The Book of Dangerous Cocktails: Adventurous Recipes for Serious Drinkers

The Book of Dangerous Cocktails: Adventurous Recipes for Serious Drinkers

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From the outrageously potent to the ganja-infused, the recipes in this book are an adventure in of themselves. Leave your go-to gin and tonic behind and shake up your next gathering with cocktails that pack an extra punch. Craft an elegant and powerful drink using high-proof liquors, and explore the intoxicating flavor of absinthe. Whip up one of our delicious marijuana-infused concoctions for the perfect cross-fade, or pick up the drama with some flaming shots or vaporized liquor. Regardless of your tastes, The Book of Dangerous Cocktails will have you drinking on the edge.

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ISBN-13: 9781250108845
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

DYLAN MARCH is a craft bartender who has created cocktails for bars in Nashville, Brooklyn, and New York City. He's currently a bartender and manager at The Gilroy in New York City.

JENNIFER BOUDINOT is a cookbook author and avid cocktail drinker living in Brooklyn, whose previous titles include Gourmet Pizza Made Easy, The Great Meatballs Book, and Country Cooking.

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The Book of Dangerous Cocktails

Adventurous Recipes for Serious Drinkers


By Dylan March, Jennifer Boudinot

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2016 St. Martin's Press
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-15932-8



CHAPTER 1

DANGEROUSLY EASY TO DRINK


"There's booze in this?!"

Watch out, because these drinks go down easy — maybe too easy. Because even though they might taste like something you'd drink at a kids' party, the cocktails in this chapter are decidedly adult ... and more alcoholic than you'd think.


VODKA GIMLET

There's a reason your dad used to knock back three or four of these classy-sounding drinks at every birthday party: they taste just like limeade, but they'll get you pretty drunk, pretty fast. Now you can make them yourself when he comes over. Get drunk together and ask him about the old days!

2 ounces vodka
1 ounce lime juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
Lime wedge garnish


Shake with ice until cold and blended.

Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wedge.


LEMON DROP

Pucker up! This drink is super tart, but it's also hard to stop drinking. It's a great on-the-rocks sipper but you can also leave out the ice and drink it as a shooter.

1¼ ounces vodka
¼ ounce triple sec
¼ ounce lemon juice
Sugar rim
Lemon peel garnish


Stir with ice until cold and blended.

Strain into cocktail glass with sugared rim.

Garnish with lemon peel.


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Looking for something with vodka that's not too sweet? You won't err with this refreshing cocktail. The secret ingredient is elderflower liqueur, which makes pretty much any mixed drink taste sophisticated.

1½ ounces vodka
½ ounce elderflower liqueur
¾ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce Aperol
¼ ounce simple syrup
Lemon wheel garnish


Shake with ice until cold and blended.

Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon wheel.


FRENCH SAILOR

This sweet and warm vodka drink is a sure-thing for warming up sailors lost at sea ... as well as French guys who look like they could be sailors.

1½ ounces triple sec, warmed
1½ ounces lemon vodka, warmed
1 sugar cube


Stir warmed triple sec and vodka until well blended. Place sugar cube in old-fashioned glass and slowly pour mixture over it, allowing the sugar cube to dissolve. Gently stir before serving.


CLASSIC COSMOPOLITAN

If you're looking for a fancy drink that still goes down easy, the Cosmo is the drink for you. Plus, it sounds so posh — try not doing something weird with your face while saying "Cosmos, anyone?".

2 ounces vodka
¾ ounce cranberry juice
¾ ounce lime juice
½ ounce triple sec
Lime wheel garnish


Shake with ice until cold and blended.

Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.


PORN STAR MARTINI

This cocktail contains not only melt-in-your-mouth vanilla syrup, it also has passion fruit juice — one of the best mixers for covering the taste of alcohol. A shot of champagne sipped alongside it takes this sweet elixir to a place so amazing you'll dream of being with it again.

2 ounces vodka
1½ ounces passion fruit juice
5 ounces vanilla syrup
½ ounce lime juice
2 ounces champagne


Shake all ingredients except champagne with ice until cold and blended. Strain into cocktail glass. Serve alongside a shot glass of champagne.

CHEER UP, DARIA

The only vodka drink he will actually drink, Dylan created this drink for that mopey girl in the corner who you just want to make happy. Once you get her talking, you know she will be tart and spicy with secretly sweet undertones... just like this drink.

1½ ounces vodka
¾ ounce pineapple juice
¼ ounce lime juice
¼ ounce ginger juice
¼ ounce simple syrup
½ ounce spiced demerara syrup
Seltzer
Candied ginger and/or lime wheel garnish


Shake with ice until cold and blended. Strain into Collins glass with ice. Top with seltzer. Garnish with candied ginger and/or lime wheel.

PARTY PUNCH

CHAMPAGNE SHERBET PUNCH

Go ahead and tell yourself you're making this champagne punch because your grandmother is coming to the party. Secretly, it will be because you can down like ten of these bitches in two hours.

2 quarts lemon sherbet or sorbet, as chilled as possible
5 (750-milliliter) bottles chilled brut champagne
1½ teaspoon Angostura bitters


Place sherbet in punch bowl with ice ring. Pour champagne over sherbet. Add bitters and stir. Refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving.


SOHO MARTINI

Named after Soho resident Lindsay Lohan's dazzling orange hair (nope, just shitting you), this screwdriver with a touch of vanilla is deceptively alcoholic (just like ... never mind!).

2 ounces vodka
½ ounce vanilla vodka
½ ounce triple sec
1 dash orange bitters
Flaming orange peel garnish


Stir with ice until cold and blended. Strain into a cocktail glass. Bend orange peel and squeeze over a lit match to ignite its oils. Garnish drink with flaming orange peel.


BANANA SPLIT

This is what we'd call a "dessert drink." Make some of the marijuana cocktails from chapter three with your friends, then serve this decadent cocktail to send them over the edge.

1 ounce vodka
½ ounce banana liqueur
½ ounce Irish cream (classic or caramel)
Cocoa powder rim
Cherry garnish

Shake vodka, crème de bananes, and Irish cream with ice until cold and blended. Strain into martini glass rimmed with cocoa powder. Garnish with cherry.


PEACHES AND CREAM

This sweet and creamy drink will make you feel like you're in a 50s diner with a poodle skirt on. Just make sure you don't drink so many of these that you end up under the booth.

1 ounce vanilla vodka
1 ounce peach schnapps
2 ounces milk

Shake with ice until cold and blended.

Strain into cocktail glass.


RASPBERRY SPRITZER

If Jen met Dylan back when she was ordering drinks with raspberry vodka in them, they probably never would have become friends. But you can enjoy this fruity fave of hers even if Dylan wouldn't be caught dead drinking it.

1½ ounces raspberry vodka
1 ounce cranberry juice
2 ounces ginger ale
Lime wedge garnish


Shake vodka and cranberry juice with ice until cold and blended. Strain into highball glass.

Top with ginger ale and stir.

Garnish with lime wedge.


SHAMELESS SHOOTER

LITTLE RED CORVETTE

Shoot a bunch of these, then put on an entire album's worth of Prince songs and dance. Sing along loudly and apologize to no one.

¾ ounce orange vodka
¼ ounce Aperol
¼ ounce lemon juice
¼ ounce simple syrup


Shake with ice until cold and blended. Strain into a shot glass and shoot!


SEX ON THE BEACH

It's safe to say that none of us have had as much sex on the beach as we would have liked. Make it all better with the sexiest-named cocktail on Earth.

1½ ounces vodka
½ ounce peach schnapps
½ ounce crème de cassis
1½ ounces orange juice
1½ ounces cranberry Juice
Orange wheel garnish


Shake with ice until cold and blended.

Strain into highball glass over ice.

Garnish with orange wheel.


KNOXVILLE LEMONADE

This simple, sunny cocktail allows you to make a fresh, spiked lemonade to your preferred sweetness. Peach schnapps and ginger ale take it to a whole other dimension, and lemon vodka adds a bit more kick. Add more ginger ale in the summer to keep yourself hydrated.

1 ounce lemon vodka
1 ounce peach schnapps
3 ounces lemon juice
1–3 ounces simple syrup (to taste)
2 splashes ginger ale
Orange slice garnish


Shake with ice until cold and blended.

Strain into mason jar over ice.

Garnish with a slice of orange and drink with a straw.


MOVING FJORD

This tart and refreshing Dylan original was created with his cohorts at the Upper East Side's The Gilroy with Purity Swedish Vodka in mind. It's crisp and complex and yes, even pure.

1½ ounces vodka
½ ounce pomegranate liqueur
¾ ounce lime juice
½ ounce pineapple juice
½ ounce almond-orgeat syrup
Grated nutmeg and lime wheel garnish


Shake with small handful of crushed ice until blended. Pour into pilsner glass and fill with additional crushed ice. Garnish with grated nutmeg and lime wheel.


TOM COLLINS

A drink so classic it has a bar glass named after it, a Tom Collins is basically a sparkling gin lemonade. It's best sipped under a tree while Googling the conflicting stories of who Tom Collins was.

1½ ounces gin
¾ ounce lemon juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
Club soda
Lemon wheel and/or cherry garnish


Shake gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice until cold and blended. Strain into its eponymous glass over ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon wheel or cherry.


ARMY NAVY

This refreshing classic that goes down as fast as the first day of spring features uniquely flavored almond-orgeat syrup, which gives it a light yet full flavor that gin drinkers will love.

2 ounces gin
½ ounce lemon juice
¼ ounce almond-orgeat syrup
Lemon peel garnish


Shake with ice until cold and blended.

Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.


BEE'S KNEES

This drink, Jen's favorite of all time, is ideal for picnics and waiting in line for free outdoor concerts. Just stash some in a chilled thermos and you're ready to go!

1½ ounces gin
¾ ounce honey
½ ounce lemon juice
Lemon peel garnish


Shake with ice until cold and blended.

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with lemon peel.


SHAMELESS SHOOTER

PAMOYO

This one's for the non–gin drinkers. Start here and then tell us what's not to love about the floral herbiness of this delicate spirit.

¾ ounce gin
¾ ounce lemonade
¾ ounce grape juice


Shake with ice until cold and blended. Pour into a shot glass and shoot!


GIN BLOSSOM

We will probably sing along if "Follow You Down" comes on at 3 a.m., but let's be honest, the Gin Blossoms were an embarrassingly mainstream band. This is kind of an embarrassingly mainstream drink, but it's delicious and there's no easier way to drink gin. Plus, it fits in well at any party where the Gin Blossoms would come on at 3 a.m.

1 ounce gin
1 ounce peach schnapps
8 ounces lemon-lime soda like 7-Up


Stir gin and peach schnapps with ice in a cocktail glass (or Solo cup) until cold and blended. Top with soda.


FRENCH 75

Do gin the French way with this classic cocktail. Feel like vodka instead of gin? Then you have a French 76. And if you substitute bourbon, you have a French 95. (We didn't make the rules, we're just telling you them!)

1½ ounces gin
¾ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce simple syrup
Champagne
Lemon peel garnish


Shake with ice until cold and blended.

Strain into champagne flute.

Top with champagne or sparkling wine.

Garnish with lemon peel.


SOUTHSIDE

This twist on the gimlet is basically a mojito with gin instead of rum. They're perfect for spring drinking — so perfect, in fact, that you'll want to drink them all through the summer, too.

2 ounces gin
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce lime juice
6 mint leaves
Lime peel garnish


Shake gin, simple syrup, lime juice, and 5 mint leaves with ice until cold and blended. Fine-strain into cocktail glass and garnish with remaining mint leaf.


LADY-KILLER

Yes, you can still kill with the ladies while drinking a cocktail with fruit juice in it. (It helps if you have a mustache, though.)

1 ounce gin
½ ounce triple sec
½ ounce apricot brandy
2 ounces passion fruit juice
2 ounces pineapple juice
Mint sprig garnish


Shake with ice until cold and blended.

Strain into highball glass over ice.

Garnish with mint sprig.


SLOE 75

Sloe gin seems like something your grandpa would drink, but it's actually more of the party girl of spirits thanks to its sweet taste and pink color. This twist on a French 75 isn't particularly boozy, but it gets the job done. Serve it at a bridal shower and the bride's aunts won't know what hit them.

1 ounce sloe gin
½ ounce simple syrup
½ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce lime juice
1 dash Angostura bitters
3 ounces sparkling wine
Raspberry garnish


Shake all ingredients except sparkling wine until cold and blended. Strain into champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with raspberry.


ALABAMA SLAMMER

If you're going to make a cocktail with Southern Comfort, make it a cocktail with a name like the Alabama Slammer. It sounds tough, but goes down easy: this 70s-era classic actually contains just about every sweet spirit currently in your cabinet.

1 ounce sloe gin
1 ounce peach liqueur like Southern Comfort
1 ounce amaretto
2 ounces orange juice
Orange wheel and cherry garnish


Shake with ice until cold and blended. Strain into highball glass over ice. Garnish with orange wheel and cherry.


SANTIANNA

Dylan's original twist on a Mezcal Mule is like a more-interesting margarita: delicately layered notes of smoke, sweet, zestiness, and spice. But what really gets it noticed is the flaming cinnamon stick garnish that smokes like incense while you drink it.

1½ ounces mezcal
½ ounce lime juice
½ ounce pineapple juice
½ ounce cinnamon syrup
¼ ounce ginger juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Smoking cinnamon stick garnish


Shake with small handful of crushed ice until cold and blended.

Pour into Moscow mule mug. Fill with crushed ice.

Garnish with cinnamon stick. Light cinnamon stick on fire with long lighter, then gently blow out before serving while still allowing to smoke.


NUENA TARDES

This is definitely not the drink to give to young children if you're trying to convince them how gross alcohol tastes.

1½ ounces mezcal
5 ounces apple juice
1 ounce lemon juice
Lemon wheel garnish


Shake with ice until cold and blended.

Strain into pint glass. Garnish with lemon slice.


STRAWBERRY BASIL MARGARITA

The addition of strawberries and basil leaves (an odd and beautiful pair) to this traditional margarita adds sweetness and complexity.

4 strawberries
4 basil leaves
¾ ounce lime juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
1½ ounces tequila
½ ounce triple sec
¼ ounce maraschino liqueur


Muddle 3 strawberries and 3 basil leaves with lime juice and simple syrup. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice until cold and blended. Strain into margarita glass over ice. Garnish with remaining strawberry and basil leaf.


TEQUILA FRESA

This sweet summer drink is also great blended with ice and sipped through a straw.

1½ ounces tequila
¾ ounce strawberry liqueur
½ ounce lime juice
½ teaspoon orange bitters
Strawberry garnish


Shake with ice until cold and blended. Strain into old-fashioned glass over ice. Garnish with strawberry.


ALAMO SPLASH

The Alamo is a sacred ground where Jan Hooks explained the many uses for corn while Pee-Wee was horrified to discover his bike was not in the basement. Honor it with this fun and fruity tequila drink.

1½ ounces tequila
1 ounce orange juice
½ ounce pineapple juice
Lemon-lime soda, like 7-Up
Pineapple wedge garnish


Shake all ingredients except soda with ice until cold and blended. Strain over ice into Collins glass.

Top with splash of 7-Up. Garnish with pineapple wedge.


(Continues...)

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Table of Contents

Contents

Title Page,
Copyright Notice,
Warning!,
INTRODUCTION,
CHAPTER 1: Dangerously Delicious,
CHAPTER 2: Dangerously Boozy,
CHAPTER 3: Dangerous, with Drugs,
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS,
INDEX,
ABOUT THE AUTHORS,
Copyright,

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