This was my drink entry for the recent Drambuie Den contest here in Portland, where David Shenaut of Teardrop Lounge took home top place with his Desert Wanderer, a variation on the Bee’s Knees featuring Drambuie.
No awards were lauded for this little number, but it’s a tip of my hat to the drinks and liqueurs that stand the test of time. Simple, refreshing, and just a bit different. I blame the salt addition on Darcy’s Sensory Perception seminar at Tales. The salt cuts out a few unsavory bitter elements in the Grapefruit and Drambuie, and makes it extremely smooth and sippable. It’s a bit out of season for a tall sparkler, but I think there’ll be more than a few rounds of these made next time the sun starts up.
- 1 1/2 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
- 1 1/2 oz Drambuie
- 1 oz Simple Syrup
- 2 dash Angostura Bitters
- pinch Salt
Shake with Crushed Ice, pour into Chimney Glass, top with Soda, garnish with grapefruit peel.
The second Runner up of the Forbidden Island Cocktail Contest, Gantt’s Caprissima, by Craig Hermann! This drink is on the menu at Forbidden Island from now through November! This drink is a simple and simply delicious combination, the Grapefruit and Cinnamon combo is truly a Beachcomber classic. Watch out for the grapefruit though, the thinner the peel the better it’ll be. Craig also has his own writeup on the drink. Cheers to the runner up!
- 2 oz Rhum Clement VSOP
- ¾ oz Cinnamon Syrup (adjust to taste, depending on grapefruit sweetness)
- ¼ Grapefruit cut into pieces
In a mixing glass, muddle the grapefruit chunks and syrup. Add rum and crushed ice, shake, and pour the contents into a Double Old Fashioned glass.
Developed this very evening at the Upstairs bar. Come and join us in the chat!
- 1 1/2 El Dorado 12 year (sub Lemon Hart 80)
- 1 oz Grapefruit Juice (1:1 white to red, if available)
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz Orgeat
- 1/4 oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
- 1/4 oz Gomme Syrup
- dash Grand Marnier
- dash Angostura Bitters
Shake like hell with crushed ice and pour into Goblet.
Make one, shake one, drink one tonight at the Mixoloseum Chat!