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Everyone raves about Friyay Happy Hour but why wait till 5PM when you can have a Benton’s Old Fashioned with… read more>
Everyone raves about Friyay Happy Hour but why wait till 5PM when you can have a Benton’s Old Fashioned with breakfast to start your day? Curiosity got the best of me once again as I recently experimented with fat washing spirits. Sounds horrible, I know. It’s not as bad as you think. I bacon fat washed some bourbon so I could recreate the cocktail that introduced fat washing to the masses – created by former PDT bartender Don Lee. Good as it was, I had to give the recipe a little twist by adding in some scotch whiskey for a little smoke to compliment the sweet and savory. Winner! Plus you can use it to wash down a healthy dose of pancakes or waffles. Proceed with Friyay as normal.
A long awaited date night for my wife and I has arrived. Asked if I could make her a drink before we left to… read more>
A long awaited date night for my wife and I has arrived. Asked if I could make her a drink before we left to the restaurant, and despite the fact I've been adding a myriad of new cocktails to the repertoire, her order almost never changes…”Old Fashioned, please." Yeah, she's classy. Well, it just so happens that today is also national scotch day so I thought I’d mix it up a little and add some smokiness to the classic. The result was, in my humble opinion, pretty effin amazing with layers of #delicious complexity and it’s downright dangerous. Definitely my new favorite after a hard day or ya know, pre-gaming a date night. Careful, this packs a punch with the 151 and bonded whiskey but you can’t taste it! Cheers
I don’t always put a giant flower in my cocktail, but when I do, it was stolen from my neighbor’s yard. 😬. The… read more>
I don’t always put a giant flower in my cocktail, but when I do, it was stolen from my neighbor’s yard. 😬
The #SmugglersCove book has me continuing down the elaborately decorated rabbit hole of tiki. When I saw a giant 22oz snifter used as a vessel (for one drink!) I knew I had to give it a shot (Goodwill find, $1). After playing around with some of my favorite flavors I landed on this creation, but still needed a proper tiki garnish that matched the glass in stature. Spring has been in full bloom for a while now in Arizona and my neighbor has a tree with these large blooms all over it. He won’t miss one of them.
Have a name suggestion? Post it below and I'll pick my favorite.
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz fresh orange juice
1/2 oz cinnamon syrup
1/2 oz pineapple syrup
1/2 oz orgeat
2 oz seltzer
1 oz london dry gin
3/4 oz blended lightly aged rum
3/4 oz blended aged rum (or @plantation.rum Stiggins for more 🍍)
Top with @angosturahouse bitters
Fill your snifter with crushed ice and add the seltzer. Pour the rest of the ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and fine strain into the snifter. Steal a neighbor’s flower and garnish. 🌺💨
I’m excited to share a little collaboration I’ve done with the good people @americanjuiceco for their new… read more>
I’m excited to share a little collaboration I’ve done with the good people @americanjuiceco for their new monthly cocktail box offering. If you haven’t tried these amazing fresh fruit juice mixers, you’re missing out. What better way to get your daily portion of fruit servings, amiright? This months box features a cocktail from yours truly. It's a southern take on the moscow mule pairing their Harriet Peacher Stowe packed with fresh peaches, raspberries, apples, vanilla and more with @bulleit bourbon. Balancing it all out are @hellacocktailco aromatic bitters and some spicy @qdrinks ginger beer. It’s like fall in a glass with a refreshing, spicy twist.
👉🏼Limited Time Offer: Use code BARREL10 for $10 off your first box through this Friday, March 3rd. 👈🏼Hit the link in bio to order, read my interview on their blog or learn more about their quality products. Cheers!
Heard something about #nationalmargaritaday, did I miss it? Ok here’s a make up cocktail that is better than a… read more>
Heard something about #nationalmargaritaday, did I miss it? Ok here’s a make up cocktail that is better than a margarita in my opinion – The Paloma with a little spicy twist to get your Saturday night goin. 🕺🏻💃🏻
2 oz silver or reposed tequila
1/2 oz @iconiccocktailco Spiced Honey
1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 oz lime juice
Top with club soda
Add all ingredients except soda in a shaker and muddle 1 slice of fresh jalapeño (more if you like it really spicy). Add ice, shake, fine strain and top with club soda. Salud!
I received this book, my very first on cocktails, as a gift from my sister 3 years ago. At that time I didn’t… read more>
I received this book, my very first on cocktails, as a gift from my sister 3 years ago. At that time I didn’t even know how to make a proper Old Fashioned (shaaame!😱). Each time I went out and had a great cocktail I'd try to recreate it at home. This eventually lead to a deep dive into the science of mixology with a “home bar” taking up 2 shelves in my walk-in pantry (to my wife’s occasional dismay). So, the book seemed a fitting foundation for a smoky shot of this cocktail, my best stab at recreating a personal favorite from a phenomenal tiki bar here in Phoenix (@undertowphx) called the Smoking Cannon.
1 oz @bulleit bourbon
1 oz @plantation.rum 5 yr
.5 oz @amaromonte
.25 oz pineapple syrup (recipe 2 posts back)
.25 amontillado sherry
2 dashes @angosturahouse bitters
Stir, rocks glass, handcut rock, smoked with cinnamon smoke
It’s not quite as good as they make it but it’ll do. Here’s to learning new things and enjoying the ride along the way.
Maybe it’s because I started rewatching Stranger Things last night but the upside down theme is stuck in my… read more>
Maybe it’s because I started rewatching Stranger Things last night but the upside down theme is stuck in my head. Defyin’ some gravity with this bouncing loop and something I’m calling the Pineapple Upside Down G&T. @apartment_bartender got me addicted to pineapple syrup (recipe below). Keep an eye on yo kids, he's shameless. This is a good way to introduce someone to G&T’s that normally wouldn’t like them. Very refreshing!
1.5 oz @HendricksGin
.5 oz pineapple syrup
3-4 oz Tonic (skip the cheap stuff, please)
Give a light stir and garnish with a sprig of rosemary
Pineapple Syrup, nectar of the Gods: Juice *2/3 of a pineapple and remove as many solids as possible. Take whatever pure juice you have remaining and add equal parts sugar (i.e. if you have 1 cup juice, add 1 cup sugar) Combine in a saucepan and heat on low-medium for a couple minutes just to get the sugar to dissolve. Let cool, bottle in an air tight container and store in fridge.
*Bonus: Take the remaining 1/3, cut into chunks and place in an air tight container. Fill that puppy up with your favorite dark rum (I like Plantation 5 yr or Doorly’s XO), give it a shake once every other day and wait 6-7 days, fine strain out solids, store in the fridge….you now have yourself some fine pineapple rum. Damn good recipe with this stuff coming soon...
I’d be a much better home bartender if I had me some of these Japanese dasher bottles. At least, that’s what… read more>
I’d be a much better home bartender if I had me some of these Japanese dasher bottles. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself. Can someone confirm this theory for me so I can pull the trigger? 😁
(@micstache @cleverkoi shown mixin’ up some magic)
As we’re in the grasps of winter I can’t help but reminisce about this tall, bubbly beer cocktail… read more>
As we’re in the grasps of winter I can’t help but reminisce about this tall, bubbly beer cocktail. (@craftnorcal challenged me to make a cocktail with an IPA) It just screams “summer!”. I’m pretty proud of it because I homebrewed the beer itself (a riff on @deschutesbeer's delicious Fresh Squeezed IPA). I juiced several honey tangerines and added the juice in the secondary fermentation giving some nice balance to the IPA hoppy-ness.