Coyote Cocktails

My guess is that there are no new cocktails under the sun, but I have not found anything similar out there so here is my current favorite homegrown concoction.  Call it a Coyote Cocktail if it has not been named yet.   I suppose it is sort of kind of like a Sidecar but I actually started from an Old Fashioned to get here:

  • 2 parts Bourbon (I think a slightly sweeter one like Makers Mark works well)
  • 1 part Cointreau
  • 1 part fresh grapefruit juice (we have a tree so this is easy)
  • a couple dashes of orange bitters

stir over ice.

A lot of restaurants in my area are serving slightly spicy tequila drinks, making Palomas or Spicy Margaritas with pepper-infused tequlia.  We have home-infused a bottle of tequila with peppers and really like it.  Our first try was a disaster -- we put 2 or 3 small dry peppers in bottle of tequila and let it sit for 5 days.  Mistake!  That is way too long.  A day is all that is needed for a good infusion and a nice level of spice.  We held onto the five-day flamethrower tequila.  It is fun to serve as a shot to friends who think they are manly for pounding Jagermeister.  Really gets their attention.

As an awful aside, apparently my son and his friends at college drink some concoction made of Jagermeister and Red Bull.  I am told this is a standard at clubs nowadays.  gahk.  Possibly even worse than the Schmidt Beer I drank occasionally at college when we were short on cash.


  1. ErikTheRed:

    Am I the only one that finds the taste of Jagermeister to be more or less indistinguishable from NyQuil? I think I'm the only person I know that never liked it at some point in their 20s (or, heaven forbid, 30s).

    As to the rest I'm a big fan of peppery drinks. One thing I've found that goes extremely well with pepper flavor is honey. Experimentation is left as an exercise to the reader (and the reader's liver).

  2. caolson:

    Jagerbombs. They've been around for about a decade. I still shudder at the thought of ever drinking another one.

  3. morganovich:

    we made a killer drink last weekend for a bbq.

    we started with this idea:
    and then modified it.

    blend out the whole interior of the watermelon so that it is smooth puree.

    i used a 20 pound watermelon.

    i then took a whole bottle of dark rum, muddled a half a pound of mint leaves in it, removed the mint, and juiced a bag of limes into it.

    add this mix to the watermelon and mix thoroughly. presto: watermelon mojitos.

    fwiw, no one could even taste the rum. we could have made this much stronger. it might also be interesting to add some effervescence to it. things to try for next time...

  4. Another_Brian:

    Am I the only one that finds the taste of Jagermeister to be more or less indistinguishable from NyQuil?

    Our family uses Jagermeister as a cough medicine. A lot of the ingredients are herbal remedies for colds and stomach aches. I don't think I would say it tastes like NyQuil, but maybe they've changed the taste of NyQuil since I've had it last.

  5. MJ:

    I wouldn't say it tastes like NyQuil, but it does have a sweetness about it that can be a bit nauseating, especially when it is served warm or somewhere around room temperature.

  6. Theyouk:

    Mandarins (locally called 'Cuties') can be a great twist to many 'regular' cocktails. We make a Hendricks & Tonic with a half a mandarin squeezed and dropped into the glass in lieu of lemon/lime. Really adds some great flavor (when in season!).

  7. HoratiusZappa:

    I will try that one (the Coyote, not the Red Bull - I like my "J" like virtually everything else - straight).

    One of my favorites is brands of "absinthe"* that are somewhat like mouthwash.

    *I doubt any "true" absinthe recipes are represented in what is popularly available in liquor stores.