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Technically Saturday: 4 Steps to Blending Perfect Drinks

August 31, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Blended frozen drinks don’t have to be bad, they just usually are.  With a bit of care you can make a tasty balanced drink that isn’t too sweet.  But it isn’t just the recipe, the technique for blending a cocktail can make a world of difference between a watered down slurry and an amazing frozen cocktail.  Here are a couple of basic steps and tips to make your blended drinks as amazing as they can be. The 4 Steps to Blending Add all ingredients to the blender.  This includes the spirits, fruit, syrups and whatever other ingredients are in your recipe.  Make sure all fruit is in 1″ cubes or smaller.  Do not add ice at this step. Blend all of the ingredients.  You want all of the ingredients to be well blended and mixed before you add ice to the equation.  This step can be skipped if all ingredients Learn More

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Friday Night Shoot-Out: How to Make an Alabama Slammer Shot

August 30, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

With the college football season right around the corner, whether you are a student, an alum or just a fan there is a lot of drinking and celebrating in your future.  And while beer is great to drink during a game, there is nothing like a shot or two to celebrate.  To get the celebration off right, the Alabama Slammer is one of the most popular shooters in the US! The Alabama Slammer 1 oz Southern Comfort 1 oz Amaretto 0.5 oz Sloe Gin Pour all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until chilled.  Pour into a double shot glass and enjoy!  While the sloe gin is absolutely necessary in order to get the nice rich red of this shooter, many people also enjoy this shot without the sloe gin.  Try both and see which you prefer! The majority of the flavor in this flavor comes from  blending the Learn More

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Ladies Night: How to Make a Fuzzy Navel

August 29, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Some good things don’t have to be complicated.  This is as true for cocktails as the rest of life.  For a nice sweet drink with a little bit of kick, you can’t go wrong with a Fuzzy Navel. Fuzzy Navel 2 oz peach schnapps 8 oz orange juice orange for garnish Pour the peach schnapps into a high ball glass.  Add some ice and top off with good old OJ.  Stir with a cocktail spoon and finish with an orange for garnish.  The trick to making this drink tasty and affordable is to go with good but not premium OJ.  A brand like Simply Orange fits the bill well.  Peach schnapps is almost always affordable with brands such as Dekuyper and Hiram-Walker offering excellent quality liqueurs. But maybe you had a hard day and would like something with a little bit more kick to relax?  Well, lucky for you, this Learn More

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Sunday Funday: Picking the Spirit that is Best for You!

August 25, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

There are a lot of different types of spirits and for each type there is an exponentially expanding number of brands.  The micro-distillery business is just getting started, so how do you know what is just good marketing and what is actually a good spirit that you like?  There is a simple three step process to picking your favorite spirit which I will share for you now! Do Your Research: Before you ever go to buy a bottle or go to a bar look at a wide array of reviews on the type of spirit you are interested in purchasing to see what they recommend.  The trick to finding meaningful reviews is finding reviewers you share the same taste as.  I recommend looking for reviews of two brands you know you love and find a couple of reviewers who love them just as much as you do.  Once you have Learn More

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Technically Saturday: Learn How to Free Pour

August 24, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Have you ever noticed that when you go to a good bar the bartender rarely uses a jigger but always manages to pour the right amount of spirit into your cocktail?  This is the art of free pouring and with a bit of practice, you can do it too! What you need to learn how to free pour: A liquor bottle (filled with either spirits or water) a jigger a pour spout patience The simplest way to learn how to free pour is by starting by pouring into a jigger.  Count how long it takes to fill the jigger and repeat several times.  Most people find that a fast count of five or a slow count of 3 “Mississippis” will be that magic number.  Try both and see which works best for you.  The trick to a good pour is keeping a steady flow of liquid throughout the process with Learn More

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Bar Review: The Charles Village Pub in Baltimore

August 24, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

During a recent happy hour, I paid a long overdue visit to the Charles Village Pub. Unassuming in appearance, the CVP (as locals call it) provided a fantastic experience far exceeding my expectations. It started when I sat down and ordered a Whiskey & Ginger, as I always do when at an unfamiliar pub. The happy hour advertised two for one drinks, so I expected a nice rail drink at half price. To my surprise and immediate delight, the bartender brought me not one, but two Whiskey & Gingers less than a minute after I placed my order. I may also add that the bar itself was already nearly full when I entered the pub, so quick service was something I was not expecting. And better than just good service, the drinks were mixed very well with a generous but not overpowering helping of whiskey. I decided to order a Learn More

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Announcement: Bar Reviews!

August 24, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

I am happy to announce that I am adding a new feature to Broke & Thirsty: bar reviews!  This great category is sure to be a hit and will contain reviews of the best and the worst of the dive bars, pubs and other establishments which make up cheap drinking scene.  There will also be reviews of higher end establishments where the wonders of mixology can be sampled and observed at a more celebratory price.  These reviews will be easily accessible by the new menu tab “Bar Reviews” located under the “Events & Reviews” heading. I’ll be kicking off this series on great little bar called the Charles Village Pub situated, unsurprisingly, in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood.  More reviews to come!

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Friday Night Shoot-Out: How to make the Kamikaze

August 23, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

It has been a while since I last posted and in my absence I realized that there was a category of drinks missing from this blog: shooters.  While shots can be as simple as pouring straight liquor into a glass, they can also be quite elaborate and delicious.  To start of this series, the Kamikaze is a shooter that cannot be missed. The Kamikaze 2 oz Vodka 0.5 oz Orange liqueur 0.5 oz lime juice lime for garnish Pour all ingredients  in a shaker with a generous portion of ice and shake until chilled.  Serve in a low ball glass with a lime wheel or wedge for garnish. The ratios of this shooter may be adjusted to taste, but I find the listed proportions lead to a very well rounded drink.  While this drink is technically a shooter, the flavor profile is such that it can also be enjoyed as Learn More

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Technically Saturday: How to Roll a Drink

August 17, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

The term roll is bit misleading. No, you will not be getting out your rolling pin and trying to fruitlessly flatten your drink. This simple mixing technique requires only two glasses and some ice to work effectively. Rolling, although very useful and easy to pickup, is a rarely used. It is best suited to high volume drinks served on the rocks like highballs and lowballs. This technique excels at mixing simple cocktails with two or three ingredient (think screwdriver with just orange juice and vodka) and allows for delicate mixing without the incorporation of much ice. It also prevents as much air from being forced into the drink as the technique of shaking would do. The Steps for the perfect Roll Fill one glass with ice and the ingredients of the cocktail. Set aside another empty glass of equal or larger size. Pour the contents of the first glass into Learn More

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Ladies Night: How to Make a Strawberry Rum Smash

August 15, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

It can be hard to find the right balance of sweet and sour on a hot summer day.  Although you may normally prefer sweet drinks, if a drink is too sweet in the heat it is not enjoyable and instead takes on a sickening flavor.  The perfect solution to this problem is the smash. The Strawberry Rum Smash 2 oz White Rum 1 or 2 fresh strawberries 0.5 oz rich simple syrup 2 dashes of peach bitters ginger ale Muddle the strawberries with the syrup and bitters in the bottom of an old fashioned glass.  Use one or two strawberries depending on size.  Once the strawberries have been integrated with the syrup, add the rum and ice.  As always, Bacardi Superior is the rum of choice.  Stir with a cocktail spoon until chilled and mixed.  Top with ginger ale. Smashes are amazingly versatile drinks and although they began by using Learn More

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