M5 Raspberry Punch

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Last summer was a busy time for me. I’ve planned to produce some homemade infusions and liqueurs and spent a lot of time gathering berries, fruits and herbs, selecting and preparing them and eventually infusing various spirits with selected stuff.

Raspberry infused gin was the first point in my to-do list. I’ve decided it in winter when I’ve enjoyed Clover Club with raspberry syrup time after time. But that’s not the only cocktail where raspberry gin could be used. Many gin-based cocktails and longdrinks definitely benefit from substituting raspberry infused gin for regular one. But the first drink where I’ve started to use my raspberry gin was a punch variation which has been improvised by myself once when I’ve wanted to drink something refreshing and berry-flavoured.

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The Reverb Crash

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Funny that the first Tiki drink I write about is not of those famous drinks such as Mai Tai or Zombie. There is more fun because my Tiki season has started when summer comes to the end. Anyway, I’m drinking Tiki cocktails from time to time during last three years but get only just ready for writing about it.

My choice was a bit spontaneous. I was in mood for something exotic when buying two big pink grapefruits in a local store. Juiced, they’ve provided me with a 0.5L bottle of fresh grapefruit juice, and that was a reason for making grapefruit inspired Tiki drink.

So I’ve switched over to The Reverb Crash, a relatively new Tiki cocktail in which grapefruit juice works with passion fruit syrup and rum.

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Blinker

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It was last spring when I’ve learned this beautiful cocktail called Blinker.

I like both whiskey and grapefruit juice, and it was very interesting for me to mix them together with grenadine. Immediately I’ve made it with an ordinary bourbon, and later I made sure that Blinker could be great drink for me.

Google told me that Paul Clark already wrote about Blinker. He insists that Blinker is one of the cocktails resurrected by Ted Haigh.

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Woodward

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I have to admit that I count grapefruit juice as a perfect mixer. Despite it’s not as popular as lime juice, grapefruit juice brings richer flavour, fresher fragrance and unique bitter and tart aftertaste.

I prefer pink grapefruits because I think they give more constant taste than white ones.  Pink grapefruit juice combines perfectly with gin, vodka and tequila. But does it work with scotch?

Recently I’ve found simple cocktail recipe at CocktailDB in which blended scotch mixes with grapefruit juice and dry vermouth. It’s called Woodward, and I was going to learn how it works.

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Salty Chihuahua

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One day I lurked on cocktails blogs (it’s my usual pastime when I drink something usual – hot spiced tea with rum or just a dram of whisky). I was searching for something fresh and easy…

An then I found beautiful and simple recipe on the blog called White on Rice Couple. It was “Salty Chihuahua”, a variation on famous “Salty Dog” where tequila was used instead of gin (or vodka).

Very simple but I was so hungry for bright summer drinks and I love dogs so much… So I did it!

I love big glasses so I took my double rock glass and converted initial proportions for it:

Salty Chihuahua

  • 60 ml tequila,
  • 120 ml fresh red grapefruit juice.

Shake briefly and strain into glass filled with ice. Salt rim is highly recommended.

I preferred tequila reposado to blanco. At that time my choice was Leyenda Milagro Reposado, a common reposado tequila with decent taste. I thought that it should be able to control double volume of sour grapefuit juice.
The result you can see at the picture below: monumental pink drink.

Salty Chihuahua

Last month I was obsessed with pink cocktails, usually bitter or sour. And this one is the same, light refreshing drink without sugar.

A little bit pepper in aftertaste, sour grapefruit juice prevails thanks to backing received from 100%-agave tequila reposado with bright bitter and smoky palate.

Truly I was a bit sceptical about this recipe because of lack of sweetening (or bittering) agent there. I was ready to meet a drink with flat and simple taste. And I was totally wrong!

First minute I just sipped with great relish.

Later strange taste associations appeared, mainly vegetable: winter cherry, ripening strawberry and (most prominent) brown tomatoes. All these aftertastes were very light and short but in whole “Salty Chihuahua” was very unexpected, a bit psychedelic experience for me.