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January 5, 2011

#5: ABC

1/2 oz Amaretto (bottom)
1/2 oz Irish Cream
1/2 oz Orange Liquer or Cognac (top)

This is a floater, so the ingredients need to be poured in the correct order, with the heaviest on the bottom. I had assumed by the small amounts that I could use a shot glass, but I wasn't even close. I luckily had measured with water, since I don't exactly have a feel for these amounts yet. A shot glass is much too small, so I moved up to my next smallest glass.

Cognac is brandy from the Cognac region of France, but I used my Orange Liquer, hoping to get a more intense flavor.

What you are supposed to do in making a floater is pour the first, heaviest ingredient into your glass, then slowly pour the next ingredient over the back of a spoon, so that the ingredients don't mix. Hah, easier said than done. Immediately everything looked like it had mixed together.

Reading up a bit, I found that you can supposedly get them to separate if you place the filled glass in a refrigerator for about an hour. In it went. 2 hours later, no separation. The only thing I can think of is that I am using really cheap ingredients, so the densities are off.

Finally I got tired of waiting, so I sipped. It had an interesting flavor, with the Amaretto almost burning initially, then smoothing out quickly after that. I could barely taste the orange underneath it all.

This would be good as a dessert drink, or an end of the night out drink. Just think if there was a Starbucks inside Harry's Bar.

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