AUGUST 23, 2016 – THE PALOMA
Wow it’s been awhile… time to nurse this section back to health like I revive myself after a bad hangover…
NOVEMBER 12, 2013 – BRANDY ALEXANDER
Let’s face it, if you’ve ever had this drink, you’ll know that this is basically an alcoholic milkshake. But what’s wrong with that? Absolutely nothing! So without further adieu, here is your #TuesdayBoozeday Drink of the week:
– A shot of brandy
– 1 ounce dark creme de cacao
– 1 ounce half and half
– 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Fill a shaker partway with ice. Add the brandy, creme de cacao, and half and half. Shake vigorously – use those muscles – and then strain it into your favorite cocktail glass. Add a little dash of the grated nutmeg to the top. If you really want to make this more of a milkshake, switch the ice and half and half creme for vanilla ice cream.
OCTOBER 29, 2013 – BLOOD ORANGE VIALS (AKA SHOTS)
In light of the holiday approaching this thursday — I’m talking about Halloween for those of you living under a rock — I thought it’d be appropriate to give you a recipe for some shots. And not just any shots, but shots with BLOOD… orange in them. Mix these bad boys up, pass them out like Trick or Treat Candy and you’ll be sure to get the party started.
-Blood Orange Liquer (Not the regular stuff like Cointreau or Triple Sec, I’m talking Solerno or some of Blood Orange Liquer)
-Blood Orange Juice
Combine the ingredients into a pitcher with a 1:4 ratio of blood orange juice to blood orange liquer. Add a few dashes of compari for color and flavor, but don’t overdo it. Leave it in the refrigerator until it’s cold and you’re ready to pour into test tubes to pass out as shots. Down a couple of these before the kids come to trick or treat and you won’t care if little Johnny asks for an extra piece of candy on Halloween.
OCTOBER 22, 2013 – PINK LADY
What?! Two martini recipes in two consecutive weeks?! You got me. I don’t really have an excuse for all my male readers. However, I didn’t want to forget to do something for all my ladies out there, as October happens to be National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This pink drink goes to support all that jazz, or least rare some more awareness of it. (Guys, it’s actually pretty good, so you could always just “make it for your girlfriend” if you’re too embarrassed to make it for yourself.) BONUS HISTORY: This drink has been said to be one of the first and oldest “girlie” drinks, dating back to the 1930s – hence the use of egg white.
-A shot of gin. I’m a Bombay Sapphire guy, but I would use Beefeaters or Tanqueray if you want less of a sweeter gin and more of a drier or “pine-ier” taste.
-Half a shot of AppleJack.
-1/4 ounce of lemon juice.
-1 or 2 dashes of grenadine.
-1 egg white.
-Maraschino cherry for garnish.
-Pour all of the ingredients into a martini shaker (yes, even the egg white at this time).
-Shake what your mama gave ya. Also shake the martini shaker (especially of course, if that’s what she gave you too).
-Strain into a martini glass – or regular cocktail glass with ice if you’re more inclined.
-Add the maraschino cherry as a garnish and enjoy supporting healthy boobs everywhere!
OCTOBER 15, 2013 – CALABATINI
Because I’ve been known to be quite the tequila man and because it’s starting to get even colder this Fall, I thought, “Why not suggest something different?” After all, tequila makers her clothes Fall off. Before any of my dedicated readers put up a fight, I already know what you’re thinking, “A drink with the word ‘tini’ in it?” Don’t fret. This is a warm and delicious drink to get you drunk through the ever-cooling nights of Fall. Without further adieu, here is the Calabatini.
Ingredients (pretty simple, guys):
-One shot of reposado tequila. I’m a huge Don Julio fan, but because we’re mixing here, why not try a mid-tier tequila this time.
-Half a shot of monin Pumpkin Spice Syrup.
-Two shots of half and half.
-Cinnamon for garnish.
-Add ice, along with the above ingredients to a martini shaker.
-Shake away, baby, and then strain it into a martini glass.
-Add a dash of cinnamon to the top for color and flavor.
OCTOBER 8, 2013 – OKTOBERFEST PUNCH
Now I know what you are all thinking… “Punch? For Oktoberfest? Where’s the beer?” Well, some of us are trying to eschew the normal pattern of packing on weight during the colder seasons and that sadly means cutting out beer (at least for awhile).
So, what we’re working with here is a rather alcoholic punch. Consider it the Oktoberfest Wop that your frat brothers never made, or the Jungle Juice you made in high school… only actually really good. This calls for quite a few different ingredients, so be sure you invite the right people to your party.
-1 Bottle of dry red wine; perhaps a zinfandel or New Zealand Shiraz (Yeah, we’re going all over the world for this drink)
-1 Bottle of dry white wine; maybe a nice crisp sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio.
-3 Ounces sweet vermouth
-3 Ounces dry vermouth
-8 Ounces of applejack (and not the cereal)
-8 Ounces of citrus vodka
-8 Ounces of peach schnapps
-8 Ounces of cranberry juice
-2 Ounces of simple syrup
-1 Large block of ice (or a bag of ice for the lazy. It’s just better to have larger ice so to melt more slowly.)
-Orange and lemon peels for garnish
Pour both wines, both vermouths, the applejack, citrus vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, simple syrup – hell, everything – into a large bowl. Refrigerate for at least four hours and then take it out. Serve with the orange and lemon peel garnishes in the bowl, along with the block of ice to keep it cold. Drink it fast and offer it to everyone. You’ll have a great time.
OCTOBER 1, 2013 – ROYAL WASHINGTON APPLE
Looking for a nice drink to enjoy on a cool Fall evening? Well then check out this Royal Washington Apple. It’s rather simple to make and actually quite alcoholic, so you can get back out and enjoy the sunset, feel the breeze, and watch the leaves start to tumble down from all the trees.
-Crown Royal or another Canadian Whisky.
-Apple-flavored vodka, preferably Smirnoff Green Apple.
-1 dash of bitters.
-1 slice of an apple.
-Ice, preferably larger rocks to melt more slowly.
Pour 2 parts Crown Royal and 1 part Smirnoff Green Apple into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into tumbler glass over ice. Add a dash of bitters. Garnish with apple slice and enjoy. Bonus: add a splash of club soda if you’d like to create some bubbles.
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