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How to Make the Cantaloupe Basil Cooler, or celebrating National Tequila Day with style

July 24, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

Happy National Tequila Day!  Today I wanted to bring you something a little bit different to celebrate.  You won’t find this drink anywhere else – it is a Broke and Thirsty original.  I was sipping on some tequila and eating some cantaloupe with dinner and it seemed like the two pair surprisingly well together.  So a little bit of experimentation later and this delicate summer cocktail is the result.  Without further ado, the Cantaloupe Basil Cooler. The Cantaloupe Basil Cooler 2 ounces Reposado Tequila 3 ounces cantaloupe juice 3 thai basil leaves fill with club soda garnish with a sprig of thai basil To begin, you are going to have to make some cantaloupe juice.  Although you can find cantaloupe juice pre-bottled, in the summer when the melon is fresh, it is far better to juice it yourself.  It is as simple as taking a citrus juicer, adding a couple of Learn More

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How to Make the Scorpion, or a tiki cocktail with a helluva sting

July 21, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

Okay, I get it.  Normally strong cocktails have a bite, not a sting.  But this one is called the scorpion, so did you really expect me to pass that up?  The scorpion is a veteran heavyweight of the tiki world (with almost two standard drinks of alcohol!) and its history is legendary.  But before we get to the complicated discussion of origin stories, let’s learn how to make a simple version of the cocktail. The Scorpion 0.75 ounces Dark Rum 0.75 ounces Light Rum 0.75 ounces Brandy 0.25 ounces Orange Liqueur (such as Triple Sec) 1.5 ounces of orange juice 0.5 ounces of lime juice garnish with a citrus wedge Start by adding ice to your shaker and squeezing in the juice of the lime and orange.  The fresh citrus really make this cocktail pop but if you don’t have any fresh citrus ready, bottled lime and orange juice will Learn More

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How to Make Ice Cream Shooters, or getting into the National Ice Cream Day spirit!

July 20, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

Happy National Ice Cream Day!  National Ice Cream Day has been the third Sunday in July (National Ice Cream Month) since it was proposed in Joint Resolution 298, which was sponsored by Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky on May 17, 1984.  It was signed into existence by President Reagan, in perhaps the least controversial decision he ever made.  Conservative or liberal, everyone loves ice cream!  To celebrate this day and honor the state of Kentucky which Senator Huddleston represented, here is a simple recipe to turn your favorite ice cream into a shooter, with a little help from our good friend bourbon. Bourbon & Ice Cream Shooters 1 ounce Bourbon 2 ounces of your ice cream of choice garnish with chocolate chips or sprinkles Tools: a whisk & a generous portion of elbow grease Place both the bourbon and ice cream in a bowl.  Now it is time to whisk them together. Learn More

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How to Make the Frozen Mudslide, or getting tipsy off a milkshake!

July 19, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

It has been a long week and now that the weekend is here with all the heat of summer, you deserve a cool refreshing treat.  While many cocktails may fit the bill for cool and refreshing, few reach the decadence of of a frozen mudslide.  It is basically an alcohol based milkshake!  And the best part is they aren’t hard to make at home, here’s how you do it. The Frozen Mudslide 1 oz Vodka 1 oz Kahlua 1 oz Irish Cream 1 oz milk or cream or even ice cream (optional) 1 cup Ice garnish with chocolate syrup or even whipped cream Like most frozen cocktails, the frozen mudslide requires the use of a blender.  Pour all ingredients into the blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds.  Some recipes for the frozen mudslide call for milk/cream, others don’t.  I personally like stronger drinks, so I usually leave it out, but if you want Learn More

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How to Make the Painkiller, or tiki’s answer to the hangover.

July 7, 2014 Nick McAfee 1

Have you ever woken up after a night of drinking and felt like you never wanted to have another cocktail again?  Well this drink is one to quickly get you back on the horse.  Hailing from the land of tiki-dom, the Painkiller is a sweet and creamy concoction of fruit juice and potent rum, garnished with a pungent kick of nutmeg.  Perfect at any time of day, the Painkiller is a cocktail you need to add to your repertoire. The Painkiller 2 oz Navy or Dark Rum. 4 oz Pineapple juice 1 oz Orange juice 1 oz Cream of coconut Orange wedge or cherry, and nutmeg for garnish This is one of those drinks that you get to build in the glass and as such, the type of glass you use really matters.  Like many tiki cocktails, the Painkiller is usually served in a hurricane glass.  If you don’t happen to have a hurricane glass Learn More