Ambassador Cocktail - The Rituals


For some reason whenever I hear the word ambassador I think of the movie The Man Who Knew Too Little, one of Bill Murray’s underrated masterpieces. In the movie, which is a spoof of the Hitchcock classic The Man Who Knew Too Much, Murray plays a video store clerk visiting his brother in London who is mistaken for a spy and hilarity ensues. Once the memory of that movie wanes I think ambassador to countries, someone of some power. This is where I hope this name comes from. A drink that wields power. A drink that, wait its just tequila and orange juice sweetened with sugar syrup. Ok so I guess there is power but it doesn’t have the sophistication that I hope a true ambassador has. Maybe its not like, say the ambassador of Japan and more like the party ambassador on a booze cruise in Cancun.

2 oz. Tequila
Orange Juice

Pour the tequila into glass, add ice and orange juice. Add 1 oz. of sugar syrup to sweeten.

Eric and I debated the use of sugar syrup to sweeten this. The syrup is not actually in the ingredients list. Is it and option? Do people like their tequila and orange juice sweetened? The recipe also doesn’t state how much orange juice to use. Is this a tequila highball or do we use a smaller amount of OJ? We go with three ounces of OJ and don’t sweeten it. After my first sip of tequila and orange juice I emphatically state, “This tastes like college.” And with that I have named this cocktail, COLLEGE. We then try it sweetened but not with the full one ounce of sugar syrup. Guess what, the drink is worse. I’m not sure that there is a way to make tequila, OJ, and sugar syrup taste good unless the sugar syrup is flavored like in a TEQUILA SUNRISE.

Scores: Eric 3, Brian sweetened 3 non-sweetened 4

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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