Thursday, May 19, 2011

Drink 116: Wash Off the Blood, Wash Off the 151

Hudson Bay Cocktail
Looking good, Hudson Bay
Tasting Good, Billy Ray

Today we have the Hudson Bay, a cocktail made from gin, 151-proof rum, cherry brandy, orange juice, and lime juice.  I was not looking forward to this one, purely based on the fact that it contained cherry brandy.  So far we’ve had six drinks featuring this sickeningly sweet spirit and the ratings were: 2, 2, 2, NA, 3, and 3 which average to 2.4 if you omit the drink that we didn't even make correctly because the stuff is so confusing.  For those of you who are not that into math, let me be clear: 2.4 is not a great score on a 5-point scale.

That said, we thought there was still hope because of the lime and orange juices.  There was a chance their acidity might counter the cloying sweetness of the cherry brandy.  It turned out that they did and the drink was pretty good.  You could still taste the cherry, but it was just one of the mélange of fruit flavors.  In fact, this drink could be pretty dangerous since it has a relatively high alcohol content but doesn’t taste like it does.  It would really go over at a sorority party.

It is also dangerous for a second reason: 151-Proof rum.  We used Bacardi 151, which has this scary warning label on the back:

Let’s provide a sentence-by-sentence layman’s translation of the warning mumbo-jumbo.

WARNING: FLAMMABLE LIQUID – This will catch on fire.

Do not use this product for flaming dishes or drinks – We know the main reason people use this is for Flaming Moes, but don’t do it.  If you do, it’s on you.

All 151 proof rum may flare up, etc – Yes, this could light on fire, but we are no more dangerous than the other guy

Do not pour directly from bottle near the flame or intense heat – In case you missed the first warning that said “FLAMMABLE LIQUID”

Use Caution – This is good advice for any activity, really.

Overall Rating for the Hudson Bay

Taste: 4
Presentation: 4
Ease of Preparation: 4
Drinks Until Blackout: 4– 28% Alcohol


1 oz Gin
1.5 tsp 151-Proof Rum
.5 oz Cherry Flavored Brandy
1 tbsp Orange Juice
1.5 tsp Lime Juice

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