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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, 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

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The Boulevardier, or an Example of Prohibition’s Great Big Melting Pot

December 16, 2013 Nick McAfee 1

Prohibition, despite it’s ban on spirits, is actually the best thing that ever happened to American cocktails.  Cocktails had become boring, with just a few standard combinations using a small variety of spirits.  With the rebirth of the cocktail in Prohibition and the experimentation with European spirits, many new drinks were created; few more noteworthy than the Boulevardier. The Boulevardier 1.5 oz Bourbon 1 oz Campari 1 oz Sweet Red Vermouth garnish with an orange slice, lemon twist, or cherry Pour all of the ingredients into a mixing glass over ice, then stir until the spirits combine and are chilled completely.  Don’t stir too hard or fast, because you will risk breaking off flakes of ice in the same manner you would by shaking a cocktail.  Once stirred, you have two choices, as the Boulevardier can be served up in a cocktail glass or on the rocks in an old Learn More

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The Americano, Not Your Average Campari Soda

December 11, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Campari is a very unique apertif and at first its flavor isn’t for everyone.  Most people are used to liqueurs being sweet, but Campari adds a wonderful bitter element to cocktails which I find lacking in many of today’s classics.  There is one cocktail that gives those new to Campari a delicious introduction: the Americano. The Americano 1 oz Campari 1 oz Sweet Red Vermouth club soda garnish with a lemon twist Build this drink in an old fashioned or highball glass over ice.  Begin by pouring in the Campari and Sweet Red Vermouth.  Still gently until chilled and mixed.  Once combined, top off the cocktail with club soda and garnish with a lemon twist.  I used Dolin Rouge to make this cocktail, but Carpano Antica take this drink to a new level, although it substantially raises the cost in the process (by around 47 cents). The Ameriano, like many Learn More