter sky, the blue-white giant star, Sirius, also known as the Dog Star.
It is that brilliant Dog Star (located directly below the belt stars of Orion) which is the inspiration for my delicious winter daiquiri creation:
The Dog Star Daiquiri
2 1/2 oz Bacardi Gold Rum
1/2 oz fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
1/2 oz fresh squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 oz fresh squeezed Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz sugar syrup (more or less to taste)
dash Maraschino liqueur
3 drops Fees Cocktail Bitters
Add the Bacardi rum, the fruit juice and sugar syrup, into a metal cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until the sides of the shaker frost
Strain into a cocktail glass
Add a Lemon (or Lime) Slice for garnish
And of course enjoy responsibly!
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