The Best Tropical Champagne Cocktails for NYE

December 30, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

The weather on New Years Eve can vary greatly depending on where you live. But whether you are bundled up in a bulky jacket or sitting under a palm try to watch the fireworks, tropical cocktails are a great way to make any setting feel more fun.  And what could be more fun than adding a bit of bubbly to sweet tropical flavors? Bubbles make everything better and the bubbly makes each drink feel more like a NYE cocktail. If you want to keep the price down, but your spirits, high, than I highly recommend choosing Andre California Champagne. It’s price tag is unbeatable and it excels in these incredibly flavorful cocktails. So what are you waiting for? Grab some rum. Grab some champagne and a lot of fruit, and get ready to party like its actually warm. The Airmail This cocktail is, shockingly enough, a product of a Bacardi Learn More

Best Classic Champagne Cocktails NYE

The Best Classic Champagne Cocktails to Celebrate NYE!

December 28, 2016 Broke & Thirsty 0

Champagne and New Years Eve are about as requisite as any holiday can get. When you were a kid there was always that monumental NYE when your parents deemed you old enough to partake in the bubbly. And while today sparkling wine may seem like a necessity for any NYE party, that makes it no less special. For those that want to make their champagne a touch more interesting, there is a wonderful ensemble of cocktails that has formed over the years. Running the gambit from bitter to sweet and weak to fortified, there is a classic champagne cocktail for everyone. Which champagne cocktail is your favorite way to celebrate the new year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

How to Make a Mango Peach Fizz, or sweetening a classic sour

September 1, 2016 Nick McAfee 0

The fizz has long been a summer favorite, a popular member of the “sour” family of cocktails.  Traditionally these cocktails are comprised of a spirit, acidic juice (such as lime or lemon), sugar, and club soda.  The popular Tom Collins cocktail which we have discussed before is also from the sour family.  Today we are going to put a sweeter spin on this sour classic, making it more enjoyable for those that love balanced fruity cocktails. Mango Peach Fizz 1 1⁄2 ounces Vodka 1⁄2 ounce Peach Liqueur (such as Peach Schnapps) 1⁄8 of a fresh mango (~1⁄4 cup frozen mango) 1⁄8 of a fresh peach 1⁄2 ounce orange juice 4 ounces club soda garnish with a thin peach wedge In a blender, pour in the orange juice and add the mango and peach.  I didn’t have any fresh mangoes handy, so I relied on cubed frozen mangoes I got from Trader Joe’s.  I find Learn More

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How to Make the Airmail Cocktail, or celebrating the state of US-Cuba relations

January 13, 2015 Nick McAfee 0

The news of improved relations between the USA and Cuba was one of the best and most unexpected presents I got this holiday season.  As a fan of both rum and cigars, the idea that getting Cuban products in the states would soon be legally possible was cause indeed for celebration.  And what better way to celebrate than with a signature cocktail from when Bacardi was a great rum?  Back when it was Cuban! The Airmail 2 ounces Gold (Cuban) Rum 5 ounces Sparkling Wine 1 ounce 1:1 honey syrup 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice garnish with a lime wedge Begin by shaking the gold rum, honey syrup, and lime juice with ice until the shaker is frosty.  Choose your glass (a collins glass is recommended) and pour the mixture unstrained into the glass.  Then top off with 5 ounces of your favorite sparkling wine and garnish with a lime 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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Sunday Funday Brunch Special: How to Make the Perfect Mimosa!

January 5, 2014 Nick McAfee 0

There are few things that compliment a hearty brunch or morning after a night of heavy drinking than the refreshing mimosa.  Mimosas offer a much needed burst of vitamin c and a sparkling reviving drink that will help you wake up and enjoy your meal.  Some may think the simplicity of adding a splash of orange juice to a flute of champagne, and for you I have a special recipe that brings this classic to a new level.  The perfect mimosas, with a new spark of heightened flavors and the same revitalizing effects. The Perfect Mimosa 1 oz Grand Marnier (or other orange liquor) 4 oz Champagne or other sparkling wine 2 oz fresh squeezed orange juice 2 dashes orange bitters Pour the  orange liqueur and bitters into a shaker with a little ice, then squeeze in the fresh orange juice.  Gently stir until thoroughly mixed.  Strain into a champagne Learn More

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

December 30, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

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 drink to your arsenal, the French 75! The French 75 2 ounces London dry gin 1 teaspoon superfine sugar 1/2 ounce lemon juice 5 ounces Brut champagne or other sparkling wine garnish with a lemon twist Place a generous portion of ice inside a shaker and then add the first three ingredients.  Shake hard and shake long, because it takes a bit of time for the sugar to fully dissolve in the cocktail.  Once chilled and mixed, strain the the cocktail into a collins glass with ice and top off with the champagne.  Garnish with an elegant lemon twist.  In the simplest terms, it is a Tom Collins with sparkling wine instead of soda Learn More

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How to Make the Old Cuban, or The Best New Years Eve Cocktails!

December 28, 2013 Nick McAfee 2

Champagne and other sparkling wines have become ubiquitous with New Year’s Eve, and all of the posts leading up to the new year will use that amazing ingredient.  Sparkling wine is not a well known cocktail ingredient, however it can be used to make marvelous new cocktails or put a surprising twist on classics.  One such classic is the mojito, which evolves into a wonderfully sparkling cocktail, the Old Cuban. The Old Cuban 1.5 oz. Rum 1 oz. simple syrup ¾ oz. fresh lime juice 6 mint leaves 2 dashes Angostura Bitters 2 oz. chilled champagne or dry sparkling wine (optional) garnish with a mint sprig or lime twist Begin by muddling the mint leaves with the fresh lime juice in the bottom of a shaker.  Once muddled, add a generous portion of ice and add the simple syrup, rum, and bitters.  Shake until fully chilled.  Strain the cocktail into Learn More

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How to Make the Seelbach, or a Festive Cocktail from the Heart of Kentucky!

December 19, 2013 Nick McAfee 0

I love bourbon, but around the holidays, there are few drinks as festive as champagne.  There is something about popping the cork off a champagne bottle that adds ambiance to any celebration.  So bourbon and champagne, why not make a cocktail with both?  From the heart of bourbon country, there are few things better than the Seelbach. The Seelbach 1 oz. bourbon 1/2 oz. Cointreau 7 dashes Angostura bitters 7 dashes Peychaud’s bitters Champagne (or other sparkling wine) garnish with a lemon twist Pour the bourbon, Cointreau, and bitters in a mixing glass over ice.  Stir with a cocktail spoon until chilled and mixed thoroughly.  Strain into a chilled champagne flute and garnish with a lemon twist.  To add a bit more flavor, squeeze the lemon twist over the glass before garnishing, this releases the oils in the lemon rind.  The bitters in this cocktail are a very forward flavor Learn More