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How to Make a Agave Margarita, or keeping that New Year’s resolution with a “fit” cocktail!

January 15, 2015 Nick McAfee 1

Did you, like millions of others, make a resolution to get fit this year?  Or are you already a person who monitors what they eat?  Well lucky for you, just because you are being health conscious doesn’t mean there aren’t great cocktails for you – cocktails that are every bit as good or even better than their original simple syrup laden versions.  Today we are going to focus on Agave syrup and use it to make a fantastic margarita. The Agave Margarita 2 ounces Tequila Blanco 1 ounce fresh lime juice 1 ounce 1:2 agave syrup garnish with lime and (optional) rim with salt Begin by mixing the agave syrup.  To get the same amount of sweetness as you would with granulated sugar, you will actually use quite a bit less.  Combine 2 teaspoons of agave nectar with 4 teaspoons of water to reach the same sweetness and volume as standard 1:1 simple Learn More

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How to Make the Airmail Cocktail, or celebrating the state of US-Cuba relations

January 13, 2015 Nick McAfee 0

The news of improved relations between the USA and Cuba was one of the best and most unexpected presents I got this holiday season.  As a fan of both rum and cigars, the idea that getting Cuban products in the states would soon be legally possible was cause indeed for celebration.  And what better way to celebrate than with a signature cocktail from when Bacardi was a great rum?  Back when it was Cuban! The Airmail 2 ounces Gold (Cuban) Rum 5 ounces Sparkling Wine 1 ounce 1:1 honey syrup 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice garnish with a lime wedge Begin by shaking the gold rum, honey syrup, and lime juice with ice until the shaker is frosty.  Choose your glass (a collins glass is recommended) and pour the mixture unstrained into the glass.  Then top off with 5 ounces of your favorite sparkling wine and garnish with a lime Learn More

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How to Make the Set the New Year on Fire Cocktail, or getting this blog rolling with pyrotechnics!

January 11, 2015 Nick McAfee 0

It’s been a while since this blog has been active and with new years and it’s resolutions set, it is time to change that.  I stumbled across this great cocktail a couple days ago on liquor.com, and it seems like a great way to get back to crafting cocktails.  Afterall, what is more exciting than mixing booze with fire?  Especially when it adds a great flavor to your drink! Set the New Year on Fire 2 ounces Scotch 1/2 ounce Campari 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice 1/2 ounce 1:1 demerara simple syrup 6 mint leaves garnish with a flaming lime Begin by gently muddling the mint with the fresh lime juice (set the squeezed lime halves aside) and demerara simple syrup.  You don’t want to muddle too much, just enough to agitate the mint and get it to release it’s flavor while still leaving the leaves largely intact.  This cocktail Learn More