• ‘Tis the season for entertaining and being entertained. No need to limit yourself or your guests to beer, wine and the standard martinis, Manhattans and Cosmos when serving up cocktails. Not when there is such a rich heritage of cocktails in the American archives of mixology. We’re now into offering you a drink recipe each day, with enough time after the final one for you to be sure you have the ingredients on hand for the Christmas-New Year’s party crush.
I hate the overuse of the word “ultimate,” but I do like “The Ultimate Book of Cocktails,” Stuart Walton’s 256-page tome first published in the UK by Hermes House in 2003. Here is a particularly simple and tasty drink. But, beware. As with virtually any cocktail using a soft drink as a main component, one can down too many of these too easily.
DRINK NO. 5 — THE PIRANHA
1 1/2 parts vodka
1 part brown creme de cacao
1 part ice-cold Coca-Cola or other cola
Pour the alcohol into a rocks glass containing plenty of cracked fresh ice and stir vigorously before adding the cola.
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