Dave J

since May 2009


Hula Hula Cocktail 19 May 2009
10:34 pm

I just wanted to say that this really is an awesome drink. I don’t often drink, but when I do I like having a good quality drink as opposed to the insipid stuff you sometimes get at restaurants and bars that tastes like they used lighter fluid in place of the alcohol.

I tried this using some gin that I “borrowed” from my father, and even though it was cheap gin and cheap store brand orange juice (but good orange curacao, which I had a bottle of collecting dust on a shelf), it was good. So good that I went out and bought a bottle of my own gin so I wouldn’t have to mooch any more of my father’s stuff. I thought about getting Hendrick’s, since it’s spoken of so highly here, but it was more expensive than I could justify, so I got some Beefeater. My only comment is that since Beefeater is stronger than the stuff I was using (and stronger than the Plymouth Gin used in the video), I found it necessary to adjust to a 3:2:2 ratio, using 1.5 ounces of orange juice instead of 1 ounce. Otherwise, it came out just a touch too boozy.

Though now that I think about it, maybe 1.25 ounces would have been better. I’ll have to try that next time.

In any case, I’d like to thank you Robert for showing all of us how to make wonderful drinks at home.

Zombie Cocktail 1 Aug 2009
9:04 pm

I’ve said before that this a great show, and I still think so, but I do have a slight nit to pick with this one. Why use the Oxo mini angled measure to attempt to measure something as small as 1/8 teaspoon? Why not break out actual measuring spoons for such a small amount? 1/4 teaspoon of water doesn’t even cover the bottom of the Oxo mini!

I find that curious, especially since you advocate careful measurement of ingredients.

Other than that, I have nothing to complain about. I recently made up some Mai Tais for my old college roommate (using everything I’d learned from The Cocktail Spirit), and he was so impressed that he asked if I’d be willing to mix drinks at his housewarming party! I told him I’d consider it so long as he supplies the booze! :D