This is the time of year when pineapples are at their most flavourful and found in most grocery stores. This is the perfect cocktail to take advantage of pineapple’s sweet juice, which blends with other wonderful tropical flavours of rum, orange and coconut.
The Painkiller cocktail came from the Soggy Dollar Bar on the British Virgin Islands. Its creator never gave up the exact recipe so people have had to develop their own variations. Here’s mine!
2 oz Brugal Anejo Rum
2 oz pineapple juice
2/3 oz orange juice
2/3 oz coconut cream
Pineapple wedge and leaf to garnish
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Give it a few extra shakes than usual to ensure the coconut cream is well mixed in with the other ingredients. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Place a wedge of pineapple on the rim and include a washed pineapple leaf if desired.
Use fresh juice for the best flavour. When shopping for a pineapple, choose one that’s almost completely yellow from the bottom up. These are the ripest and will have the best flavour.
Mixing drinks with fresh ingredients is a must for creating the best cocktails and the Brown Derby is a great example of this. It just wouldn’t be the same without the tang of fresh grapefruit juice to balance the soft oak flavours of the bourbon and sweet honey.
2 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
¼ oz honey syrup (1:1 ratio honey and hot water)
Grapefruit peel to garnish
Ice a cocktail glass and set aside to chill. Pour all ingredients over ice into a shaker. Shake vigorously. Discard the ice from the chilling cocktail glass. Strain shaken ingredients into the now chilled glass. Twist grapefruit peel and slip into the drink.
Using the honey syrup rather than pure honey makes it easier to mix into the drink.
I like to pick up drink recipes during tropical vacations. The Atlantic Breeze, which I came across while visiting the Cayman Islands, is refreshing enough to make you feel like you’re on vacation even when you aren’t. The flavours start with sweet vanilla, followed by light apricot, pineapple, tart lemon and dry aged rum.
1 1/2 oz Brugal Anejo Rum
1/2 oz Bols Apricot Brandy liqueur
2 1/2 oz Pineapple juice
1/2 oz Lemon juice
1/4 oz Galliano Liqueur
Garnish with an orange wheel
Pour all ingredients except the Galliano into a tall glass filled with ice. Stir and then float the Galliano on top. Garnish with an orange wheel and enjoy.
This drink is a breeze to make. Floating the Galliano on top allows the rich aroma and sweet flavour of vanilla to be the first to reach your senses.
Here’s a fruity, spiced medley of crisp raspberry, soft oak-aged Canadian whisky, tart lemon and fiery ginger to warm your winter nights.
1 oz Canadian Club Classic 12 year
½ oz Bols Cherry Brandy liqueur
4-5 fresh raspberries
1 oz fresh lemon juice
Top with ginger beer
Garnish with a lemon wedge
Place the raspberries in a mixing glass and muddle until raspberries have been broken apart. Add a scoop of ice and pour in all ingredients except for the ginger beer. Shake until well mixed and chilled. Double strain into a glass with new ice. Top with ginger beer and place garnish on the rim.
Double-straining involves using a Hawthorne strainer (the one with the spring) and a fine strainer.
Canadian Club Classic is aged 12 years in oak barrels, which imparts the spirit with mellow wood flavours.