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How to Make Cowboy Coffee, or the perfect boost to survive hump day.

April 30, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

It’s hump day, the middle of the week is here, and none of us really feel like getting up in the morning.  We are all familiar with brunch cocktails and whether you are a fan of mimosas, bellinis or bloody marys,  they don’t do that much to help you wake up on your average morning.  There is however a beautifully simple cocktail that’ll balances great flavor with an extra burst of energy to get you up and ready to work and that is the Cowboy Coffee Cocktail! Cowboy Coffee Cocktail 2.5 oz Bourbon 0.5 oz Demerara Simple Syrup 2 dashes Angostura bitters 2 dark roast coffee beans garnish with a flamed lemon peel and coffee bean Begin by muddling the 2 dark roast coffee beans in the bottom of a shaker.  Once the beans have been crushed, add the bourbon, bitters, and syrup and top with ice.  Shake until chilled and Learn More

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Happy Newman’s Day! Or the perfect excuse to drink 24 beers in 24 hours.

April 24, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

Today is a special day for beer lovers.  Not because it is a day about great beer, but because it is a challenge involving beer.  For today, 4/24, is Newman’s Day.  The day is rumored to have started because of a quote by the late beer-loving actor Paul Newman in a speech to college students: “24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case.  Coincidence?  I think not!”  Although the actor himself did not approve of the tradition, Newman’s Day has grown to have quite a strong following, especially at Princeton University and Bates College, where students have been rising to the challenge for decades. The basic rules for completing a Newman’s Day are as follows: You must consume 24 beers in the 24 hour between 12:00am and 11:59pm on April 24th. One beer should be consumed each hour. You are not allowed to sleep at all during this time. Learn More

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Easter Candy Infusions! Or a more interesting way to enjoy candy than eating it.

April 20, 2014 Nick McAfee 3

Today is Easter Sunday, a day that has become synonymous with a vast abundance of themed candies.  Candies like Peeps and jelly beans may not seem to have a lot in common at first glance, other than their inherent sweetness, but they all share one important feature: they are great for infusing your favorite spirits with unique and delicious flavors!  For this edition of Sunday Funday, we are going to keep things simple, and focus on infused vodkas and white rums, because the clean fairly neutral quality of these base spirits allows you to build complex and interesting flavors that bring out each of these candies. Peeps Vodka It’s just a simple as any other infusion covered on this site.  Place the Peeps in a mason jar, cover with vodka, and let rest in a dark space for several days (until the flavor saturates the vodka).  Shake the jar daily to Learn More

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How to make the Pegu Club, or finding the connection between colonial Burma and your cocktail glass

April 17, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

After a long absence of new content, I am happy to announce that Broke &  Thirsty is back up and running!  Now that warmth has once again graced the North East of the US, we will get back to make fantastic classic cocktails at reasonable prices.  Today’s elegant cocktail is a lovely gin-based sipper from the days of Colonial British Burma.  A gentlemen’s club in Rangoon frequented by British military types was the birthplace and namesake for this delicious cocktail: the Pegu Club.  While the club itself was sadly burned down by the Japanese during the turmoil that was WWII, the Pegu Club cocktail has had world wide success and deserves your attention. The Pegu Club 2 parts Gin (1.5 ounces) 1 part Curacao (0.75 ounces) lime juice (~1 tsp) 1 dash angostura bitters 1 dash orange bitters garnish: lime twist Add all ingredients to an ice filled mixing glass and Learn More