When I think of cocktails, I immediately think of the Tom Cruise movie:
He made mixing cocktails sexy, didn’t he? Of course that was during his glory days, before he went off his couch jumping rocker. But I’d still love to learn how to mix cocktails like he did in the movie.
When we throw a party or have a group of friends over, amongst the usual wine and beer drinkers there will be some that prefer a mixed cocktail. I’m not a big drinker, in fact I’ll go months without having a glass of wine, even longer mixing up a cocktail.
When I do go the cocktail route, my favorite is Captain Morgan’s and Coke. Although to save some money, I’ve started buying Admiral Nelson – it tastes just as good as the Captain, only it’s less expensive. You’d think being a higher rank the Admiral would be more expensive than the Captain, but it must be that he’s not as well known or as well advertised.
For the winos, I of course have a fairly unlimited supply of wine to choose from. Over the years I’ve blogged a few times about my winemaking fun – one of the reasons I started making my own wine was because here in Pennsylvania you can’t buy wine everywhere like you can in other states, like where I grew up – Washington State. You have to buy wine at a liquor store – and since it’s a liquor store, the wine selection is meager at best.
Of course I had a false start with the whole winemaking thing, when I made vinegar with my first batch. Ouch. But I pressed on, and did due diligence learning all the different techniques of winemaking, and found my passion. Plus my wines have been turning out pretty darn good if I do say so myself.
There are several cocktails you can make with wine, Sangria being one of them. One of my next batches of wine will actually be Sangria – so it’ll be Sangria in the bottle, ready to drink over ice. I’m looking forward to seeing how that turns out.
Sometimes when I’m in cocktail mode I also like to enjoy Kahlua in various mixtures – mostly Kahlua and Cream with a shot of Bailey’s, or during the holiday season, Kahlua and eggnog.
And of course me being me, I had to learn how to make my own Kahlua – now I never buy it, because my friends and I think that my homemade Kahlua is much better than store bought.
When we have the opportunity to vacation in the Caribbean, my favorite drink whilst lounging on the beach is a Piña Colada:
Doesn’t that look delicious? The thing I like about Piña Coladas is how relatively easy they are to make:
2½ to 3 ounces of rum
2 ounces Cream of Coconut
2 ounces Pineapple Juice
Crushed ice (enough to fill the serving glass).
Pour all of the ingredients into the blender and blend thoroughly until smooth. Pour back into your serving glass, top off with a straw and a piece of pineapple if you like, and enjoy.
For an even tastier Piña Colada recipe, you can freeze pineapple chunks and then use them in place of the pineapple juice and ice. This will give you an even sweeter drink, since the flavor of the coconut and pineapple won’t be diluted by the ice.
And now, this week’s question:
What’s your favorite drink – alcoholic or non-alcoholic?
Have a great weekend!
This Cocktail Party Spin Cycle was brought to you in part by the lovely Gretchen at Second Blooming, who I’d love to have cocktails with someday. Check out what the other Spinners are mixing up – I’d love to share cocktails with them someday, too.
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