August 30, 2006

Pickle Juice Sport: Make a Pickle-Tini

Pickle Juice SportWe weren't going to cover the Pickle Juice Sport email we just got from Thrillist - after all we've been giving them a lot of linky love in the past month or so. Then we saw the recipe for the Martini Sport, a cocktail made with the pickle-based sports drink, and it was crystal clear in our minds - we need to make a Martini Sport with Ivanabitch Vodka.

As you remember, Ivanabitch's gig is that you're supposed to enjoy it with a pickle...how's that for synergy?

If your inactive lifestyle gives you no reason to drink a bottle of brine, here's another way to integrate PJ into your world of sloth:

Martini Sport
1 part Pickle Juice Sport
3 parts vodka
Garnish with a dill spear

via Thrillist; Available at GoldenPickleJuice.com at 12 bottles for $18 plus shipping. Ivanabitch Vodka is available at Internet Wine & Spirits.

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August 25, 2006

Sweet's Brand Cocktail Kick Arrives for Review

Cocktail KickWe've always liked our drinks sour. In fact, usually when we mix a drink for someone that contains lime or lemon juice they end up making a face like they just sucked a Mega Warhead and make us add simple syrup before they can even drink it. So that's why we're all fired up to try Sweet's Brand Cocktail Kick, a type of sour salt you add to your cocktail glass.

We don't need any coaxing to sour up our drinks, and we'll be reviewing it soon. Check out Cocktail Kick and Sweet's other products at their website.

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July 28, 2006

Organic Juice...Not Just For Hippies Anymore

Modmix MargaritaWe've already made it clear that we'll pretty much drink anything, but sometimes when you're mixing drinks it's nice to feel like you're doing something healthy at the same time. While the best option is usually get yourself some fresh fruit and get to squeezing, it can be a total pain in the sassafrass if you're making a lot of drinks. That's when pre-made mixes come in, and while most of them are too sweet for us our compatriots over at Really Natural have uncovered some organic mixers just that might fit the bill when you're looking to drink healthy

From Mod Mix:
what is organic? it's simple - literally! think of organic living as a simpler, healthier, more honest approach to food production that includes no harsh soil chemicals, no synthetic pesticides, and no substances or practices that would harm our environment or our farmers.

instead, our organic fruits and herbs come from clean, well-balanced environments that result in a cleaner, better-balanced planet. last but not least, because they're raised without the interference of artificial substances, organic foods taste better, and they're better for you.

via Really Natural (more at modmix)

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December 3, 2005

Make Your Own Simple Syrup For Cocktails

SugarOne things we've been noticing lately as we troll the Web and other resources for cocktail recipes, a lot of the drink recipes we find call for simple syrup. Plus, even if the recipe you're using doesn't call for simple syrup (AKA simple sugar), you can use it as a replacement in any recipe that calls for granulated sugar. Quite often, the sugar won't fully dissolve unless you give it a good muddling, so if you get sick of grainy clumps of sugar in your nice drinks, the liquid form is the way to go.

Quite often, you can buy simple syrup wherever you shop for your other liquor supplies, but it's often overpriced for what you get - sugar dissolved in water. We've found a cheap and easy way for you to have simple syrup on hand at all times by making it yourself.

Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. Put one cup of water in a small saucepan.
  2. Add two cups of sugar.
  3. Heat to a boil while stirring.
  4. Reduce heat and continue to stir until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Cool to room temperature.
  6. Find a clean container that will hold at least a cup and a half.
  7. Using a funnel, pour liquid into container.
  8. Seal and store in refrigerator indefinitely.
  9. Use whenever a recipe calls for simple sugar or simple syrup.
via: cocktails.about.com.

It's also possible to tweak the recipe to fit the drinks you're making. For example, we found a recipe for Minted Simple Syrup at cooksrecipes.com, which would go great in your next batch of Mint Juleps.

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Dave's Gourmet Bloody Mary Mix Review

Insane Bloody Mary MixWe've always prided ourselves on enjoying hot foods...in fact, we've been known put hot sauce on everything, from french fries to sandwiches to breakfast cereal. We have a high tolerance to spiciness, but there was one hot sauce we've tried that completely stopped us in our tracks. That sauce was Dave's Insanity Sauce, made with the essence of habanero peppers, and to put things in perspective for you, according to Dave's site it was the only hot sauce ever banned from the National Fiery Food Show.

After having nearly blown a gasket on the merest drop of his hot sauce, we were a little nervous when we came across Dave's bloody mary mixes. Available in two varieties, Dave's Original Bloody Mary and Insane Mary Mix, just looking at the bottles made us sweat like a virgin at a satanist convention. But we overcame our fear and dug in, mixing drinks with various types of vodka we had around the office.

The verdict? Dave's Gourmet makes some damned good Bloody Mary mix. Both varieties have an extremely fresh taste, like you just whipped up the tomato puree and horseradish yourself. The Original variety has just the slightest kick, while the Insane Mary has a much more significant spice to it, but at no point was there smoke blowing out of our ears. In fact, we have to say this is the best pre-prepared bloody Mary Mix we've ever had.

We recommend you get your hands on some for the next time you're mixing up a batch of Marys - bottles typically run for $7-$8. Plus, if you're not a huge vodka fan, we whipped up some stellar batches of Elusive Redheads with our bottles of Appleton V/X and Rumrunner's rum. Or, if you're the tequila type, combine tequila and Insane Mary Mix to make yourself a nice, spicy Bloody Maria.

Dave's Gourmet also offers a margarita mix which we weren't able to get our hands on in time for this review; learn more about all three of Dave's drink mixers, and buy some if you can't find them locally, at the Dave's Gourmet store.

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