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How to Make the Klondike, or a fitting cocktail for Discovery’s new tv show.

January 22, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

Well the reviews are in, and after the first episode, there seems to be a strong divide between those who think Discovery Channel’s newest show “Klondike” is either pure gold or still hunting for it.  One thing everyone should be able to agree on is the perfect drink for the show:  something a bit old, something involving whiskey, and most importantly something absolutely delicious.  From the classic Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, comes the perfect cocktail, the Klondike. The Klondike 2 oz Makers Mark 2 oz Vermouth ginger ale (optional) garnish with an orange wedge Pour the Maker’s Mark  and vermouth over ice into a Collins glass.  Top off with ginger ale and stir till chilled.  Garnish with an orange wedge and serve.  For a fun and slightly unexpected twist, I recommend replacing the vermouth with fresh squeezed orange juice (if that isn’t available, any brand that isn’t made from concentrate 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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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