Appetizers
December 22, 2010
Holiday party-time? These names could put you off cocktails

By Allen Pierleoni
apierleoni@sacbee.com

For the food- and drink-centric, there's www.thedailymeal.com, a website devoted to "creating a complete food experience for cooks, food lovers, wine connoisseurs, discerning diners and everyone in-between."

One of its latest postings is aimed at holiday tippling, with advice on how to "decide on the drinks menu for your holiday party." With a sense of fun in mind, Daily Meal editor Valaer Murray assembled a list of cocktails with "the most disgusting names":

"Buzzard's Breath: Apparently, buzzards have slightly minty breath because this shooter mixes peppermint schnapps with Amaretto almond liqueur and coffee liqueur."

"Sewer Water: Not the result of a plumbing problem, this fruity gin cocktail with melon and pineapple liqueurs probably got its name from its muddy brown color."

"Blood and Sand: Being named after a Rudolph Valentino film, according to www.gourmet.com, doesn't make the scotch-brandy-orange juice mixed drink any more appealing."

"Swamp Gas: According to 'The Bartender's Best Friend,' this stinky-sounding cocktail originated in New Orleans, and mixes blue curacao with melon liqueur."

"Gorilla Milk: Not surprisingly, this cocktail has crème de banana in it, which is where the 'gorilla' part comes in. Then light cream makes it 'milk.'"

"Goat's Delight: This one has been around since before Prohibition, as evidenced by the inclusion of a dash of absinthe - enough to get your goat."

The recipes for these cocktails are at www.thedailymeal.com/10-most-disgusting-cocktail-names.

Meanwhile, if you imbibe too much during the next 10 days, check out "Drink Experts' Favorite Hangover Cures" at www.thedailymeal.com/drink-experts-favorite-hangover-cures#ixzz18rGXpuGN.

Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.

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