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The Traveler’s Moonshine Sour

July 31, 2013 Nick McAfee 1

This guest post is by my good friend Chris Troein from whom I learned a great deal about everything alcohol. Among other things, he taught me how to properly tap and pump a keg when I was still a young college sophomore. Chris has the ability to not only come up with fantastic drinks but also to tell a story about anything. His historic knowledge is seemingly endless, especially when it comes to British history and alcohol. Although a die-hard fan of all the classics, Chris is never afraid to experiment to find that new combination that the average person would never dream of. …………………………………………………………… Pity the poor world traveler. While every decent wine, beer and spirit is buyable in London and New York, the same is not true for Buenos Aires or Shanghai. And for mixers, the situation is even worse. A British grocery store, where most British alcohol Learn More

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How to Brew Beer Tea

July 31, 2013 Nick McAfee 1

You heard me: today we are brewing with brews.  I’ve infused many spirits with tea before and brewed a lot of tea, but it wasn’t till this past Sunday at Drink the District that Capital Teas introduced me to the concept of making beer tea.  The best part? It’s so simple you’ll kick yourself for not thinking of it already. Earl Grey Lager 12oz Lager 1 teabag/teaball of Earl Grey Pour the beer in a cup and wait for the head to settle.  Then put in the teabag/teaball and wait 5-20 minutes.  This is a cold brew process slowly imbues the beer with a lovely flavor.  Just like brewing regular tea, the longer you leave the bag in the stronger it gets.  After just 15 minutes, the Earl Grey reached the strength I like my tea to be, but I decided to leave the bag in to see how far Learn More

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Make Your Own Truffles!

July 30, 2013 Nick McAfee 2

This guest post is by my friend Suz who runs a great blog on cooking the simple pleasures in life called Eating Happily.  The best part of her blog is she understands that you don’t need a full gourmet kitchen to make good food.  In a way it’s the foodie equivalent of Broke & Thirsty with one exception: Suz, unlike me, is incredibly humorous.  Enjoy this great instructional and go check out her blog!  People shell out the big bucks for fancy truffles at local boutique chocolate shops – but did you know that it’s impossibly easy to make truffles in your own home? Most recipes only call for a maximum of five ingredients that are readily available at grocery stores and most likely already in your kitchen pantry. Moreover, who doesn’t want to serve delectable chocolate-y bites at his or her next party and say: *mock sophisticated accent* “Oh, Learn More

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How to Make the Shandy, or Drinking like an Imperial Brit in Egypt

July 29, 2013 Nick McAfee 2

You almost certainly have some in your fridge but may not know how to mix it. What could this beverage be? You guessed it, I’m talking about beer, and today we are going to make a shandy. The Shandy 1 part beer 1 part lemonade Citrus for garnish Fill your glass halfway with beer and then top off with lemonade. Add the garnish to the rim of the glass.  It’s that simple–you just made a shandy.  This drink is incredibly simple to make.  Shandies are a very traditional British combination that is perfect as a refreshing drink in hot weather. It also allows people who don’t normally like the taste of beer to become more accustomed to it and even appreciate it.  Shandies are best if you use a wheat beer or light lager, although I have found that a pilsner can be quite good as well. The lemonade is of course best Learn More

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Sunday Funday: Get Buzzed Edition

July 28, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Getting buzzed can mean a lot of things, from being bothered by a bee to a number of illegal activities.  However we are going to focus on a great combo that is becoming increasingly popular: caffeine and alcohol.  This combo has seen some pretty bad hype lately, but does it really live up to all of the rumors and fears? In the past three years, there has been a lot of discussion and concern over the paring of caffeine and alcohol mostly due to the drink that was Four Loko.  While Four Loko seemed incredibly scary and powerful, in fact dangerous enough to warrant a ban, combining alcohol and caffeine can be a lot of fun, quite tasty and perfectly safe.  The main issues with Four Loko were its size, potency and target demographic.  Including four standard drinks in a single can with an additional huge kick of caffeine created Learn More

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Let’s have a Round of Pisco for Peru!

July 28, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Pisco is a grape based spirit with a very unique distinctive taste that can easily be too strong for those not accustomed to its flavor profile. Pisco is also one of those spirits that just costs a fair amount of money for anything worth drinking. I find this to be common of most of the spirits in the brandy family, be it brandy, cognac, grappa, or pisco. Finding a “cheap” brand of pisco is difficult, but the two best I have found fall in the $13-19/fifth category. Pisco of the Gods is a Trader Joe’s private label is a Peruvian pisco which goes for about $19. It is consistently good and great for mixing at 41% abv. Ocucaje Pure Pisco can be found at some stores for as low as $13. At this price, it is an amazing pisco of Peruvian origin which is fantastic for mixing and has a Learn More

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Technically Saturday: To shake or not to shake? That is the question

July 27, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Today is all about shaking.  Shaking cocktails that is.  Even if you know the basics, keep on reading.  An okay cocktail can become amazing if shaking is executed perfectly. Shaking serves two main purposes.  The first is to completely mix the ingredients in the drink.  This can be more difficult than it sounds and that is why shaking is so useful.  The second is to chill the drink.  If you add a warm drink to cold ice in a glass, not only will the ice melt quickly, but the glass will quickly b swimming in condensation.  By prechilling both the cocktail and the glass some of this condensation is mitigated.  Here are some helpful tips on shaking cocktails: Place ice cubes in the shaker first. Pre-chilling the shaker accelerates the entire process. Use 4-6 ice cubes per drink. Don not overfill the shaker.  Space is needed for proper mixing to Learn More

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Do You Want to be a Hero? Statistically…

July 27, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

…you should be drinking whiskey. And while you are at it, if you want to be an American hero, you should probably only drink cheap bourbon.  While creating snarky videos is not my forte, I know a great video when I see one. This little gem on Why You Should Be Drinking More Whiskey is produced by the great folks over at buzzfeed and will at least force you to crack a smile if not roll around the floor with laughter.  Careful not to spill your whiskey when you inevitably do start laughing–you might want to set your glass down right now actually. Buzzfeed seems pretty obsessed with whiskey as of late as they recently also compiled a list of the top reasons to drink whiskey.  A shoutout to Patrick “Pops” Garret over at Bourbon & Banter for bringing my attention to this great video. The best thing about whiskey is that cheap whiskey Learn More

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It’s happening this weekend! Drink the District: Birthday Beer Edition

July 26, 2013 Nick McAfee 1

Last call to get your Drink the District tickets! A giant celebration for the first anniversary of this amazing event. Everyone in the DC metro area get ready to get your drink on with unlimited 5oz pours of over 50 of the best craft beers in the country .  When I attended the first Drink the District last year I also got some great swag including a pair of magic hat sunglasses, a magic hat tshirt, and lots and lots of coasters. All for a very low price. It was the highlight of the summer. This year, Drink the District looks even better, offering more beers and more time slots so more people can enjoy the experience. You can even get unlimited full pours of Bud Light and Shocktop!  And there is usually a cigar vendor on hand to fulfill all your smoking needs. Want a bite to eat so Learn More

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Ladies Night: Why the Cosmopolitan?

July 25, 2013 Nick McAfee 1

A woman walks into the bar, she sits down, and orders a Cosmo. This happens more times than you would expect. Whether you know it or not, you are a victim of accidental branding. Do you love or hate the Cosmo? Either way, there are ways to improve upon the basic Cosmo. The Cosmopolitan 1.5 oz Vodka 0.5 oz Triple Sec 1 oz cranberry juice Splash of lime juice Lemon twist for garnish Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. As usual, I recommend using Smirnoff vodka for this cocktail. In addition, if you happen to have a bottle of Cointreau lying around or want to spend a bit more to make the Cosmo a little smoother, you can replace the triple sec with the Cointreau. This is a commonly made substitution in bars, however I have personally never found it to make much difference–it Learn More

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