Have you acquired a taste for single malt scotch, but don’t feel like plunking down $40 or $50 bucks a bottle every time you visit the liquor store for the best scotch? (The very best brands of single malt scotch can cost 5 or 6 times more than that!) Take heart, you CAN afford to drink single malt scotch. If you’re like me, you save your single malt scotch purchases for special occasions once or twice a year. I have always looked forward to buying good scotch whisky for the Holidays or sometimes will ask for my favorite brand of single malt for a birthday present. For most of us, drinking a good single malt scotch everyday would leave little room for groceries; that is, until you’ve discovered Lismore.
Speyside Single Malt Scotch
Lismore single malt is a Speyside scotch that can be had for around $15 – $17 a bottle. It is a rather light tasting single malt scotch with very subtle flavors of vanilla, honey, buttery almond, toffee and some cherry. Due to its rather light, subtle flavors, Lismore single malt scotch is not likely to be the favorite of scotch connoisseurs with deep pockets, wanting something more distinguished like the deep, smoky flavors of Lagavilin or Laphroaig. On the other hand, it’s light, smooth, rather ordinary scotch flavor is what makes this such an attractive scotch for your everyday or beginning scotch drinkers. As a single malt scotch, it is also tasty enough, that a true scotch whisky snob won’t object to it either.
Your Everyday Drinking Scotch Whisky
Lismore is not a difficult liquor for even experienced scotch drinkers to enjoy. It is smooth enough that it doesn’t have that initial bite of alcohol you might notice from a cheaper malt whisky. Lismore single malt scotch makes a great every day drinking whisky, and it won’t set you back an arm-and-a-leg to enjoy regularly.
What are the Top 10 Mixed Drinks? What is the recipe for heaven on earth?
It definitely includes the top 10 mixed drinks. In a stainless steel shaker, pour two shots of Bombay Sapphire or any other good quality brand of gin. Add just a splash of vermouth, a handful of ice cubes and shake vigorously.
Top 10 Mixed Drinks Are Shaken Not Stirred
You’ll know it’s ready to pour when the stainless steel gets so cold in your hand you can no longer hold it without getting frost bite. Pour the frothy-chilled mixture through the strainer into a classic martini glass; drop in a couple of olives and watch as their round, shadowy figures form stencils of steam inside the glassy cylinder. In seconds, the frothy, shaken mixture of gin transforms back into its fully transparent state and is practically begging to be sipped by a snobby, elitist. Now, that’s how to make a gin martini. It’s pretty obvious we’re talking about the # 1 drink in the world: The Classic Gin Martini. When enjoyed slowly over an intimate conversation, a properly made martini leaves no room at the top of life. All mixed-alcoholic drinks give you a buzz. The martini does one better than that by providing the sensation of an all-over body rub-down. For most of us, the massage kicks in about the time we reach the bottom of the glass and bite into that first olive. The massage may happen a little earlier or later, depending on your weight and metabolism – just trust and believe that it really will happen if you give it a chance. I’ve never introduced a martini to someone who didn’t absolutely hate the drink their first time, then love it after their second try. The magic of the martini is enhanced by this mystery: How could something you once thought tasted so unbelievably bad become your very favorite drink? The Gin Martini has mystical powers and effects that go beyond tastes and alcohol. It is number one because once you’ve learned to love it; no other drink can take its place. The Gin Martini is number one.
Number 2: The Vodka Martini
Except for the taste and the massage, the Vodka Martini is identical to the number one drink in the world. It is made the same way; chilled and shaken, but with vodka instead of gin. As wonderful as it is, a vodka martini will always be a pretender. It is a great drink and packs a nice little punch, but it will leave you with the feeling that you still need to have your shoulders rubbed. So, why, you might ask, would someone drink a pretender over the real thing? The answer is that vodka is a kinder, gentler white liquor. It is a little bit more forgiving than gin if you decide to go over your limit. When you’re in the mood for the number one drink in the world, but want to minimize your risks of a headache and massive heartburn, but still have a good time, you play it safe and go for the Vodka Martini, #2.
Number 3: The Rob Roy
Imagine a couple of shots of Johnny Walker Black; a splash of sweet & dry vermouth; a dash of bitters; vigorously shaken with ice, and then poured through a strainer into a martini-style glass, with a cherry or lemon peel garnish. This is the Scotch drinker’s Martini. The Rob Roy is the # 3 of the Top 10 Mixed drinks in the world. Drink a couple of these and you will know why Scotch drinkers rank right up there with gin drinkers for snob appeal.
Number 4: The Margarita
Who sings Tequila? Who cares? I’d rather drink it. When you’re having a Margarita, you’re sipping on memories of a vacation in your favorite summer destination, most likely south of the U.S border. Your lips feel spicy and your soul is hot with the taste of salsa. Every sip offers a hint of paradise, freedom and the fantasy that it will last forever. The quality of the Tequila is crucial. No good Margarita was ever made with Cuervo Gold. Cuervo is the worst tasting, yet best marketed Tequila in the world. Even the cheapest unknown, brand of Tequila is infinitely better than Cuervo Gold. There are many good, inexpensive brands. A good margarita is 2 parts of good tequila, 1/2 part real lime juice, 1/2 part Contreaux; served in Margarita glass full of ice with a little salt on the rim. When made properly, they go down smoother than any other drink and are nearly impossible to stop drinking. It is for this reason that the Margarita is the # 4 drink in the world of our Top 10 Mixed Drinks list. There are more Margaritas drank that are forgotten than any other drink in the top 10 mixed drinks list.
Number 5: The Manhattan
Do you like bourbon over scotch? Okay, then grab a bottle of Jim Beam instead of the Johnny Walker and follow the instructions for the # 3 drink in the world. The result is a Manhattan. It is a drink where bourbon drinkers, too, can feel like Martini snobs. The Manhattan is # 5.
Number 6: The Mojito
It is any coincidence that four of the five Top drinks thus far are served-up, chilled and shaken like Martinis? Make that five out of six with the Mojito. Get out the stainless steel shaker and ice cubes one more time and this time reach for the Myers Rum. Add a teaspoon of sugar and a few mint leaves into the icy, stainless-steel and shake like crazy. Pour into martini glass and add a mint leave or two for garnish. It is the martini fantasy of every pirate and the numer 6 drink in the world: I rank this one a solid 6th.
Number 7: The Long Island Ice Tea
Would if you were about 3/4ths done swigging down a tall glass of Pepsi one day when you suddenly decided to go a little crazy and just start pouring a bunch of different types of booze into your near-empty glass? Apparently some drunken New Yorkers came up with this idea and named it the Long Island Ice Tea. It is the # 7 drink in the world because it is strong, refreshing and has the same can’t-stop-once-you-start habit as the #4 drink. It seems that not all New Yorkers are snobs and have to drink their booze out of a martini glass. Don’t think because it has the name Tea in it that you’ll be able to remember how many you drank. Here we go: 1 Part of the following: Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Gin, Triple-Sec; 1-1/2 part Sweet & Sour or Lemonade, and a splash or more of Coke/Pepsi. Leave it to New Yorkers to call this Tea. At number 7, the Long Island Iced Tea makes it among the Top-10.
Number 8: The Old Fashioned
In a short cocktail glass, add one and a half shots of bourbon; a dash of bitters; a teaspoon or two of simple syrup. Stir, add a few ice cubes, and fill it to the rim with Club Soda. Add Cherry and/or Orange slice for garnish. You may not know it, but if you’re in sales, this is what your boss drinks and it’s Number 8 out of my Mixed Drinks favorites.
Number 9: Rum and Coke
A very popular drink, and a better way to say, “What I really need is some strong alcohol, but I’ll order it with coke to make it sound sweet and respectable. 9 out of 10 Bourbon and Coke drinkers usually drink beer, and have not yet experienced their first martini.
Simple recipe: one or two shots of Rum, and fill the rest of the glass with Ice Cubes and Coke. If you’re a Pepsi drinker, use Pepsi. If you like RC Cola, use that…if you like Seven-Up, sorry – that’s a Shirley Temple. Whoops. Wrong Blog! Rum & Coke is ranked nine.
Drink Number 10: Daiquiri
No top-10 mixed drinks list can be without the daiquiri. Okay, so you tried a Marg, but that nasty Tequila (Cuervo) tasted so bad. Unless you’ve had someone lecture you about good tequila, you’re probably drinking something else with a little lime, zest and fun in it. The Number 10 Top drink is the Daiquiri: One ounce of fresh lime juice; 2 ounces of white rum, and one or two teaspoons of sugar. Prepare as you would the martini with plenty of ice cubes, shaken vigorously in a stainless steel shaker and strain into either a gimlet-type or martini glass, depending on how snobby you feel. The Daiquiri is the # 10 rated drink in the world and that completes our Top-10 list. Feel free to offer your own variations, recipes, advice, opinions, criticisms, etc. Cheers!
What is a Pineapple Orange Juice Peach Schnapps? Or is it called, Orange Juice Pineapple Peach Schnapps?
Drink Recipes change with the season. While this one doesn’t belong on the list of Top-10 Mixed drinks, it does have it’s own special place for the autumn season. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy a good tropical drink. This delicious drink recipe can be enjoyed in the fall and makes an especially good Halloween, holiday treat. If Orange Juice and Peach Schnapps together are called a Fuzzy Naval, then Orange Pineapple Juice Peach Schnapps is aptly named, the prickly-fuzzy naval. Pineapple Orange Juice Peach Schnapps will bring the cold bite of fall into your favorite beach memories of last summer. The pineapple orange juice adds a little bit of tropical flare to the popular, fuzzy naval.
One of the things this drink reminds me of is the combination of peaches and cream. If you’ve never had peaches with your ice cream, then you don’t know what you’re missing. The flavor of this combination is simply amazing. If you’ve tried the ice-cream treat known as the Dreamsicle than you’ve got the concept: Ice Cream and sherbet. The two were simply meant to go together. The flavor seems to explode, though, when you add the alcohol of a sweet liqueur, like Schnapps.
To make the Orange Pineapple Juice Peach Schnapps, you only need two items:
Pineapple Orange Juice (available at your grocery store in regular orange juice containers.
Orange Pineapple Juice Peach Schnapps Recipe
The traditional way would be to use half and half of each of the ingredients above and add them to a cocktail glass with a cherry.
The preferred way: 3 parts Schnapps to 1 part Pineapple Orange juice, or Orange Pineapple Juice. Shake with 4 ice cubes, then strain into a martini glass. Add an orange peel for garnish.That, my friends, is a Pineapple Orange Juice Peach Schnapps….err.. or a Orange Pineapple Juice Peach Schnapps.