Cocktail (2)

I’ve slowly been improving my cocktail preparation repertoire (mostly by using myself as a guinea pig and also by serving my experiments at several social functions where the general consensus has so far been positive) and I would like to believe I have now reached a stage where I can refer to myself as a reasonably skilled amateur without any measure of remorse. Having created a few cocktails of my own (mostly interesting variants of already existing cocktails but with a twist and in some cases a violent kick), I think its time I started recording them. Knowing how poor my own memory is, I’m sure I will begin to forget if I don’t.

In case you are completely oblivious to what cocktails are or why they are so awesome, refer to:  Cocktail

So, first I will detail a few not-so-popular classics which I have just perfected or discovered and which I find delightful, then afterwards, I will detail the preparation schemes of some of my originals.

Shall we begin?

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CLASSICS

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A) The Harvey Wallbanger  

Allegedly invented in 1952 by Donato ‘Duke’ Antone, the Harvey Wallbanger was made famous by Galliano salesman. And now I am sure you are wondering what Galliano is.

Liquore Galliano L’Autentico, known more commonly as Galliano, contains vanilla, anise, ginger, citrus, juniper, musk yarrow, and lavender. It has a beautiful, vivid yellow color, that is apparently symbolic of the 1890 gold rush but which I find more reminiscent of a the color of emotion one would feel on a bright, sunny afternoon, surrounded by great friends.

Legend has it that the Harvey Wallbanger was named after a Manhattan Beach surfer named Harvey who became a regular patron of Duke’s ‘Blackwatch’ Bar in Hollywood during the early 1950s. True or not, one cannot escape the feelings of Sun and Wealth that come with the Wallbanger.

I must let you know that it is an acquired taste and although I have about 90% favorable feedback on this drink, a few people have complained that it was not to their liking.

To make the Harvey Wallbanger…

You will need:

Vodka, Fresh orange juice, Galliano vanilla liqueur, Ice.

You will do:  

1. Pour 1 part Vodka and 3 parts Orange Juice into a Glass filled with ice

2. Carefully float the Galliano on top over the back of a spoon ( i.e. use the spoon to cover the mix and then pour in Galliano slowly)

3. Garnish the glass with a slice of orange and serve.

The Harvey Wallbanger


B) The Whiskey Dry

I’m sure by now anyone who has ever been to a club has tried the very popular and quite frankly underwhelming Jack Daniels whiskey and coke mixture. I won’t knock the Jack and coke ( or JD and Coke) hustle but the truth must be told and that truth is that Whiskey and Coke is the poor cousin of the whiskey dry. the Whiskey dry is a gentleman’s drink that apparently dates back to 15th century France and was made popular by the Frenchmen who emigrated to Canada. It is a simple drin kto make and was introduced to me by my friend Muthu on one of our drinking sprees. In my opinion, a Whiskey Dry  beats a JD and Coke everyday and twice on Sundays.

To make the Whiskey Dry…

You will need:

Whiskey (Jack Daniels will do), and Dry Ginger Ale (or Ginger beer in dire circumstances), Lime (optional)

You will do:  

1. Add whisky into a glass (on the rocks)

2. Top with Dry Ginger Ale

3. Build over ice and toss in a lime wedge.


Whiskey Dry

C) Classic Sangria

Sangria  is not a cocktail per se but it is a wine-based punch typical originally created by the Spanish and very popular with the Spanish and Portuguese. There are several variants but it typically consists of wine, chopped fruit (such as orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape and mango), a sweetener, and a small amount of fine spirit. The sweetener may be honey, sugar, syrup, or any fresh fruit juice.

Sangria is tricky to make and I’m sure if you have attended a party where some juvenile attempted to mix wine with ‘punch’ and ended up with something appalling, you know what I mean. I have actually failed at making Sangria myself but there is one very specific method I have used which worked perfectly and I wish to record it here before I forget.

To make Sangria…

You will need:

Red wine (preferably Merlot but I hear Shiraz works well too), Lemons, Oranges, Limes, Sugar, Lemonade, Gin, Strawberries, Pineapples & Ginger ale

You will do:  

1. Pour 1 bottle of wine into a jug and squeeze 1 lemon, 1 orange and 1 lime juices into the wine.

2. Cut up another lemon, lime and orange into small wedges and toss into the jug ( don’t forget to remove the seeds)

3. Add the cut up pieces of pineapple, add 2 table spoons of sugar, then 1/2 a cup of orange juice and one shot of gin (or more if you’re feeling frisky)

4. Take the jug with the mix and keep in the fridge overnight. (This is important, if possible, do it 2 or 3 days ahead of time)

5. When you are ready to serve, add 3 cups of ginger ale, a bowl of chopped strawberries and lots of ice just before serving.

Sangria

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ORIGINALS

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A) Wole’s Woo Woo (The W3)

The classic Archers Woo woo is a fairly popular cocktail and is one of the major selling points on the manifesto of the Archers distillery. They even have the cocktail recipe on the back of the bottle. I perosnally recommend it and it is my ‘go to’ drink when all else fails. It is also extremly deceptive, as the lime in it masks the taste of alcohol very effectively. Have too much of it and before you know it, you’ll be dancing on a table topless screaming “Woo! Woo!”. It is a crowd-pleaser. I am yet to meet anyone I served it to that did not like it. However, I also discovered that with one minor addition, this drink can go from good to great in less than 60 seconds.

To make Wole’s Woo Woo…

You will need:

Vodka, Archers Peach Schnapps, Cranberry juice, Raspberry juice, Fresh Limes and Lemons, Ice

You will do:  

1. Pour the crushed ice/cubes into a jug/blender – as much as desired

2. Pour in 1 part vodka over the ice

3. Pour in 1 part Archers peach schnapps

4. Pour in 1 or 2 (see step 5) parts Cranberry (at this point, if you used 2 parts cranberry, just add some lime wedges and you have made the classic archers woo woo and can stop.

archers woo woo

(To go epic, continue)

5. Go back to step 4, if you added 1 part Cranberry, now add 1 part Raspberry juice.

6. Add a few drops of fresh lemon juice and also squeeze a few drops of fresh lime into the mixture – continue adding both until the taste of the vodka disappears (if that is your nefarious plan).

7. Garnish the glass with a slice of lime and serve.

That’s a me serving the W3 at a shindig. Well… some parts of me anyway.

B) The Delicate Dania

I created this cocktail out of sheer determination to make something that tasted like my friend – Dania’s – personality (Happy birthday DanDan!). I did promise that I would. She is fun but in a subdued way, intelligent and friendly, flirts with sadness while managing to be be mostly cheery all the while being very complicated and very talented. When I began, the only thing I knew for sure was that it would contain coconut rum. After using myself as a guinea pig and almost ending my life via alcohol poisoning, I created this fanciful drink. Which I think is perfecto! Happy birthday again Danny 🙂

To make The Delicate Dania…

You will need:

Malibu Coconut rum, Archers peach schnapps, Vodka, Raspberry juice, Apple juice, Pineapple juice, Fresh Lemon, Ice

You will do:  

1. Pour the crushed ice into a large glass/jug

2. Pour in 1 part Malibu coconut rum over the ice

3. Pour in 1 part Archers peach schnapps

4. Pour in 1 part vodka

5. Add 1 part Raspberry juice

6. Add 1 part Apple juice

7. Add 1 part Pineapple juice

8. Add a few drops of fresh lemon juice

7. Garnish the glass with a slice of lemon and serve.

The Delicate Dania

C) Memories of Mexico

This cocktail is essentially the result of a question I asked myself one day after attending a friend’s birthday at  a Mexican restaurant. the question was: “What would happen if the Harvey Wallbanger had sex with a Tequila Sunrise”. The answer, I discovered, was “It would be bloody well awesome”. Ladies and gentlemen…enjoy. Memories of Mexico.

To make Memories of Mexico…

You will need to go to Mexico, find a specimen of glorious Latin beauty and have a whirlwind romance…. errr… oh, sorry… what I meant to say was…

To make Memories of Mexico…

You will need:

Tequila, Galliano vanilla liqueur, Grenadine syrup, Orange juice, A Fresh Orange, Ice

You will do:  

1. Pour the crushed ice into a tall glass

2. Pour in Tequila over the ice till the glass is about 30% full.

3. Add orange juice till the glass is about 80% full.

4. Float the Galliano on top till the glass is 90% full

5. Pour a little of the grenadine syrup slowly over the entire mixture without shaking it so that it settles nicely for that ‘sunrise’ effect. That should leave you with a glass that is almost full.

6. Garnish the glass with a circular segment of the fresh orange and serve.


Memories of Mexico

That’s all for now. Feel free to try making any of these and let me know how it all turns out for you. There are a few other originals I’m working on. Perhaps next time I shall record the making of the Tequila sunrise and the Caipirinha as well as also detail my latest ideas when I perfect them: The Avengers sunrise, Pimm’s poison, Vengeance, Chocolate suicide and a few other choice suggestions from my comrades in spirit (see what I did there?)

🙂

Cheers to the Weekend!



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18 thoughts on “Cocktail (2)

    • LOL. You don’t need to drink. You were born inebriated. Any more and you’d be flirting with permanent brain damage… oh… wait.

      That explains everything.

  1. Yo, first thing I’m trying is the Delicate Dania, and if it’s great, I will take it upon myself to court that woman..

    For the other two, I’ve tasted similar concoctions I’m sure, but if I still try them out, I’ll let you know..

    • Yes, the others probably look familiar, they are modifications and tweaks of already existing drinks, though I doubt you have tried anything quite like ‘Memories of mexico’. The Wallbanger and the Tequila sunrise mate well 🙂

  2. The Alchemist himself! I’d love to see you come up with a cocktail for people who want to flirt with death without actually dying. Part cyanide maybe?

    • LOL, please that has already been done.. I believe it will include some absinthe.. 🙂
      Two parts absinthe, one cube of sugar and coconut milk maybe Wole?

  3. Awwwwwwwwwwwww esome!

    Thank you Wole! Really!

    Whooooooooooosh!

    Shouldn’t we like patent it or something? (I’m sorry, it’s the igbo girl, she just surfaces outta nowhere <_<)

    Have I said you're awesome? Because you are. Awesome.

    And the Whiskey Dry…tops JD and Coke you say? Hmmmm. *pockets recipe*

    In fact *bookmarks page*

  4. Tried the ‘Delicate Dania’ today, and it wasn’t bad at all.. Didn’t bother with the others as they seemed all too familiar.. The Whiskey Dry and its similitude to Rye & Ginger for instance..

    Over all, I can’t wait for the next installment in your cocktail series.. 🙂

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