River Don
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River Don
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The River Don cocktail is a unique blend that contrasts the sweetness of cola with the distinct flavors of aniseed and blackcurrant. Served in a pint glass, this drink combines ... more The River Don cocktail is a unique blend that contrasts the sweetness of cola with the distinct flavors of aniseed and blackcurrant. Served in a pint glass, this drink combines the licorice notes from aniseed liqueur with the citrus kick from orange liqueur and the fruity depth of blackcurrant cordial, all mellowed by the caramel hints of cola. The River Don presents a large volume that makes it suitable for sipping over a longer period, offering a complex flavor experience that evolves with every taste. Its name might evoke images of flowing waters and perhaps hints at an origin or popularization near the River Don region, but regardless of its name's origin, it promises an adventurous melding of tastes for those seeking a cocktail outside the usual lineup.
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Aniseed liqueur
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3.3% | 1.65 units *

Pint glass

Ingredients

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30ml 1oz 3cl
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30ml 1oz 3cl

Method
How to make a River Don

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
In a pint glass, pour Pernod, Bols blue curaçao and a dash of blackcurrant cordial
Top up glass with coke
Stir and serve

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What are some alternatives to Blue Curaçao in the River Don cocktail?

If you're out of Blue Curaçao, you can substitute it with another orange-flavored liqueur like Triple Sec or Cointreau for a similar taste profile, although the distinct blue color of the cocktail will be lost. For the color, a few drops of blue food coloring can mimic the visual effect.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve the River Don to enhance its flavors?

The River Don cocktail is best served cold, in a pint glass. Before adding the ingredients, chilling the glass can enhance the drinking experience. Stir the ingredients gently in the glass rather than shaking, to maintain the carbonation of the cola and serve immediately.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in River Don compare to that of a standard beer?

With an alcohol content of 3.3%, the River Don cocktail has a similar alcohol volume to many light to regular strength beers, which often range from 3% to 5% alcohol by volume (ABV). This makes it a relatively milder alcoholic beverage option.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are most suitable for serving the River Don cocktail?

The River Don, with its unique mix of sweet and fruity flavors, is a great choice for casual gatherings, summer parties, or any event where a refreshing, colorful drink is desired. Its presentation and taste also make it a good option for themed parties.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I customize the River Don cocktail to make it less sweet?

To make the River Don less sweet, you can reduce the amount of blackcurrant cordial or substitute the cola with a diet version or a soda water for a less sugary taste. Additionally, adding a squeeze of fresh lime juice can introduce a tart flavor balance.

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