Amber Cloud Cocktail - The Rituals

Amber Cloud

The name AMBER CLOUD does not invoke any good images for me. Thoughts of Agent Orange or…I should probably just stop there. Cognac and Galliano sounds like someone had too many AMBASSADORS and started to play around in the liquor cabinet. Nothing like taking a beautifully aged brandy and mixing it with an herbaceous anise-vanilla liqueur. Actually that doesn’t sound too bad and once again Eric and I push reason aside grasp onto hope.

1.5 oz. cognac (Hennessy)
2 Tbs. Galliano

Combine with ice, shake well. Pour over crushed ice. 

Nope. The drink looks great but the Cognac and the Galliano are like a cheating couple in a bitter divorce battle.

Eric: “Ughhh, amber cloud…”
Me: “The name must mean what your brain feels like after having one too many of these.”

With that last statement I think the AMBER CLOUD is perfectly named. It’s an avoidable drink.

Scores: Eric 1.5 “The .5 is because my crushed ice looks so good,” Brian 2.5 2.

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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