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January 2, 2011

#2: A-Bomb

1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Coffee Liquer
1/2 oz Irish Cream
1/2 oz Orange Liquer
Mix in a glass with ice, and strain into a shot glass.

Liquers are basically syrupy, sweet, brandy-based alcohols, infused with various flavors. A quick glance around BevMo seemed to indicate that if there is a flavor, they make a liquer of it.

Irich Cream is a liquer made from Irish whiskey and cream, and some have toffee, honey, or chocolate for added flavors. Irish Whiskey is triple distilled and must be aged at least 3 years. Many are blended, but the good ones are single malt, not blended with other whiskeys.

Ok, now we're into the drinks. Other than the vodka, I've never had any of these ingredients. The Irish Cream dominated the look. I couldn't see anything else, just pale tan liquid. I could smell the coffee, as well as an undercurrent of orange.

The taste was the test. Sweet, but not overly so. Slightly thick from the Irish Cream, and the orange flavor is just in the background, very faint. Overall, not bad. A little on the sweet side, almost like having a coffee candy in a glass, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

I wonder why this is made as a shot, rather than as a regular mixed drink? Maybe having more than a shot of this would start to seriously hamper brain activity. The candy flavors could keep you from realizing how much alcohol you've had, and we all know where that can lead. The floor.

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