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January 11, 2011

#11: Acapulco

1 oz Brandy
1 oz Gin
Dash of Grenadine
Dash of Sour Mix
Dash of Orange Juice
All go into a glass with ice, then fill with ginger ale, and garnish with orange and a cherry.

It took a bit to get all of the ingredients together. SO far this drink had the most prep work. Grenadine is a non-alchoholic sweet, red syrup originally made from pomegranates. You can theoretically make your own, but grenadine is actually cheaper then pomegranate juice. The Sour Mix was fun to make, just egg white, water, lemon juice, and sugar blended together. I made a little bottle of it and hopefully it will keep in the fridge for awhile. I used packaged egg whites, which are pasteurized, so it should keep for some time.

This drink hardly tastes alcoholic at all, but quite good. Everything goes together well, with the orange from the garnish predominant at first. Then the Ginger Ale comes in, and next all of the other flavors quietly slide in smoothly across the tongue. I was a little worried that this would be too "tropical". Not bad at all.

Great for relaxing by the pool, or while on vacation in the Gulf. Guess that's how it got its name.

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