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Cinco de Derby

Guest post alert!!  I’m pulling double duty today as I have a guest post over at the Garnish blog (run by my fellow Boston cocktail blogger, Katie).  And as teaser, it’s Star Wars themed. We now return to our regularly scheduled program.


Julerita

1 oz Bourbon [Woodford Reserve]
1 oz Reposado Tequila [Espolon]
1/2 oz Hot Honey Syrup*
1/4 oz Etrog Liqueur [Sukkah Hill Spirits]
1/4 oz Lime Juice
Few sprigs of Mint

Combine mint and honey syrup in a mixing glass.  Muddle gently.  Add remaining ingredients.  Shake with ice, strain into a julep cup filled with crushed ice (or an ice filled rocks glass).  Top with more crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig.

*if you don’t have hot honey syrup, regular honey syrup or simple syrup with a few dashes of hot sauce works too


I was struggling what to write about today.  It’s Cinco de Mayo, so a margarita of some sort is the obvious choice.  But it’s also the Kentucky Derby this weekend and Mint Juleps are in the air.  After much deliberation, I realized the answer was right in front of me.  It’s mashup time! Continue reading “Cinco de Derby”

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Things Got Weird


Over Under Sideways Down

2 oz Blanco Tequils [Lunazul]
1 oz Green Chartreuse
Few Dashes Black Cloud Garden Party Bitters (celery bitters would work too)

Combine ingredients in glass, stir with ice.  Strain into an ice filled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lime twist (or lemon in this case, since I didn’t have any lime).


The nice thing about making drinks at home is you can do whatever the hell you want.  It’s not like you have an unhappy customer on your hands if it doesn’t work out.  You only have yourself to blame.  And really, that just means you get to tweak things in the next drink.  It’s a liberating feeling, and it’s one of my favorite parts of home cocktailing.  Throw stuff at the wall (or in the glass, as it were) and see what sticks.

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Bottle Swap Collabo Pt 2: Ancho Reyes


The Pope of Chili Town

1 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila
3/4 oz Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
1/2 oz Falernum
1/4 oz Dry Vermouth
1/8 oz (1 barspoon) Kummel

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.


Here we go, part two of my Bottle Swap Collaboration with Garnish Girl.  Last week we focused on the King’s Ginger ginger liqueur for the Thoroughly Polite Dustup and Moscow Martini.  This week we’re turning our attention to Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur.  I’ve walked by this bottle countless times, growing more and more intrigued by its vintage-ish label and promise of heat and pepper flavor.  It took a bottle swap to finally get it in my bar.

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Chalk Talk


Set the Edge

1 1/4 oz Reposado Tequila <Espolon>
3/4 oz Pimm’s No. 1
1/2 oz Drambuie
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Few dashes celery bitters <Fee Bros.>

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail.  Garnish with lemon spiral.


One of the things I enjoy most about looking through my journal of recipes is determining what season I came up with a drink based on the name.  Sure, seasonal ingredients are an obvious clue, but sometimes there are two or three drinks on the page that all share a common naming theme.  Recently I came across three drinks that I clearly came up with a few autumns ago, because they all had football related names.  Since we’re heading into Week 4 of the NFL season, I figured now is the perfect time to write about one.

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Mixology Monday CX Roundup – Vinegar


Daaar-ryl…Daaar-ryl

1 1/2 oz Brandy
3/4 oz Strawberry Shrub
1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro
1/4 oz St. Germain
Hopped Grapefruit Bitters <Bittermen’s>

Stir with ice, strain into rocks glass over ice.  Garnish with strawberry wheel.


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It’s finally here, the Mixology Monday CX -Vinegar roundup (better late than never, amirite?).  It looks like this theme really sparked some creativity, as we had several people with multiple submissions this time around.  On to the drinks!

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Cinco de Mayo B-Side


Barrio

2 oz Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz St. Germain
1/4 oz light agave syrup
Few dashes Celery Bitters (any non-citrusy bittters would work here)
Few dashes hot sauce

Shake with ice, strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime peel


Cinco de Mayo.  That wonderful holiday celebrating…well, uh…I honestly have no idea. It certainly gives St. Patrick’s day a run for its money when it comes to holidays appropriated by Americans for the purposes of drinking.  At least I have a vague idea of what St. Patrick’s day is about.  I wanna say it’s something about driving rodents out of a town in Ireland. Or was it snakes?  Maybe I’m confusing it with Whacking Day.  Anyway, I don’t know what Cinco de Mayo is really about, but that doesn’t mean I won’t eat some tacos and drink some tequila.
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Mixology Monday CVI: Citrus in Other Places


Bike Chariot

2 oz Blanco Tequila <Lunazul>
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Few dashes Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
4 oz Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin (any citrusy IPA will do)

Combine and shake everything but the IPA with ice, strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with 4 oz Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with lime wedge or twist.


 

mxmologo

This month’s Mixology Monday goes in the opposite direction of the previous one.  Last time, we devised drinks to help brave the depths of winter.  This go-round, we’re looking toward the future to warmer climes with the theme of Spring Break.  Joe DiPippa of the Southern Ash blog describes it thusly:

Welcome to the 106th installment of Mixology Monday, the online monthly cocktail party! After the winds of winter blew through in January and we steeled ourselves against the cold in MxMO CV, February is bringing the end of (meteorological) winter! As we look past the frost in the air for the arrival of spring, I wanted to challenge you with the theme of Spring Break!
Aside from looking at the calendar and counting down the days to the return of warmer weather, the countdown is also on to Spring Break.  The best part of Spring Break is that it means so many things to so many different people, so I have some high expectations this month.  Yes, tiki-heads, I am looking at you.
I want all of you to dig deep, steeled by last month’s MxMO, and find your spring break drink! What sort of drinks do you enjoy when you start to break out of your winter shell? Do you crave a return to gin and tonics? Is there a drink that calls to you as the weather warms and the sun creeps through the sky longer and longer?  Perhaps there is a drink that you fondly recall from your days of being a callow youth on Spring Break that led you down this primrose cocktail path? Do you turn to a specific cocktail throughout this blustery winter to keep your dreams of spring alive? Do you crave a new cocktail taking you away? This is the month to to share those warm weather finds!

Continue reading “Mixology Monday CVI: Citrus in Other Places”

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