Day 25: Kikuya Lapu

  • 1/4 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz orange juice
  • 3/4 oz pineapple juice
  • 3/4 oz grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 passionfruit syrup
  • 3/4 oz honey syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz dark rum
  • 1/2 oz 151 rum
  • dash Angostura
  • 6 drops herbsaint
  • 3 drops almond extract

When I saw this recipe in the book I was amazed to discover that I had all of the juices needed for it in the house already. SO MANY JUICES. The almond extract gives it a nice fragrance, and the assortment of juices ends up blending into a non-specific “tropical” flavor. This, like a lot of tiki drinks, is very easy to drink and will probably get you very drunk very quickly if you don’t watch out.

I also learned a bit about the drink’s namesake, Lapu Lapu. Who knew that making cocktails could also teach you about history?

Day 17: Garage Voce Sabe?

  • 2 oz Cachaça
  • 3/4 oz lime
  • 1/2 oz grapefruit
  • 1/2 oz Becherovka

I have had this bottle of Cachaça for several years. I had a Caipirinha in Key West and wanted to replicate it. I have not thus far successfully made a Caipirinha at home that I’ve liked, and I don’t know if the problem is this brand of Cachaça or what. It’s a strange liquor, very grassy and also kind of cloying, but it worked pretty well in this. The actual recipe calls for a barrel-aged Cachaça, which might cut the fresh notes down a lot. I guess this is almost a Daiquiri variant.

I got a new channel knife as you might be able to tell by my ridiculous garnish. It works VERY WELL. I’m glad to know that I wasn’t just incompetent at making twists and that I am able to do so with a good tool.

Day 14: Death & Co The Risk Pool

  • 2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 oz Creme de Violette

William and I were running some errands to pick up supplies for Freezerburn this evening when I realized that I hadn’t done my drink for the day yet. Since he’s being a good sport and helping me out I wanted to make him something. He asked for a gin drink, so I flipped through the Death & Co book (yeah, you’ll be seeing a lot of recipes from there for a while) and found one where I had all the ingredients.

Their recipe calls for Old Tom gin, which I didn’t have, so I substituted Citadel. Presumably that makes for a bit of a drier drink than specified. I also initially balked at the amount of simple used here, but after trying it I am sold. This was so good I almost stole it from William! I love Aviations but haven’t had many lately, and this was a damn good variation on that theme. I really think the large amount of simple toned down the bitter/tart of the grapefruit, and the lime calms the floral of the Violette. I can see this becoming a standby for me.