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.
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.
Enter the Matador. A figure of style, strength and bravery. Our cocktail this week doesn’t require any bravery but certainly encompasses the other qualities.
It’s a truly magnificent combination of fruity pineapple, sweet orange, sour lime and gold tequila. Tequila pairs perfectly with lime and pineapple so even if you think you don’t like tequila, this cocktail may still be one you will enjoy.
2 oz. Sauza Gold Tequila
½ oz. Bols Triple Sec
3 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. fresh pressed lime juice
Lime twist for garnish
Place ice in a sour glass and set it aside to chill. Fill a mixing glass with ice, then pour in all the ingredients. Shake vigorously. Discard the ice from the sour glass.
Strain shaken mixture into the now chilled glass. Twist lime peel over the drink and leave it resting on the rim.
Using fresh lime juice will give you the best tasting drink.
Use a channel knife to create the long twist. To get a tight curl, wrap the twist around the handle of a bar spoon or straw. This will help give the twist a tight spiral.
Creating a cocktail can be as simple as combining the right flavours. From the Rafters is a perfect example of mixing sweet orange, nutty hazelnut, juicy pineapple and soft oak, creating a martini that is sweet and goes down easily. Maybe it goes down too easily, so be careful or you may find yourself swinging from the rafters.
1 oz Courvoisier VS
¾ oz BOLS Triple sec liqueur
¼ oz Frangelico Hazelnut liqueur
1 oz pineapple juice
Garnish with an orange peel
Begin by setting ice in a martini glass to chill. Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled. Discard the ice from the martini glass and strain. Squeeze the orange peel over the drink and drop in.
The BOLS Around The World 2013 cocktail competition is under way. One representative from Canada will be chosen to compete in Amsterdam. Visit www.bols.com for more information and to enter.
When you enter, please email the cocktail recipe to askmybartender@gmail. com for a chance to be in the featured Cocktail of the Week in the Province newspaper.
Winter is a great season for many reasons and enjoying the mountains is one of them. Whether you ski or snowboard, you deserve a delicious cocktail at the end of the day.
The nine spices in Cruzan Spiced Rum – allspice, vanilla, pepper, ginger, mace, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and juniper berry – infuse it with layers of flavour. Mix it with almond liqueur and tropical fruit juice for a delicious blend perfect for winter nights.
1 1/4 oz Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum
3/4 oz Amaretto liqueur
2 oz pineapple juice
Start by placing ice in a martini glass and putting it aside to chill while you prepare the martini. Next, pour all the ingredients into a shaker glass filled with ice and shake vigorously.
Discard the ice from the martini glass and strain shaken mixture into the now chilled glass.
This martini recipe is a variation on the original Downhill Racer, which uses white rum instead of Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum. Using the spiced rum adds more flavour profile, with the nine spices complementing the other ingredients.