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London and Melon Cocktail

by Joe Shotkus April 18th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
green-166842_640I've got an original cocktail here for this week! I'm over the cold weather and ready to jump into warmer weather. As such, here is a cocktail recipe that's beckoning summer. For this, I did a watermelon reduction and threw some coriander and lavender in to spring it the hell up. A reduction is simple, you literally just boil a substance until it thickens up naturally through evaporation. A lot of complexities come out of a substance when you let it naturally thicken by taking most of the water out. Coriander makes anything better in my opinion, so I
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Bee’s Knees Cocktail

by Joe Shotkus April 11th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
honey etcToday's cocktail feature is a classic inspired by honey, the Bee's Knees. This is an incredibly simple cocktail, a true sour in three parts: Gin, lemon and honey. With all sours, I always suggest you squeeze your own juice or move on. It really does make that big of a difference. Lime juice squeezed and left in the refrigerator for a few hours calms some of the citric bite down and allows some of that delicious flavor to become more apparent, making lime sours that much more enjoyable. Same with lemon. Taming citrus is what makes simple sours so
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Boulevardier

by Joe Shotkus April 4th, 2014| Cocktails, Martinis
two drinksSimilar in many ways to a Negroni, the Boulevardier is a drink rapidly growing in popularity in cocktail bars and restaurants around the U.S. It has equal portions and is a very simple cocktail by design, but depending on the ingredients used, can be such a different cocktail. I've had this drink barrel aged on tap at an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia and it was rich, deep and dark, perfect for sipping on a winter night. I've also sipped this on ice with an orange wedge and had a wonderful summer cocktail. So I'm going to do this twice
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Papa Doble

by Joe Shotkus March 28th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
grapefruitHemingway has many merits, and regardless of what you think of him as a writer he changed drinking for the better. He brought the daiquiri to America, and is credited with a few classics of his own. Many of his characters drank, and the drinks he gave them were not randomly chosen, but carefully mixed for the scene. One of his drinks, Death in the Afternoon, is just absinthe and champagne. It is also one of my favorite cocktails. Today we are going to talk about a drink he made while in Cuba called either the Hemingway daiquiri or Papa
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Rhyned

by Joe Shotkus March 21st, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
cinnamon stixWhile looking for a cocktail feature for the bar I often look to see what we have a surplus of, usually an item we have several uses for whose original drinks have become under ordered as the seasons change. As winter began to fade people became less likely to order our hot cider drink which uses cinnamon and other spices. It occurred to me that we have all of this cinnamon laying around and that it compliments pineapple so well. Seriously. Grill pineapple rounds with cinnamon this summer and then talk to me.

I am not one to waste perfectly
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Mezcalifornia

by Joe Shotkus March 14th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
drink on barThe Classic cocktail the Rosita is one of those only now resurfacing from the golden age of cocktails, a blend of tequila, Campari and both dry and sweet vermouth with just a dash of bitters. It's more complex than everyone's favorite, the margarita, more similar to an Italian cocktail such as the Negroni, with the bittersweet notes of sweet vermouth and Campari being massaged by the pepper of golden tequila.

While I love the Rosita as it is, I was writing about the liqueur Grand Poppy from California today and realized it would make a fantastic take on the Rosita.
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Secaucus

by Joe Shotkus March 7th, 2014| Cocktails
secaucusThere are many variations on the Manhattan, possibly more than any other drink out there. Equal are the number of cocktails named after neighborhoods of New York City. There's the Greenpoint, the Bronx, an East Side Sling, the New York Sour, the Red Hook, the Brooklyn, Bensonhurst, Cobble Hill, Carrol Gardens and Bushwick. I'm sure there are a few I'm missing, but that's okay. This isn't about them, but my own addition to the cocktail boroughs list. With no neighborhoods left to choose from, my friend suggested we call it the Secaucus, after the town in New Jersey. After
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Sparkling Peach

by Editorial Team February 28th, 2014| Cocktails, Sparkling
sparkling peachI absolutely adore sparkling mine.  Champagne. Prosecco. Cava. There is something about the bite of flavor and the feeling of fireworks on your tongue with the first sip.  Plus, the exercise of holding a flute in your hand is nothing less than elegant.   One can't help but feel exquisite, even if you are simply eating a late dinner with your partner.

However, sometimes it is fun to mix things up.  Or perhaps you are given a bottle of sparkling wine, that while it is sparkling wine, it really needs something to improve its flavor.  That's when a cocktail, such as
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Long Island Iced Tea

by Brendan G February 21st, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
ice teaThe Long Island Iced Tea has always been a favorite of patrons wherever I have worked. First for the fact that it is a tasty drink when made properly. The second thing that makes it so popular is that it packs quite a punch. You definitely want to keep track of how many of these you order, because they will sneak up on you.

The L.I.T., as it is commonly called, looks like a non-alcoholic iced tea, but contains five alcohol ingredients and a small amount of mixer, making it perhaps the strongest mixed drink one could order. The makeup
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Kamikaze

by Brendan G February 14th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
kamikazeThe Kamikaze is a popular citrus flavored cocktail that can be served in a variety of ways, either as a cocktail, a shot, or on the rocks. Similar to both the Margarita and Daiquiri, the Kamikaze uses lime juice as its main flavor component. Vodka is the primary alcohol in this drink, making it a nice option for those who would like to try a Margarita, but don't like tequila.

One of the interesting things about the Kamikaze is the different twists you can put on it. This cocktail is ideal for flavored vodkas. When someone orders a Kamikaze from
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Martinez

by Brendan G February 7th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
martinezThe origin story of the Martinez cannot truly be verified. Like many other things associated with bars and liquor, there is a fine line between legend and fact. What can be agreed upon is that it pre-dates the Martini, and has similarities to both the Martini and Manhattan. As noted by the current dominance of vodka martinis, gin has fallen out of favor over the years. For whatever reason, gin drinks other than the gin and tonic also fell out of favor. Everything seems to have its cycle though, and gin seems to be re-emerging as a popular spirit.

To
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Surfer on Acid

by Brendan G January 24th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
surferJagermeister is one of those liqueurs, much like Tequila, that either you love it or hate it. Black in color , with a very unique flavor, (often described as cough medicine) Jager is a herbal flavored digestif from Germany. Served primarily as a chilled shot, Jager is not known for being used in too many cocktails. Strong in flavor and a little syrupy, it tends to overwhelm almost anything else it comes in contact with. The only thing I've ever seen it paired with on a regular basis is energy drink. Dropping a shot of Jager into a few
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