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

January 11, 2014 Nick McAfee 2

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 following is a great simple recipe for the hot toddy on which many variations can be made to taste. The Basic Hot Toddy 2 oz Spirit 0.5 oz honey 6 oz hot water Mix all ingredients in a mug and stir with a cocktail spoon until the honey has fully dissolved. Garnish with whatever you like – I love to garnish the basic hot toddy with a small mint sprig or citrus wheel.  Hot toddies were developed sometime in the early 18th century in Scotland.  While no one remembers exactly why it was created, historians believe that the recipe was designed to make the taste of scotch whisky more palatable, Learn More

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Technically Saturday: The Basics of Substituting Cocktail Ingredients

September 28, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

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 be able to justify stocking them in your bar.  Lucky for you, many cocktails will not suffer from some substitution if you don’t have an ingredient.  Like many aspects of mixology, experimenting is key after you know the basics. Basic Cocktail Ingredient Substitutions If you don’t have Cointreau, try: another orange liqueur triple sec curacao Grand Marnier Combier cherry liqueur pomegranate liqueur a floral liqueur such as St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur a spicy liqueur such as Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur If you don’t have maraschino, try: other cherry liqueurs Cherry Moonshine triple sec a floral liqueur such as St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur a spicy liqueur such as Domaine de Canton Ginger Learn More

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Ladies Night: How to Make a Moonlit Beachcomber

September 26, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

Since we are still denying that summer has ended and that it is 60 degrees outside, how about a great rum based drink from the vast repertoire of cocktails in the tiki family?  Tiki cocktails have four important traits: they are sweet, spicy, fruity and use rum…a lot of rum.  Basically they are the perfect girly cocktail with enough alcohol to give guys the excuse to drink them.  Today we are going to put a twist on a classic tiki cocktail: the beachcomber. The Moonlit Beachcomber 2 oz light rum 3/4 oz orange liqueur 3/4 oz lime juice 2 dashes moonshine cherry juice garnish with a moonshine cherry & a lime wedge Combine all ingredients and a generous portion of ice  in a cocktail shaker.  Shake thoroughly and pour into a highball glass.  This drink can also be enjoyed as a blended cocktail, if so, blend all ingredients with about Learn More