Labnaha cocktail

  

 

I have been remiss with this blog, due to personal issues and, amazing to me, an unexpected treat: a trip to Mexico last month, to attend my niece’s wedding. Thanks to her and her husband’s generosity, we had a marvellous week of pampering at a lovely resort on the Riviera Maya, including a catamaran ride, a tour of the Mayan ruins at Tulum, and, most magical of all, a swim in a cenote. This drink reminds me of the amazing colours and tastes of that magical week. “Labna ha” is Mayan for “holy water,” which we were told is sort of a generic way to refer to all cenotes. Swimming in the cenote was easily the most magical thing I have ever done; if you get a chance, please take the plunge (literally and figuratively).

  • 1 1/2 oz tequila (100% agave)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice, fine strained
  • 1/2 oz orange juice, fine strained
  • 1/4 oz Cointreau
  • 1/4 oz blue Curaçao 
  • 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc

Shake ingredients well over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. 

Death and Taxes Cocktail

  

In Canada the tax deadline is April 30, and I did mine today. Thus this drink, which is a variation on a cocktail called The Taxman. I added the other “certainty” in the form of Death’s Door gin.

  • 2 oz Death’s Door gin
  • 2 oz sour cherry juice (jus de griottes)
  • 1/4 oz dry vermouth
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/8 oz blood orange bitters

Kiwi Ghost cocktail



I choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by avoiding green beer and enjoying a decidedly green cocktail. This is a variation on a Green Ghost, incorporating kiwi fruit. 

  • Kiwi fruit
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/4 oz green chartreuse 
  • 1/4 oz Cointreau

Muddle the pulp and juice of a kiwi fruit with 1/4 oz lime juice. Add ice to the shaker and then add the gin, chartreuse and Cointreau. Shake until the tin is frosty. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with kiwi berries, if you can find them. They are delicious!

Mortal Coil Cocktail

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The LCBO is stocking Death’s Door gin at the moment, and it is blood orange season. What else can I say?

2 oz blood orange juice, fine strained
1 1/2 oz Death’s Door gin
Generous splash of Peychaud’s bitters

Shake well with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Watch a really gory episode of Being Human or other macabre show of your choice.

Oranje Boven cocktail

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The name means “Netherlands on top” and is the rallying cry of Dutch football (soccer) fans, as well as an old song that occasionally gets a humorous treatment. Orange is very much on top in this grown-up, less sweet treatment of a creamsicle.

1 1/2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
1/4 oz Cointreau
1/4 oz clear vanilla syrup

Dutch Redhead

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My late mom, who passed away on this date in 2002, was a Dutch war bride with what she called “fire engine red” hair. She lived in Canada far longer than she lived in the Netherlands, but retained a distinctive accent and a way of mangling words that we affectionately called “Dinglish.” What was normal and good about my upbringing was due to her. I miss her lots.

1 1/2 oz young Genever gin
2 oz sour cherry juice
1/2 oz Cointreau
Generous dash of lemon bitters

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Big Black Mariah

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“Here comes the big black Mariah,
Here comes the big black Mariah,
Here comes the big black Mariah,
Here comes the big black Ford.”
Tom Waits, “Big Black Mariah,” Rain Dogs

2 oz Dark Horse Canadian whisky
1 oz wild blueberry juice (unsweetened)
1/2 oz Cointreau

Shake over ice and strain into a rocks glass; serve over ice.

Eau Canada cocktail

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Happy Canada Day! My challenge was to make a cocktail that did not need me to open any container that would require being added to our already overloaded fridge. I also had some very ripe strawberries to use up.

1 1/2 oz white rum
1 oz Hpnotiq liqueur
2 tablespoons finely strained fresh strawberry purée

Shake well over ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Add crushed ice. Sip and enjoy!

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