July 14, 2010

Happy Hour: Name That Cocktail

by Payman Bahmani

No Name Cocktail 

Last week I wrote a post on the CKTL Jam event that took place at the Astor Center in NY, and I promised that this week I would share the recipe for the second of the two improv cocktails I created, as soon as I figured out what to call it. 

I still haven’t figured out what to call this drink, so rather than delay the post I decided to leave it up to you to come up with the drink’s name.  So take a gander at the ingredients (which are in keeping with this month’s theme of HOT HOT HEAT!), mix one up for yourself, and if inspiration strikes, drop a comment with your suggestion.

(Your Suggestion Here)
2 oz reposado tequila (I used Milagro)
1 oz fresh pineapple juice (strained)
2 barspoons fresh lime juice (about 2 tsp)
1 barspoon agave nectar
dash Worcestershire sauce
dash Sriracha sauce
top with ginger beer (Fever Tree is the way to go)

Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: highball

Fill a highball glass with ice.  Pour everything except ginger beer in a shaker that’s also filled with plenty of ice.  Shake good and hard for at least 10 seconds to fully incorporate the Worcestershire and Sriracha.  Strain into your highball glass and enjoy. Garnish not necessary, but a straw might be.

One thing I highly suggest–which I forgot to do with the drink pictured–was to strain the pineapple juice so that you don’t get that foamy top layer, so you’ll have a drink that’s not as cloudy as mine. 

Unfortunately I don’t get paid for this so there aren’t any official prizes involved if you suggest the best name.  But if I do pick your suggestion, in addition to receiving a truckload of my gratitude, I’ll buy you a drink if you’re ever in the NYC area–how’s that?

Before I leave you to your cocktail mixing and brainstorming, note that next week I will be in New Orleans for the world’s most celebrated annual mixology-fest called Tales of the Cocktail where I’ll be providing daily dispatches from the various seminars, tastings, and of course, parties.  So from July 21-25–if all goes well and I’m not drunk off my keester–look for short and sweet Happy Hour updates on all the goings on (or at least on what I’m doing). 

For those not familiar with Tales, let’s just say it’s what happens when the cocktail universe simultaneously orgasms. Cheers!

*Got a cocktail question? Hit me on twitter @paystyle, email me at payman(at)lifesacocktail(dot)com, or simply drop me a comment below.


  • Posted July 14, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Hmmm… kind of Mexican, kind of tropical, kind of beachy… how about a Riviera Maya?

    Sounds quite excellent. And I’ve been trying to think of a way to get ginger flavor into a peach drink, so this Fever Tree idea has me inspired. Thanks!

  • Posted July 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Oopsie! The Border Jumper…

  • erin
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 3:45 am

    Agave and Worcestershire? I love the combos you come up with!! I also love those very cubic looking ice cubes! Were those from a special tray?

  • Posted July 15, 2010 at 10:50 am

    How about the ‘Aye Mami’ or ‘Mamisita’ tequila, beautiful color, cool, and some spice! It also plays off your website….

  • kayoko
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Ohhh, this is fun!

    I woke up thinking about this. My suggestion is LE HOT COQ, or just simply, LE COQ. Inspiration for this being the mascot for Sriracha.

    Yes, I woke up this morning thinking about LE HOT COQ.

    PS- I want a jar of your cherries as a prize.

  • kayoko
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Wow that’s just one euphemism after another, ain’t it?

  • Posted July 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    How about “Sriracha Mama”, or “Tequila Y Sriracha” or “Tequilacha”

  • kayoko
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Ok, Sriracha Mama is AWESOME, even though it’s not such a major ingredient. I digress.

  • Christina
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I say Southwest Asian, its got a good mix of southwest/mexican flavors with a dash of asian in there too!

  • Posted July 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I also like Hot Tequale, a play on hot tamale and tequila…

  • Alexander
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…

    The Trans-Sahara Scorcher

  • Posted July 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Ok so far the standouts are Le Hot Coq, Sriracha Mama, and Border Jumper (I see the reference to various locales represented in the drink). No sense in stopping the flow of ideas yet though.

    Erin – those ice cubes come from Tovolo ice trays. http://www.tovolo.com or whole foods, where I bought mine. They’ll change your life.

  • Ashleigh
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    “The Caliente Ginger”

    Southpark anyone?

  • Eric
    Posted July 16, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    How’s about a ‘Rooster Kick’?

  • Stacey
    Posted July 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    The Snappy Latin


    The Stinging Ginger

    That drink is so inspiring, I get images of what this drink would be as a personification of all ingredients combined: I see a boozy, loud, sun-burnt beauty playing bongos on a beach in the tropics. Good job!

  • Dustin Doran
    Posted July 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    The Bird’s Eye Pineapple

  • S D
    Posted July 17, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    How about
    Kick a Ginger!

  • Kelly_in_OKC
    Posted July 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    The Culture Shock!!

    =) it fits perfectly!

  • Posted July 19, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Rooster Kick and Culture Shock sound cool too.

    Stacey – Glad you like the drink, and thanks for the suggestions, but maybe I should just call the drink the Boozy, Loud, Sun-burnt Beauty Playing Bongos on a Beach in the Tropics. With a name like that though, it’ll surely require a befitting garnish.

    Keep ’em coming!

  • Ashleigh
    Posted July 20, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    South of the Border Ginger Dragon

  • kayoko
    Posted July 20, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Coat-tailing on Asleigh’s suggestions, I’m thinking “East of the Sun, West of the Moon.” Inspiration: Sinatra, of course!

  • melanie
    Posted July 21, 2010 at 11:23 am

    how about ‘hot and stormy’?

  • karen
    Posted July 24, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    The Astor Tanline.

  • Kristie
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Phocktail (after the Pho ingredients). Pronounced…

  • cheyenne
    Posted June 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    It’s actually a well known drink, called the Sandinista, sometimes served without the pineapple, sometimes as a shot or a drink. Theres the name for it.

  • Posted June 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Negative on the Sandinista, it doesn’t have pineapple.

    I think it’s finally time I pick a name. Le Hot Coq, Sriracha Mama, and Hot and Stormy are the finalists. Le Hot Coq is perhaps too racy, Sriracha Mama perhaps too limiting.

    I think Hot and Stormy wins because it’s a clever reference of the Dark and Stormy which also contains ginger beer, and best encompasses the spirit of this drink.

    Congrats to Melanie!

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