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How to Make the Ward Eight, or two versions of a perfect summer afternoon cocktail.

This cocktail is rumored to have been created in 1898 to celebrate  the imminent election of Martin M. Lomasney, “the czar of ward eight”, to the General Court of Massachusetts.  Mr. Lomasney’s friends were so confident of the his victory that

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Posted in Cheap Cocktails, Rye

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

Seasonal Special: Six Spiked Ciders Done Right

Winter is cominghere!  As snow fell on the northeastern states this weekend, cocktails made with ice seemed less attractive.  It is the time of year for warm drinks like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, egg nog, and of course apple cider.

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Posted in Bourbon, Brandy, Canadian Whiskey, Cheap Cocktails, Cognac, Dollar Drinks, Irish Whiskey, Liqueur, Rum, Rye, Scotch, Tequila, Vodka, Whiskey, White Wine, Wine & Champagne

The Twelve Mile Limit, or Celebrating Repeal Day!

Broke & Thirsty may have been gone for a bit, but now it is back up and running, continuing to give you great drink recipes and tips.  Today’s cocktail, the Twelve Mile Limit, is a nod to the 80th anniversary

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Posted in Brandy, Cheap Cocktails, Rum, Rye, Whiskey

How to Make a Ruby Manhattan, or mixing a cocktail the color of blood.

The Ruby Manhattan is one of my favorite examples of a great variation on the versatile Manhattan cocktail.  One simple substitution, ruby port for sweet vermouth completely changes the flavor of the cocktail while it still remain recognizable as a

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Posted in Cheap Cocktails, Port, Rye, Whiskey, Wine & Champagne

A Contender for Best Fall Cocktail, or How to Make a Manhattan

Great cocktails often only include a couple of ingredients.  Many are also based solely on spirit, bitters, and the interplay of the sweet and the bitter.  A classic American pre-prohibition cocktail, the Manhattan, not only follows these subtle rules but

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Posted in Bourbon, Canadian Whiskey, Cheap Cocktails, Liqueur, Rye, Spirits, Whiskey

How to Make the Rickety Cocktail, or a twist on DC’s official cocktail during the shutdown

Today, the US government decided to shutdown for the first time since 1996.  In honor (or is it more in mourning?) of this event and to give everyone who no longer has to go to work something to do, I

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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

How to Make the Suburban, or Taking a Sledgehammer to Compromise

Sometimes I want to have all of my favorite things at once and am not in the mood to compromise. I love whiskey, rum, and port, but no drinks jumps to mind.  By delving back into the Rocco Era of

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Posted in Bourbon, Cheap Cocktails, Rum, Rye, Spirits, Whiskey, Wine & Champagne
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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