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The Art of the Tiki Cocktail, or the best tropical drink for warm weather!

June 9, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

The tiki cocktail became popular in the 30s and reached its peak in the 40s and 50s thanks to the efforts Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gannt who you might know as Donn Beach.  Gannt founded his famous bar Don the Beachcomber on Hollywood Boulevard in LA during the depression in the early 30s.  The bar had a bright, south pacific vibe and the entire atmosphere was focused on relaxing and sitting back with a great tasting cocktail.  As Gannt so eloquently put it, “If you can’t get to paradise, I’ll bring it to you.”  At the time rum was the least expensive spirit and the extravagant fruity tiki cocktails which Gnatt created showcased the spirit in a new light.  Rum became fun, sweet, and delicious.  These tiki cocktails were something that everyone needed to have! So what is a tiki cocktail? To understand what makes a tiki cocktail so special, it is easiest to Learn More

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How to Make the Belmont Jewel, or the official cocktail to celebrate the Belmont Stakes

June 7, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

Finding the right cocktail to pair with an event can be a difficult task, especially when it has as much potential significance to a community as the Belmont Stakes with possibility every year to crown a triple crown winner.  Luckily for us, some events have the good sense to have great bartenders come up with official cocktails, and the Belmont Stakes is such an event.  So without further ado, let’s learn how to make the Belmont Jewel! The Belmont Jewel 1.5 ounces Bourbon 2 ounces lemonade 1 ounce pomegranate juice (unsweetened) (optional) garnish with lemon Making this cocktail couldn’t be simpler.  Add all ingredients with a generous portion of ice to a shaker and shake until chilled and mixed.  Then strain the cocktail into a highball glass over ice and garnish with a lemon wheel or wedge.  If you don’t have any lemonade handy, I find it best to make Learn More