Sunday, 29 January 2012

A Tale Of Cocktails #22

Dennis the Menace


1 oz peach schnapps
1 oz Malibu rum
1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
1 1/2 oz cranberry juice

Taste: 7
Look: 7
Cost: 8
Name: 7
Prep: 8
Alcohol: 5
Overall: 7.1

Preparation:  Shake the schnapps and Malibu along with crushed ice.  Strain into a Collins glass and add the juices.

General Comments:  This is something of a re-working of the inimitable Woo Woo, one of my all-time favourites.  Alas, this cocktail doesn't really measure up.  It's not a bad drink by any means, and all four ingredients blend perfectly together.  Paradoxically, however, this actually ends up working against the drink.  The amount of cranberry juice in a Woo Woo gives the cocktail its bite, by mixing in the pineapple juice, you get far less of an effect.  It's light and refreshing (and more powerful than you'd imagine by taste alone), but it's begging for something extra to provide a kick.

It also looks a bit dull (I think a glace cherry garnish would be a good idea, at least), and the name, whilst nicely playful, doesn't really make any sense. All in all, it's less than the sum of its parts.

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