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Lou's Cocktail Lounge

Updated on June 2, 2015
Lou's Cocktail Lounge
Lou's Cocktail Lounge

The Place to Unwind with a Cocktail or Two

I do love cocktails, drinking them, mixing them or just reading cocktail recipes which is why I have written plenty of pages about cocktails and even have a blog called Dream Cocktails. If you enjoy cocktails then let’s have a look at a few cool ones here and enjoy the ambience.

I start off with a Cocktail of the Month which, as the name suggests, gets changed regularly so be sure to keep in touch with what we're drinking!

Next I'll meander through some cocktails and after a drink or two I'm sure we'll be good friends....

Cocktail of the Month

Let me introduce you to the cocktail of the month and this time I’m going to tell you how to make a Turkish Delight Martini. There are several different recipes for this drink and it was hard to decide which one to try, but as I hadn’t added Frangelico to a cocktail in a while we went with the following recipe.

Turkish Delight Martini
Turkish Delight Martini | Source

Turkish Delight Martini

3 parts vodka

2 parts Frangelico

2 tsp rosewater

2 drops pink food coloring (optional, I had dark pink food coloring in my cupboard - I think it might have looked nicer with a paler pink!)

2 pieces of Turkish delight (optional)

This recipe makes two cocktails and although both the food coloring and the Turkish delight are optional I think they're both lovely touches.

Put the vodka, Frangelico and rosewater into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Put a piece of Turkish delight in the the bottom of both of your chilled cocktail glasses. Now strain the alcohol into the glasses and there you have two gorgeous and delicious cocktails ready to enjoy.

Gin Cocktails

Gin gets its distinctive flavour from juniper berries and has earned itself the moniker of ‘mother’s ruin’. This reason was because a few hundred years ago in London it was safer to drink gin than the water. Then came the gin palaces of the 18th century which glamorized the spirit.

Martini anyone?
Martini anyone?

One of the most famous Gin cocktails is the martini which is believed to have evolved in the 1860s, one thing is for sure it’s certainly very popular even today whether you like it shaken like James Bond or stirred.

Martini Recipe

2 ½ oz gin

½ oz dry vermouth

Shake or stir with ice (depending on preference) and then strain into a martini glass and garnish with an olive or two. I must admit I prefer to garnish mine with a twist of lemon as I think lemon and gin go marvellously together.

More gin cocktails include Tom Collins, Gimlet and the French 75.

How do you like your martini?

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Vodka Cocktails

The popularity of vodka and in particular flavoured vodkas have brought about a wave of different cocktails. Firstly people started to drink vodka martinis (Winston Churchill and Cary Grant would both be turning in their graves at the thought!) and then we found that lots of different cocktails started to end with ini and they usually contained vodka! Drinks such as the Flirtini is just one example.

Cosmopolitan | Source

One of the popular vodka cocktails saw a surge in popularity in the late 90s thanks to the popular television show Sex and the City - that drink was a cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan Recipe

2 shots vodka

1 shot Cointreau

1 tsp lime juice

½ cup cranberry juice

Shake all of the ingredients together with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass to serve.

More vodka cocktails include a Bloody Mary, White Russian and Chocolate Martini

Refreshing Margarita Cocktail
Refreshing Margarita Cocktail | Source

Tequila Cocktails

The most popular tequila cocktail around has to be the margarita and there are lots of different variations of this drink. The classic Margarita contains just three ingredients tequila, Cointreau and lime and the key is to get the correct balance of flavors with just these three….

Margarita Recipe

1 ½ oz tequila

½ oz cointreau

1 oz lime juice (and this MUST be fresh lime juice)

There are other tequila cocktail recipes however and they include Bloody Maria, Tequila Sunrise and the Paloma.

Whisky Cocktails

Now I must admit I’m not overly fond of whisky, but I do know a few people who for some reason unknown to me love the stuff! Now some of them don’t think whisky and cocktails go, but there are some recipes that more than a few people enjoy that are whisky based and these include the classic Manhattan, Whisky Sour, Old Fashioned and a Brooklyn.

Rum Cocktails

Rum is a sweet spirit loved by pirates and the main ingredient in a delightful cocktail called the daiquiri.

Daiquiri | Source

Classic Daiquiri Recipe

1 ½ oz light rum

¾ oz fresh lime juice

¼ oz simple syrup

Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice then shake well before straining into a cocktail glass to serve. How you like your daiquiri is a personal thing however because the drink is all about perfecting that perfect balance so if you think it’s too tart then add some simple syrup, if you think it’s too sweet add more lime juice – simple.

Like with the martinis and margaritas there are lots of variations on the daiquiri, so much so that I’ve had to write a separate page on them – Daiquiri’s, The Best Rum Cocktail!

There are lots of other cocktails that are made from rum, however and they include mojito, pina colada and mai tai.

Unusual Cocktails

There are lots of different types of cocktails which include a range of ingredients from the main spirits with talked about to other culinary ingredients like basil, chillies and even fish sauce! Some of the more unusual cocktails (in my mind) seem to come when people fuse Asian flavours into cocktails which you can read about on my Asian Cocktails page.

One of the more bizarre cocktails that I've come across, but haven't been able to bring myself to try is the Sourtoe Cocktail. To me cocktails are delicious, special drinks to be celebrated whereas the main ingredient of the Sourtoe cocktail is a real, preserved amputated toe.

So if you're ever in Dawson City, Yukon pop into the Sourtoe Cocktail club and order up whatever your favorite cocktail is and get the toe popped in it, this is what makes it a Sourtoe cocktail!

Another unusual ingredient for a cocktail is squid ink and yet that's what gives the Squid Ink Sour it's dark color. Available at the London Cocktail Club in London it contains tequila, lime juice, agave syrup, egg white and squid ink.

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    • hqbaldwin profile image

      hqbaldwin 4 years ago

      Always looking for something new to try - happy to find a few new ones that sound great!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I am not much of a drinker but I love collecting weird looking cocktail glasses.

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      Great list of cocktails, will have to investigate further.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, far to many drinks to try in just one night. Guess I will have to keep coming back.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Wow, what a list to explore. Have to bookmark it for later... Cheers:))

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm feeling a little tipsy now! Great cocktails! Blessed.

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Enjoyed my visit to your cocktail lounge...lots and lots of wonderful ideas in here. Thank you for helping me out at Over 101 Words That Describe Food ;)

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      euneakme 6 years ago

      It's past time for me a cocktail....

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Hello, nice to meet you!

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      ICanCook 7 years ago

      This is an awesome collection of cocktails. This is certainly worth telling people about.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      With Christmas coming up very soon your cocktail info will come in very handy. Thanks for a great lens.

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      jodijoyous 7 years ago from New York

      Oh, those look divine! Pass me one of those chocolate cocktails please (two food groups in one!).

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      lakern26 lm 8 years ago

      Awesome lens - I loved it! What a fun niche! I have to admit that I don't drink very often, but that Chocolate Nut Delight sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing! 5*

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wow! Lots of delicious cocktails. Excellent work! :)

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      Oh man, that first one - Choc Nut Delight looks incredible. Everything I'd want to know is right here.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Wow, good thing I'm reading this in the morning...if it were after noon I would be running to the blender to start making something yummy...reminds me of one of my favorite jokes: Some people say the glass is half full, others say half empty. I say, "Are you going to drink that?"

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      capriliz lm 8 years ago

      Lots of goodies to be found here!

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      What an excellent resource! Squid Angel Blessings to you

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      aoevirginia 8 years ago

      Makes me want to put on a dress and invite the neighbors over for a drink. Great lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I'll drink to this great lens. Yummy.

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      WOW - lots of work putting this great lens together, I can tell! GREAT job, 5*!

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Hic ... great place to start the day, this cocktail lounge ... hic 10*