Pousse Cafe and some modern derivatives

In this post I describe real cock tail – amazing multicolor drink – Pousse Cafe. The Pousse Cafe cocktail is so old creation. This drink was invented in the Europe (France), probably. But we can found suggestions that this cocktail was invented in New Orlean, USA. The first print recipe with illustration I was found in the great How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon-Vivant’s Companion by Jerry Thomas in 1862. Layered cocktail with name Pousse l’Amour consist of brandy, two liqueurs and egg yolk. The real fancy drink! The Gary Regan in yours The Joy of Mixology specify that Pousse Cafe are drinks made by floating one ingredient on top of another, or several others, to create a multilayered effect.

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Sex on the Beach

This post is about one of my first cocktail – the Sex on the Beach Cocktail (SOTB). The SOTB is relatively young and popular cocktail. It was invented approximately in end of 80-s or start of 90-s for promotion of peach schnapps. Some people consider that name of SOTB connected with sex scandal with William Kennedy Smith. This cocktail is so popular around the world but actualy is not a classic cocktail.

As a many cocktail novice I liked this cocktail very much at one time. This cocktail has sweet and fresh taste, simply preparation and looks so good. Now I decide to prepare and compare some popular recipe of Sex on the Beach Cocktail.

My [historically] first Sex on the Beach Cocktail contains only four ingredients – vodka (always use good premium or ultrapremium vodka with clear and neutral taste), peach schnapps, freshpressed orange juice and preserved cranberry juice. Similar recipe was found in the The Classic Bar and Cocktail Book by Jonathan Goodall:

The Sex on the Beach Cocktail garnished with red maraschino cherry and orange wedge (Коктель Секс на пляже)

Sex on the Beach

30 ml vodka
30 ml peach schnapps
50 ml fresh orange juice
50 ml cranberry juice
Build all ingredients in highball glass with ice. Garnish with piece of orange and maraschino cherry.

By the way, I prefer to add one barspoon of grenadine in my Sex on the Beach for more bright color. The Sex on the Beach Cocktail has sweet taste with some piquantness of the peach schnapps and cranberry juice. It is admirable cocktail for some cases or peoples.

Similar composition has “official” SOTB from IBA (International Bartenders Association) site.

Next recipe was found in The Bar and Cocktail Book by Michael Jackson (russain edition).

The Sex on the Beach garnished with a cherry (Коктейль Секс на пляже украшенный вишней)

Sex on the Beach

30 ml vodka
30 ml peach schnapps
60 ml fresh orange juice
60 ml cranberry juice
60 ml pineapple juice
Build all ingredients in highball glass with ice. Garnish with piece of orange and maraschino cherry.

This version is more sweet and more light. Great sweet cocktail for modern dancing club. If you use fresh pressed pineapple juice you may obtain excellent results and very delicious drink.

Next recipe I found in The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff. Many good barmans consider that it is more classic recipe of the Sex on the Beach Cocktail:

The Sex on the Beach Cocktail garnished with lime wheel and maraschino cherry (Коктейль Секс на пляже украшенный колесиком лайма и мараскиновой вишней)

Sex on the Beach

45 ml vodka
15 ml peach schnapps
8 ml Chambord (raspberry liqueur)
60 ml cranberry juice
60 ml pineapple juice
Shake all ingredients and strain into highball glass with ice. Garnish with piece of lime.

I use Bols Raspberry except Chambord on Darcy`s advice. This version has sweet and piquant taste too.

And finally I taste this recipe, which was founded in one of my favorite site – cocktailtimes.com:

The Sex of the Beach Cocktail garnished with orange wheel and cherry (Коктейль Секс на пляже украшенный кружком апельсина и красной вишней)

Sex on the Beach

45 ml vodka
20 ml peach schnapps
15 ml creme de cassis
60 ml cranberry juice
60 ml orange juice
Shake all ingredients and strain into highball glass with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Great sweet cocktail. This recipe of Sex on the beach Cocktail is so similar to the rest of. All of specified recipe of Sex on the Beach are admirable drinks for some cases and some peoples.

In my Sex on the Beach I use ultrapremim vodka – Russian Standart Platinum. I use three trademarks of peach schnapps – Teichenne Melocoton (Peach) schnapps, Marie Brizard Licor de Melocoton and Bols Peach liqueur – with good results.

Electric Blue Margarita

Some times I ask myself: “А навіщо платити більше?” (А-а-а… Why pay more?)

This cocktail was proving ground for investigating of this question. :)

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Electric Blue Margarita

20 ml Cointreau
20 ml silver tequila (Jose Cuervo)
10 ml peach schnapps
10 ml blue curacao
80 ml sweet and sour
Shake and strain over ice.

Very funny drink! I have two… But so expensive … Cointreau 33 USD 1 l and Jose Cuervo Blanco 27 USD 0,7 l…

Ok! Lets try Siroco Triple Seс 9 USD 0,7 l and El Charro Silver 24 USD 1 l.

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Admirbable drink! :) Try to find 3 differences…