It’s Tiki Monday! How to Make Mississippi Planter’s Punch

March 6, 2017 Broke & Thirsty 0

Thanks to New Orleans, a city know for the debauchery that is Mardi Gras and its amazing cocktail scene, we have yet another rendition of the classic planters punch. This time, we throw rum aside for some good ol’ american bourbon and a bit of french brandy. Although it differs considerably from the original punch recipe, this Mississippi Planter’s Punch is a wonderful chance to explore a tiki cocktail with an old school New Orleans twist.

Brandy Crusta

Throwback to Classic Cocktails: How to Make the Brandy Crusta

February 2, 2017 Broke & Thirsty 0

Rumored to be the origin of the popular Sidecar, the brandy crusta is unquestioningly one of the oldest cocktails. Created in the 1850s by an Italian bartender named Joseph Santini in New Orleans, the brandy crusta even predates the famous sazerac in the world of calling card cocktails. A well balanced yet citrus forward cocktail, the crusta can also be made with either gin or whiskey, however brandy brings out the classic flavor profile. Brandy Crusta 1½ ounces Cognac 1 teaspoon Orange Liqueur 2 dashes Angostura Bitters 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon simple syrup rim with sugar garnish with 1″ curl of lemon peel Begin by filling a cocktail or coupe glass with ice. Then set the glass aside to chill. Now fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the cognac, orange liqueur, bitters, lemon, and simple syrup. Orange Curacao is traditionally used, but triple sec will also Then Learn More

Sidecar Cocktail

Throwback to Classic Cocktails: How to Make the Sidecar

January 12, 2017 Broke & Thirsty 0

The sidecar is one of the great classic brandy cocktails.  And like many old cocktails, while it’s origins are mysterious, there are plenty of stories. By most accounts the sidecar was created slightly after World War I by George Smyth near London, likely in Claridges or Savoy. However there is another account, which I would rather believe. This renditions tells that the cocktail is in fact the invention of an American army captain. This captained was stationed in Paris during WWI and ordered this cocktail so often that it was named after his primary mode of transportation:  a motorcycle sidecar.  No matter when this drink was created, it is a lovely brandy cocktail (traditionally made with cognac) that is just as good today as it was during the great war. Sidecar 1½ ounces Brandy ¾ ounce Orange Liqueur ¾ ounce lemon juice garnish with an orange quarter or lemon twist 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

Hot Buttered Spiced Ale

How to Make Brown Butter Spiced Ale, or the rise of the Beertail

December 2, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

It isn’t often that we get to use ale in cocktails, but it is an ingredient that really should be used more.  For one, beer is pretty cheap if you are smart about how you shop (read: sales!) and there is a vast variety of styles and flavors.  From the simplest light beer to the most complex barrel aged imperial stout, there is a depth of untapped craft flavors that need to be included in more cocktails. So to start off that trend, we will make an even more inconceivable cocktail with beer: a hot cocktail. As it happens, beer is just as suited to hot cocktails as spirits and wine. And with so many craft favorites, the possibilities are endless. Brown Butter Spiced Ale 6 ounces Ale 1 ounce Brandy 1 tablespoons unsalted butter, browned 1½ tablespoons dark brown sugar ⅛ teaspoon ginger ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon garnish with 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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How to Make the Scorpion, or a tiki cocktail with a helluva sting

July 21, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

Okay, I get it.  Normally strong cocktails have a bite, not a sting.  But this one is called the scorpion, so did you really expect me to pass that up?  The scorpion is a veteran heavyweight of the tiki world (with almost two standard drinks of alcohol!) and its history is legendary.  But before we get to the complicated discussion of origin stories, let’s learn how to make a simple version of the cocktail. The Scorpion 0.75 ounces Dark Rum 0.75 ounces Light Rum 0.75 ounces Brandy 0.25 ounces Orange Liqueur (such as Triple Sec) 1.5 ounces of orange juice 0.5 ounces of lime juice garnish with a citrus wedge Start by adding ice to your shaker and squeezing in the juice of the lime and orange.  The fresh citrus really make this cocktail pop but if you don’t have any fresh citrus ready, bottled lime and orange juice will Learn More

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How to Make Ice Cream Shooters, or getting into the National Ice Cream Day spirit!

July 20, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

Happy National Ice Cream Day!  National Ice Cream Day has been the third Sunday in July (National Ice Cream Month) since it was proposed in Joint Resolution 298, which was sponsored by Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky on May 17, 1984.  It was signed into existence by President Reagan, in perhaps the least controversial decision he ever made.  Conservative or liberal, everyone loves ice cream!  To celebrate this day and honor the state of Kentucky which Senator Huddleston represented, here is a simple recipe to turn your favorite ice cream into a shooter, with a little help from our good friend bourbon. Bourbon & Ice Cream Shooters 1 ounce Bourbon 2 ounces of your ice cream of choice garnish with chocolate chips or sprinkles Tools: a whisk & a generous portion of elbow grease Place both the bourbon and ice cream in a bowl.  Now it is time to whisk them together. Learn More

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How to Make the Between the Sheets Cocktail, or a kinky name for a simply wonderful drink.

May 8, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

With a name like “Between the Sheets” one might think that this cheeky cocktail is a recent creation…but you would be wrong. While the exact origin of the cocktail is uncertain, it was either created in the 1920s in London by Mr. Polly (Manager of the Berkeley Hotel) or in the 1930s in Paris by Harry MacElhone of Harry’s New York Bar . Though most sources credit MacElhone with the BTS’s creation, the first published source is by Harry Craddock in the Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930. No matter what the actual origin, this delicious cocktail is well worth at least one taste…and once you’ve had it once, you are bound to go back time and time again. Between the Sheets Cocktail 0.75 oz Brandy 0.75 oz White Rum 0.75 oz Orange Liqueur 2 barspoons lemon juice garnish with a lemon twist Add all ingredients with a  generous portion of Learn More

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Sunday Funday: The Golden Globes, or Another Excuse for Mixing Booze and Bubbly

January 12, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

Tonight marks the celebration of the best 2013 had to offer in terms of film and television: the 71st Golden Globes!  Unlike the formality of the Oscars, the Golden Globes is a boisterous party filled with drunken actors, producers, directors, and other cast members.  So what type of drinks are good for the occasion?  How about continuing what we left off on New Years and keep on mixing spirits with bubbly in these two great cocktails! The Negroni Sbagliato 1 oz Campari 1 oz Sweet Red Vermouth 1 oz Sparkling Wine (optional) garnish with an orange wheel Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour in the Campari, vermouth and sparkling wine. Gently stir until mixed.  Garnish with an orange wheel and serve.  The name of this drink translates from the Italian to “the bungled negroni” and it gets its name from substituting the sparkling wine in for the original Learn More

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