Making Cocktails with Fingers Crossed

More experimenting today.  Experimenting is good because 1) I get to drink and 2) get rid of the growing arsenal of liquors and syrups that are colonizing my kitchen.  One of those is banana syrup, which isn’t exactly a utility infielder when it comes to cocktails.  Additionally, my blender broke when I made this, so I wasn’t able to puree the banana — instead, I threw chucks of cut up bananas into the syrup process.  Risk #1.  I was encouraged however when I opened the lid and took a whiff – strong, beautiful banana flavor.  Yum.  My first drink was a Banana Hammock, which consists of:

This drink was goooooood – the syrup give it a thicker consistency that gives you a very-bananaish mouth feel.  With the spice of the rum , this just knocks it out of the park perfectly.  I almost wish I had more ice with this drink as I think it gets more heavenly the colder it gets.  Check it out:

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Ok, so as I’ve mentioned before I’m working towards a red white and blue cocktail combo.  I have my white, now I need my red.  I read the history behind the Jack Rose, an applejack cocktail which hails back to George Washington.  I mean, that’s so patriotic I have to make it.  Always favoring homemade ingredients, I made the grenadine myself.  Unfortunately, there is no consistency in the online instructions about how to do it, with a lot of variation concerning the amount of sugar or other ingredients like pomegranate molasses.  I hate the uncertainty, so I threw caution to the wind a bit and just threw a cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar in a pan and took a chance.  Risk #2  I then added a few drops of lemon, threw it in the fridge, and hoped for the best.

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Well my hopes were not in vein.  This was good, maybe a bit too sweet, so I may cut down a little on the sugar next time, but it was a really rich and enjoyable drink.  Can’t wait to make this for folks on a hot summer day, I think it will be a big hit.

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