How to Make a Strawberry Beer Lemonade, or strawberry soda all grown up

September 30, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

I love strawberry soda.  I have since I was a little kid.  This fun little cocktail may not pack much of an alcoholic punch, but it sure is delicious.  Combining all the best aspects of strawberry soda with lemonade and a bit of beer, this cocktail cocktail puts shame to all the overly sweet malternatives made by companies like Smirnoff and Mike’s Hard.  This is a refreshing drink that both the beer connoisseur and the little kid at heart can enjoy. Strawberry Beer Lemonade 6 ounces Beer (preferably a witbier or blonde) 1½ ounces strawberry simple syrup 1 lemon, juiced garnish with a lemon wedge or fresh strawberry Choose a tall glass such as a collins or highball glass. Pour in the strawberry syrup (see below) and squeeze in the lemon juice. Add some ice and stir until chilled.  Top off with a beer of your choice and stir again. Garnish Learn More

How to Make the Emerson Cocktail

How to Make the Emerson, or a forgotten riff on the classic martini

September 29, 2016 Nick McAfee 0

Today martini’s have become synonymous with any cocktail served up.  In fact, the cocktail glass is often referred to simply as a “martini glass.”  But back in the early 20th century, there were a myriad of variations on the classic martini.  The best of these variations even rivaled the popularity of the martini.  The Emerson was just such a variation.  Once popular and now fallen into obscurity, this stimulating and mesmerizing cocktail will continually surprise you with its incredible flavor profile and subtle sweetness. The Emerson 2 ounces Old Tom Gin 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth ½ ounce lemon juice (~⅓ of a lemon) ½ ounce maraschino liqueur 2 dashes angostura bitters (optional) 1 teaspoon of simple syrup or sugar (if using London Dry Gin) garnish with a lemon twist Although the Emerson is in the martini family, we need to shake it to properly mix the lemon juice.  Begin by selecting a Learn More

How to Make a Jalapeño Mint Julep

September 23, 2016 Nick McAfee 0

The mint julep is the classic drink of the Kentucky Derby and long southern summers. Refreshing mint combine with sugar and bourbon to make a wonderful sipper, but after your third or fourth cocktail, the sweetness can become a bit cloying. Luckily there is a tried and true remedy to combat sweetness: add some spice. This jalapeño twist on the mint julep is sure to keep you sipping on the classic cocktail and savoring a new kind of heat. Jalapeño Mint Julep 2½ ounces Bourbon 1 ounce jalapeño rich simple syrup 4 ounces club soda 4 fresh mint leaves 1 cup crushed ice garnish with a thin jalapeño slice and sprig of mint This cocktail is best built in an old-fashioned glass, however it also scales up quite well in a pitcher. Either way, you make this julep in the same manner.  Place the mint leaves in the bottom of the glass. Pour in Learn More

It’s Tiki Monday! How to Make the Bermuda Rum Swizzle

September 19, 2016 Nick McAfee 0

Get excited for Tiki Monday! The new reboot of the weekly series on everything tiki.  Tiki cocktails are a drink perfect for every season.  In the summer, they offer a potent and refreshing respite from the heat.  In the winter months, they bring back fond memories of warmer times with a wonderful tropical fruitiness.  Tiki cocktails are all about rum – often including several varieties in the same drink – and are equally well liked by people in search of a dangerously alcoholic cocktail and those who love a good fruity drink.  The rum swizzle is no exception, clocking in a heft double shot punch with pineapple and orange to make it more exciting.  The name rum swizzle has been given to dozens of variations of the original 1930s tiki classic and today we sip from a Bermuda permutation. Bermuda Rum Swizzle 1½ ounces Dark Rum 1½ ounces Gold Rum 2 ounces Learn More

Mango Jalapeno Margarita

How to Make a Mango Jalapeno Margarita

September 9, 2016 Nick McAfee 0

Fruity margaritas are often a huge hit.  They please those that appreciate the taste of good tequila and people who like only sweet drinks.  The problem with many fruity margaritas is that they don’t do enough to counter the sweetness.  Sure, there is the lime juice in the margarita and the salt around the rim, but that isn’t usually enough.  Simply by adding a little spiciness, you get a cocktail that is less cloyingly sweet and a beautiful balance of fruit and heat.  Not sure if you would like a spicy margarita?  Then I think it is about time you tried one! Mango Jalapeno Margarita 2 ounces Tequila 1 ounces Orange Liqueur 1 lime, juiced ¼ cup mango, pureed 1 ounce jalapeno simple syrup rim with sea salt garnish with a lime wedge and a thinly sliced jalapeno Margaritas are very forgiving drinks to make and the rim makes them look even more stunning.  Begin Learn More

Classic Cocktail

How to Make the Classic Martini, or the most famous cocktail in the world

September 7, 2016 Nick McAfee 0

The martini is undoubtedly the most famous cocktail in the world.  Whether it is being consumed in copious numbers during business lunches in the ’60s and ’70s or the drink of choice for your favorite super-spy, the martini has long been glamorized and its popularity continues today.  While there are hundreds of variations on the martini, the classic martini has remained timeless.  A solid base on which any number of flavor profiles can be explored.  Before we get into some of the more unique variations, it is about time that we covered this cocktail classic. The Classic Martini 2½ ounces Gin or Vodka ½ ounce Dry Vermouth 2 dashes orange or angostura bitters (optional) garnish with 1-3 olives or a lemon twist Fill your mixing glass (or shaker) with ice.  Add the gin (for the more traditional and flavorful martini) or the vodka (if you don’t like gin).  Pour in Learn More

Make Strawberry Basil Bourbon Lemonade

How to Make Strawberry-Basil Bourbon Lemonade

September 5, 2016 Nick McAfee 0

Today is labor day in the states, a holiday which – weather willing – is traditionally celebrated with a picnic.  Lemonade is the quintessential summer picnic drink with its refreshing balance of acidity and sweetness and what better way to drink lemonade then spiked with some good old american bourbon?  Strawberries and basil are also included in what is sure to be your new favorite summer cocktail. Strawberry-Basil Bourbon Lemonade 1-2 ounces Bourbon 2 ounces strawberry simple syrup (see below) 1 ounce of lemon juice (~2/3 of a lemon) 2 ounces water, cold 2 basil leaves garnish with a sprig of basil and a lemon wheel This is a recipe I scaled down from a pitcher size batch. Just like with a pitcher, you build this spiked lemonade in the glass.  Begin by adding the basil leaves and squeezing in the lemon juice.  Very lightly muddle until the basil leaves are Learn More

How to Make a Minty Cucumber Cooler, or adding new life to the classic Gin and Tonic

September 3, 2016 Nick McAfee 0

When the summer is beating down from the sky and you want to relax, there are few cocktails that hit the spot quite like a Gin and Tonic.  We’ve discussed gin and tonics before, and of course they are excellent in their own right, but sometimes its fun to mix things up and try out a different flavor profile.  Throw in some mint and cucumber to make a cooler that puts the refreshing claims of spa water to shame! Minty Cucumber Cooler 2 ounces Gin 4 ounces tonic water ½ lime, wedged 6 mint leaves 4 cucumber slices 1 tsp sugar (optional) garnish with a mint sprig and lime wedge Add the gin, lime, and mint leaves to a shaker.  You can also choose to add sugar now if you are in the mood for a sweeter drink.  Gently muddle the ingredients together, just until the limes begin to juice and the mint leaves Learn More

How to Make a Mango Peach Fizz, or sweetening a classic sour

September 1, 2016 Nick McAfee 0

The fizz has long been a summer favorite, a popular member of the “sour” family of cocktails.  Traditionally these cocktails are comprised of a spirit, acidic juice (such as lime or lemon), sugar, and club soda.  The popular Tom Collins cocktail which we have discussed before is also from the sour family.  Today we are going to put a sweeter spin on this sour classic, making it more enjoyable for those that love balanced fruity cocktails. Mango Peach Fizz 1 1⁄2 ounces Vodka 1⁄2 ounce Peach Liqueur (such as Peach Schnapps) 1⁄8 of a fresh mango (~1⁄4 cup frozen mango) 1⁄8 of a fresh peach 1⁄2 ounce orange juice 4 ounces club soda garnish with a thin peach wedge In a blender, pour in the orange juice and add the mango and peach.  I didn’t have any fresh mangoes handy, so I relied on cubed frozen mangoes I got from Trader Joe’s.  I find Learn More