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    Cocktails for two?

    Ok, turn your mancard face down and back away from the real booze.. this is about cocktails worth mentioning..

    and no doubt i've already offended the majority. Sometimes, howsomeever, a guy needs creative, when he has a hot date and the delicate proposition being not yet confirmed, wants to kill a little time looking suave.

    Shaken and not stirred works ok, and once in a while that Pina Colada thang is just right, but what sort of cocktail do you recommend for gender based mutual entertainment?

    I've got one for cold weather, a New Age version of the 'Tom & Jerry'..

    One very heaping tablespoon of dark brown sugar
    One teaspoon dark molasses, OR, for a southern twist, Steens sorghum syrup.. ( less bitter and more grassy)
    One Fourth of a stick of unsalted butter<get good butter
    1 ounce of Captain Morgans Spice Rum
    1 ounce of Bacardi 151
    2 Constant Comment Tea bags

    Teakettle full of boiling water, saucepan.

    Using good heavy small coffee mugs, the ancient one pound cheap diner kind.. , rinse with boiling water to heat, then half fill with water at a rolling boil (or just microwave 20 seconds, bring it to a full boil for a hot cup). Should have 5 oz water each. Add teabags, wait 2-3 minutes.

    While the tea steeps melt butter, sugar, syrup together in tiny saucepan, rapidly.. till the butter starts to bubble , it should be well mixed in 90 seconds..

    remove from heat and add liquor, stir till it's all dissolved.
    remove teabags from mugs and add half the magic potion to each one,.. good for fall afternoons out on the deck.. and it's not done right unless it's too hot to drink right away.

    OK, what fancy little concoction do you create when it's Not A Day For The Monster Truck Rally..

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    Re: Cocktails for two?

    I wasn't offended until you said "tea bags" real men use loose leaf.

    Reason why real men use loose leaf...it requires tools and men love tools
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    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Brooklyn, NY via Kentucky

    Re: Cocktails for two?

    Sounds like you want something that is "pretty" and not too threatening in flavor. A strong Manhattan or Sazerac is probably out of the question, I'm guessing.

    You might want to consider an Aviation. It's definitely an eye catcher and is not overly sweet like a lot of other fruity gin cocktails that lean heavily on using juices.

    You'll have to track down Creme de Violette and Maraschino, which can be tricky depending on where you are.

    3/4 oz lemon juice
    1 1/2 oz of a good London dry gin
    1 - 1 1/2 tsp of Maraschino (Luxardo is probably your best bet)
    1/2 tsp of creme de violette

    shake well over cracked ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

    It's not particularly sweet but is sort of floral and fruity at the same time without being overwhelming. I'd consider it a respectable serious cocktail to serve a more timid drinker and not scare them away. Also pretty eye-catching too, it has a very nice storm-cloud color to it.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Hershey, PA

    Re: Cocktails for two?

    An excellent restaurant a few miles from where I live, called T.J. Rockwell's, does a cocktail for two called "Voodoo Juice." It is served in a 60 oz glass that looks like a fishbowl on a foot and stem. Obviously, they wouldn't tell me the proportions, but the ingredients are readily-available.

    Light Rum
    Coconut Rum
    Blue Curacao
    Peach Schnapps
    Sour Apple Schnapps
    Pineapple Juice
    Sour Mix
    Lemon-Lime Soda
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    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Issaquah, WA.

    Re: Cocktails for two?

    In similar posts a while back Wade shared his recipe for Mojitos, which has been a big hit in my neighborhood, and his Lemon Drop recipe as well. Both of those are very refreshing.
    My latest that I have been mixing is the following...

    Tropical Nehi
    1 1/2 oz. Coconut Rum
    1/2 oz. Chambord
    1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
    1/2 oz. Coco Lopez
    1 oz. sweet and sour

    Shake over ice, strain and serve. I used our Champagne Flutes which seemed to be just the right size.




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