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The 7 Best and Worst Bottles of Cheap Rum

October 22, 2013 Nick McAfee 5

There are a lot of different rums on the market and it is a spirit, like vodka, that is very well represented in the cheap spirits category.  Yes, there are plenty of premium rums but arguably the most popular rum in the world, Bacardi Superior, is less than $20/handle.  This makes rum a very interesting category ripe for a review.  But with all spirits, for every good spirit, there are half a dozen spirits who are not worth their weight in sand.  Today we are going to focus on white rums, the staple mixing rum which is essential for every home and professional bar. The Four Best Bottles of Cheap Rum 4. El Dorado 3 Year White Rum This rum is the cheap version of El Dorado 12 Year and it is clear from the nose to the taste that a lot is gained through the aging process.  The nose Learn More

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How to Make a Martinez, or that cocktail on NBC’s Ironside

October 21, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

The Martinez is a classic cocktail.  So classic in fact that it is believed to be the cocktail that evolved into the Martini.  It is also, sadly, almost entirely forgotten.  So you can imagine my surprise when the cocktail got a shout out on last week’s episode of NBC’s Ironside.  Although Ironside was just been cancelled, you can still make and enjoy this cocktail. The Martinez 1.5 oz Old Tom Gin 0.75 oz Sweet Vermouth 2 dashes Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 1 dash Angostura Bitters 1 dash Orange Bitters (optional) Lemon wedge or twist Pour all ingredients over ice in a mixing glass and stir gently with a cocktail spoon.  Once mixed, pour the drink into a chilled martini glass.  This is not a particularly cheap cocktail and is meant to be sipped slowly over conversation or a meal, not knocked back.  The original recipe for the martinez called for one Learn More

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How to Make a Ruby Manhattan, or mixing a cocktail the color of blood.

October 9, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

The Ruby Manhattan is one of my favorite examples of a great variation on the versatile Manhattan cocktail.  One simple substitution, ruby port for sweet vermouth completely changes the flavor of the cocktail while it still remain recognizable as a relative of the classic Manhattan. The Ruby Manhattan 2 oz Rye Whiskey 1 oz Ruby Port 2 dashes Angostura Bitters (optional) garnish with an orange twist and/or maraschino cherry Gently stir all ingredients together with ice in a mixing glass.  Strain the cold drink into a chilled cocktail glass and serve garnished with an orange twist or maraschino cherry.  Ruby port is preferable for this cocktail for two reasons: its distinctive color and it’s level of sweetness.  Unlike Tawny Port, Ruby Port is meant to be consumed while it is still young, not having been as aged as it’s lighter and sweeter cousin.  Ruby Port is also oxidized as part Learn More

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A Contender for Best Fall Cocktail, or How to Make a Manhattan

October 8, 2013 Nick McAfee 1

Great cocktails often only include a couple of ingredients.  Many are also based solely on spirit, bitters, and the interplay of the sweet and the bitter.  A classic American pre-prohibition cocktail, the Manhattan, not only follows these subtle rules but is also the perfect fall cocktail. The Manhattan 2 parts rye whiskey (2oz) 1 part sweet vermouth (1 oz) 2 dashes angostura bitters (optional) garnish with a maraschino cherry or orange twirl To begin, set a cocktail glass aside with ice to chill.  Pour all ingredients with ice into a mixing glass and stir gently with a cocktail spoon.  The key to stirring a Manhattan is to thoroughly mix and chill the spirits without adding too much water or too many ice flakes to the cocktail.  Once stirred, dump the ice from the cocktail glass and strain in the spirits into the glass.  Garnish with a maraschino cherry and/or an orange Learn More

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Sunday Funday: Cocktails Inspired by Boardwalk Empire

October 6, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

The HBO show Boardwalk Empire is an amazing drama and it’s prohibition-era setting makes the issue of cocktails even more interesting. I’ve been meaning to do a post on a couple of Boardwalk Empire inspired cocktails, but the great folks over at Bourbon & Banter brought to my attention a wonderful set of cocktails created by Original Penguin, complete with beautiful cocktail info-graphics.  These cocktails fit perfectly within the scope of the show and could be imagined to be drank by many of it’s characters.  They are too good to stay hidden, so I am sharing them with you here on Broke & Thirsty. Enjoy!

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Technically Saturday: How Much Juice Will I Get from That Fruit?

October 5, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Fresh citrus juices are one of the most important ingredients in any cocktail that uses them.  Bottled “fresh-squeezed” juices are a decent substitute, but nothing really can beat the taste of a fresh squeezed orange or lime in your cocktail.  One of the questions that comes up though is how much juice you will actually get from your average lemon or lime, and that is where this helpful chart comes in. Costs per unit fruit vary by fruit and season, but it is almost always more cost effective to use fresh juice than a bottled variety whenever it is used in small amounts.  Yes, it will undoubtedly cost more, but the taste will be so much better that it will be worth it.  It’s the difference between an “okay” or “interesting” cocktail and an amazing cocktail you will enjoy the entire time you are drinking it.

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Friday Night Shoot-Out: How to Make a Big Stick Shot, or celebrating the start of hockey season

October 4, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

It’s out: I love hockey almost as much as I love mixology and spirits.  And with the start of the NHL season this past Tuesday comes the opportunity to expand on a type of cocktail that has been underutilized: hockey cocktails.  Tonight we are going to start with a simple little shooter called the Big Stick. The Big Stick Shot 0.5 oz Sloe Gin 0.5 oz Southern Comfort 0.5 oz Peach Schnapps Pour all ingredients into a shaker and add ice.  Shake till cold and strain into a shot glass.  Serve several times.  While this shot is more likely to have gotten it’s name by tasting like a big stick Popsicle than being  hockey reference, it has been adopted by many bloggers and cocktailians as a hockey shot.  It has  great fruity flavor and isn’t the strongest shot by any means, but that means that you can have several without Learn More

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Ladies Night: How to Make the Long Island Iced Tea

October 3, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

I have never understood why this drink, one of the most potent of the common cocktails, is considered a girly drink.  With almost a double shot if made exactly to recipe, it is more often a three shot drink.  That’s even boozier than a martini.  It must be the taste that garners the girly reputation for if made correctly, it tastes just like a glass of iced tea. The Long Island Iced Tea 0.5 oz Gin 0.5 oz Rum 0.5 oz Tequila 0.5 oz Triple Sec 0.5 oz Vodka 0.5 oz simple syrup 1 oz lemon juice cola lemon wedge for garnish (optional) Add all ingredients except cola to a collins glass with ice.  Stir until well mixed.  Top off with cola and serve with a straw.  And that’s all there is to it for this potent crowd pleaser. Another great thing about this cocktail is that it hides cheap Learn More

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Shutdown Specials or Great Drink Deals for a Furloughed DC

October 2, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Now that a large population of the US capital no longer has to go to work, the bars and restaurants of DC have taken it upon themselves to give these employees something to do, namely drink.  There are some amazing specials in DC that will last the duration of the shutdown, so save your penny’s and enjoy these locations on the cheap.   Below are some of the best deals I could find. DC Shutdown Drink Specials Austin Grill: Happy Hour specials are offered all day to anyone with a government ID or furlough notice for as long as the shutdown lasts. (source: The Washington Post) Brasserie Beck: Show a federal or military ID and get a two-course lunch for $20, or $2 shots made with Jack Daniels whiskey and Punt-e-Mes vermouth. (source: The Washington Post) The Brixton: The U Street bar opens its large rooftop daily at 1 p.m. for grilling Learn More

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How to Make the Rickety Cocktail, or a twist on DC’s official cocktail during the shutdown

October 1, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Today, the US government decided to shutdown for the first time since 1996.  In honor (or is it more in mourning?) of this event and to give everyone who no longer has to go to work something to do, I have modified DC’s official drink, the Rickey, to better fit the mood of this day – bit bitter with a touch of rye humor over this surprising reality. The Rickety Cocktail aka the Shutdown Cocktail 2 oz rye whiskey 1/2 lime 2 dashes Angostura Bitters 2 dashes Grapefruit Bitters (optional) 4 oz club soda Pour the rye whiskey into a highball glass and squeeze the juice of half  a lime and drop the spent lime into the glass.  Add the bitters and stir gently.  Add several ice cubes and top off with club soda.  Serve with a straw. I did a bit of experimenting with which bitters would best compliment Learn More