This is the perfect springtime cocktail. The Alabama Slammer is made with Amaretto, Southern Comfort & Sloe Gin, with a little Orange Juice to top it off. It the Southern version of a Long Island Iced Tea. It’s a delicious and refreshing cocktail that can be enjoyed all afternoon long. Cheers!
The Mai Tai became popular in the early Nineteen Forties, in Oakland, California, at a place called Trader Vic’s in about 1944. There… a visionary named Victor Bergron, one of the founders of this hotspot tiki bar, concocted this great drink that still holds aclaim today! But… Trader Vic’s rival, Don the Beachcomber, claimed to have created it in 1933 at his bar and restaurant in Hollywood. Don the Beachcomber’s recipe is more complex than that of Vic and is a completely different experience.
Mai Tai translates from Tahitian to mean “Very Good” or “Out of this World.” A fitting description for this cocktail. Over the years the recipe has changed greatly. Shown for you here today is the basic version of this entrenched classic. Cheers!
The Bay Breeze is a very simple but tasty cocktail! The Bay Breeze is a cocktail which has a Cape Codder as its base, but with added pineapple juice. This drink is also sometimes called a Downeaster or Hawaiian Sea Breeze, similar to the Sea Breeze, which uses grapefruit juice instead of pineapple juice. I classify this one as a ‘boat drink’ or a ‘Jimmy Buffet’ cocktail.
I once had a priest order a “Cape Codder for a bridesmaid, And I will have a cranberry juice with vodka in it…” he said. One of the most simple of cocktails, but a very tasty and popular drink. This is the perfect summertime cocktail. This drink is made simply by adding vodka to cranberry juice. Similar ‘boat drinks’ are the Sea Breeze (with grapefruit also), and the Bay Breeze (with Pineapple also).
The Caipirinha Cocktail is the nation drink of Brazil! It is made with fresh lime segments, sugar and cachaca. Cachaca is not a rum! It is similar, however the difference is that cachaca is is made with the fresh pressed juice from sugar cane, then fermented to make cachaca. Rum is usually made with the fermented by-products of sugar production, like molasses.
The word caipirinha is the diminutive version of the word caipira, which refers to someone from the countryside, being an almost exact equivalent of the American English, slang term: hillbilly. This cocktail is wildly popular in Brazil. A couple of variations, though not quite as popular are the Caipiroska, which is made with vodka substituted for cachaça, and the Caipiríssima is a caipirinha made with rum instead of cachaça.