I enjoy making and trying different kinds of cocktails. I like to find ways to use what we already have in our cabinet. I like to actually use recipes for cocktails since I find it's not always easy to guess in advance how flavors will interact. I also think one trick to delicious cocktails is actually measuring the ingredients.
And so since we had some tequila we weren't really drinking since we only use it to make margaritas with Mexican food, I thought I'd try something different with it.
1 1/2 ounces tequila
1 1/2 ounces white creme de cacao
1 ounce heavy cream
1/4 ounce Chambord
Pinch of cinnamon
Shake the liquid ingredients with ice about 20 or 30 times. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and sprinkle cinnamon over the top.
Recently I bought some rum, not just any rum, in fact rum that is made in the Berkshires, the county that where I work. We've tried a few of their products and they are tasty, especially the gin. So I made "Havana Sidecars". The fresh lemon juice is great in this, and in a variety of different cocktails.
11/2 ounces rum
3/4 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
Shake the ingredients vigorously many times. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. The sour flavor in the lemon, and the brightness of the Cointreau work with the buttery quality of the rum to create an interesting drink. It's refreshing, light, and really tasty.