Admiral Highball Cocktail

Admiral Highball

Finally, a drink that isn’t swimming in citrus—but it uses a sweet wine. Don’t get me wrong I like a good sweet wine and Tokay (Tokaji) is one of my favorites, but mixed with bourbon? Pineapple juice? Lemon juice? Okay. Let’s taste what we’re stirring.

1.5 oz. Bourbon (Grass Widow)
1.5 oz. Sweet wine (Tokay)
1 dash pineapple juice
1 dash lemon juice
Club soda

Stir well, pour over ice cubes, and add club soda.

Well, this is interesting! Interesting in a “I don’t think I’m going to make this drink ever again” interesting. The drink was too winey. In a mocking tone Eric says, “Vegetal notes.” Well, it is vegetal and earthy. The bourbon is there but the wine is THERE. I guess the real theme of this Riutals session is “that one ingredient that overpowers all the others.”

SCORE: Eric 3, Brian 3

Another theme of today is variations, so we decide to make the 1917 ADMIRAL SCHLEY HIGHBALL.

1 Teaspoon pineapple syrup (Small Hand Foods Pineapple Syrup)
1 Teaspoon lemon juice
1 oz. Irish Whiskey (Eric for some reason has no Irish Whiskey so we used Crown Royal)
1 oz. Tokay
Sparkling water

Drop one piece of ice in a highball glass. Add other ingredients filling up with sparkling water.

For some reason this drink was better than the ADMIRAL HIGHBALL. We’re not sure why. Maybe because we used Crown Royal as opposed to Irish whiskey. Maybe the wonderful pineapple syrup. Maybe the ratios are just better suited.

SCORE: Eric 6. Brian 6

Brian Christie


Brian Christie envisions a future where all cocktails are made with natural ingredients and love, where hangovers don’t exist, and where everyone wants to experiment, explore, and enjoy life. As a grip/dolly grip, he’s worked on such shows as The O.C., Heroes, Iron Man 2, Gangster Squad, Horrible Bosses 2, Agents of Shield, and most recently Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. When not on set, he can be found traveling the world in search of new experiences and cocktails. His exploits include drinks in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Muskegon, Munich, Boise, Prague, Phoenix, Dublin, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Sydney, and most recently Edinburgh.

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