It’s Tiki Monday! How to Make Grog

October 31, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

Like many good cocktails, this particularly recipe for grog comes with a great story.  And like most legendary cocktails, that story may or may not actually be true.  The story goes that in the 18th century, British Naval Admiral Edward Vernon ordered his sailors to consume a pint of rum a day.  Nicknamed “Old Grog” because he always wore a grosgrain cloak, Adm Vernon’s orders were intended to prevent scurvy. Since rum doesn’t do anything for scurvy, the pint of rum a day just meant his crew was sloshed.  To counteract this misstep, Old Grog issued the infamous Captain’s Order Number 349, stating that all rum should be mixed with water, a dash of brown sugar, and lime to make it more palatable. To protest their leader watering down their precious rum, his crew named the new drink “grog” after him. Grog 2 ounces dark rum ½ ounce fresh lime juice Learn More

It’s Tiki Monday! How to Make the Blue Hawaiian

October 17, 2016 Nick McAfee 0

Tropical cocktails are often thought of as fruity affairs.  Labelled as “girly” and “sweet,” these drinks get a bad wrap for not being as “sophisticated” as their drier brethren.  But all tiki cocktail have a secret.  Yes, they may be incredibly drinkable and more palatable to those who dislike the burn of alcohol, but they also pack a hefty punch.  Utilizing a blend of several spirits, they are high abv, pleasing both heavy drinkers and sweet-tooths alike.  The blue hawaiian cocktail looks very tropical thanks to its color, but beneath the color lies a well-balanced crowd pleaser. Blue Hawaiian ¾ ounce Light Rum ¾ ounce Vodka ½ ounce Blue Curacao 3 ounces pineapple juice, unsweetened ½ lemon, juiced ½ ounce simple syrup garnish with an orange quarter slice, pineapple, and maraschino cherry Fill a shaker with ice and pour in the rum, vodka, curacao, juices, and simple syrup.  Shake for 30 Learn More

How to Make a Strawberry Rose Fizz, or find acidity in surprising places

October 14, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

When it comes to versatile cocktails, it is hard to beat a fizz. Fizzes come from an old family of sour cocktails and classically feature an acidic fruit and club soda. Usually the acidic fruit comes in the form of a citrus such as a lemon or lime, however when it comes to acidic fruits, the strawberry is more potent than you might suspect. Masked by the sweet profile is a brilliant acidity that is quite excellent for making cocktails. In this gem, the acidic edges of strawberry are rounded off by the subtle floral notes of rose water. Strawberry Rose Fizz 2 ounces Vodka or Gin ½ ounce strawberry simple syrup ½ teaspoon rose water 2 ounces club soda to taste garnish with a hulled strawberry or strawberry rose Place several ice cubes in an old fashioned or collins glass. Pour in your spirit of choice – vodka is more subtle Learn More

How to Make a Coconut Gin and Tonic, or what to do when you have a whole coconut!

October 7, 2016 Nick McAfee 0

We’ve all seen them in grocery stores. Whole coconuts. They just dare us to buy them and make an awesome cocktail. So you buy it and bring it home, only for you to realize you have no idea how to open a coconut much less use one. Coconuts are actually incredibly easy to use and we will use all the parts of a coconut over the next couple of weeks. Today, we are going to start by harvesting the easiest part: the coconut water. Not only is coconut water a huge fad right now, liable to be found bottled up in whatever grocer you frequent, but it is even better when it is fresh. And it is the perfect complement in a fun variation the classic gin and tonic. Disclaimer: If you don’t like coconut water, this cocktail won’t change your mind. But if you love the taste, then this gin Learn More

It’s Tiki Monday! How to Make the Traditional Mai Tai

October 3, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

Finding a recipe for the classic mai tai is both incredibly easy and challenging.  While on the one hand almost every drink website has a recipe for the mai tai, there are just as many variations.  Long one of the most popular tiki cocktails, that hasn’t stopped numerous bartenders trying their hand at improving it. There are in fact no less than eleven recipes for the “classic mai tai” with numerous admitted variations. So instead of finding the most classic recipe, here we have a traditional recipe that has been the backbone of these variants for years. This recipe is based on the 1944 classic using Trader Vic. Elegant and simple, this classic mai tai is sure to win a spot on your most made cocktails list. The Traditional Mai Tai 2 ounces Aged Rum 1/2 ounce Orange Liqueur 3/4 ounce lime, juiced 1/4 ounce orgeat syrup 1/4 ounce rich Learn More