Cocktail of the Week: Mudslide

Mudslide

I ran Bay to Breakers today. I did a fairly good job considering how little (read none) training I did for the run. When it was all over I left the foggy, cool bay and returned to the sunny central valley and Davis. It was warm, I was hot, and I had a long week of work coming up. The Mudslide seemed like a nice cocktail to drink on the porch as I watched the sun set.

mudslide

The ingredients

Mudslide

  •  1 oz. coffee liquor
  • 1 oz. Irish cream liquor
  • 1 oz. vodka (or Irish whiskey for a McSlide)

Combine ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly. Swirl chocolate syrup along sides of a Martini or Hurricane glass. Strain drink into glass.

mudslideThese were delicious but they were also boozy. Or I’m still not hydrated enough after having run 7.4 miles today. I made a Mudslide and a McSlide, the latter has Irish whiskey in it instead of vodka. Both of the cocktails are tasty, they make great desserts, but I preferred the McSlide. The Irish whiskey adds a delicious butterscotch flavor to the cocktail. Both are good though.

 

Cocktail of the Week: Black Russian

black russian

 

The plan this week to was make a Mudslide but after a long week and then a weekend full of reading and being lazy, the thought of mixing more than two liquids together just seemed exhausting. So I looked around for something similar and the Black Russian seemed like it would do.

The funny thing is that I’m not really a fan of vodka or coffee. I was only looking for something simple, but I was pleasantly surprised! Turns out the Black Russian is delicious!

black russian

The ingredients

Black Russian

  • 5 parts vodka
  • 2 parts Kahlua

Put ice into old-fashioned glass. Pour vodka and Kahlua into glass. For a Dirty Black Russian top glass with Coca Cola.

black russian

Dirty Black Russian on the left, the original on the right.

Because the Black Russian was so simple, and I happened to have some real Coca Cola lying around I decided to also make a Dirty Black Russian. It’s just like the original except you top it off with the Coke.The cola helps with the sharpness of the vodka. People are more used to the burn of carbonation than they are with burn of pure liquor going down their throats anyway…

The Black Russian is sweet and bitter at the same time with the slight burn of alcohol on the way down. The Black Russian is a perfect cocktail for… Just about anything. The Dirty Black Russian mellows out the alcohol aftertaste and replaces it with the bite of Coke and the slight burn of carbonation. This was the perfect cocktail to wind down this weekend and prepare for the upcoming work week.

black russian

black russian

Cocktail of the Week: Tequila Sunrise

tequila sunrise

I know, I know that looks nothing like a Tequila Sunrise… I guess my homemade grenadine isn’t think enough? So instead of sinking to the bottom it suffused into the drink? When I first poured it in it looked right, maybe I just waited too long before taking the picture? So, let’s call this a Los Angeles Tequila Sunrise? Nice and muddy looking through all that smog! Anyway, Tequila Sunrises are perfect summer drinks. Also, perfect morning drinks but you didn’t hear that from me! To the cocktail!

tequila sunrise

The ingredients

Tequila Sunrise

  • 3 oz. orange juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. tequila
  • 1/2 oz. grenadine

Pour the orange juice and tequila into an ice filled collins glass. Slowly pour grenadine into mix, the weight of the grenadine (should) make it sink to the bottom leaving some rather lovely red/pink trails through the orange juice. Garnish with a orange wedge.

tequila sunrise

Again, mine doesn’t look quite as it should. But, it did taste lovely. The acidity of the oj, the sweet tartness of the grenadine and the sharp alcoholic taste of tequila. Ah, what a delicious cocktail! As I said at the beginning. Enjoy for breakfast or as an aperitif before dinner! If you have a poolside or ocean side view even better! Enjoy the summer it’s going to get too hot soon!

tequila sunrise

 

EDIT: I think I figured out why my Tequila Sunrise looked so muddy. I transposed the figures for tequila and orange juice… Leaving me with a very boozy but not very bright cocktail.

Cocktail of the Week: Le Fizz

Le FizzLe Fizz seemed like the perfect spring cocktail. Limes, elderflowers, some vodka all with a little fizzy. Light and easy. Just the thing you need to start a hectic week and to end an simple weekend.

Le Fizz

The ingredients

Le Fizz

  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz.  elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz. soda water

In a cocktail shaker, mix together vodka, elderflower liqueur and lime juice. Add ice, cover and shake vigorously. Pour into Collins glass or champagne flute. Top with soda water. Garnish with lime.

Le Fizz

This was good. I think, depending on the size of the Collins glass, I might want to make it a double in the future. The recipe above worked but it was a little light on flavor. I will admit though that while sipping this I wished I had a poolside to be sitting at instead of getting ready for work…