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How to make the Pegu Club, or finding the connection between colonial Burma and your cocktail glass

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

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How to Make a Hot Toddy, or the Workhorse of Winter Cocktails

It’s National Hot Toddy Day!  But actually, look it up, it’s a thing.  The hot toddy is a wonderfully versatile hot drink which can be served with almost every imaginable booze and hot drink combination.  To get our footing, the

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Posted in Bourbon, Brandy, Canadian Whiskey, Cognac, Dollar Drinks, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Moonshine, Rum, Rye, Scotch, Tequila, Vodka, Whiskey

How to Make the French 75, or Celebrating the New Year with a Bang!

New Year’s Eve is one of the most popular drinking holidays and as such it lends itself perfectly to cocktail parties.  Last post we discussed the Old Cuban and in this post we are going to add another high caliber

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Posted in Brandy, Cognac, Gin, Sparkling Wine

The Negroni, or the Perfect Dinner Cocktail

When it comes to gin, only two cocktails come to mind for most people: the Martini and the G&T.  Gin has an amazing flavor profile due to the many botanicals it is infused with, and there are many more than

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Posted in Cheap Cocktails, Gin, Liqueur, Vermouth

How to Make a Martinez, or that cocktail on NBC’s Ironside

The Martinez is a classic cocktail.  So classic in fact that it is believed to be the cocktail that evolved into the Martini.  It is also, sadly, almost entirely forgotten.  So you can imagine my surprise when the cocktail got

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Posted in Cheap Cocktails, Gin, History, Liqueur

Sunday Funday: Cocktails Inspired by Boardwalk Empire

The HBO show Boardwalk Empire is an amazing drama and it’s prohibition-era setting makes the issue of cocktails even more interesting. I’ve been meaning to do a post on a couple of Boardwalk Empire inspired cocktails, but the great folks

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Posted in Bourbon, Cheap Cocktails, Gin, Scotch, Sunday Funday, Whiskey, Wine & Champagne

Ladies Night: How to Make the Long Island Iced Tea

I have never understood why this drink, one of the most potent of the common cocktails, is considered a girly drink.  With almost a double shot if made exactly to recipe, it is more often a three shot drink.  That’s

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Posted in Dollar Drinks, Gin, Liqueur, Rum, Spirits, Tequila, Vodka

Technically Saturday: The Basics of Substituting Cocktail Ingredients

There are few things quite as frustrating as finding a great cocktail recipe only to realize that you don’t have all of the ingredients to make it.  Or that some of the ingredients are so expensive that you will never

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Posted in Bourbon, Brandy, Cachaca, Canadian Whiskey, Cognac, Gin, Infusions, Irish Whiskey, Liqueur, Moonshine, Rum, Rye, Scotch, Spirits, Technically Saturday, Techniques, Tequila, Vodka, Whiskey, Wine & Champagne

Don’t Get Angry, Get a Mad Dog Martini

Wait, what? MD 20/20 in a Martini?  How is that an “elegant cocktail”?!  Believe it or not, with a bit of finesse even the most rugged and notoriously cheap ingredients can be turned into something quite impressive.  Don’t believe me?

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Nick McAfee
Nick McAfee is a student of Princeton University and is passionate about mixology. As a student with a low monthly income, he has developed ways to create simple cocktails with complex flavors from inexpensive ingredients. Learn more about Nick and Broke & Thirsty.
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