Red Sky At Night3oz Clamato juice
1oz White Rum
A personal favourite of mine, this can be served together as a single beverage or with the rum on the side, so as to not adulterate the Clamato. Pair with cocktail onions or even clams on the half-shell, and don't forget to learn a few nautical adages to keep the conversation fresh!
Clams (small; any sort)
Intense and unforgettable, these should be served in shot glasses alongside savoury appetizers. Place the meat of the clam in a size-appropriate shot glass, fill the rest with vodka, then let sit for 10-15 minutes to let the spirit fully permeate. Best slurped down in a single gulp!
Red wine (dry)
Clams (any sort)
Not for the faint of heart -- mash up the clams in a bowl and add wine, constantly stirring until the mixture has the consistency of cottage cheese. Spread on a firm cracker and dot with olives to taste. A great option if your date has a fondness for Europe.
Clam + Porter Sauce
Beer (Porter or Stout)
Not a cocktail as such, but simmering premium clams in a good dark beer will create a smoky companion to pasta. Add a little Worcestershire to really underline the saltiness, but don't go overboard depending on what you're planning for dessert.
Frozen Blended Clamato
5oz extra spicy Clamato juice
Ice cubes (half a handful)
1 stick of mozzarella cheese
3 sweet gherkins
Summer may be over, but if things get a little hot between you and your romantic prospect, you can always cool off with one of these. Blend the ice, gherkins and Clamato together until smooth and serve in a short glass with the stick of mozzarella. I prefer the mild cheese to offset the rich, rich Clamato taste, but you may choose a sharper cheese if your partner is no stranger to flavour.