by | Aug 3, 2022 | odds and ends

Not many people know that I took my bartender course several years back. As part of my homework for the course, I needed to create drinks unique drinks. Also, as part of this course we needed to edit existing drinks to make them used off the shelf aka “bar rail” ingredients. Now that I’m cleaning up my blog site, I wanted to bring all of this work together within one blog post instead of the several it was before. As part of this updating I’m updating it to add screenshots as needed.

Where the drinks are made!

I have already posted I am taking a personal interest course in Bartending to go along with my bar setup. Finally, as part of my final exam, I need to:

  • Modify four existing cocktails to ( the best two will be selected and graded)
    • make it cheaper (ie replace Grand Marnier with Triple Sec)
    • easier to make ( Reduce the number of liquors, thereby making it faster)
  • Create 4 original drinks:
    • 1 Shooter
    • 1 Short cocktail
    • 1 Cocktail
    • 1 my choice.

So over the last few weeks I have already started this process, Ellen and I have been testing all of the creations. 😊

To help me remember some of these drinks, I blogged them. Both the ones that work and the ones that don’t work. In either case I will tell you why it does or doesn’t work.

BTW, No, I’m not going for Tom Cruise in Cocktail but I now know how to do the flaming Coffee’s! 😊

Original Drinks

Cherry Blossom

Drink type: Shooter

Glassware: Shooter

Mixing: n/a

  • 1/3 Frangelico
  • 1/2 Cream de Cacao
  • 1/3 Cherry Brandy

Story: Ellen like frangelico, so I try to make something that she would like.


Ellen: “I liked it”

Me: It taste just like the Cherry Blossom

Catching Some Rays

  • ½ oz Red SourPuss liqueur
  • ½ oz Melon liqueur
  • 1 oz Spiced Rum
  • Topped with Club Soda

This is a nice light drink, but we (all fours of us) agreed that we should try this with OJ or Lemonade next time.

Macon Whoppie

Drink type: Summer

Glassware: Collins

Mixing: Shaken

  • 1 oz Morgan’s Spiced Rum
  • ½ oz Southern Comfort
  • ½ oz Peach Schnapps

Topped with Soda

Story: While working on my homework, Rueben say make a drink based on where John, Rueben’s bother lives, Macon, Georgia! One of the sports teams in Macon is named after the Whopping Crane, hence the name.


Me: This is a Summer time drink.

Rueben: Nice and light.

Monica: Nice but what would it be like with OJ or peach juice?

Yes, my final exam is today, in just over an hour from now, that is why I’m posting and then printing all the drinks today

Oh Cow!

Drink type: Nightcap

Glassware: Rox

Mixing: Shaken

  • 1 oz Cream
  • 1.25 oz Cream de Cacao
  • 1 oz Oh Canada! or Sortilège

Story: Sortilège is liquor that one of my old office mates introduced me too. Normally I we drink this one the rocks. However because of the bartending course, I thought that I would nice to try this as a nightcap.


Ellen: It not too sweet.

Me: I think this is better on the rocks!

Aventura Honeymoon

Drink type: Nightcap

Glassware: Old Fashion

Mixing: Shaken

  • 1 oz Cream
  • 1.25 oz Cream de Cacao
  • 1 oz Xtabentún

Story: Xtabentun is a liquor that Ellen and I were introduced to on our honeymoon and as you can guess from the name, we when to Aventura Spa Palace. Generally, we like Xtabentun as a sipping drink, but I thought that I would try it as a nightcap. The taste of the honey come out more and the anise become more of secondary flavour.

Rating: Since This is the first drink posted, I’m still working out the kinks in the scoring system.

Ellen: She is not a big fan of cream-based drinks, but she found the flavour in this drink.

Me: I like nightcaps and this one will certainly be one of the ones that I will drink!

Drinks Corrections



  • 1 oz Vodka
  • Topped with Grapefruit juice


Blue Wave


  • Grey Goose
  • Raspberry Liquor
  • Blue Curacao
  • 7up


  • 1 1/2 Oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 Oz. Blue Curacao
  • 1/2 Oz. Raspberry Liquor
  • 7UP

John Collins


  • 2 oz Bar Mix
  • Sugar
  • 1 oz Rye
  • Optionally topped with Soda


Pepe Deluxe


  • Becardi orange rum
  • Banana Liqueur
  • Strawberry kiwi Remy
  • Pineapply Juice


  • 1 Oz. Rum
  • 1/2 Oz. Banana Liqueur
  • 1/2 Oz. Raspberry Liquor
  • Strawberry Juice
  • Orange juice
  • Kiwi Juice
  • Pineapply Juice

Fire Red Opal


  • Made with Ketel One Vodka
  • fresh orange juice
  • Cointreau
  • cranberry juice
  • fresh lime juice


  • 2 Oz. Vodka
  • 3 Oz. OJ
  • 3 Oz. Cranberry
  • 1 Oz. Lime Juice



  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 2 oz Cream / Milk
  • Topped with Cola


  • 1 ½oz Vodka
  • 2 oz cold Coffee
  • 2 oz Cream / Milk
  • Topped with Cola

Pomegranate Martini


  • 2 Oz. Vodka
  • 6 Oz. 100% Pomegranate Juice- we recommend POM brand
  • 1 Oz. Alize Wild Passion
  • ¾ Oz. Orange Liquor
  • 1 Fresh Pomegranate to use seeds for garnish


  • 2 Oz. Vodka
  • 6 Oz. Pomegranate Juice or Cocktail
  • ¾ Oz. Orange Liquor
  • Optional 1 Fresh Pomegranate to use seeds for garnish


Combine in cocktail shaker over ice.

Shake & strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with Pomegranate seeds last.

Old Fashion


  • Orange, Lemon & Cherry – muddled
  • Sugar
  • Bitters
  • 1 oz Rye

Optionally topped with Soda


  • Orange, Lemon & Cherry – muddled
  • 1 oz Rye
  • Topped with Ginger Ale

Bonus Drink – ITProtini

At MMS 2009 there as a ITProtini for the closing party, I didn’t have a chance to try it but there is the ingredients list. (Thank you, to Paul T.) I have guessed that the proportions.

Drink type: Martini

Glassware: Martini

Mixing: Shaken

  • ¾ oz Blackberry vodka
  • ¾ oz black cherry vodka
  • ½ oz cranberry juice
  • ½ oz pineapple juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup

Needly to say I passed the course!


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