The cocktail experiment #5 - Quickie

This is a fifth post in the “Cocktail Experiment” post series. In this series I write about my experience with learning to mix cocktails. Every post contains instructions on how to prepare a cocktail, cocktail’s nutritional values (calories) and a good 80’s song which goes along well with that particular cocktail.

It’s been more than two weeks since my last experiment. During that time I was pretty busy with the usual stuff which these days means working on a startup. Startup work also involved a trip to London, but sadly I didn’t have her majesty’s favorite drink.

Anyway, lets get down to the real thing. I wanted to prepare Mai Tai again, but I still haven’t managed to obtain all the ingredients required. I did obtain Bourbon recently though, so I decided to mix a simple Bourbon based cocktail called Quickie.


  • 1 oz (30 ml) of White rum
  • 1 oz (30 ml) of Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) of Triple Sec
  • 10 ice cubes

Nutritional Values (calories)

  • 1 oz of White rum - 96 calories (13.2 grams alcohol)
  • 1 oz of Bourbon - 70 calories (12.8 grams alcohol)
  • 1/2 of Triple Sec - 52 calories (5 grams carbohydrates, 4.6 grams alcohol)

Total: 218 calories (30.6 grams alcohol - equivalent to 2.1 standard drinks)

1 standard drink = regular beer, glass of table wine or a shot of 80-proof (40%) spirit (around 14 grams of pure alcohol)


Adding Triple Sec to the mix. Yes, there are dirty dishes in the background.
As you can see on this picture, aluminum is a very good heat conductor. Since copper tubes which are typically used for holding dry ice / liquid nitrogen when breaking CPU overclocking records are pretty expensive, I was even thinking about using modified cocktail mixer as a cooler / heat-pipe next time I'm playing with overclocking :P

Put ice and all the ingredients in the shaker, mix it and enjoy the drink.

The outcome


The drink wasn’t too bad, but I personally prefer more fruity cocktails so the alcohol taste in this one was slightly too pronounced.

Duran Duran - A View to a Kill

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This time I decided to include a song which relates more so to my latest trip than it does to this cocktail.

My latest trip included a missed flight which resulted in taking a train from London to Paris. A View to a Kill by Duran Duran seems like a good fit here.

This song was originally created for the James Bond movie A View to a Kill and the music video includes some pretty ridiculous scenes recorded on the Eiffel Tower.

And don’t worry, there are plenty of other good James Bond songs left I can use when I’m going to mix a Martini :P