Martinis are the epitome of the classic cocktail. Popularized by James Bond and the business culture of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, there is no surprise that the classic martini has spawned literally thousands of variations. However when it comes to variation, some are more traditional than others. One such classic martini variation is the perfect martini. Perfect is a cocktail term which doesn’t refer to how amazing the drink is – though perfect cocktails usually are amazingly balanced – but rather indicates equal parts of both sweet and dry vermouth.
The alexander is one of those classic cocktails that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Overshadowed by its successor the Brandy Alexander, this rare combination of gin and cream is smooth beyond your wildest dreams. It was also the personal favorite of John Lennon. So let’s be real, if this cocktail was good enough for the legendary Beatles co-founder, you really do need to try it! Alexander 1 ounce Gin 1 ounce Creme de Cacao 1 ounce cream ¼ egg white Begin by filling a cocktail glass with ice and setting aside to chill. Optimally you will have two shakers to make the alexander. The first shaker you will fill with ice. Pour in the gin, creme de Cacao (preferably white), cream, and egg white. Shake with ice till chilled. Next strain this concoction into the second ice-free shaker. Now dry shake the cocktail for a good thirty seconds – Learn More
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.
When you think of tiki cocktails, the first spirit that comes to mind is definitely not gin. However the classic saturn cocktail may change your mind on just what a tiki cocktail can taste like. Subtely sweet and incredibly complex with nearly infinite flavor profiles depending on the gin and falernum you choose the saturn is sure to please even those who normally find the taste of gin to be off-putting. The Saturn 1¼ ounces gin ½ ounce lemon, juiced ½ ounce passion fruit syrup ¼ ounce falernum ¼ ounce orgeat syrup garnish with a lemon wedge This cocktail can either be shaken or blended. For blending, pour all ingredients and a cup of crushed ice into a blender and pulse for roughly five seconds until it has been combined. Pour into a tall glass, garnish, and serve. For a cocktail better suited to winter months (read: not quite as Learn More
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
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
Today martini’s have become synonymous with any cocktail served up. In fact, the cocktail glass is often referred to simply as a “martini glass.” But back in the early 20th century, there were a myriad of variations on the classic martini. The best of these variations even rivaled the popularity of the martini. The Emerson was just such a variation. Once popular and now fallen into obscurity, this stimulating and mesmerizing cocktail will continually surprise you with its incredible flavor profile and subtle sweetness. The Emerson 2 ounces Old Tom Gin 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth ½ ounce lemon juice (~⅓ of a lemon) ½ ounce maraschino liqueur 2 dashes angostura bitters (optional) 1 teaspoon of simple syrup or sugar (if using London Dry Gin) garnish with a lemon twist Although the Emerson is in the martini family, we need to shake it to properly mix the lemon juice. Begin by selecting a Learn More
The martini is undoubtedly the most famous cocktail in the world. Whether it is being consumed in copious numbers during business lunches in the ’60s and ’70s or the drink of choice for your favorite super-spy, the martini has long been glamorized and its popularity continues today. While there are hundreds of variations on the martini, the classic martini has remained timeless. A solid base on which any number of flavor profiles can be explored. Before we get into some of the more unique variations, it is about time that we covered this cocktail classic. The Classic Martini 2½ ounces Gin or Vodka ½ ounce Dry Vermouth 2 dashes orange or angostura bitters (optional) garnish with 1-3 olives or a lemon twist Fill your mixing glass (or shaker) with ice. Add the gin (for the more traditional and flavorful martini) or the vodka (if you don’t like gin). Pour in Learn More
When the summer is beating down from the sky and you want to relax, there are few cocktails that hit the spot quite like a Gin and Tonic. We’ve discussed gin and tonics before, and of course they are excellent in their own right, but sometimes its fun to mix things up and try out a different flavor profile. Throw in some mint and cucumber to make a cooler that puts the refreshing claims of spa water to shame! Minty Cucumber Cooler 2 ounces Gin 4 ounces tonic water ½ lime, wedged 6 mint leaves 4 cucumber slices 1 tsp sugar (optional) garnish with a mint sprig and lime wedge Add the gin, lime, and mint leaves to a shaker. You can also choose to add sugar now if you are in the mood for a sweeter drink. Gently muddle the ingredients together, just until the limes begin to juice and the mint leaves Learn More
After a long absence of new content, I am happy to announce that Broke & Thirsty is back up and running! Now that warmth has once again graced the North East of the US, we will get back to make fantastic classic cocktails at reasonable prices. Today’s elegant cocktail is a lovely gin-based sipper from the days of Colonial British Burma. A gentlemen’s club in Rangoon frequented by British military types was the birthplace and namesake for this delicious cocktail: the Pegu Club. While the club itself was sadly burned down by the Japanese during the turmoil that was WWII, the Pegu Club cocktail has had world wide success and deserves your attention. The Pegu Club 2 parts Gin (1.5 ounces) 1 part Curacao (0.75 ounces) lime juice (~1 tsp) 1 dash angostura bitters 1 dash orange bitters garnish: lime twist Add all ingredients to an ice filled mixing glass and Learn More