Saturday, January 5, 2013

Side Trip #3 - Christmas Day at Dave's

Christmas Day!  Presents under the tree!  Aunt Judy passed out under the tree!

So this year, my mother-in-law was in charge of the cocktails.  She is usually a fantastic chef, so I was excited to see what she would come up with.

The first cocktail was something she called a Santa Stinger which had equal parts green crème de menthe and vodka.  My father in law mixed the drinks and we all started to sample them.

"This is terrible!" yelled my dad - we all turned to look at him and figured out that he was talking about Fred Claus that was playing on TV and not the cocktail - although, he could have been talking about either.

The Green Monster
My wife thought it tasted like Scope.  I'm not sure when she tried imbibing Scope, but it being Christmas and all, I thought I'd let that one slide and decided to ask her in the new year.  No one cared for this drink at all.  My mother-in-law confessed that its name actually wasn't a Santa Stinger, but a Vodka Stinger.  Upon further research, I found that a Vodka Stinger uses clear Crème de Menthe, so perhaps Mom DID come up with a new drink by using the green Crème de Menthe after all!  All - err - um - Scope - ... tasting - and everyth-...yeah, nevermind.....

The Orange Thrill!
 The next drink that she made was fantastic!  It's called an Orange Thrill and it was made with 3/4 parts Vanilla Liqueur, 3/4 parts Vodka, and 5 parts Orange Juice.  You really couldn't taste the alcohol in it, so it could really catch up on you.  We were verrrrry careful with this one!  I couldn't find any information on this cocktail, except on the DeKuyper website.

The next day, the next family meal.  It was my turn to come up with the dessert cocktail.  I decided to split the cocktail into three smaller ones - the Grasshopper, Brandy Alexander, and Pink Squirrel.  To my surprise, the Pink Squirrel was everyone's favorite - everything else tasted too boozy.  Personally, I'm still trying to decide which one's my favorite.

My son's hat keeping watch over the drinks

The Pepto-Bismol looking drink is actually the winning Pink Squirrel

Anyway, I hope you had a great Christmas, and a cool New Year's Eve!

Up Next - Cena para desayuno, or Tommy's Margarita vs. Tequila Sunrise


  1. Gracias Senor Dave on the tips for the Cuba Libre, but I can't believe you shared a car ride with a guy from Boston and didn't mention the Green Monster above!

  2. Haha! Hola Geoff! Wait - Fenway, or absinthe? :) Ha-HA-ha! Take care!