The blood and sand is decidedly tropical drink befitting of any beach time drinking. The varying layers of sweet and citrus from the orange flavors and the sweetness of the cherry ale and vermouth offer a delicate yet memorable blend for the tongue. Each sip offers a warm and inviting taste that constantly calls for another sip…and another…and another.
The official cocktail brought to mind by Daniel Craig’s rendition of James Bond in Casino Royale is just as fitting a mixture of classiness, strength, and simplicity as the international man of mystery himself. The blend of vodka and gin adds for a convincingly strong tandem that is brought together rather solidly with the lillet blanc for a happily intriguing effect. And an even more intriguing after affect upon having one two of these bad boys.
This deceivingly difficult cocktail takes an even blend of Guiness and champagne which comes together to make a deep and rich drink that will satisfy any thirsty nighttime partyer. When mixed properly, the usual darkness of the Guinness is given an unusual lustrous shine from the bubbling champagne that gives the drink a sophisticated glow and a surprisingly smooth taste like running your hand over a velvet cover.
The Aviation is a pretty solid cocktail with a strong base of gin as the prime liquor but it’s offset by the sweetness of the liqueur and the zestiness of the lemon juice. The crème de violette also helps to mellow out the flavor but also manages to unify the main flavors into a tasty summertime treat.
The Rob Roy is another classic cocktail akin to a Manhattan but with a special flair of flavor thanks in part to the sweet vermouth. In this deceptively strong drink, the scotch is given center stage as it mingles with a commanding dance on the palette with the vermouth playing as an even partner to the whisky.
The French 75 is a simple and classy drink that uses the natural tanginess of the lemon juice and the sweetness of the sugar to play up the flavors of the gin. Using such subtle shades of flavor from the simple list of ingredients, the gin can be best supported by the other ingredients to a greater affect than what is usually known with gin cocktails.
The favored drink of Don Draper and many a speak easy enthusiast, the Old Fashioned is a strong cocktail fitting of any power-broker or any alpha-type personality. The strength of the dry brandy and bitters is balanced out by the sweetness of the sugar, orange, and cherry. With this basic set-up, the sweetness allows the tastes of the brandy to come to the forefront.
The El Diablo is a different approach to the usual tequila cocktails. What truly separates it from the pack is the use of ginger beer. While you can also substitute with ginger ale, using ginger beer adds a great balance to the fiery nature of the tequila that also plays quite nicely with the crème de cassis, granting a perfect buffer on the tongue that allows you really get the myriad of flavors from the liquors in equal order.
The Side Car is best known as the archetype for many cocktails throughout the years. This classic cocktail has been the inspiration for many drinks like the Margarita, the Cosmopolitan, and the Kamikaze. With such a delicious progeny claiming the Sidecar as their ancestor, the original source offers an impressive and refreshing blend for any summertime treat.