Monday, October 4, 2010


Ick. Can I just say, I still don't like whiskey. I tend to really like drinks made with pineapple juice so I thought maybe this would be different, but I was wrong.

It's not as bad as whiskey and tonic or some other awful things I've had (whiskey shots!) where the whiskey flavor is over bearing and just takes over your mouth, the pineapple does sweeten it, and vermouth takes the burn off. But in general, the overwhelming flavor is that of the whiskey, which I simply don't like.

Can I also say that I really hate maraschino cherries? Talk about overly processed and sickeningly sweet. With a drink like this I'm not entirely sure what the point of such garnish is anyways. Do you eat the cherry while taking a drink? Should the flavors mix? Is it like some type of chaser? We didn't have toothpicks, so my cherry is sitting at the bottom of my glass, knocking about until I finish the drink.

One thing I CAN say about this drink is it has a kick. If you like the taste of whiskey this drink would probably go down real smooth. The alcohol taste isn't real strong, though the flavor of the whiskey is. Even so, I'm already feeling the fuzzyness in my head, and I'm barely halfway through my glass.

2 oz. rye or blended whiskey
1 oz. dry vermouth
1 oz. pineapple juice

Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

I think it's also fair to say that the more I drink this, the more I like it. Now I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad sign.


  1. And the Indian tribe name for the drink is an interesting choice... I wonder who thought that would be a good idea? Does your book not have notes about the drinks? If not kudos for yours, but I have to wonder about some of the mixes I have seen so far. They seem aperitif.

  2. I was wondering where the name of the drink came from I hadn't realized that it was Native America.

    The book doesn't talk about the history or culture surrounding the drinks, at least not specifically. I try and do a quick google search but I didn't with this one, probably because I disliked the drink so much.

    What does aperitif mean, precisely? I mostly have seen it to reference before dinner drinks.. but you seem to use it as a pejorative?