The Intoxicologist

Friday, September 21, 2007

New England Highballs

The Cape Cod or Cape Codder is within the family group of drinks known as the New England Highballs. There are six member drinks within this family, five beginning with the base liquor of vodka and one tricky one with rum, followed by cranberry juice and all built in a highball glass. That is where the five other drinks break off adding grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, orange juice and/or peach schnapps. If you can master the Cape Cod the rest will be a breeze or walk on the beach or something like that anyway. You’ll get the picture in a minute.

The Cape Cod is the easiest. Men order it simply as a vodka cranberry. Tell them it’s a Cape Codder and they think they’ve ordered a girlie drink. So we’ll keep it nice and simple.

Cape Cod

2 oz Smirnoff Vodka
Fill w/ Cranberry Juice
Lime Wedge for Garnish

Fill highball glass 2/3 full of ice. Combine vodka and cranberry juice over the ice. Garnish with the lime wedge. Add a stir stick or straw.

The Sea Breeze is next in line in this family of drinks. To this one we add grapefruit juice to the cranberry juice in equal parts.

Sea Breeze

2 oz Smirnoff Vodka
1-1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
1-1/2 oz Grapefruit Juice
Lime Wedge for Garnish

Fill highball glass 2/3 full of ice. Add ingredients to glass in the order given. Garnish with the lime wedge. Add a stir stick or straw.

And now for the tricky one of the bunch; the Bay Breeze. It is mistake for many a bartender and even teachers of bartenders to make this particular drink with vodka instead of rum as it is among the New England Highballs. But try it out yourself with one of each with vodka and one with rum and see which one you think is best.

Bay Breeze

2 oz Bacardi Light Rum
1-1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
1-1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
Lime Wedge for Garnish

Fill highball glass 2/3 full of ice. Add ingredients in order given. Garnish with the lime wedge. Add a stir stick or straw.

The Madras is the basic Cap Cod with equal parts cranberry and orange juice, but no garnish. It is unbelievable the difference it will make in your drink if you take the time to squeeze a fresh orange for the juice.

Madras

2 oz Smirnoff Vodka
1-1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
1-1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Fill highball glass 2/3 full of ice. Add ingredients in the order given. Add a stir stick or straw.

Ah, who hasn’t longed for Sex on the Beach? While this one is within the family of New England Highballers it is a bit different in that it is built in a cocktail shaker and strained back into an iced highball glass. For a bit of extra punch we’re going with one extra ingredient that strays from the basic list and that is Chambord. In my opinion if you’re going with something like Sex on the Beach, it had better be something special and that is exactly what Chambord adds.

Sex on the Beach

1-1/2 oz Smirnoff Vodka
1/2 oz Peachtree Schnapps
1/4 oz Chambord
2 oz Cranberry Juice
2 oz Pineapple Juice

Fill a highball glass about half to two thirds full of ice. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 3-4 cubes of ice. Shake and strain into highball glass. No garnish.

Lastly is the Woo Woo, otherwise known as a Pierced Navel. This would be due to its close relation to the Fuzzy Navel. There is also a Tequila Woo Woo that is more popular than the regular version. It is made in the same proportions only swapping out the vodka for tequila. Try them both to see which is your personal favorite.

Woo Woo

2 oz Smirnoff Vodka
1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
2-1/2 oz Cranberry Juice

Fill highball glass 2/3 full of ice. Add ingredients in the order given. Add a stir stick or straw. No garnish.


It was a breeze, a walk on the beach...Woo Woo! We’re done.

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