The Last Word Cocktail

Throwback to Classic Cocktails: How to Make the Last Word

January 19, 2017 Broke & Thirsty 0

Not every cocktail can be made for cheap, but some expensive cocktails are the worth the cost.  The last word is just such a cocktail. Made green and delicious by the inclusion of a liqueur known as chartreuse, the last word is a cocktail that can’t help but make you relax. This cocktail may have a modern feel to its formulation and flavor profile, but I assure you this is truly an old fashioned drinking featuring a very old liqueur. The complexity of the cocktail lies in the liqueur, which is a secret herbal recipe kept by an order of monks for centuries. It almost sounds like it is a legend, but it is in fact entirely based in fact.  And the otherworldly brilliance of chartreuse is perhaps best demonstrated in this exquisite cocktail.

The Best Tropical Champagne Cocktails for NYE

December 30, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

The weather on New Years Eve can vary greatly depending on where you live. But whether you are bundled up in a bulky jacket or sitting under a palm try to watch the fireworks, tropical cocktails are a great way to make any setting feel more fun.  And what could be more fun than adding a bit of bubbly to sweet tropical flavors? Bubbles make everything better and the bubbly makes each drink feel more like a NYE cocktail. If you want to keep the price down, but your spirits, high, than I highly recommend choosing Andre California Champagne. It’s price tag is unbeatable and it excels in these incredibly flavorful cocktails. So what are you waiting for? Grab some rum. Grab some champagne and a lot of fruit, and get ready to party like its actually warm. The Airmail This cocktail is, shockingly enough, a product of a Bacardi Learn More

5 Classic Cocktails for NYE

5 Classic Cocktails Perfect for NYE

December 29, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

With 2017 just around the corner, it is time to reflect upon the year behind us.  And what better way to reflect than with five amazing classic cocktails that are perfect for your NYE festivities? Perfect for any upscale event or when you don’t want to wait for the bubbly to chill, these tried and true favorites offer a little bit of something for everyone.  So checkout the five perfect classics for your NYE party.  Think another cocktail should have made the list? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Classic Christmas Cocktails

Classic Christmas Cocktails, or adding a little tipple to the holidays

December 25, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

Christmas day has found us. And with the holiday season comes the opportunity for festive indulgent cocktails.  Cocktails that you may not drink on a daily basis, but are perfect for this festive setting.  I’m talking everything from eggnog to that expensive last word that you absolutely love.  Hey, it’s green, that totally fits the Christmas theme! Here are several classic cocktails that are perfect for your holiday celebrations.

Hot Christmas Cocktails

Six Hot Christmas Cocktails to Warm Up the Holidays

December 24, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

Christmas is a time of merriment. And what is merriment without a couple of cocktails to pass away the hours?  These great hot cocktails will keep you warm inside and out, the perfect choice for a chilly Christmas eve or a snowy Christmas day. Hot cocktails are an often overlooked category, but hot chocolate doesn’t have to just be for little kids!  Add the right blend of spirits and you can create an entirely new experience made that much better since it was based on a childhood favorite. So turn on the stove, put on the kettle, and try out these delicious hot Christmas cocktail favorites. Hot Buttered Rum With an intriguing yet potentially dubious name, the Hot Buttered Rum is at its heart a delicious blend of melted vanilla ice cream, butter, sugar and a generous splash of your favorite rum.  Like your drinks sweet? Use a 2:1 ratio of Learn More

Bourbon Spiked Eggnog

Throwback to Classic Cocktails: How to Make Bourbon Spiked Eggnog

December 22, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

As I have said before, bourbon is truly the Christmas spirit. There are so many excellent holiday cocktails that can be made with bourbon that at least in the United States, it makes perfect sense. While there are hundreds of variations on the classic eggnog, this simple recipe is one of my favorites. Perhaps in no small part because it chooses bourbon as the base spirit.  Some eggnog recipes call for two or three different kinds of alcohol, but why not keep it simple?  To me an eggnog should be minimalist. A simple pleasure enjoyed without being overpowered by three different spirits. Instead appreciate the caramels and oak from the bourbon alongside this wonderfully spiced cocktail. And marvel at the complex of flavor that can be achieved by only a few ingredients. Now raise your spirits as you raise your glass and sip away on this holiday favorite. Bourbon Spiked Eggnog Learn More

Chartreuse Swizzle

It’s Tiki Monday! How to Make the Chartreuse Swizzle

December 19, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

A tiki cocktail without rum? What is this nonsense.  But surely it at least has gin or brandy or some other standard spirit.  You couldn’t be more wrong.  The chartreuse swizzle is a classic example of just how great a cocktail can be when utilizing a liqueur as the only spirit in the cocktail. But then again, chartreuse isn’t just any liquor. It is in fact the only liqueur that has a color named after it, and costs a staggering $60 a bottle.  So how can such a cocktail be featured on Broke & Thirsty? Because sometimes the price is worth the experience and the chartreuse swizzle is an experience you don’t want to miss. This is unquestionably my new favorite cocktail. Chartreuse Swizzle 1 1/2 ounces Green Chartreuse 1 ounce pineapple juice 3/4 ounce lime juice 1/2 ounce falernum Garnish with a mint sprig and/or freshly grated nutmeg Swizzles, a Learn More

How to Make Last-Minute Mulled Wine, or accelerating excellence

December 9, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

Mulled wine normally takes a while to make. To really infuse the wine with new flavors takes times, or at least that is what common rhetoric implies.  However it is possible to still get great mulled wine in only a few minutes of prep time. So now you can more often enjoy this sweet and flavorful wine cocktail during the cold winter months. No matter what long hours you are working or how busy your schedule, this is a cocktail that is worth making ten minutes for. Last-Minute Mulled Wine 5 ounces Red Wine 1 ounce Brandy or Bourbon 1 star anise pod 5 allspice berries 1 cinnamon stick 2+ long pieces of lemon peel 2 teaspoons sugar garnish with a cinnamon stick or toasted lemon peel Add all of the ingredients except the brandy/bourbon to a small saucepan. Set the heat to low and cook for a couple of minutes. Do not let the Learn More

How to Make the Apple Pie Smash, or drinking a pie on the rocks

November 23, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

When it comes to celebrations in the fall, my go to dessert is always apple pie.  Simultaneously sweet and savory, this american classic is a time honored favorite that is often mimicked, but rarely duplicated in other forms. There are dozens of products on the shelves at liquor stores that claim to be “apple pie” moonshine or liqueur, but they never capture the full depth of the dessert or its elegant balance.  Sickeningly sweet, they often can’t even be mixed. So in honor of American Thanksgiving, I set out to create an apple pie cocktail that does the dessert justice, and without further adieu, I present to you the Apple Pie Smash! Apple Pie Smash 2 ounces Bourbon 2 ounces apple cider 1 ounce apple pie simple syrup garnish with a bruleed apple slice and fresh apple pie spices This cocktail is a lot of fun to make – anything that give Learn More

Make Old Fashioned

The Perfect Election Day Cocktail, or variations on the all american Old Fashioned.

November 8, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

Election Day is here and whether your candidate wins or loses, there are few better days to drink and celebrate America – save maybe Independence Day. Since we only get to elect a president every four years, there are few better days to break out the good stuff and make a celebratory cocktail. When it comes to finding a solid all american cocktail to celebrate with, the simplicity and elegance of the Old Fashioned make it a most excellent choice. Checkout this recipe for the classic Old Fashioned or keep reading for some delicious and election-sized concoctions. The Corn Whiskey Old Fashioned 3 ounces Corn Whiskey 1 sugar cube 3 dashes cherry bitters garnish with a lemon slice and cherry Place a sugar cube in an old fashioned glass (also known as a lowball glass). Saturate the sugar cube with cherry bitters and let rest for a minute. Muddle the sugar, then add Learn More

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