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

By Allen Pierleoni

For the food- and drink-centric, there's, 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, 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

Meanwhile, if you imbibe too much during the next 10 days, check out "Drink Experts' Favorite Hangover Cures" at

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

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