20220323

The SALTY DOG Cocktail Recipe

SALTY DOG Grapefruit & Gin or Vodka Cocktail

The Salty Dog was originally created as The Greyhound by Harry Craddock (see recipe in his 1930s The Savoy Cocktail book). In the 1950s it was modified slightly by adding a salted rim to balance the bitterness of the grapefruit juice. This is when the rumors popped up that actor George Jessel was responsible for the addition. Others say it was changed by the same person who invented the Bloody Mary. Yes, another murky cocktail history ... but what do you expect? They were all drinking all the time!

 
Originally a gin cocktail, vodka is the current popular spirit choice. Whichever spirit you prefer, choose a decent one because cheap booze is truly noticable in a simple recipe like this. This is my preferred version:


Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe with Ingredients

The
SALTY DOG

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Vodka (or Gin)
4 Oz. FRESH Grapefruit Juice

Garnish:

None required but I enjoy a nice, fresh, grapefruit slice myself.

DIRECTIONS

Rub the rim of a Collins glass with lime juice.

Dip the rim in some nice Malden sea salt.

Fill the glass with ice cubes, add the ingredients, give the cocktail a nice stir to chill, then garnish and serve.

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20220307

SNAP, KRACKLE & DRUNK Cereal Martini Cocktail Recipe

SNAP KRACKLE & DRUNK MARTINI Cereal Cocktail Recipe

I like to think that I have covered all covered most of the food holidays with a cocktail recipe, but a friend caught me out the other day and asked me if I had one for National Cereal Day. Rats! Didn't.

Now I do.

So there.

SNAP, KRACKLE & DRUNK CEREAL INSPIRED MARTINI with Ingredients

The
SNAP, KRACKLE & DRUNK
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Marshmallow Vodka
2 Oz. RumChata
1.5 Oz. Cream
2 Dashes Coffee Bitters

Garnish
Crispy Rice Cereal Rim
Crispy Rice & Marshmallow Treat

DIRECTIONS
Dip the rim of a cocktail glass into the marshmallow vodka and then into crispy rice cereal.
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until blended and chilled.
Pour cocktail into the glass and garnish with a crispy rice marshmallow treat.

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20220103

CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY MARTINI Cocktail Recipe

Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini Recipe

My love of chocolate covered cherries goes back as far as my memories. I looked forward every year to my grandfather bringing us a box of Brach's Chocolate Covered Cherries at Christmas. That first bite, with the cherry liquid center oozing down your fingers, was a sticky sugar rush heaven.

I've recreated that whole experience here - only you get 3 ounces of liquid center followed by the bite of chocolate cherry, AND you get that at 40 proof.

Chocolate Covered cherry Martini with Ingredients and instructions


The

CHOCOLATE COVERED

CHERRY MARTINI


INGREDIENTS

1-1/2 Oz. Three Olives Cherry Vodka

1 Oz. Dark Creme de Cacao

1/2 Whipped Cream Vodka


GARNISH: Chocolate Covered Cherry


DIRECTIONS

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the ingredients, shake until chilled and blended, pour into a cocktail glass, garnish and serve.


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I also have the creamy center version:

CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY COCKTAIL


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20211214

ALABAMA SLAMMER aka The Yellowhammer Cocktail

ALABAMA SLAMMER Cocktail & Shot Recipe

If you have a hankering to idle a few hours away in a rocking chair on your front porch after a day of running all over hell's half acre on errands this is the drink to idle away with. Cool and refreshing, pert with a kiss of peach mixed with the citrus and tingly spices dancing on the tongue, it'll surely wake up your down yonder.

An iconic 70s cocktail that was/is often served as a shooter (especially at Crimson Tide tailgate parties), the Alabama Slammer is also known as the Yellowhammer, so named because the Yellowhammer is Alabama's state bird. The original name, Alabama Slammer, hints at most likely the original version of this cocktail being a shot. It is believed to have first popped up in the late 60s at the University of Alabama. As it gained popularity the Alabama lost its Slammer and taller cocktail versions softened with orange juice replaced the collegiate, slam-worthy shooter. A few more drinking years down the country roads the Southern Comfort, sloe gin and OJ were left at the wayside and the Alabama picked up pineapple juice and vodka and turned into the Yellowhammer.

I believe if you want to stay true to the original you just can't leave out the Southern Comfort and sloe gin and the pineapple juice should be left with the Tiki drinks. All you truly need to balance out this drink is temper the sweet liqueurs with a bit of fresh lemon juice in addition to the fresh OJ and adjust the ratios. Now, think of it as a Screwdriver with a Southern kick.

Yup, not bad at all, especially now that Southern Comfort liqueur is again being distilled with a whiskey base as opposed to the harsher, cheaper neutral grain spirit of previous decades. We can thank Sazarac, who bought the SoCo brand in 2016, for that lovely, gentle switch back to a base that is much more sympatico with the fruits and spices of Martin Wilkes Heron's original Southern Comfort recipe. It definitely makes the Alabama (Slammer) a more graceful drink for today's more refined palates.

ALABAMA SLAMMER COCKTAIL RECIPE with Ingredients and Instructions

The
ALABAMA
(SLAMMER)

INGREDIENTS
3/4 Oz. Southern Comfort
1/2 Oz. Amaretto
3/4 Oz. Sloe Gin
2 Oz. Fresh Orange juice
1 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

Garnish
Orange Slice
Cocktail Cherry

DIRECTIONS
Pour the amaretto, sloe gin, and Southern Comfort into a highball glass. Top off with the fresh juices, add ice, stir, garnish and serve.

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FOR THE SHOOTER
1/2 ounce of each spirit and 1/4 ounce of each juice, layered in a shot glass.

Alabama Day, the day Alabama was admitted to the Union as the 22nd state, is celebrated yearly on December 14th.

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20211129

LEMON CHIFFON PIE MARTINI Cocktail Recipe

LEMON CHIFFON PIE MARTINI Cocktail Recipe

Have you discovered Limoncello yet? It's a wonderful lemon flavored Italian liqueur enjoyed often as an aperitif and it's delicious. I make my own on a regular basis for gifts and to keep my own bar stocked.

Limoncello combined with rum and heavy cream creates a liquid lemon chiffon pie experience and the whipped cream dollop on top is the final pie touch for this cocktail.

Lemon Chiffon Pie Martini Recipe with Ingredients and Instructions

The
LEMON CHIFFON PIE
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. White Rum
1 Oz. Limoncello 
1 Oz. Heavy Cream
1 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar

Garnish
Sugared Pie Crust Crumbs on Rim
Whipped Cream
Candied Lemon Peel

DIRECTIONS
Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish and serve.

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I serve this up often for dessert. It's much easier to make than a lemon chiffon pie and it tastes better.

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20211029

The Original ZOMBIE Tiki Cocktail Recipe

ZOMBIE TIKI COCKTAIL RECIPE

Invented in 1934 by Donn Beach (formerly Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt) below is the original Zombie recipe that was served at his flagship Don the Beachcomber's in Hollywood. The Zombie became world famous when it was introduced at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

There are many recipes for the Zombie, several from Donn Beach himself, but according to Jeff "Beachbum" Berry the complete original recipe is below. It is a true post war mainland Tiki culture drink, complex in nature and made with mostly rum, fresh fruit juices with an additional sweetener from a spice and nut based syrup. The Zombie is deceptively easy to drink but it's a dangerously strong punch-like cocktail, so strong that Donn Beach would never allow more than 2 to be served to a customer.

I made one change and replaced the recipe's half an ounce of "Don's Mix #2" (2 parts grapefruit juice to 1 part cinnamon-infused sugar syrup) with 2 simpler ingredients so you don't have to make a whole bottle of a weird ingredient like cinnamon infused grapefruit syrup.  The "Don's Mix #2" combo was part of Beach's drink recipe security. He would create syrups & mixer combinations that only he and a trusted few knew to make it harder for competitors and ex-Beachcomber bartenders to steal his drink recipes.

Don the Beachcomber's Zombie Tiki Drink Recipe with Ingredients and Instructions

THE
ZOMBIE

INGREDIENTS
3/4 C. Crushed Ice
3/4 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Oz. Falernum
1-1/2 Oz. Gold Puerto Rican Rum
1-1/2 Oz. Dark Jamaican Rum
1 Oz. 151 Overproof Demerara Rum
2 Tsp. Grenadine
6 Drops Pernod
Dash of Angostura Bitters
1/2 Oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1/4 Tsp. Cinnamon Syrup

DIRECTIONS
Blend until smooth, pour into a tall slim zombie glass, top off with additional ice if desired, then garnish with a grapefruit slice and a cocktail cherry, add biodegradable straws and serve.

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World Zombie Day is October 8th. Zombie Awareness Month is in May.

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20211026

RAMOS GIN FIZZ aka NEW ORLEANS FIZZ Cocktail Recipe

Could Recipe for the RAMOS GIN FIZZ aka NEW ORLEANS FIZZ.

Originally called a New Orleans Fizz, the Ramos Fizz was invented by Henry C. Ramos as his "One and Only One" in New Orleans in 1888. Back in the good old days, at the height of the Ramos' popularity (and before blenders), Ramos insisted you needed to shake the Ramos Fizz for a full 15 minutes as this was what was required to create the meringue like consistency of the cocktail. As this is pretty much an impossible task for one person, plus very time consuming, he hired "shaker boys" for the tedious task.


There is a famous story where one bar lined up 15 shaker boys and sent the cocktail down the line because one shaker boy could not shake a cocktail longer than a minute without his arms seizing up. Now you understand why modern bartenders cheat and use a blender. Thank goodness for mod-cons!

When The Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans purchased the rights to the Ramos GIN Fizz in 1935 they trademarked it, promoted it and ensured the drink's position in the lexicon of classic cocktails. It didn't hurt that then Governor Huey Long loved the Ramos and brought his fondness along on his travels, spreading the recipe along.

At exactly midnight on October 27th, 1929,Ramos (always opposed to drunkenness and in support of the upcoming Prohibition) stated, "I've sold my last gin fizz", closed his saloon and retired with his closely guarded original recipe. Ramos finally shared the recipe with a reporter who "had the brass nerve" to ask for it just before his death in 1928.

RAMOS' ORIGINAL GIN FIZZ RECIPE
1 tbsp powdered sugar, 3 - 4 drops of orange flower water, the juice of half a lime, the juice of half  a lemon, one jigger of Old Tom Gin, 1 egg white, 1/2 glass of crushed ice, 2 tbsp. of cream, a little seltzer water; well shaken and strained.

Interesting to note that recipe did not include any vanilla extract and there's a huge debate over its inclusion in the drink. There's no way of ever knowing whether Ramos used vanilla extract and excluded the ingredient from his recipe on purpose or just didn't ever use the vanilla in his recipe. I personally prefer the no vanilla recipe.

Ramos Gin Fizz aka New Orleans Fizz Recipe with Ingredients and Instructions

THE
RAMOS
GIN FIZZ

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. Old Tom Gin
2 Oz. Heavy Cream
1 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
1/2 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Dashes Orange Flower Water
2 Tbsp. Pasteurized Egg White 
1 Oz. Chilled Soda Water

Garnish: 1 Dash Orange Flower Water, Orange Slice

DIRECTIONS
Using The Reverse Dry Shake Method
1. Add the gin, cream, powdered sugar, both juices and 2 dashes of Orange Flower Water to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake 20 seconds to chill.
2. Strain out the mixture into another shaker with NO ICE. Add your egg white and DRY SHAKE for 90 minutes.*
3. Pour into a chilled 12 ounce Collins glass. Slowly add the chilled soda to lift the meringue just above the glass.
4. Tap on the Orange Blossom Water, garnish with a slice of orange and serve with a straw. If your straw stands up in the middle of your drink you have successfully made your Ramos Gin Fizz.

*I have shoulder problems so at the second step I strain my drink into a Boston shaker and use my immersion blender to emulsify the cocktail and build the foam. Call it cheating but it works and I don't reinjure my rotater cuffs.

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August 7th is Henry C. Ramos birthday.
National Henry C. Ramos Day is October 27th.

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the Cherry Diamond Fizz,
the Golden Ramos Fizz and
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