At the beginning of last year I made a variation on the Godfather that swapped out the Scotch for bourbon. I was initially excited to try the drink but in the end I didn’t like it much, even after mellowing the cocktail down with some cream. My initial experience with the Godfather has kept me away from the cocktail since then. But, since I’ve picked up some Scotch I decided to give the drink another try. Relax, I didn’t use the Laphroaig for this drink. I’m positive I’d receive death threats from more than one of my friends if I did that…
1 1/6 oz. Scotch whisky
1 1/6 oz. Amaretto
Pour ingredients into a old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Stir gently.
It’s interesting to reflect on my thoughts about this cocktail and what I wrote in that link above almost a year ago. I wonder if my palate has become more discerning or if it’s the simple substitution of the Scotch and Bourbon that makes the difference but whichever it was I thoroughly enjoyed this cocktail. The smokiness of the Scotch works wonderfully with the nutty sweetness of the Disarrono to make this drink go down smoothly. Makes me wish I was in a cabin up in the Sierra Nevadas sitting outside watching the sunset sipping on this. Maybe someday.
On the recommendation of a co-worker I picked up a bottle of Frangelico this weekend. Frangelico is a hazelnut liquor with a sweet nutty flavor. She enjoyed it in a small glass of almond milk. That sounded delicious but I was looking for something with a little more oomph in it. Something that is more than the equivalent of chocolate milk for adults.
1 oz. hazelnut liquor (Frangelico)
1/2 oz. almond liquor (Disaronno)
1/2 oz. Irish Cream (Baileys)
Combine ingredients into a shaker filled with cracked ice. Shake well. Pour over 1/3 filled rocks glass.
This cocktail is basically candy. Nutty, sweet, creamy, delicious candy. Perfect for sipping on a warm night in the Summer. It probably has less calories than a bowl of ice cream too! It’s a shame the name for this drink is so terrible. I can’t imagine ordering this in a bar.
I look forward to trying out other drinks with Frangelico in them. Though its could enough to drink by itself. It’d make a wonderful digestif!
What a crazy holiday season! D and I have been attending so many parties, events, and get togethers that making cocktails at home was superfluous! With the New Year in swing though our social calendar has cleared up and making cocktails at home makes sense again. I’m starting the 2014 with a variation of the Godfather, a scotch whisky cocktail. I don’t have any scotch whisky, and I’m not really a fan of scotch whisky it tastes too much like peat smells, or what I imagine much of the moors of Scotland smell like. Instead I’m using good ol’ American bourbon!
1 1/2 oz. Whisky bourbon
3/4 oz. Amaretto
Build over ice in a rocks glass. Stir to combine.
*Add splash of cream to the drink to make it a Godson.
I was initially excited about this cocktail. Bourbon and Amaretto are two of my favorite liquors. I was hopeful that they’d be two great tastes that taste great together! But, it didn’t turn out that way. These were two great tastes that had me pursing my lips… I tried to salvage the drink by adding some milk, turning it into a Godson and the cream did make it more palatable. It also left me thinking of how better the cocktail would have been if it had been a completely different cocktail.
We had a big rainstorm this weekend, the nights are cooler, and the days aren’t boiling. Summer is definitely on its way out! And to send it off in style I decided to make one last fruity, summery drink: the Mai Tai. Okay, I was actually scrambling to find some decent Martini glasses to make the classic martini in when D recommended we try a Mai Tai instead. It helped that we had most of what we needed for them anyway, I’m glad she recommended them!
1 oz. dark rum
1 oz. amaretto
3 oz. orange juice
3 oz. pineapple juice
Fill glass with ice cubes, add rum and amaretto, add juices until glass is full, and finally add a splash of grenadine.
Turns out Mai Tais are a great way to say goodbye to Summer and welcome Fall! These were delicious. Fruity, sugary, and addictive! The amaretto and rum are the perfect complement to the orange and pineapple juices. Moving into Fall I’ll be making more warm drinks but on those cloudy days when I’m dreaming of blue skies and the sun I think a Mai Tai just might help me remember…