Mocha Cola

Sometimes a cocktail is a very simple concoction. A Rum and Coke fits the bill. Or this one, the Mocha Cola.

I heard about a Japanese release called Coke and Coffee Plus. I figured it had already been done as a cocktail. Of  course it had! As a 1:1 mix, it is very sweet. Strangely enough, adding more cola improved it. A different coffee liqueur may also be less sweet.

1 oz Coffee Liqueur
1 1/2 oz Coke (2 oz works well, too)

Add the ice to a glass, and pour in the coffee liqueur. Add the Coke and stir.

Midday Sun

Look at any list of recipes and you’ll find at least one “sunrise”. Usually a base liquor, orange juice, and grenadine for the color effect.

I was looking for something to do with limoncello, and on a whim, mixed it with orange juice. It was plenty sweet, and I decided not to add the grenadine. I playfully commented that it looked like the “midday sun”, and the name stuck (in the Lair, at least). This is a pretty mild drink, considering that the limoncello is the only alcohol at about 25-30% ABV.

If it is too sweet, adding a bit of lemon juice (or lime) should give it a bit of pucker!

1 oz Limoncello
3 oz Orange Juice
(optionally add 1/4 or 1/2 oz Lemon juice or Lime juice, if you want some tartness)


Pomegranate Martini

I can’t remember the website where I saw this recipe. Maybe it was one of the smartphone apps.

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Orange Liqueur
  • 1 oz Sour Mix
  • 1/2 oz Pomegranate Juice

Note: I used POM Wonderful juice.
Fill a shaker with ice. Add the ingredients and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Mr Bali Hai

I first saw this recipe on Common Man Cocktails, and a couple of other YouTube channels. We decided to give it a try in the Lair today. It really highlights the dark rum. It is sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.

  • 1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 3/4 oz Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz Light Rum (Puerto Rican)
  • 1 1/2 oz Dark Rum (Jamaican)

Note: I used Plantation Double Aged Dark Rum

Fill a shaker with ice. Add the ingredients and shake. Strain into a Tiki mug or a glass with some of the ice.