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How to Make the Old Cuban, or The Best New Years Eve Cocktails!

December 28, 2013 Nick McAfee 2

Champagne and other sparkling wines have become ubiquitous with New Year’s Eve, and all of the posts leading up to the new year will use that amazing ingredient.  Sparkling wine is not a well known cocktail ingredient, however it can be used to make marvelous new cocktails or put a surprising twist on classics.  One such classic is the mojito, which evolves into a wonderfully sparkling cocktail, the Old Cuban. The Old Cuban 1.5 oz. Rum 1 oz. simple syrup ¾ oz. fresh lime juice 6 mint leaves 2 dashes Angostura Bitters 2 oz. chilled champagne or dry sparkling wine (optional) garnish with a mint sprig or lime twist Begin by muddling the mint leaves with the fresh lime juice in the bottom of a shaker.  Once muddled, add a generous portion of ice and add the simple syrup, rum, and bitters.  Shake until fully chilled.  Strain the cocktail into Learn More

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The 7 Best and Worst Bottles of Cheap Rum

October 22, 2013 Nick McAfee 5

There are a lot of different rums on the market and it is a spirit, like vodka, that is very well represented in the cheap spirits category.  Yes, there are plenty of premium rums but arguably the most popular rum in the world, Bacardi Superior, is less than $20/handle.  This makes rum a very interesting category ripe for a review.  But with all spirits, for every good spirit, there are half a dozen spirits who are not worth their weight in sand.  Today we are going to focus on white rums, the staple mixing rum which is essential for every home and professional bar. The Four Best Bottles of Cheap Rum 4. El Dorado 3 Year White Rum This rum is the cheap version of El Dorado 12 Year and it is clear from the nose to the taste that a lot is gained through the aging process.  The nose Learn More

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Shutdown Specials or Great Drink Deals for a Furloughed DC

October 2, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Now that a large population of the US capital no longer has to go to work, the bars and restaurants of DC have taken it upon themselves to give these employees something to do, namely drink.  There are some amazing specials in DC that will last the duration of the shutdown, so save your penny’s and enjoy these locations on the cheap.   Below are some of the best deals I could find. DC Shutdown Drink Specials Austin Grill: Happy Hour specials are offered all day to anyone with a government ID or furlough notice for as long as the shutdown lasts. (source: The Washington Post) Brasserie Beck: Show a federal or military ID and get a two-course lunch for $20, or $2 shots made with Jack Daniels whiskey and Punt-e-Mes vermouth. (source: The Washington Post) The Brixton: The U Street bar opens its large rooftop daily at 1 p.m. for grilling Learn More

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Breaking Bad Finale Cocktails or A Shot as Strong as Blue Sky

September 29, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Breaking Bad’s famous crystal blue meth in the show has many names: Blue Sky, Fring’s Blue, Big Blue, and Blue Magic.  The more important fact is that it is 99.1% pure.  While I would love to make a cocktail that was equally pure, the fact is that there would be almost no room for any flavor.  And of course the other problem is that the strongest commercial spirit, Everclear, is only 95% alcohol.  The solution (no pun intended)?  Make a drink that is 99.1 proof.  I present you with a shot of Blue Sky. The Blue Sky Shot 1 oz Everclear 0.25 oz Peach Schnapps 0.74 oz Blue Powerade This shot is smoothest chilled, so shake all ingredients with ice and pour into a shot glass.  This runs the risk of lowering the proof (it will, there is no way to prevent dilution), but makes this shot burn a lot Learn More

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Sunday Funday: Breaking Bad Finale Cocktails, Part 1

September 29, 2013 Nick McAfee 2

Breaking Bad is ending today and it’s all about the blue crystal. There is no question that everyone will be glued to the series finale of Breaking Bad to find out what happens to all of the characters.  Although Walter and Jesse may focus on meth production, here at Broke & Thirsty the focus is on spirits and great cocktails.  I see no better way to salute such an amazing show like Breaking Bad than with a cocktail.  Or even better, lots of cocktails.  Here are a collection of breaking bad themed cocktails collected from around the web, with more of my own recipes appearing soon. Breaking Bad Finale Cocktails The Walterita from Almost Makes Perfect 1.5 oz Tequila 0.5 oz orange liqueur 1 oz lime juice kosher salt for rimming glasses blue food coloring blue rock candy for garnish The best part of this recipe is the blue ice, Learn More

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Sunday Funday: Picking the Spirit that is Best for You!

August 25, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

There are a lot of different types of spirits and for each type there is an exponentially expanding number of brands.  The micro-distillery business is just getting started, so how do you know what is just good marketing and what is actually a good spirit that you like?  There is a simple three step process to picking your favorite spirit which I will share for you now! Do Your Research: Before you ever go to buy a bottle or go to a bar look at a wide array of reviews on the type of spirit you are interested in purchasing to see what they recommend.  The trick to finding meaningful reviews is finding reviewers you share the same taste as.  I recommend looking for reviews of two brands you know you love and find a couple of reviewers who love them just as much as you do.  Once you have Learn More

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Bar Review: The Charles Village Pub in Baltimore

August 24, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

During a recent happy hour, I paid a long overdue visit to the Charles Village Pub. Unassuming in appearance, the CVP (as locals call it) provided a fantastic experience far exceeding my expectations. It started when I sat down and ordered a Whiskey & Ginger, as I always do when at an unfamiliar pub. The happy hour advertised two for one drinks, so I expected a nice rail drink at half price. To my surprise and immediate delight, the bartender brought me not one, but two Whiskey & Gingers less than a minute after I placed my order. I may also add that the bar itself was already nearly full when I entered the pub, so quick service was something I was not expecting. And better than just good service, the drinks were mixed very well with a generous but not overpowering helping of whiskey. I decided to order a Learn More

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Announcement: Bar Reviews!

August 24, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

I am happy to announce that I am adding a new feature to Broke & Thirsty: bar reviews!  This great category is sure to be a hit and will contain reviews of the best and the worst of the dive bars, pubs and other establishments which make up cheap drinking scene.  There will also be reviews of higher end establishments where the wonders of mixology can be sampled and observed at a more celebratory price.  These reviews will be easily accessible by the new menu tab “Bar Reviews” located under the “Events & Reviews” heading. I’ll be kicking off this series on great little bar called the Charles Village Pub situated, unsurprisingly, in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood.  More reviews to come!

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An Introduction to All Things Bourbon, or a livestream from Woodford Reserve

August 12, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

This coming Tuesday (August 13th 2013) there is going to be great livestream at 8pm EST from Woodford Reserve’s Master Distiller Chris Morris. Chris is going to explain what makes bourbon bourbon, it’s history, and even answer your questions. This event is going to last at least an hour and is not to be missed. The other important detail? It’s free! So now you have no excuses. Here is a bit more info that they provided in email form:

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Sunday Funday: DC Beer Week! or how to drink amazing craft beer on the cheap

August 12, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Sorry for this late post and for a general lack of posts this weekend. But there was a reason for my absence: I was helping out with the great week long event that is DC Beer Week! But why should you care about DC Beer Week? Three words: cheap craft beer. I spent yesterday volunteering for a great brewery tour called the DC Brewline that was organized by the Washington City Paper and Reston Limousine. We toured six great local breweries and learned a lot about the brewing culture that is just starting in DC. Now enough about me, lets get to the good part: the beer. The world has a lot to look forward to, because after talking to all the great brew masters at breweries such as DC Brau, 3 Stars, Port City, and Bluejacket, there are some great little known beers that are being produced and even Learn More

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