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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