Category Archives: Mixed Drink

Classic Daiquiri

Classic Daiquiri

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Daiquiri’s have a bad rap (in my opinion) for a good reason. If you order a daiquiri in a restaurant it will most likely be very sugary, very fruity, or slushy and served from a machine…all traits that an authentic, classic daiquiri doesn’t have. Before we made our own daiquiris I had no idea what a real daiquiri is. The daiquiri originated in Cuba and was a favorite of the likes of JFK and Ernest Hemingway who routinely knocked back a dozen or so daiquiris (!!!) in one sitting (From Field Guide to Cocktails by Rob Chirico.) The drink is deceptively simple: a mixture of rum, lime, and sugar, served over ice. However, a proper daiquiri is a finely balanced harmony of the three ingredients. Too much lime and the drink will be bitter while too much rum is overpowering. The drink should be shaken to the point of frothiness and must be prepared fresh. Given these qualifications, I would be willing to bet that, even though most of us would say we’ve tried a daiquiri, very few of us actually have. Change that today and add this famous but misunderstood cocktail to your repertoire!

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Daiquiri:

Ingredients:

2 shots (3 ounces) white rum
1 shot (1 1/2 ounces) fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 shot (3/4 ounce) simple syrup

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in drink shaker with ice and shake until nice and frothy.

2. Pour into glass over ice and enjoy!

Rosemary Limoncello Cocktail

Rosemary Limoncello Cocktail

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The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned

We’ve been talking about making this classic cocktail for a long time. It’s one of those drinks that just seems like it should part of every home bartender’s arsenal…probably because it’s one of America’s oldest cocktails (as it’s name suggests.) Like most classic cocktails it has very few ingredients (whiskey, bitters, and a bit ofContinue Reading

The Cosmo

The Cosmo

An unexpected positive side effect of Nathan’s martini experimentations was that it inspired me to create another iconic Vodka based beverage…the classic Cosmo. While Nathan was busy with his vermouth, olives, gin and vodka I was being industrious with my cranberry juice, lime juice, and Triple Sec. I guess that’s why the Cosmo has gottenContinue Reading

Learning to appreciate the Martini: Part 1

Learning to appreciate the Martini: Part 1

When I think of the most sophisticated beverage, the classic Martini is the first thing that comes to mind. It conjures images of James Bond, Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly and it just seems to ooze classic glamour. It’s even been called “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.” Well, I can tellContinue Reading