Kamikaze

kamikazeKamikaze Sweet & Tart • 1 ½ oz vodka • ¾ oz Triple Sec • 1 oz fresh lime juice* • 1 oz simple syrup • In a rocks glass • With a lime wedge garnish Check out my bartending and beverage Books Yes, we have bartender Gear and bartender Training When is Your Next Party? What about beverage business? Management Services and Consulting Need a Web Site for Marketing or E-Commerce ? I’ve always liked this cocktail. Simple and tasty! Served as a shot, on the rocks or in a martini glass. In my youth I may have been called the ‘Kamikaze Kid’ once or twice, for a short while there… The drink’s name is Japanese in origin, referring to the Kamikaze pilots of WW II. The name comes from the ingredients, Vodka, Triple Sec, Lime Juice. VTL, ‘Very Tragic Landing’.

Lava Flow

lava_flow Lava Flow Island Cocktail 1 ½ oz light rum 1 oz coconut syrup ½ oz orange juice 1 oz pineapple juice ½ oz cream or half and half Check out my bartending and beverage Books Yes, we have bartender Gear and bartender Training When is Your Next Party? What about beverage business? Management Services and Consulting Need a Web Site for Marketing or E-Commerce ? In these last waning days of summer… this one gives you the feel of being in the islands on vacation. A delicious concoction of light rum, pineapple and orange juices with a touch of cream and coconut syrup! Mahalo! Haoli….

Lemon Drop

lemon-drop-206x300 Lemon Drop Sweet & Tart 1 ½ oz vodka ¾ oz Triple Sec 2 oz fresh lemonade* OR* 1 oz fresh lemon juice 1 oz simple syrup 1 oz water Shake all ingredients in a mixing glass full of ice Serve in a sugar rimmed cocktail glass with a lemon wedge garnish Check out my bartending and beverage Books Yes, we have bartender Gear and bartender Training When is Your Next Party? What about beverage business? Management Services and Consulting Need a Web Site for Marketing or E-Commerce ? The drink is a lemon flavored delight that is decidedly strong with a hint of sweet and a zing of fresh lemon. This drink is usually favored by the ladies. Be careful. For a twist on the original recipe…perhaps try a ‘colored sugar’ rim on your martini glass. Oprah likes these, she said so… and she garnishes hers with mint leaves. So… if that’s how Oprah does… then that is how you should do it! Cheers!

Black Cherry Lemonade

black-cherry-lemonade2 Black Cherry Lemonade 1 ½ oz. Effen ‘Black Cherry’ Vodka 3 oz fresh homemade pink lemonade ¾ oz drizzle of Chambord Liqueur Garnish with a lemon wedge and a cherry and you have the perfect spring fling drinky. Cheers! Check out my bartending and beverage Books Yes, we have bartender Gear and bartender Training When is Your Next Party? What about beverage business? Management Services and Consulting Need a Web Site for Marketing or E-Commerce ?

Blue Ice Sweet Wheat Vodka Martini Recipe

Durty-Gurl-too-Sweet Wheat Vodka Sour Video Cocktail Recipe – In a recent video shoot on the Hermosa Beach shoreline… David Austin ( www.CreativeDetailer.com ) filmed this cool video of me and my cocktail assistant ‘Delores’, mixing a Blue Ice Vodka and Durty Gurl premium margarita mix cocktail. A good time was had by all! Sweet to be filming on the beach like that! Check out my bartending and beverage Books Yes, we have bartender Gear and bartender Training When is Your Next Party? What about beverage business? Management Services and Consulting Need a Web Site for Marketing or E-Commerce ?

Season’s Drink: Sweet Liberty

This Season’s Drink: Sweet Liberty and all our other videos are free for your enjoyment. They embody the spirit of American Liberty. Happy Birthday America! Thank You Troops! Past, Present and Future… for your service and your sacrifice. Thank You! This cocktail is absolutely delicious! • Begin With a Red, White and Blue Sugar Rimmed • Highball Serving Glass Full of Ice • 1 ½ ounce Sweet Tea Vodka • ¼ ounce Peach Schnapps • 2 ounce Homemade Iced Tea • 1 ounce Homemade Lemonade • Garnish with a Lemon Wedge

Cantaloupe Coolers

DSC01120-651x796Cantaloupe Coolers 1 1/2 oz. Vodka 1 oz. Marie Brizzard Watermelon Liqueur 1 oz. Fresh orange Juice 1 oz. Fresh Cantaloupe Puree Shake and Strain into a Cocktail Glass Sprinkle with some fresh cilantro leaves and some ice cold fresh cantaploupe melon balls. You have yourself a party. *Trust ME! This is a nice cocktail!

Champagne Cocktail with Angostura Bitters

DSC00717-651x868 DSC00714-150x150 DSC00715-150x150 DSC00716-150x150         Champagne Cocktail             Champagne Cocktail Recipe Begin with a champagne flute glass On a cocktail napkin, place one cube of sugar and shake Angostura Bitters… Soak this sugar cube completley. Fill full of Champagne or Sparkling Wine Add (Drop in) this Soaked Sugar Cube (Don’t try this with a packet of sugar, it wont work correctly) Garnish with a fresh peel of Lemon This is one of the earliest examples of cocktail creationism. I can imagine Monk Perignon would have thrown in a couple berries himself at some point…. Anyway… sparkling wine makes a wonderful elixir to add to any kind of flavor or juice that you like. In this case… an Angostura bitters soaked cube of sugar and a lemon twist will jazz up this drink to make it a delight. Feel free to try different flavored bitters or different sugars. In any case, a ‘packet’ of sugar will not work. It makes the cocktail foam over. Trust me… I’ve tried it many times. Cheers!

Sazerac

sazerac Sazerac Cocktail 1 Small Splash of Absinthe in a Chilled Bucket Serving Glass In a Mixing Glass Full of Ice 2 ounce Rye Whiskey 3/4 oz Simple Syrup 3 Shake Peychaud’s Bitters Serve in a Chilled Bucket Glass Laced With Absinthe Orange Peel Garnish Check out my bartending and beverage Books Yes, we have bartender Gear and bartender Training When is Your Next Party? What about beverage business? Management Services and Consulting Need a Web Site for Marketing or E-Commerce ? The Sazerac is a local New Orleans variation of an old-fashioned cognac or whiskey cocktail, named for the Sazerac de Forge et Fils brand of cognac that was its original prime ingredient. The drink is some combination of cognac or rye whiskey, absinthe or Herbsaint, and Peychaud’s Bitters. It is sometimes referred to as the oldest known American cocktail, with origins prior to the Civil War. The defining feature of the Sazerac is the preparation using Peychaud’s Bitters and two chilled old-fashioned glasses, one swirled with a light wash of absinthe for the slight taste and strong scent. The second chilled glass is used to mix the other ingredients, then the contents of that are poured or strained into the first. Various anisettes such as Pastis, Pernod, Ricard and Herbsaint are common substitutes for absinthe when it is not available, in New Orleans Herbsaint is most commonly used. Around 1850, Sewell T. Taylor sold his bar, The Merchants Exchange Coffee House, and went into the imported liquor business. He began to import a brand of cognac named Sazerac-de-Forge et Fils. At the same time, Aaron Bird took over the Merchants Exchange and changed its name to the Sazerac House and began serving the “Sazerac Cocktail”, made with Taylor’s Sazerac cognac and, legend has it, the bitters being made down the street by a local druggist, Antoine Amedie Peychaud. The Sazerac House changed hands several times and around 1870 Thomas Handy took over as proprietor. Around this time the primary ingredient changed from cognac to rye whiskey due to the phylloxera epidemic in Europe that devastated France’s wine grape crops. At some point before his death in 1889, Handy recorded the recipe for the cocktail, and the drink made its first printed appearance in William T. “Cocktail Bill” Boothby’s 1908 The World’s Drinks and How to Mix Them. Peychaud’s Bitters, originally created around 1830 by Antoine Amédée Peychaud, a Creole apothecary from the French colony of Saint-Domingue, now Haiti, who settled in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1795.

Negroni

negroni-111The Negroni • Begin With a Mixing Glass Full of Ice. • 1 ounce Premium Gin • 1 ounce Campari • 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth • Stir 30 to 50 Times • Strain into a Chilled Cocktail Glass • Garnish with an Orange Peel Check out my bartending and beverage Books Yes, we have bartender Gear and bartender Training When is Your Next Party? What about beverage business? Management Services and Consulting Need a Web Site for Marketing or E-Commerce ? The Negroni cocktail is made of one part gin, one part sweet vermouth and one part bitters, traditionally Campari. The most widely reported account of it’s origin, is that it was invented in Florence, Italy in 1919, at Caffè Casoni, which is now called Caffè Cavalli. Count Camillo Negroni invented it by asking the bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water. The bartender also added an orange garnish rather than the typical lemon garnish of the Americano to signify that it was a different drink. One of the earliest reports of the drink came from Orson Welles in correspondence with the Coshocton Tribune while working in Rome on Cagliostro in 1947, where he described a new drink called the Negroni.