Blue Lagoon

As the Difford`s Guide specify, the Blue Lagoon Cocktail was created by Andy MacElhone (son of legendary Harry MacElhone – the creator of White Lady, Monkey Gland and Side-car) at Harry’s New York Bar, Paris, France in 1972. Some sources specify another date of birth for this cocktail – a 1960s, when blue curacao liqueur was launched at european market by BOLS.

Common recipe for Blue Lagoon Cocktail specify vodka (as main alkohol), blue curacao liqueur (as sweetener) and lemonade (as deluent). The most abstruse component of this cocktail is lemonade, actually. I have three ways to avoid this difficulty.

1. Using of the home-made Lemonade.

It is more correct solution. You may cook your own lemonade in such way (recipe from Cocktails and Mixed Drinks by Anthony Hogg).

Lemonade, home-made. Wash three big lemons, cut each in half and squeeze the juice. Pare off the rinds, putting them in a basin with 150 g sugar. Add 850 ml boiling water, cover and leave until cold, stirring occasionally. Then strain into a jug, add the lemon juice and chill. (I recommend to remove the white mesocarp of lemon skin before hot-water infusion. I prefer to add some soda in this concentrate before using).

The Blue Lagoon Cocktail garnished with star-fruit (Коктейль Голубая Лагуна украшенный карамболем)

Blue Lagoon

45 ml vodka
20 ml blue curacao liqueur
home-made lemonade
Build. Collins glass. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.

The Blue Lagoon Cocktail with home-made lemonade is great summer drink with interesting citrus sour-sweet taste with some bitternes of lemon peel essential oil in the palate. This is admirable drink.

2. Using different recipe.

This recipe of the Blue Lagoon Cocktail was found in the The Classic Bar & Cocktail Book by Jonathan Goodall.

The Blue Lagoon Cocktail garnished with lemon wheel (Коктейль Голубая Лагуна украшенный колесиком лимона)

Blue Lagoon

45 ml vodka
30 ml blue curacao liqueur
15 ml fresh lemon juice
soda water
Build over ice in a large goblet. Garnish with blue maraschino cherry.

This version of the Blue Lagoon Cocktail has refreshing sour-sweet and tart taste with light citrus palate. You may use some simple syrup for best sweet and sour balance in this drink.

3. Using of lemon-lime soda.

One of my favotite version of the Blue Lagoon Cocktail is drink with lemon-lime soda. This cocktail is very popular among my guests. I think it is best choice for cocktail-neophite.

The Blue Lagoon Cocktail garnished with red maraschino cherry and orange slice (Коктейль Голубая Лагуна украшенный красной мараскиновой вишней и долькой апельсина)

Blue Lagoon

45 ml vodka
20 ml blue curacao liqueur
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
lemon-lime soda
Build. Collins glass. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.

This version of the Blue Lagoon Cocktail has so sweet and citrus taste. This drink also has great show. It is admirable drink for hot summer days, beach party or club.

Some cocktails with Midori – Japanese Slipper and Suntory Cocktail

Some day ago one of my favorite cocktail-blogger Dr. Bamboo posted some words about marvellous liquor – the Midori. And my cocktail-friend from St. Petersburg, Russia nabocov wrote about Melon sour (Midori-based sour). Actually it is strange thing – three blogers on one week wrote about Midori…

I explore some cocktails with the Beautiful Green Liqueur last week too. First of all I prepared one of the signature Midori cocktails – the Japanese Slipper. This cocktail was invented in 1984 by Jean-Paul Bourguignon at Mietta’s Restaurant in Melbourne. This cocktail has very strange recipe with Cointreau liqueur as main alcohol.

The Japanese Slipper Cocktail (beauty green cocktail garnished with red maraschino cherry) (Коктейль Japanese Slipper (красивый зеленый коктейль украшенный красной мараскиновой вишней))

Japanese Slipper

25 ml Cointreau
25 ml Midori
25 ml fresh lemon juice
Shake. Pour into cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

The Japanese Slipper Cocktail has light sour-sweet fruit taste. It is good cocktail for summer or tropic beach. If you replaced cointreau with vodka you may obtain more powerfull drink.

Next my cocktail is Suntory Cocktail. Suntory, as you know, is a large japanese beverage holding, which launched Midori worldwide. This recipe was found in The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff.

The Suntory Cocktail (Коктейль Сантори)

Suntory Cocktail

30 ml citrus-flavored vodka (Absolut citron)
20 ml Midori
20 ml fresh grapefruit juice
Shake. Cocktail glass.

The Suntory Cocktail has sweet candy taste with fruit-melon palate. Admirable cocktail.

Happy Saint Valentine`s Day – Golden Cadillac and Creme Brulee Martini

The Golden Cadillac Cocktail is one of the famous after-dinner cocktail from Alexander`s family. It was invented at Poor Red`s Saloon in El Dorado, California, near Sutter`s Mill, which was Gold Rush territory, hence the name (or only half of the name :) ). It has composition similar to Alexander – spirit, liqueur, cream. Simply and very tasty. This kind of cocktail is great stuff for St. Valentine`s Day evening.

The Golden Cadillaс Cocktail garnished with ground-cherry (Коктейль Золотой Кадиллак украшенный физалисом)

Golden Cadillac

30 ml Galliano
30 ml creme de cacao white
30 ml cream
Shake vigorously and pour in a cocktail glass.

Salvatore ‘The Maestro’ Calabrese garnish some of creamy cocktail with ground-cherry. I think that is great idea. A ground-cherry is very interesting and good-looking garnish for cocktails.

The pretty white cocktail garnished with cape gooseberry (Белый коктейль украшенный физалисом)

The Golden Cadillac Cocktail has sweet, creamy taste with chocolate and vanilla with a hint of spices palate. It is admirable cocktail.

My next choice for Valentine`s evening is modern Creme Brulee Martini. This recipe was found on the so interesting site – Cocktail Times. It is so rare chance to use in cocktails another interesting italian hazelnut liqueur – Frangelico.

The Creme Brulee Martini Cocktail garnished with orange peel heart (Коктейль Крем-брюле Мартини украшенный сердечком из апельсиновой кожуры)

Creme Brulee Martini

45 ml vanilla-flavored vodka
30 ml Frangelico
15 ml Cointreau
30 ml half and half
Shake. Pour in a cocktail glass and garnish with a vanilla stick.

I use Absolut Vanilla in my cocktail. The result are excellent. The Creme Brulee Martini is sweet creamy cocktail with comlex palate. It is like an ice-cream from my childhood.