Well, it’s true. I’ve been kind of lazy lately with the posts, but better late than never. So, without further adieu, I present the first Cocktail of the Week:
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well, strain into glass.
Vodka, Triple Sec and Grenadine are all fairly cheap ingredients. You can find the Grenadine in most grocery stores because it’s non-alcoholic. Frangelico is not an expensive liqueur, but it’s not among the cheapest ones either. A 750mL bottle will set you back $27.95 at the LCBO.
There’s no layering or otherwise fancy mixing involved; you pretty much just pour the ingredients into the shaker and mix them.
Here’s the big one. Now, I personally would not recommend this cocktail, but I don’t like fruitcake much. The drink has a fruity flavour, courtesy of the Grenadine and Triple sec, and it’s also got hints of hazelnut from the Frangelico. The Vodka doesn’t add any flavour, but adds a bit of a kick to the cocktail (although it’s not really noticeable). I didn’t really like the way the drink went together. Frangelico is a kind of thick liqueur, so it adds a lot of “weight” to the drink (kind of like a syrup). Overall not terrible, just not great.
Live Twice is a fairly standard cocktail. Other than the Vodka, there’s nothing in it to give it an exceptional punch. Depending on what type of Triple Sec you buy, the alcohol content will vary slightly. I would compare the effect after consumption to that of one or two beers.
In summary, this particular cocktail is probably worth trying once if you like the combination of fruit and nuts, but I wouldn’t serve it at parties. It’s also not the cheapest cocktail you can make, so the value here is not terribly high.
I’ve decided that I’d like to have at least once post per week on this site so that it encourages me not to forget about it (also so that my Google results stay fresh). To this end, I’d like to introduce a new category: Cocktail of the Week.
As a university student, I know what it’s like to have a hard week and I also know how nice it is to sit back and enjoy a drink after you’ve made a significant dent in your work. One thing that I’ve observed is that the majority of my friends have little to no knowledge when it comes to mixing drinks (although a couple of my friends do know how to appreciate wine). It can also be hard to buy the materials for mixing anything beyond drinks like rum and Coke. I have decided to be a guinea pig and experiment with some new and exciting cocktails.
Here’s how it’s going to work. Once per week, I will randomly select a cocktail to try based on the ingredients I currently have in my house. I’ll provide the recipe for how I made the drink along with any tips I discovered and (hopefully) a photo. Cocktails will be rated on from 1 – 5 (one being the worst, five being the best) in the following categories: Cost (cost of materials required to make the cocktail), Difficulty (skill required to mix said ingredients), Flavour (how well the concoction actually tastes) and finally Strength (how fast and how hard you’ll feel the effects, if at all).
I’m thinking that Saturday is probably the best day to make these posts, given that Friday night is probably the best time to mix drinks, so keep an eye out for the first one coming this week. Oh, and if you have a cocktail or shooter you’d like me to review, shoot me an email or leave it in the comments.