December 24, 2006

Caramel Apple Cocktail: A Drink for the Season

Caramel Apple Cocktail from FlickrIt's T minus one day to the Big Birthday (and many more, Jebus), and while you're out doing your last-minute holiday shopping, you big slacker you, we suggest you stop by the liquor store. Knowing you, you were probably going to do that anyway, but we have a specific Christmas list for you.

Pick up a bottle of Bacardi Big Apple (you might not have heard of this mom 'n pop operation - learn more at Bacardi.com) and a bottle of Butterscotch Schnapps (we used Buttershots from DeKuyper). You're about to treat your loved ones to a Caramel Apple Cocktail, and they'll thank you for it, even the ones who don't think they like cocktails. We took some to a party, and while most of the manly-type dudes didn't get too into it, the ladies in the joint had a feeding frenzy on them. We felt like we were watching Spring Break Shark Attack with fewer bikinis and better acting. Plus, it's in the spirit of the season so Mom can't frown on your introducing hard liquor to the festivities - especially after you get one or two in her.

The recipe is extremely simple the way we made it, which we got from DrinksMixer; just combine 2oz of Bacardi Big Apple and 2oz of the Buttershots in a shaker with ice, shake and pour into a cocktail glass. If you want to go even one step further, buy some caramel sauce at the grocery store and rim the glass with it. Sticky but tasty.

Note: Most of the people we were with insisted on calling these Caramel Apple Martinis. We understand the confusion, but we refuse to call anything that includes rum and lacks gin, vodka, or vermouth a martini. It's a cocktail. Even the glass it's served in, which everyone calls a martini glass, is really a cocktail glass. Just a friendly xmas tip.

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December 13, 2006

The Art of the Bar Book

Art of the Bar BookSome days, you just want to plunk a couple pieces of ice in a glass and splash some booze on them. But some days you want something a little more complex, something with a few more steps. In fact, it can be said that mixing a good stiff drink is what separates man from the common beast. In fact, if we have one bit of advice for you, it's "don't be afraid of the classy cocktail." That's where the Art of the Bar (Amazon) comes in.

Its authors, Jeff Hollinger and Rob Schwartz, are bartenders at the Absinthe Brasserie and Bar, a famous San Francisco landmark for the discerning drinker. They know what they're talking about, and we've only heard good things about the bar and the book. We've got a copy on its way to us, and we'll et you know once we whip up a few of these legendary libations. If you can't wait, pick up a copy of your own at Amazonand get to mixing; for more info go to TheArtoftheBar.com.

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October 31, 2006

More Scary Halloween Cocktails

Bloody-Brain_web.jpgWe're having a grand old time finding Halloween cocktail recipes for you to add a little spice to you Halloween festivities, and we've found a whole new batch of greats including the Bloody Brain (pictured), the Zombie and the Undercurrent. We've included the recipe for the Bloody Brain, a drink that we love the look of but sounds a bit sweet for us, and you can head on over to TheState.com's Eat, Drink, and Be Scary for a bunch more recipes, as well as some...interesting Halloween drink garnish ideas.

Bloody brain

Ingredients:
3/4 ounce peach schnapps
Float of Bailey's Irish Cream
1 dash grenadine
Glassware: highball glass

Directions:
Pour peach schnapps into a highball glass. Add Irish Cream to the center. Top with grenadine and serve.

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October 30, 2006

Halloween Drink Recipe: Voodoo Priestess Cocktail

Voodo Priestess Cocktail

Don't be afraid, the Voodoo Priestess is only a drink. Of course, it's a drink that contains two shots of spiced rum and a little bit of brandy for good measure, so maybe you should worry. Seems like a perfect Halloween drink, but beware - one too many and you'll turn into a zombie (sorry, we couldn't resist).

Find the recipe after the jump.

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October 24, 2006

Halloween Cocktails That Taste Like Candy

Halloween CandyWe usually don't have too much of a sweet tooth when it comes to our cocktails, preferring to keep our sugar bowl and our liquor bottle separate. The folks over at That's the Spirit have taken it upon themselves, however, to come up with Halloween drink recipes (or more like shot recipes) that taste like well known brands of candy. Mix up a few batches of these, from the Tootsie Roll to the Sweet Tart to the M&M, and you'll be bouncing off the walls (or at least stumbling to them) in no time. Sounds like the Sweet Tart might benefit from a little Cocktail Kick too, if you're looking for some real pucker.

Check out That's the Spirit for more recipes and some Halloween entertaining tips as well.

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October 12, 2006

Bacon Martini, in the Flesh (Get It?)

Bacon Martini in the FleshHot on the heels of the carnivore cocktails we told you about last week, here's a recipe for a bacon martini you can make for yourself. We especially like the part about rimming the cocktail glass with bacon grease and skimming excess fat from the top of the cocktail before you serve it.

Kind of smacks of a joke recipe, but you can be there will be some interns here with greasy lips and hardening arteries by the end of the day. Maybe we should serve our martinis with an extra garnish of cholesterol medication?

Lightly mist martini glass with vermouth, and rim the edge with bacon grease. In a cocktail shaker, mix 3oz vodka, one dash tobasco, and one dash olive juice. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass. Skim excess bacon grease from surface of cocktail. Garnish with one slice of bacon.
From Cynical-C via Dethroner

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October 2, 2006

Nights in Black Velvet

Guinness 'N WineIf you ask us (and we know no one did), stout, and Guinness in particular, is the single greatest beer ever created. Sliding Guinness sales aside it's the perfect beverage, fine to drink alone or alongside any meal from Bangers and Mash to ham and eggs. While we usually drink our stouts straight, there's a long history of combining this black gold with other liquids, from Bass beer in a Black and Tan to a shot of Chambord in a Black Fog.

The redoubtable Wine X Magazine has opened our eyes to another Guinness concoction - the Black Velvet. A combination of stout and sparkling wine, the Black Velvet has a reputation of transcendence. Or, it has that reputation in the few places the bartender has heard of it anyway. A lot of bars around us in the Boston area serve them, but we've never sampled - we're going to make sure to fix that mistake after all the praise being lavished on the drink. Learn more about the Black Velvet, including tips for good stouts to try and choosing the wine to pair it with at Wine X; we've also found some other stout recipes at DrinksMixer.

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September 19, 2006

Get Drunk on Dessert with a Mud Pie Martini

Mud Pie MartiniHistorically, we haven't been huge fans of sweets and liquor combined. Hell, we've had a recipe for pudding shots for almost a year now and we haven't even made them yet. But for some reason this Mud Pie Martini really jumped out at us - we've included the recipe below.

Plus, if these kinds of after-dinner drinks are your cup of tea, so to speak, we found a book called Dessert Cocktails at Amazon.

Start by placing some finely crushed Oreos on a plate. Spin the rim of a martini glass in ice, then dip the rim into the Oreos.

Shake together 1 ounce of Three Olives Chocolate Vodka, 1 ounce Starbucks cream liqueur, 1/2 ounce Starbucks coffee liqueur or Kahlua, and 1/2 ounce Frangelico, then pour into the glass.

Finish with a flower of whipped cream and a few toasted almond slivers.

via AZStarnet

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September 18, 2006

5 Ways to Drink Tequila (Other than Margaritas)

Tequila BottlesDon't get us wrong - we love margaritas. In fact, we've developed a taste for good tequila overall, and we've learned it pays to be a bit adventurous with how you drink it. We found some cool ideas for alternate consumption methods, but we're not going to include them all here (you can figure out to drink good tequila straight on your own, right?).

Con sangrita: A shot of tequila sipped with a shot of sangrita, a chile-hot, tomato-citrus juice.

Bandera: This version lines up three shot glasses--one with tequila (white), one with the reddish sangrita (red) and a third with the greenish juice of the key lime (green)--which are the colors of the Mexican flag (or bandera).

Submarino: Basically, a shot of tequila with a beer chaser. (Sometimes a shot of tequila is inverted inside the beer mug so when you drink the beer the shot glass tips a little letting tequila escape into the beer.)

Coscorron: This translates as a "knock on the head." Here's why: Add a bit of lemon-lime soda and a few drops of key lime (limon) to a shot of tequila. Then, with your hand covering the top of the shot glass, tap (gently, please) the glass on the table and drink it down.

via Chicago Tribune

Oh, and by the way? Don't forget about our good friend Mezcal (like Scorpion Mezcal) if you're looking to branch out.

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September 14, 2006

Espresso Drink Recipes Give You a Buzz Squared

Espresso!Sounds like the folks over at our sister site Single Serve Espresso have been having a good time lately. Maybe too good a time, considering the fact they're mixing the already-buzzworthy espresso of their namesake with liquor. You might think we'd get jealous that they're treading so close to our territory, but we see it in the true spirit of a mashup, and we welcome the collaboration. Plus, we're no strangers to depth-charging some liquor in our coffee.

We've included our favorite recipes they developed below, a couple espresso martini variations. Head on over to the site for more drink recipes and espresso info.

Caramel Macchiato Martini
2 1/2 Ounces of Stomping Grounds Caramel Espresso Concentrate
1 1/2 Ounces of Vodka

Quick Espresso Martini
1 1/2 Ounces of Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate
1 1/2 Ounces Vodka
Top off with a floating espresso bean
(Note: This is fairly alcoholic/strong, add more Stomping Grounds Espresso concentrate if needed)

via Single Serve Espresso

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