Thursday, January 31, 2013

How to make a Blue Hawaii Cocktail via

A great tropical cocktail with a bit of bite and sweetness to it.

3/4 oz Light Rum
3/4 oz Vodka
1 oz Blue Curacao
1 oz Sweet and Sour mix
3 oz Pineapple
1/2 oz to 1 oz of Coconut Cream (optional)
Pineapple Wedges
Maraschino Cherries

Refreshing Mango Cocktail via Common Man Cocktails

1 1/2 oz. Vodka
3 oz. Pineapple Juice
5-6 Mango Slices
3 Mint Leaves

Martini Cocktail with Olive Poppers - Kathy Casey's Liquid Kitchen

Definitely nice twist on a classic Martini.

Splash of Dry Vermouth
3 oz. Gin or Vodka

Mixing up a crazy concoction with Ciroc and Wine called Pure Inebriation

Here's a fully loaded to go cocktail I call "Pure inebriation"'s strong but very savory. It has a lot of nice elements

2.5 oz of Ciroc (Blue Dot)
1.5 oz of Marsala Wine
Pineapple Juice
Orange Juice
1.5 oz of Ciroc Peach
Top with Cranberry

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How to make the Victorian Mojito via Common Man Cocktails

This is a pretty interesting recipe. Instead of the sweetness you get from Rum, there is a heavy Juniper base. It might make for a rather complex taste.

1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
6 Lime Wedges
12 Mint Leaves
2 oz. Gin, top with Apple Juice

How to make the 2 Girls 1 Cup Cocktail via Tipsy Bartender!

To help spread this out and make it viral, why not post this on my blog. If you never seen the two girls and one cup video, I will send a link to it here but it's not going to be embedded on my blog! LOLOLOL. Apparently, this is strong, rich, and tastes good (unlike the fecal matter in the real video). Let's break down the recipe shall we?

1 oz. Vanilla Vodka
1 oz. Chocolate Vodka
1 oz. Raspberry Vodka
1/2 oz. Coffee Liqueur
1/2 oz. Irish Cream
Chocolate Ice Cream
Chocolate Chips
Chocolate Shavings

How to make a Roasted Tomato Bloody Mary with Alex T. on the Official Hungry

This is a very well put together cocktail with a a lot of fresh ingredients. Check it out:


3/4 pound 21/25 wild shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1 pint grape tomatoes
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
34 ounces tomato juice
1 1/2 cups wheat-free vodka
2 limes, 1 lime juiced and 1 lime cut into wedges
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
5-6 dashes hot sauce
Chili powder and salt, mixed for garnish
1 head celery, separated into stalks
12 wooden skewers, soaked in cold water for at least 1 hour

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How to make a Mango Margarita via Common Man Cocktails

Pretty awesome recipe.

2 1/2 oz Mango Vodka (or rum)
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1 oz Passionfruit Liqueur or 1/2 oz Passionfruit syrup
Top with Soda

Monday, January 28, 2013

Get on a great workout plan with HCG and still have great cocktails

One of the hardest thing to do if you drink alcohol regularly is maintain or lose weight. Well, learn how to use this to your advantage by getting on a HCG diet to help you develop great eating and workout habits for your benefits. Learn about what foods and what types of workouts increase your HCG levels so that when you sit back with a cocktail, you don't have to worry about gaining weight. Build your healthy lifestyle and still have fun with your favorite margarita, gin and tonic, or even the occasional Long Island Ice Tea on your weekends out!

How to make your own Jalapeno Infused Vodka via Tipsy Bartender

Ahhh! I know this here all too well! I actually made a crazy infusion using Coconut Vodka and Coconut Rum called the Tropical Storm. You may remember it.

This particular recipe infuses Jalapenos and Vodka. I've seen an interesting cocktail based of Jalapenos and Tequila called the Chipotle Margarita. Looked pretty interesting.


1 Giant Jalapeño
Bottle of Vodka


Jalapeño Martini
2 oz. (60 ml) Jalapeño Infused Vodka
1/2 oz. (15 ml) Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz. (15 ml) Jalapeño Olive Juice

Matching the right alcoholic beverage to it's right event - #PROMIXTIP101 via PromixTV

This is actually a good topic that not a lot of people on YouTube have touched surprisingly! They'll tell you what bottles to buy but not tell you the occasion! Tis leads me to thinking about different recipes, I've posted for different things.

For example, a huge house party or a tailgating event like he said, Jungle Juice or Jungle Punch is an excellent way to make something for everybody. For a great Jungle Juice recipe, please check out this post I made called One of the Greatest Jungle Juices ever.

However, a good sit down and a romantic spot. A good bottle of wine is great. Also, it depends on what kind of sit down. Is it a dinner, a nice evening gathering? What? You should check out this post on wines and glasses.

Of course, if you want to get it in at sports events like the Superbowl, strong ass drinks like Long Island Ice Teas and Margaritas would be the way to go!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Shooters - How to make Firecracker Shots

A cool recipe using some strong Tequila and Cinnamon Schnapps.

1 part Tequila
1 part Rumple Minze
1 part Goldschlager

Sunday Shooters - Crouching Tiger Shooter/Cocktail

Definitely a cool shot or cocktail recipe:

1 part 100% agave tequila (reposado)
1 part Kwa Feh lychee liqueur

Phoenix Down Shooter, Video Game Cocktail via Common Man Cocktails

This is a pretty simple but cool video game shooter.

1 oz. Tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
Fill with Orange Juice
Top with Grenadine

Valentine's Day Cocktail: X-Rated Kiss via Common Man cocktails

A nice and savory cocktail for your lovers out there. Some sour and sweet treats for you and your lady.

1 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
1 oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Gin
3 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur

Saturday, January 26, 2013

How to make the Hpnotiq Romeo and Juliet via Hotmixology

Now this is a very interesting and unique cocktail bringing in a lot of different elements I've not seen before. You have Hpnotiq and Ciroc. If you know both of these brands, they actually have a pretty interesting history together.

Back in 2001, a guy by the name of Nick Storm (Liquor Brand Promoter) was in New York City, and a guy that was the head of Hpnotiq (pronounced originally Hip-no-teeq), came up to Nick Storm to help get the buzz of the product out. Alize another liquor close to Hpnotiq featuring the mix of a nice Vodka and Cognac with tropical flavors was the dominate one at the time. However, within a few years, Hpnotiq blew it out the water. It got really famous and it was in product placement for a bunch of high powered Hip-Hop artists in the early 2000s such as Fabolous, Lloyd Banks, and R. Kelly to name a few. It sold over a million cases in 2003.

Just back in late 2007, the brand Ciroc as we all know is pretty much heavily marketed by Diddy, was just really coming up in the U.S. Well, actually, it had been around since 2003 but just didn't have the right promotion behind it. However, the help of Sean "Diddy" Combs, Nick Storm, and the Ciroc, this unknown premium vodka got to the number 2 vodka right under Grey Goose within 3 years of heavy promotion. It sold over a million cases as well.

Now, to bring this all together, you have two premium products, a sweet and sour mix, lime juice topped with champagne to bring a beautiful cocktail for both men and women. Check out the recipes:

1 1/2 oz Ciroc Peach
1 oz Hpnotiq
Fresh Lime Juice
Splash Sweet and Sour
Wycliff Champagne

1 1/2 oz Ciroc Peach
1 oz Hpnotiq Harmonie
Fresh Lime Juice
Splash Sweet and Sour
Wycliff Champagne

How to make the IRA Drink via

Yet another pretty sly cocktail that is the backbone to the Irish Car Bomb.

1 oz Baileys Irish Cream
1 1/2 Jameson Irish Whiskey

Saturday Shooters - How to make The Grandfather Shot via

Well, it's a bit early to get this posted, but I think it's a bit appropriate. As I'm slowly sipping my OG Diddy, I thought I should get back on this Saturday Shots tip right fast. Tonight, we have the Grandfather Shot recipe which is a bit of a derivative of the Irish Car Bomb. Shoutout to THEFNDC! It's pretty basic:

2 parts Bailey's Irish Cream
1 part Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

Smirnoff Marshmallow Review / Taste Test via ThePromixTV

I'm not really a Smirnoff fan but if you are on a budget then definitely try this and get your mix on.

CMC Live Event, Gordon's Wine in Waltham MA

If you never seen Everyday Drinkers aka Common Man Cocktails, I suggest you watch it. You get a nice appreciation for the drinks and you a quality taste test. This is a nice hour long show of an example breaking down how he makes his cocktails.

Adrian Brouwer Beer Review -

If you are into beers with a caramel and nutty kind of aroma, you'll like this ale.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Everyday Drinkers Livestream January 25, 2013

Live video from your iPhone using Ustream

Mark and Brian Canlis - Canlis Restaurant - Seattle - Hanging with Harris

This is a good clip of talking about pairing up wines with delicious foods.

How to make the Japanese Slipper via Common Man Cocktails

Definitely a cool drink that will sneak up on you.

1 1/2 oz. Vodka
1 1/2 oz. Midori
1 oz. Lime Juice

League of Legends Singed Insanity Potion via TipsyBartender

This is an awesome gaming recipe!!! For more cool cocktails, check out some dope video game recipes

Recipe as written from Drunken Moogle
1/2oz Spiced rum
1 oz White rum
2 oz Coconut rum
1 oz Midori
1 dash lime juice
1 oz Apple juice

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tipsy Bartender Live Show with Skyy John!

How to make the Bacardi Cocktail via Common Man Cocktails

This actually looks kinda insane with the whole Grenadine effect.

2oz Bacardi Rum (Light/Superior)
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Grenadine
1 oz Water

How to make a Russian Cocktail - Chris Patino - Absolut Vodka - Small Screen

Awesome cocktail and definitely not your ordinary Russian.

1 1/2 oz vodka
3/4 oz Cherry Heering
1/4 oz Kirschwasser

Jasmine Mandarin Sour Cocktail - Simon Ford - Absolut Vodka - Small Screen

Really rich and savory cocktail.

3/4 - 1 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
one egg white
2 oz Jasmine Tea Infused Absolut Mandarin Vodka

Gypsy Queen Cocktail - Simon Ford - Absolut Vodka - Small Screen

Really cool history on this particular cocktail.

After prohibition a number of Russian and Polish bars and restaurants that catered to immigrant populations in America began (or continued more openly) serving traditional spirits along with their traditional cuisine. Vodka being the spirit of choice for many, it is no wonder that cocktails were born behind these bars that featured the spirit. The Gypsy Queen, recently unearthed by David Wondrich, was created at the Russian Tea Room and can be found in the book "Russian Dishes and What They Are Made Of"

2 oz Absolut Vodka
1 oz Benedictine
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

The Zakuski Plate - Chris Patino - Absolut Vodka

This is interesting way to take in some Vodka. Eating some delicious food while drinking neat or even taking shots. Very early Russian/European culture. The Zakuski is a plat of cured meats and vegetables that are kind of like appetizers to the main dish sipped with fresh vodka. This is a cool little video.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Alabama Slammer via

Look at the deception right there! This baby is a fruity classic. But guess what, if you mix a Kamikaze and a Alabama Slammer, you get the Red Death! Here's the recipe for the Alabama Slammer:

1 oz Southern Comfort
1 oz sloe gin
1 oz amaretto
2 or 3 oz orange juice

Twisted Stripper Cocktail via Common Man Cocktails

Whoa! Talk about a fully loaded cocktail!

1/2 oz. Canadian whiskey
1/2 oz. tequila
1/2 oz. 151 proof rum
1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. raspberry flavored liqueur
1/2 oz. coconut-flavored rum
1/2 oz. triple sec
1 oz sweet and sour
1 oz.lemon-lime soda
1 oz. pineapple juice
1 dash grenadine syrup

How to make a bottle lamp via Tipsy Bartender

Now this is an interesting twist to get ready for your party or date.

Top Apps to get your drink on 2013

Now, we all are the biding mixologist or we just can't find a spot to get loose. Here are some choices.

1. DrinkedIn (Free – for Android and iPhone)

The DrinkedIn app is kind of like LinkedIn is for professionals—but this app is specifically for lovers of the alcoholic beverage. There around 150,000 recipes here for you to choose.

2. Mixologist ($0.99 – for Android and iPhone)

It features over 1,300 recommended ingredients for mixing and shaking up some pretty fancy cocktails, this app lets you search bevies by category, liquor, or preparation (i.e., mixer or glassware). It even teaches you basic mixing techniques for over 8,000 libations.

3. Cocktail Flow (Free – for Android)

Perfect for any occasion.There’s a drink recipe for all events and step-by-step instructions for the perfect preparation. A solid app for beginners and good for sprucing up knowledge for the expert bartender.

4. GetDrunker (Free – for iPhone)

The college, common man cocktail app. Definitely a nice app.

5. Flip ‘N Drink ($3.99 – for iPhone)

The Flip ‘N Drink app features a lounge-quality array of slurp-able, swig-able recipes. Simply search via the categories or scroll using the user-friendly interface to find a drink for any celebration. Each recipe features color photos to guide you through drink prep and presentation.

6.) FourSquare
Not just a great place to check in on your friends, but a place to get some great deals and find places to drink. Perfect on the go app.

7.) Untappd

For those that love beer, this is the app you need to view. It's very simple to use and you'll find some great locations for beers you haven't tasted.

8.) Mixology

Another great app that not only teaches you how to make drinks, but shows you where to get the ingredients.


For the inner wine connoisseur, this is a must. Recommendations with your meals, comparisons, where to find at restaurants and liquor stores. Overall, it's a good choice.

Source: Complex

Kevin Diedrich - Burritt Room - San Francisco - Hanging with Harris - Small Screen

Really cool old school bar from the 1910s.

Black Rose
1/2 oz Blackberry Syrup
3/4 oz Genevere Gin
3/4 oz Juniper Gin
One spoon Maraschino
1/2 oz Creme Yvette
Black Pepper Infused Rose
Lemon Juice

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Why is Tequila so popular?

Ahh, today. We are touching the topic of Tequila. Tequila, such a popular drink these days. There are a lot of questions correlating to this particular manner. What is Tequila? What are good brands? Why is Patron so popular? How is tequila made. Well, I'll touch all of that now.

Tequila is an agave based liquor made from agave plants in Mexico. These things are HUGE!!! Blue Agave, the main ingredient in Tequila, is actually produced in Jalisco, Mexico. In fact, you can see Lil Jon making his own Don Lil Jon.

Some good brands you can get at a decent price are 1800 Tequila, Cavalinho, Partida, etc. Solid brands and they are 100% de Agave Tequila based.

Why is Jose Cuervo Gold/Especial so popular? Well, it's CHEAP as hell for one thing. And the color probably makes you think it's aged. Speaking of which, this is not real tequila. I'm not knocking Jose Cuervo the brand, but the Especial edition is not the real McCoy. You can find out here.

Tequila is used as a great party shot especially in the college crowd. People love a good margarita and a Long Island that uses Tequila.

Now, you ask why is Patron such a popular brand of Tequila? Wll, this is simple! Marketing! Sure, Patron is a very smooth brand of Tequila, but is it the best? I honestly would go for Don Julio before Patron. However, Patron has marketed itself in so many popular songs that it pretty much sells itself and very well might I add.

Pretty much when it all boils down to it. A good tequila has a few main things going for it: 100 de Agave, Good flavor, smoothness (on ice, in a shot, or even in the case of a great cocktail). If you want a bit more of a visual break down, check out this video:

Classic Mojito Recipe via Common Man Cocktails

The Mojito is one of those classic latin based drinks that just scream lime and mint. It probably gets you tipsy and keeps your breath minty fresh. LOLOL. On the serious tip, it's not hard to make but it does require a use of a muddler. You can purchase those below. For now, here's the recipe:

6-12 Mint Leaves
3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
1/2 oz. Lime (fresher the lime, the better)
1 1/2 oz. Light Rum
Top with Club Soda
Garnish with a Sprig of Mint
Garnish with Lime

This is just a basic one, there are countless other recipes you can do such as a Mango Mojito, etc.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cordless Screwdriver via Common Man Cocktails

Now this sounds interesting..def a cool twist on a lemon drop..using orange instead of lemon.

2 oz. Vodka
Orange Wedge
Granulated Sugar

5 great drinks using Kahlua

Kahlua for the people that don't really know is a type of Coffee Liqueur based out of Mexico and it's made in a lot of savory drinks. Even some people put it in their coffee before work..hahaha.

White/Black Russian

1 oz Vodka
3/4 Kahlua
Milk or Cream (White Russian)

Spanish Coffee

3/4oz Bacardi 151
3/4oz Kahlua
3/4oz Triple Sec
Whipped Cream

Dirty Grasshopper

1 oz Creme de Menthe
1 oz Kahlua

Black Ice

1 oz Kahlua
1 1/2 oz Rumpleminze

Candy Bar

1 oz Kahlua
1 oz Cream
1/2 Creme de Cacao
1/2 Frangelico

Take a look at the Spanish Coffee below:

Caribbean Latte cocktail

This is a very nice and savory drink. I can only imagine the play with the horchata and coffee liqueur. Definitley a good mix between the Caribbean and Latin. Peep the link below:

1.5 oz aged rum
.5 oz coffee liqueur
2 oz horchata (or RumChata cream liqueur)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

10 Interesting Drinking Trends in the year 2013

As a psuedo mixologist, I'm always looking for new things to look onto for the coming year. Whether it's a type of cocktail, a certain style, a new bar look, etc. You'll always find some interesting things.

1.) Tea - this is pretty interesting and kind of suitable depending on the time. I mean, right now it's January so of course it'll be mighty cold. I can see why starting the day off with Tea or before. Also, there's an interesting mix Scotch and Green Tea.

Meat - Bacon and Shark. These things are actually becoming a rage and a sort of weird delicacy. Go to my post about the Snake and Vodka.

Wine/Ciders - these are perfect to go with food. Bars make much more because they'll serve alcohol and dinner for patrons.

Mixed Drinks - save time. We aren't talking about the mixed low alcoholic drinks, but some of your favorites on tap already pre-made.

Specialty - sugars, garnishes, bitters. Certain bitters, fruits for garnishes and even things like Agave Nectar is more apparent.

Less Alcohol - no flat on face. People are starting to get into more lower alcoholic beverages so they have a smoother ride home.

Fresher Ingredients - I actually wrote a hubpage on this

Technology - Digital tablet menus, kiosks, smart phone apps and QR codes make drinking a 21st century activity. A lot of smartphone apps for different cocktails just in case people forget.

Whiskey - classic cocktails. People are going back to the older cocktails that have a sort of sophistication that the newer ones don't.

For more information on this please check out Top Ten Drinking Trends 2013 and London Drinks Trending 2013.

Here's one of the cocktails below making a HUGE comeback:

Thirsty Thursdays: 10 types of drunk girls at the club via LatoyaForever

I have to say this is pretty hilarious. The cute, funny trini girl as back at it again. It's the perfect post for Thirsty Thursdays to be honest. She touches a number of different drunk girls in the club. Make sure you check out her YouTube channel at LatoyaForever. Kudos to you, mi gyal =P.

The Hawaiian Wedding Cake via Common Man Cocktails

This actually sounds pretty good! It's a refreshing new look after all these Gin based drinks lately.

1 oz. Pinnacle Cake Vodka
1 oz. Coconut Rum
3 oz. Pineapple Juice

Sake Bomb via FNDC

Classic recipe! Shoutout to all my Japanese people. Ohayo Gozaimasu!

Sake Bomb


If you have the balls, TRY ALL OF THESE!!! LOL!

Blue Murder

-Bacardi 151

-Blue Curacao


*shake equal parts with ice and strain into shot glasses.

Mind Eraser

- Bacardi 151

- Kahlua

- Tonic Water

* pour directly into shot glass in order.

Shot In The Nuts

- Bacardi 151

- Melon Liqueur

- Sour Mix

*shake equal parts with ice and strain into shot glasses.


- Bacardi 151

- Jim Beam

* pour equal amounts directly into shot glass.

Death Row

- Jack Daniels

- Bacardi 151

* pour equal amounts directly into shot glass.


- Wild Turkey 80 Proof Bourbon

- Bacardi 151

* pour equal amounts directly into shot glass.

Razor Blade

- Jagermeister

- Bacardi 151

* pour equal amounts directly into the shot glass.

Brain Damage

- Bacardi 151

- Bailey's Irish Cream

- Amaretto

Here are a few of the more common ones below:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Foolish Man's Hattan via Common Man Cocktails

A lot of Gin here!

2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Plymouth Sloe Gin
1/4 oz. Dry Vermouth

Glow in the Dark Blue via Tipsy Bartender

1 1/2oz Gin
1oz Sloe Gin
1/2oz Lemon Juice
Top with tonic water
Black Light

This is a very cool party drink especially for you glow in the dark fanatics! LOL.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Don Q, Bacardi, Chairmans Reserve, Diplomatico, Mount Gay At the Rumfest

Jagermonster shot via FNDC

Basically, this is like a layered tequila sunrise without the Tequila! LOL. You Jager drinkers might like this for a cool party shot.

1 part Grenadine
1 part Orange Juice
1 part Jagermeister

Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen Cocktail via Common Man Cocktails

This is INSANE! LOL! I don't even want to touch it.

1 1/2 oz. Bourbon
1/2 oz. Sloe Gin
1/2 oz. Jagermeister
2 oz. Lemoncello
1/2 oz. Pimm's No 1

Trident Cocktail via The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess

1 oz Aquavit
1 oz Cynar
1 oz Dry Sherry
2 dashes Peach Bitters

Monday, January 14, 2013

Captain Morgan on Acid via Common Man Cocktails

This is a pretty interesting mix and a cool take off on the Surfer on Acid.

Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
Coconut Rum
Blue Curacao

Irish Trash Can Cocktail

Really cool cocktail using Redbull.

Blue curacao
Light rum
Peach schnapps
Triple sec

How to make the Yoda via Common Man Cocktails

Really nice play off the Midori and Blue Curacao

1 part Blue Curacao liqueur
1 part sweet and sour mix
1 part Midori melon liqueur
2 parts Sour Apple Pucker schnapps
1 splash vodka
1/2 handful ice

Lemon Drop Cupcakes via Tipsy Bartender

This is a nice twist to the Lemon Drop.

1 box of cake mix
1/3 cup margarine
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3.5 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp. milk
1/4 cup Limoncello/Citrus Vodka

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Giant Cadillac Margarita via Tipsy Bartender

3 bottles Tequila
1 bottle Triple Sec
3 bottles Sweet & Sour
1 small bottle Grand Marnier

Iron Sides, Classic Cocktail via Common Man Cocktails

Pretty interesting stuff right here. I love classic ones.

1/2 oz. Sloe Gin
1/4 oz. Italian Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz Medford Rum (or light rum)
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
Dash of Regan's Orange Bitters

Sloe Screwdriver Shot via Common Man Cocktails

I have to say this is a nice little mix you can take as a shot or drink.

1/3 oz Vodka
1/3 oz Orange Juice
1/3 oz Sloe Gin

White Russian Christmas Cocktail via Hotmixology

Yup, I know this quite a bit late, but this is still a great cocktail especially for the winter. Great recipe on A Beautiful Mess. Picture from there as well.

Their recipe includes:
2 parts peppermint schnapps
2 part Bailey's (the coffee flavored kind),
1 part half and half
Peppermint Candy Cane around the rim

The mixology one is a bit more tame but traditional:

1 1/2 oz Vodka

Friday, January 11, 2013

Wedding Garter Vodka Stash (sexy)

I have to say this is pretty hot. Shoutout to Moonise

Gin Sling via Common Man Cocktails

A really simple but classic cocktail. It almost reminds me of a stronger Gin and Tonic.

2oz Gin
1 oz Water
1 tsp Sugar

Another crazy infusion with Ciroc and Wine!!

You remember the Blakroc Chablis, correct? Well, this is a brand new infusion I'm making. It has Marsala (a dark dessert based wine), Ciroc, Orange/Pineapple Juice, and a orange slice to give it a nice fruit feel. I'm currently letting it chill in the mini fridge.

Caramel Apple Jello Shots via Tipsy Bartender

Shoutout to the Tipsy Bartender! He's coming through again with some dopeness. These are perfect for your house party. Check out That's So Michelle for some awesome Caramel Apple Jello Shots as well.

6 granny smith apples
3 Lemon
1 packet gelatin
1/2 Cup Water
1 packet Hot Chocolate
1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
1/4 Cup Sugar
2 Drops Yellow Food Coloring
1/2oz Vodka
1/2oz Butterscotch Schnapps

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lose weight with an HCG diet and still enjoy some great cocktails at Happy Hour

Getting on a great HCG diet will help you not only boost your metabolism, but develop your muscles quicker. You'll be able to lose stubborn weight that's stayed on you throughout the years. You'll unleash a hormone inside your body that will turn that stored fat into an active energy resource. You will continually burn calories with a great eating schedule/diet as well as a great exercise program. When you burn fat at that right and continue to build lean muscle, you can still go out from time to time and enjoy a nice happy hour with friends or co-workers. Sit back and enjoy yourself a nice, cool cocktail at the end of a long week.

Bunny rabbit drunk off Ciroc Blue Dot

I have to say I'm a bit jealous of this bunny rabbit. LOL.

Tropical Sunrise Margarita via FNDCdotcom

A cool recipe that resembles the regular Tequila Sunrise, but this packs a bit more punch!

2 oz Lime Juice
1 1/2 oz Cointreau
1 oz Tequila
1 1/2 oz Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 oz Club Soda
1/2 oz Grenadine

Classic Cocktail - The Rickey via Common Man Cocktails

A Classic Cocktail from Washington DC in the 1800s. Really great stuff right here. If you want to get a brief history of what this cocktail is all about, definitely check out this cool post from The Washington Post.

2 oz. Bourbon
Juice of 1 Lime
Top with Club Soda

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Crazy Mixology Chart/Infographic

You can check out these bartending books to help you come up with great recipes.

If you need a start to your mixology tastes, here's a great set to help you in your endeavors:

Stephan Berg & Alex Hauck - The Bitter Truth - Hanging with Harris - Small Screen

Some very interesting details about Bitters Angostura Bitters Set

Here are some recommended bitters here to get the most out of your cocktail:

Classic Cocktails: The Negroni via Common Man Cocktails

A very classic cocktail! Definitely gotta love the Italian Sweet Vermouth.

1 oz London Dry Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz Italian sweet vermouth

How to make a Colorado Bulldog

Interesting. I like Russians, but this is a bit too sweet for me with the Coke.

1 shot vodka
1 shot Kahlua coffee liqueur
1 splash Coca-Cola

Thug Passion via Tipsy Bartender

This is a very popular drink in the Hip-Hop community especially back in the late 90s with Tupac. He was a trendsetter in a lot of different ways. This is a drink he made famous. Of course, you can always substitute Cristal for any type of champagne. LOL. Yes, we know you are balling on a budget =P.

One Part Alize
One Part Cristal or Champagne

How to make the Grateful Dead Cocktail

This is definitely a bit of a lighter version of the Walking Dead cocktail. Peep the ingredients

1 part tequila
1 part vodka
1 part light rum
1 part gin
1 part Chambord raspberry liqueur

Peanut Butter Cup Martini via Tipsy Bartender

The perfect dessert cocktail.

1 oz. Hazelnut liqueur
1 oz. Coffee liqueur
1.5 oz. Creme de Cacao
.5 oz. White Rum
2 oz. Cream
2 Tbsp Creamy Peanut Butter
Chocolate Syrup

Funny Banned Whiskey Commercial from Tipsy Bartender

In my opinion, this is a nice little step away from his Tequila commercial. LMAO.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Marijuana Milkshake Recipe via Tipsy Bartender

I've seen the Liquid Marijuana and another Marijuana based recipe, but this is a bit lighter so it seems.

2 oz Midori
1 oz creme de cacao
1 oz cream

Ward 8 Cocktail via Common Man Cocktails

This is pretty interesting right here. I love these classic cocktails especially when they come with an interesting history. For Ward 8 History, check this out or the Wikipedia Page.

2 oz. rye whisky
3/4 oz. lemon juice
3/4 oz orange juice
1 teaspoon grenadine

Monday, January 7, 2013

Speed up your metabolism by getting on a high HCG diet and slim cocktails

Do you want to still party but create a way to lose weight? Getting on a well balanced diet using HCG will help you to achieve that feat. One great thing about eating a low calorie diet yet maintaining a good exercise program is that you create an active HCG. Instead of storing excess fat, you use that as fuel for your everyday movements. In turn, this helps you have a lot more energy through the day because you aren't just storing it in your reserves. This way you won't have to worry about going out from time to time and drinking a nice slim cocktail with more natural fruit juice or your favorite liquor on ice.

Billionaire Margarita via Tipsy Bartender

This sounds pretty good. Reminds me of the Cadillac Margarita.

1.5 oz. Tequila
.5 oz. Grand Marnier
2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

Kraken and Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum Tasting Review via Common Man Cocktails

Kraken or Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum? Hmm, I'll have to say the Kraken is better. However, the Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum is pretty cool as well. I would definitely pick these ups.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Mountain Breeze Cocktail

Here's a cool cocktail called the Mountain Breeze that resembles a Long Island, but the main difference is Cranberry Juice and Grapefruit Juice.

1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz triple sec
1 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz rum
1/2 oz tequila
1 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix
1/2 oz grapefruit juice

How to make the Mojito Diablo

Now this looks bad ass!!! I love a good Mojito and this looks rather insane.

1 1/2 oz white tequila
1/2 oz creme de cassis
2 lime wedges
12 fresh mint leaves
3 - 6 oz 7-Up® soda
1 tbsp brown sugar

Kraken's Blood Shooter via Common Man Cocktails

I'm not a big fan of Jager but I do love me some Spiced Rum. I definitely can't fake on that. LOL. Seems like a pretty cool bomb.

1/2 oz. Kraken Spiced Rum
1/2 oz. Jagermeister
1 oz. Red Bull

Five Books about Bartending recommended by Jeffrey Morgenthaler

Hey, everyone! I know I posted up some advice and bartending videos, but you can never go wrong with a good list of books. Jeffrey Morgenthaler is an excellent bartender with a lot of great experience. His resume is rather extensive and he has an appreciation for no bullshit cocktails. I definitely have to give him major props.

He actually recommends 10 books about bartending but I'm doing this in the interest of time. However, all of these books have stood the test of time. A lot of these recipes you don't really even see anymore these days. These days the game is all about color and sweetness. It may look appealing to the eye, but the is not up to par because either it's too sweet or just way too strong that you cannot taste anything else. I feel like everything is so rushed and so fast paced sometimes that people don't even really take in the full love of their drink simply because they want to get drunk quick. They don't really pace themselves. By all means, get a buzz but take your time and enjoy what you paid for.

If you ever seen any of Morgenthaler's videos, you'll realize that this guy is very passionate and gets right to his point. You can check out his 10 recommended bartending books right here or just scroll down this post to see the 5 out of the 10 I recommend.

1.) Cosmopolitan: A Bartender's Life

Cosmopolitan is a memoir of the bartending life structured as a day in the life of Passerby, the bar owned and run by Toby Cecchini. It is, as well, a rich study of human nature—of the outlandish behavior of the human animal under the influence of alcohol, of lust, and of the sheer desire to bust loose and party. As the typical day progresses, Cecchini muses over a life spent in the service industry and the fascinating particulars of his chosen profession. He is by turns witty, acute, mordant, and lyrical in dealing with the realities of his profession, shedding plenty of light on the hidden corners of what people do when they go out at night.

2.) The Joy of Mixology

An original book on the craft of mixology is a rare gem. Gary Regan's The Joy of Mixology is such a gem, one whose genius lies in Regan?s breakthrough system for categorizing drinks that helps bartenders?both professionals and amateurs alike?not only to remember drink recipes but also to invent their own.

3.)Kindred Spirits 2

F. Paul Pacult's Kindred Spirits 2 is the follow-up to the groundbreaking 1997 book of spirits reviews, Kindred Spirits. Ten years later, this indispensable, comprehensive compilation of 2,400+ detailed evaluations of whiskeys, brandies, vodkas, tequilas, rums, gins, and liqueurs sets the international gold standard for distilled spirits criticism.

4.)Vintage Cocktails and Spirits

The authentic vintage cocktail has made a comeback. However, this book does not repeat the timeworn cocktails of old, which you can find anywhere. Instead, historian, expert and drink aficionado Dr. Cocktail has hand-picked 80 drinks rarely made today, all of which deserve revival. Some are from the nineteenth century, some from the Prohibition era and some from just after World War II as the golden age of the cocktail was waning. All are retrieved from extremely uncommon sources. In fact, some of these recipes were found carefully penned into old cocktail manuals or on scraps of paper and may have never been published before. Vintage Cocktails and Spirits pays homage to the great bartender of the past and the beverages they created, lost in time, but still grand and full of potential. If you have half the fun looking at this book and trying these recipes as the author did putting them together, a great party is sure to ensue.

5.) The Savoy Cocktail Book

Synonymous with style, elegance, and sophistication, the Savoy is unsurprisingly also the birthplace of some of the most famous cocktails in the world. During the 1920s and 1930s, Prohibition-dodging Americans visiting London for tea-dances and cocktails made the bar at the Savoy their home. Here they were entertained by legendary American barman Harry Craddock, inventor of the White Lady and popularizer of the Dry Martini. Originally published in 1930, the Savoy Cocktail Book features 750 of Harry's most popular recipes. It is a fascinating record of the cocktails that set London alight at the time—and which are just as popular today. Taking you from Slings to Smashes, Fizzes to Flips, and featuring art deco illustrations, this book is the perfect gift for any budding mixologist or fan of 1930s-style decadence and sophistication.

Here is a great recipe of an Amaretto Sour done by none other than Jeffrey Morgenthaler:

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Right during cocktail hour have your closest family sign your wedding guest book

Before you start sipping your great cocktail, you can always take some time to write down some memories of you and your loved ones. Maybe use some disposable cameras to get everyone involved in taking photos for the night and you can all put it in the wedding guest book. You can get your wedding book with a special engraving in the front just to separate yourself from the pack. Design your book with some nice material that fits you and your spouse's style. Have it match your theme or do something completely different that suits your taste. Just make it a focal point to draw attention to your book.

Ciroc Summer Recipes

Thank you to the people over at Blue Flame Agency for these great recipes. Ciroc is an ultra premium Vodka mad from Ugni Blanc grapes out in France. It's a very special vodka that has the properties of a fine wine, but made with traditional vodka elements. Most vodkas are made from potato, rye, wheat, or some form of grain but this has a much crisper finish because of the grape distillation. Pretty good solid stuff indeed. I know it's winter but here are some great possibilities for your upcoming summer palate. Also, check out the post on the new Ciroc Summer Colada!! (added 2017)

Ciroc White Summer

1 oz Ciroc Vodka
1 oz Grapefruit
Top Champagne

Ciroc Coco Loco Bubbly

1 oz Ciroc Coconut
1 oz Pineapple Juice
.5 oz Grenadine
1 oz Champagne

Ciroc Peach Georgiapolitan

1.5 oz Ciroc Peach
.75 Triple Sec
1 oz Cranberry Juice
.75 Fresh Lime Juice

Ciroc Peach on The Beach

1.5 oz Ciroc Peach
2 oz Cranberry Juice
2 oz Orange Juice
Glass: HighBall
Garnish: Lime Wheel

Ciroc Blue Star
1.5 oz Cîroc Vodka
1.5 oz Rose Champagne
Splash of Pineapple Juice

Ciroc Blue
1 oz Cîroc Vodka
.5 oz Blue Curacao
.25 oz Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup

Ciroc Lola
1.5 oz Cîroc Vodka
1.5 oz Pomegranate Juice
.25 oz St. German
Top Off With Champagne

If that isn't good enough, you can definitely check out these easy recipes below on the OG Diddy and the Diddy, which are great Ciroc Summertime recipes. Please, check out my other Ciroc page with more recipes.

How to make a French Martini

This is a really good recipe especially if you are the kind of person that loves a great drink while you are eating a great meal or a little something sweet right after your meal.

1 1/2 oz vodka
1/4 oz Chambord Raspberry liqueur
1/4 oz pineapple juice
1 Twist Lemon Peel

Fat Frog Cocktail

I think this is perfect for a girl. Definitely check it out:

1 bottle Smirnoff Ice
1 bottle Bacardi Breezer Orange
1 bottle WKD Original Vodka Blue

Captain and Coke cocktail

This one here is a definitely classic. There are a lot of spiced rums out there, but Captain Morgan is definitely the most popular. Honestly, I would use Captain Morgan Black just because I like the flavor notes better and it's a bit stronger at 94.6 proof. Peep the recipe:

2 oz Captain Morgan
2 oz Coca Cola (I've even seen recipes with Pepsi)

If you really want to be fancy, give this either a Lemon Twist or just squeeze a Lemon wedge in your drink. Guaranteed, it'll give it a different flavor profile.