Before drinking, pour in grenadine to taste to achieve the sunrise effect.
My take on the first cocktail featured Here, from a series of Okami themed dishes and cocktails in honor of the new HD collection that hit the PSN last month. Which I hope you’ve been playing. You did get it, right.
Cocktail Walkthrough: Homemade Mixers
Homemade mixers are one of the most surefire ways to level up your cocktail exp with minimal effort. Bearing all the flavor and more of store bought alternatives with none of preservatives, you can keep a slate of these on hand and they will quickly become an indispensable part of your mixology repertoire.
Today I’m going to feature a recipe for cooked grenadine which yields a gorgeous jewel toned syrup perfect for classic recipes such as the Jack Rose. Unlike the modern alternative of Red #40 tinged HFCS, traditional grenadine is a rich pomegranate syrup used to add complexity and flavor to a drink, instead of just making it pink.
Cooked Grenadine (yields 12oz)
2 cups of fresh pomegranate juice (or high quality bottled)
1 cup of sugar
Optional: 1 oz of Vodka
Simmer 2 cups of pomegranate juice on the stove top until reduced by half, at which point add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool before bottling. Use an air tight bottle and keep in the fridge. If you’re not going to be using it right away, and don’t plan to use for any non-alcoholic drinks, you can add an ounce of vodka to help preserve it.
You can check out a really neat comparison of various recipes for grenadine Here, utilizing both cooked and cold dissolved methods, with different types of juice.
Other mixers you can make at home include the following and many more:
Simple Syrup, a 1-1 sugar and water combination, can be cooked or dissolved cold.
A near endless array of infused syrups, including Vanilla syrup, which is just simple syrup infused with vanilla beans.
Sweet and Sour mix (or just Sour mix), traditionally equal parts lemon and lime juice, which is then added to an equal part of simple syrup.
Lemon sour mix, equal parts lemon juice and simple syrup.
Orgeat (Oar-zha), an almond syrup which is most famously known for being a pain in the ass to make.
Gomme syrup, which you should check out just for the phrase “handle-bar mustachioed mixologists” (A sugar syrup with added gum arabic as an added stabilizer).
All most of these take is a little time and perhaps some SCIENCE to concoct on your own, but it can be done, and it’s so, so worth it.
Vesper (James Bond)
3oz London dry Gin
1/2oz Cocchi Americano
"Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?"
The only martini you’re ever allowed to shake. I could go into some very long winded explanations about this drink, it’s origins in the Casino Royale novel, the not so subtle nod in the movie of the same name, the history of Kina Lillet, and why this TOTALLY counts as a nerd drink cough Golden Eye 007, but I will abstain. Instead, I’ll simply say that in honor of Skyfall, enjoy this drink.
Michiru Hoshino (Katamari Damacy)
2oz White Cranberry juice
1/2 oz Sour mix
Shake all ingredients with ice, garnish with a maraschino cherry.
This mocktail is essentially a virgin cosmopolitan, to feel this drink a bit more simply omit the ginger ale in favor of a splash of the cranberry juice, and add 1 1/2 oz of Citron vodka and 1/2 oz of Cointreau.
Check out the Facebook page for a bonus home made sour mix recipe for this drink.
Gerudo (Legend of Zelda)
1 1/2 oz Scotch Whiskey
3/4 oz Blood orange juice
3/4 oz Cherry Herring
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 - 2 tsp Espresso
2 Dashes Angostura bitters
Brew espresso according to instructions, let cool. Shake all ingredients with ice.
A riff on the classic Blood and Sand cocktail. I recommend an extremely robust espresso brew to help cut the sweetness of this cocktail.
Journey (thatgamecompany - PS3)
Yogurt base (makes enough for 2 drinks)
4oz plain yogurt
4oz whole milk
8 oz Almond Water*
Juice of 2 limes
2 tbsp Honey
Whisk all ingredients together. *Almond water may be substituted for sweetened almond milk, or soda water with an ounce of orgeat syrup.
Red Cloak (Journey mocktail)
8oz Yogurt Base
1 1/2oz Pomegranate Syrup
2-3 drops rose water
White Cloak (Journey cocktail)
8oz Yogurt Base
1 1/2oz Arak, or similar anise spirit
2-3 drops rose water
Shake with ice, pour into a highball glass filled with crushed ice and add rose water. To make pomegranate syrup, combine equal parts pomegranate juice and sugar.
Much like Journey itself, the premise of these yogurt based cocktails may sound a little odd at first, but in the end you’ll hopefully find them delightful and refreshing.
Afternoon Tipple (Professor Layton - Nintendo DS)
Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Earl Grey Tea infused Gin 1 oz White Creme de Cacao 3/4 oz Cointreau 2 oz Cream 1 sugar cube Orange Bitters
Directions: Infuse 3oz Gin with 1 tsp loose earl grey tea, let steep overnight. In a shaker, saturate 1 sugar cube (1 tsp) with 2-3 dashes of orange bitters and muddle until dissolved. Add rest of the ingredients and shake with ice.
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Directions: Saturate sugar in 2-3 dashes of orange bitters, place in bottom of champagne flute and cover with splash of Cointreau. Pour in Crown Royal whiskey (optional: stir sugar until dissolved) and then top with Champagne, or your dry sparkling wine of choice.
Just in time for New years! A champagne cocktail dedicated to our favorite monarch here at OIFTC. I’d like to think that it was a couple (dozen) of these that the King of Cosmos knocked back before the establishing events of Katamari Damacy, since he seems like a classy guy who’d enjoy the occasional brut.
Also! Check out the SPECIAL NEW YEARS EVE addition of Saturday Drunkscussions on the Facebook page! I’ll be posting some special previews of my super sekrit pokemon battle! shots project as well so be sure to hit “Like”!