Hot Buttered Mocha
1 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
1 pkg instant hot cocoa
hot coffee Combine all ingredients in a coffee mug. Top with whipped cream, if desired.
2 oz gin
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz pineapple juice Stir with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pineapple chunk, a little paper parasol, and ride the trade winds to happy hula-days!!
Santa’s Little Ho Ho Ho (Punch Recipe)
One bottle champagne
One 2L bottle ginger-ale
Two (10 oz) bags frozen strawberriesCombine all ingredients in a large punch bowl & stir gently.
Rum has an official classification system on Jamaica, categorising the alcohol from light and clear to rich and dark varieties. Planter’s Punch, an International Bartenders’ Association Official Cocktail, combines dark rum, lemon juice, grenadine syrup and Angostura bitters, a potent mix of 44.7 per cent alcohol, herbs and spices that comes from Trinidad and Tobago.
Here’s an old time recipe in verse. I can’t read it without singing it in my head.
A wine-glass with lemon juice fill, of sugar the same glass fill twice/Then rub them together until/The mixture looks smooth, soft, and nice./Of rum then three wine glasses add, /And four of cold water please take. A drink then you’ll have that’s not bad / At least, so they say in Jamaica.
My favorite Mint Julep recipe comes from Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Henry Watterson:
Pluck the mint gently from its bed, just as the dew of the evening is about to form upon it . Prepare the simple syrup and measure out a half-tumbler of whiskey. Pour the whiskey into a well-frosted silver cup, throw the other ingredients away and drink the whiskey.
I am a big fan of proper glassware. Spending most of my time behind the wood in a beach bar where most drinks are served in touristy plastic logo tumblers has forced me to relax on the issue, but there is one area where I am resisting. What is the proper glass for a mojito? The obvious answer is whichever damn glass the customer wants it served in. Here’s my take. Mojitos belong in a straight glass. The recipe handed down through the generations works perfectly in a 12 oz Collins glass. A straight glass works best in my opinion ecause you can prepare the drink, stir the drink, and serve the drink all in the same glass. I see Mojitos in hurricane glasses these days, but I am not a fan. You can’t muddle properly in a rounded glass and it is too tall for most muddlers so you either have to use a different mixing vessel or shove your fingers inside the hurricane glass and serve a not that great mojito. In lieu of a Collins glass I use a nice pint glass. As a last resort, my mojito goes into the plastic logo tumbler. This is just my opinion, of course. Maybe I’m being unreasonable. But, try serving an old-fashioned in a coupette or a glass of wine in a shot glass and see how your customer reacts.