Sometimes you have to wonder if certain cocktails are intentional, or the result of too many other cocktails. This month's trio of recipes to add to your collection come under the oddball category.
• DOS RITA
This unusual concoction comes from Ruby Tequila's Mexican Kitchen in Houston, TX. Rather than a standard garnish, it has a Dos Equis beer bottle stuck neck first into the glass.
1 bottle Dos Equis beer
1 frozen margarita
Upend a chilled bottle of beer in a frozen margarita in a classic wide-mouthed glass and let it gently bubble into the slushy as you imbibe the margarita through a straw. Garnish with a slice of lime.
• MAKGEOLLI COCKTAILS
Makgeolli is a traditional rice-based Korean liquor, considered the nation's oldest such drink. The milky spirit brews in clay pots, is lightly carbonated and sweet, and about as alcoholic as a good beer.
For the most part, makgeolli had for generations been relegated to farming areas where the rice was plentiful, or to low-rent bars. Now, in the capital city of Seoul, it is making a pop culture comeback.
Because it blends so well with virtually any kind of fruit and spice, most bartenders have taken to chopping up such things as mango, melon or citrus fruits into chunks and popping them into a blender with the makgeolli.
• THIS IS IT
The Michael Jackson film finale, "This Is It," is getting mixed reviews. It also is getting mixed drinks at the Movie Tavern chain of cinema restaurants, most of them located in Texas.
The four specialty drinks on the "This Is It" drinks menu include the "This Is It Cooler" (Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Parrot Bay Rum, pineapple juice and a splash of Grenadine); "Dangerous" (Bacardi Rum, Peach Schnapps, cranberry juice, pineapple juice and a splash of Grenadine); "Black or White" (Island Oasis Banana, rum, Dreyer's Ice Cream, Hershey`s Chocolate Syrup, whipped cream and cherry), and the "Billy Jean"
(tequila, Finest Call Triple Sec, Island Oasis Wild Berry and Sweet and Sour).
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