Original “Rinsed” Cocktails – TDN

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Upcoming TDN Telephone

No, it’s not the new cocktail version of the iPhone, but it’s sure different from our usual Thursday Drink Night themes. Remember the game “telephone” from when you were a child? Well, TDN will kick off with the person at the top of the chatroom list submitting a drink. 15 minutes later the next person on the list will be called on to modify one ingredient from the previous drink and change the proportions of any of the other ingredients. Shake, guzzle, wait 15 minutes, repeat…

The winning cocktail of the evening (as determined by a poll on the Mixoloseum Blog) will receive some high-quality bar ware courtesy of Mud Puddle Books:

  • The original British Bonzer, 10 inch, stainless steel mixing spoon with a sugar crusher end. Much sturdier than any found in the US
  • A two-eared, stainless steel hawthorne strainer that is only available in the UK. Very heavy duty

The action begins at 7pm EST, so…

Join us in the chat room!

TDN “Rinse” Wrap-Up

We rinsed our cocktail glasses with everything from D’Arisiti Xtabentin liqueur to flaming rum, and the cocktails ran the gamut from simple to downright crazy. A ton of them were good, too, but only one came out on top:

Cellar Door

  • 3/4oz passion fruit syrup
  • 1/2oz cinnamon syrup
  • 1/2oz Cruzan Blackstrap rum
  • 1oz pisco
  • 1oz gin
  • 3/4oz Meyer lemon juice
  • Rinse: rhubarb bitters and orange flower water

Rinse glass with a few dashes each of rhubarb bitters and orange flower water. Shake this melange of flavors with fervent speed, and strain into your most proud cocktail vessel.

John from John the Bastard

Featured Cocktails

Here are several of the highlights from last Thursday, but there were many other good ones as well, so check out he whole list of rinse cocktails.

The Amber Spyglass

  • 1oz genever gin
  • 1oz Swedish punsch
  • 1/2oz Coruba
  • 1/4oz orgeat
  • 8 drops Pernod or anisette
  • Rinse: 1/4t Angostura bitters and 1/4t pimento dram

Rinse glass with Angostura bitters and pimento dram until you see “Dust.” Shake and strain other ingredients into the spyglass.

Gabe from cocktailnerd


  • 1 1/2oz gin
  • 3/4oz dry vermouth
  • 3/4oz blanc vermouth
  • 1/2oz Cointreau
  • Rinse: French Punch
  • French Punch = 1oz Green Chartreuse, 1oz Benedictine, 1 dash Fee’s lemon bitters, 1 dash Regans’ orange bitters

Rinse a glass with a loving touch of mythically-inclined French Punch. Stir with penguin ice and strain into the aromatized glassware.

Jake Parrot

Ceylon Fire

  • 1oz dark Jamaican rum
  • 1oz demerara rum
  • 1oz lime juice
  • 1/2oz simple syrup
  • 1/4oz maraschino liqueur
  • Rinse: 151 Demerara rum

Shake with crushed ice. Rinse the glass with 151, swirling it wildly in the air like you would pizza dough. Light it on fire, and toss in cinnamon like a deranged wizard. Pour in the drink to extinguish your fury.

Craig from Colonel Tiki and Indigo Firmaments and Rick from Kaiser Penguin


  • 2oz sweet vermouth
  • 2dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1/2 dash of absinthe
  • Rinse: rye whiskey

Rinse glass with the rye whiskey. Stir and strain remaining ingredients, and sit back and enjoy this tantric potion.

SeanMike from Scofflaw’s Den

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  1. […] SeanMike created what looks to be a negative space Sazerac, the Sazeritif, for last week’s Thursday Drink Night of rinses. […]

  2. Once again all the TDN drinks sound promising (or better), but 1/2 dash of absinthe in the Sazeritif? What the f$%k is a 1/2 dash? Different sites list different approximations for a dash so I just put my dashing ingredients (dashees?) in empty Angostura bottles but my technique isn’t that refined to somehow get a 1/2 dash out of the bottle. Help a brother out over here!

  3. Mr ManhattanNo Gravatar says:

    Cellar Door…sounds good…(makes me think of “Zombie Entrance”)…but where’s the recipe for the cinnamon syrup?

  4. RickNo Gravatar says:

    Cinnamon Syrup Recipe: http://www.kaiserpenguin.com/jet-pilot/ I’d adjust the sugar to water to 2c sugar and 1c water, however. Will be more concentrated and keep longer.

  5. […] that I cribbed from another blogger was the orange flower water. A post on Kaiser Penguin has a drink with a glass rinse of the rhubarb bitters and the flower water. I wanted the orange to hint of the […]

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