Cameron's Kick

It’s Tiki Monday! How to Make the Cameron’s Kick

March 13, 2017 Broke & Thirsty 0

This fantastic cocktail is a great lead up to the infamous drinking holiday that is St. Patrick’s Day. With a healthy dose of Irish whiskey, this twist on a whiskey sour is sure to get you into the festive spirit. Even with the blizzards crushing the northeast of the United States. But how can this drink be celebrated on Tiki Monday? Well the answer lies in its source of sweetener: orgeat syrup.  Orgeat syrup is a staple in the tiki world, providing a flavorful, almondy backbone to popular cocktails like the Mai Tai. And while the inclusion of orgeat syrup may not alone make this Cameron’s Kick truly tiki, we are going to let that slide in the interest of enjoying this amazing concoction.

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How to Make the Set the New Year on Fire Cocktail, or getting this blog rolling with pyrotechnics!

January 11, 2015 Nick McAfee 0

It’s been a while since this blog has been active and with new years and it’s resolutions set, it is time to change that.  I stumbled across this great cocktail a couple days ago on liquor.com, and it seems like a great way to get back to crafting cocktails.  Afterall, what is more exciting than mixing booze with fire?  Especially when it adds a great flavor to your drink! Set the New Year on Fire 2 ounces Scotch 1/2 ounce Campari 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice 1/2 ounce 1:1 demerara simple syrup 6 mint leaves garnish with a flaming lime Begin by gently muddling the mint with the fresh lime juice (set the squeezed lime halves aside) and demerara simple syrup.  You don’t want to muddle too much, just enough to agitate the mint and get it to release it’s flavor while still leaving the leaves largely intact.  This cocktail Learn More

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge starring Patrick Stewart and Chivas Regal

August 22, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

The ALS ice bucket challenge has blown up on social media this summer and every day celebrities and us common folk have been posting thousands of videos taking up the challenge.  In a recent entry, Patrick Stewart has set the standard in perhaps the classiest ice bucket challenge to date.  Yes there is an ice bucket, yes there is a donation to ALS, but in place of drenching himself with freezing water, Stewart has chosen to salute the cause with a generous pour of Chivas Regal.   An excellent choice for such a cause, Chivas Regal is a blended 12 year old scotch that we can all afford to enjoy.  At $25 per fifth, I have found Chivas Regal always fits the bill when I want to sip on a simple smooth scotch.  It may not have the peaty complexity of Laphroaig 18, but I can enjoy it considerably more often Learn More

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How to Make Ice Cream Shooters, or getting into the National Ice Cream Day spirit!

July 20, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

Happy National Ice Cream Day!  National Ice Cream Day has been the third Sunday in July (National Ice Cream Month) since it was proposed in Joint Resolution 298, which was sponsored by Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky on May 17, 1984.  It was signed into existence by President Reagan, in perhaps the least controversial decision he ever made.  Conservative or liberal, everyone loves ice cream!  To celebrate this day and honor the state of Kentucky which Senator Huddleston represented, here is a simple recipe to turn your favorite ice cream into a shooter, with a little help from our good friend bourbon. Bourbon & Ice Cream Shooters 1 ounce Bourbon 2 ounces of your ice cream of choice garnish with chocolate chips or sprinkles Tools: a whisk & a generous portion of elbow grease Place both the bourbon and ice cream in a bowl.  Now it is time to whisk them together. Learn More

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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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Seasonal Special: Six Spiked Ciders Done Right

December 21, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

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.  Apple cider combines amazingly well with almost any spirit or wine, and there is nothing like a nice warm spiked drink on a freezing snowy day. There are wide variety of great recipes involving hot cider, and these are a couple of my favorites (in no particular order). 1) The Orchard Boulevardier This great drink is a delicious, season appropriate nod to the classic boulevardier cocktail.  The strength of the rye and the bitter-sweetness of the Campari blend well with the sweet vermouth and tart sweetness of the hot cider to make an amazing drink.  Old Overholt or Bulleit Rye work quite well in this drink and Dolin is my go Learn More

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Sunday Funday: Cocktails Inspired by Boardwalk Empire

October 6, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

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 over at Bourbon & Banter brought to my attention a wonderful set of cocktails created by Original Penguin, complete with beautiful cocktail info-graphics.  These cocktails fit perfectly within the scope of the show and could be imagined to be drank by many of it’s characters.  They are too good to stay hidden, so I am sharing them with you here on Broke & Thirsty. Enjoy!

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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