Cocktail Hour: The Brave Bull


Hi!  Kathryn here, your Cocktail Hour ambassador. I’m a new addition to Chew On That and I’m excited to introduce you to the newest weekly column: Cocktail Hour!  Each Friday, I will take on the harrowing task of reviewing a cocktail.  I’ll make it at home, photograph the end result, and let you know exactly what I think.  If something is good, why not try it at home and let me know if you enjoyed it, too?  Or if you have a favorite cocktail, send over the recipe and I’ll give it a shot.  


A couple weeks ago, I had a cocktail party with a few friends. I bought a book of cocktails and wanted to make them all, but every cocktail I wanted to make included an ingredient I didn’t have!  Finally, I found a cocktail to make…because it only had two ingredients.  Here’s the recipe:


1 oz. Kahlua
1 oz. tequila
Ice cubes
Serve in an old-fashioned glass and stir gently.

Here is the finished result:


Yep. That’s it. Tequila and Kahlua. It doesn’t exactly make for the nicest looking drink!  After just smelling it, you can understand why it’s named the Brave Bull: you certainly have to be one to even take one sip of this concoction!  I passed it around for some friends to smell, and their reactions were all fairly similar. Noses scrunched up, tongues stuck out, and one person even likened the smell to paint thinner.


Next, I passed it around for people to taste.  Believe it or not, it tasted like paint thinner, too.  “Nope, motor oil,” another friend suggested.  The first few sips are painfully strong.  The drink tastes like straight tequila- the Brave Bull definitely rears its ugly head.  This cocktail received a unanimous thumbs-down from everyone who tasted it.


However, I was the only person who had more than one sip. After about five or ten minutes, it starts to get better.  It could be that the flavors begin to blend a bit more, it could be that the melting ice takes the edge off, or it could just be the fact that tipsiness makes everything a little more enjoyable.  No matter what the reason, I actually enjoyed the last 3/4 of the drink.

The verdict?  You have to be pretty gutsy to try this drink. If you can handle strong tastes, pungent smells, and the bite of tequila, this drink ends up being somewhat enjoyable.  But if you’re looking for a frilly drink with pretty colors and an umbrella, turn your back on the Brave Bull and never look back.


Here are some other cocktails you might enjoy:

Lava Lamp Martini

Captain’s Vacation

Pear Brandy Champagne Cocktail

Summer Marvel



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