Friday, March 30, 2018

Brandy in :60 (

Nice minute video about Brandy.

Tiki Drink History: Donn Beach, Trader Vic, and Mariano Licudine (Common Man Cocktails)

This is a great video, especially if you want a bit of background when it comes to Tiki drinks. This is quite amazing. Check it out. You'll be sure to grab some kind of knowledge.

Charlotte's Web (Tipsy Bartender)

This is a very unique yet well balanced drink. Definitely dig the recipe! Check it out!

1 3/4 oz. Mezcal
3/4 oz. Strawberry & Fresno Chile Infused Campari
1/2 oz. White Vermouth
Garnish: Strawberry Chili Roll-up, Pinch of Salt

Pineapple Mojito (Tipsy Bartender)

Gotta love a great twist to a classic recipe!

1 1/2 oz. White Rum
3 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Soda Water
Splash Simple Syrup
Lime Wedges
Pineapple Chunks
Mint Leaves

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Toffee Vodka & Chocolate Milk (Tipsy Bartender)

This is very tasty and perfect for an evening cocktail.

Caramel/Toffee Candies
Chocolate Milk

Creme Egg Shot (Tipsy Bartender)

Now this is an incredible one for the Easter season.

1 Part Dark Creme De Cacao
1 Part Advocaat
1 Part White Chocolate Liqueur

Easter Bunny Shot (

This is perfect and right on schedule for the season!

2 Fresh Strawberries
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1 1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka
1/2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
1/2 oz Heavy Cream

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Torani Salted Caramel Chocolatini

Now, this is quite the delicious recipe. Torani always is a great addition to any libation you make. Here's the recipe:

1 oz Torani Creme De Cacao Syrup
1 oz Torani Caramel Syrup
4 oz Chocolate Liqueur
4 oz Vodka
4 oz Milk
¼ cup of Pretzels
Crushed ice

Blonde Headed Slut Shot (Tipsy Bartender)

This is a nice little twist on your average Red Headed Slut Shot. Check it out:

1 part J├Ągermeister
1 part Peach Schnapps
1 part Pineapple Juice

Four Dessert Shots (Tipsy Bartender)

All very tasty shooters! Here are the four shooters in this clip:

Pineapple Upside Down Shot
1 oz Vanilla Vodka
1 oz Pineapple Juice
Garnish: Cherries

Birthday Cake Shooter
1 Part Cake Vodka
1 Part White Chocolate Liqueur
Cake Mix
Garnish: Frosting/Whipped Cream/Sprinkles

Chocolate Cake Shooter
1 Part Hazelnut Liqueur
1 Part Lemon Vodka
Garnish: Lemon/Sugar

Apple Pie Shooter
1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Apple Juice
Garnish: Whipped Cream/Cinnamon Sugar

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Papa Smurf (Tipsy Bartender)

This looks really good, and I dig the concept.

1 oz. Spiced Rum
1 oz. Peach Schnapps
1 oz. Coconut Rum
2 oz. Blue Curacao
1 oz. Pineapple Juice

Frozen Swamp Water (Tipsy Bartender)

A nice party recipe!

2 oz. Melon Liqueur
1 oz. Apple Pucker
1/2 oz. Tequila
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
2 oz. Sweet & Sour
1 oz. Lemon Lime Soda
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Garnish: Lemon Wheel/Candy Frogs/Candy Snakes

The Jungle Bird Cocktail (Common Man Cocktails)

This looks really tasty. I haven't had a chance to pair Campari with dark rum, but I'm sure it gives it a very interesting taste.

1 1/2 oz Jamaican dark rum
3/4 oz Campari
4 oz Pineapple juice
1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
1/2 oz Demerara syrup
Garnish: Pineapple wedge

Strawberry Whiskey Sour (Tipsy Bartender)

This is a great and unique take on a classic recipe. Perfect right in time for the Spring.

3 oz Bourbon Whiskey
1 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
4 Large Strawberries
Garnish: Lemon Wheel/Mint Sprig

Monday, March 26, 2018

The White Lady Cocktail - Craft Cocktails (Common Man Cocktails)

This looks like a great summer drink. I love the egg white to add the fullness.

2 oz. London Dry Gin
1/2 oz. Orange Liqueur
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Egg White

Fortnite Shield Potion Cocktail

I was looking for some interesting Fortnite recipes due to the popularity of the game craze (kind of reminds me of Everquest in the early 2000s), but couldn't find anything remotely edible. Here's one that you can actually drink.

2 oz Vodka
1 oz White Rum
2 oz Energy Drink
1 oz Blue Cocktail Syrup
Pinch of Edible Glitter

Monday, March 19, 2018

A Great Evening Out at La Gringa Mexican Bar and Grill in Queens

On a whim, my friends and I decided to go this Mexican spot on Woodhaven Blvd. It was the day after St. Paddy’s Day. Funny enough, they had just received the liquor license in time for those festivities. Of course, I was tired of Irish Car Bombs. However, it was great when I saw they had a free margarita when you dined-in on either St. Patrick’s Day or that Sunday. It was perfect. I’ll have to try one of their mezcals another time, but I'm impressed it's not your typical run of the mill Mexican restaurants.

For lunch, I decided to go with the chicken burrito entree. The rice was very tasty and flavorful, the black beans were cooked just right (not too mushy but still kept true to form), and the chicken was nice, juicy, and not too salty. I love the cozy atmosphere of this place. It feels like the kind of place where you just want to kick back and enjoy some good food before you get your evening underway. It certainly made my day start off right with a very fulfilling meal.

If you're looking for a more authentic Mexican restaurant with good food, tequila, and mezcal in Queens, take a look at La Gringa Bar and Grill.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hennessy Black and Vanilla Syrup? What?!

Yes. You read that correctly. I was at a friend's spot on Friday. She had some Hennessy Black and I knew it had darker elements, so I automatically saw the Torani Vanilla Syrup. I thought, "hey, why not?" It turned out phenomenal. I wish I took a pic of it, but I can still give you the right measurements.

1 1/2 oz Hennessy Black
1/2 oz Torani Vanilla Syrup

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Agent Orange (Tipsy Bartender)

I dig the name, especially since it has the orange elements within the drink.

1 1/2 oz. Vodka
3/4 oz. Grand Marnier
1/4 oz. Cointreau
1/2 oz. Orange Juice
Garnish: Orange Twist

Guinness Punch (Tipsy Bartender)

Awesome recipe right in time for St. Paddy's Day. If you want to look at a unique twist on the classic Mudslide, check it out - I call it the Coco Mudslide.

4 Bottles Guinness Stout
4 oz. (120ml) Vanilla Vodka
4 oz. (120ml) Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Tsp. Ground Nutmeg
Garnish: Strawberry

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dancing the Night Away at Woodhaven Party Hall

Recently, I went to my friend, James, birthday in Queens. He decided to have somewhat of an intimate setting of people at a spot called Woodhaven Party Hall. I’ve been to a number of party hall events, but this one had top-notch service. First of all, It was very convenient to get to the venue, because I could literally Uber or take a cab from LaGuardia airport and arrive within 20 minutes.

When I got to the venue, everything from the decor of the room, the staff, and even the speaker setup for the DJ was perfection. They were truly organized from the start to finish. Additionally, they comfortably fit 50 people in one of their halls. The food was hot and ready to serve (you can't go wrong with red potatoes and a good ribeye steak). The bartenders even had specialty drinks created just for the event. Shoutout to the bartender for the tasty Moscow Mule. That added a unique touch and made it a night to remember by keeping the dance floor packed.

I would highly recommend this service to anyone planning an event. If you want a great venue without breaking the bank, call up Woodhaven Party Hall to help you get the ball rolling.