Original Mai Tai Recipe
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by Amy
2M ago
The classic Mai Tai is one of the most beautifully simple, yet complex-tasting tiki cocktails. Sadly, like many a classic cocktail, the Mai Tai has been re-invented over the decades as a cheap, fruity punch that bears little resemblance to the original. Let’s dive into the true story of the Mai Tai, its core components, and the reasons why you’re going to want to put this rum classic into your permanent cocktail hour rotation! What a Mai Tai is and isn’t A real Mai Tai is not red or bright orange. It’s not served in a hurricane glass, nor is made with pineapple juice or orange juice. Repeat ..read more
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The Definitive Guide to Low Carb & Keto Cocktails
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by Amy
2M ago
Whether it’s an evening out with friends, a date night, or just relaxing at home after a long week, sipping on a cocktail or casual mixed drink is how many of us like to unwind. But what if you’re trying to watch your carbohydrates, calories, or alcohol consumption in general? If you’re trying to make some healthier choices, drink less sugar, or stick to a diet like keto or low carb, you’re in the right place! Classic drinks that are already low-carb The holidays are approaching, and that means indulging (aaaaaaand sometimes overindulging). A great way to keep calories or carbs in check at a t ..read more
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Essential Tools for the Home Bartender
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by Amy
3M ago
There are more tools available to the home bartender today than ever before. You can scroll page after page of cocktail shakers on Amazon, and even my local grocery store stocks professional-grade jiggers and julep strainers. If you’re a new home mixologist, how do you know where to get started? What tools do you really need to mix up some Margaritas or a Martini? Let’s walk through the essential tools for anyone who enjoys mixing drinks at home, with budget-friendly options as well as alternative tools that you probably already have around the kitchen. Jigger The most essential skill for any ..read more
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Quick Guide to Gin (and Gin Cocktails)
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by Amy
3M ago
Gin is one of the most popular spirits and one of the most common liquors used in cocktails. From Prohibition era classics like the Bees Knees to the iconic Martini or the eternally refreshing Gin and Tonic, there’s a gin cocktail for just about everyone. What is gin? Gin is a liquor that’s made from neutral grain spirits that are flavored with a variety of botanicals, one of which must be juniper. The bright, piney flavor of juniper berries gives gin its characteristic freshness. Most gins are around 40% alcohol by volume. Navy Strength gins are those that are at least 114 proof (57%). The te ..read more
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Guide to Easy Vodka Cocktails
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by Amy
5M ago
Vodka is one of the world’s most popular spirits because of its neutral flavor, crystal clear color, and versatility in cocktail recipes. Vodka can be mixed with just about anything and make an ok drink, but let’s learn how to make the very best (and easiest) vodka drinks! What is vodka? Vodka is a clear distilled spirit typically made from fermented grains, fruit, or potatoes. Vodkas are defined as colorless liquors of neutral spirits distilled from a mash. So it’s a fairly simple, broad spirits category. Once you start adding flavorings though, things get more complicated. For example, gin i ..read more
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Birch Martini Recipe
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by Amy
9M ago
This recipe is sponsored by BarrelCharWood.com. All opinions are my own. From ultra dry to dirty, the iconic martini can take many forms. James Bond had his Vesper, and then there’s the extra savory Gibson, garnished with a cocktail onion. But today I’m diving into some uncharted territory with this Birch Martini! Using the Barrel Char in Jar System, I spent six months infusing my preferred martini gin (a nice London dry) with birch wood. Over time, the flavors developed and transformed my bright and zesty, juniper-forward gin into an incredibly smooth and sippable, golden-hued liquid. M ..read more
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Sugar Maple Rum & Apple Cooler
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by Amy
9M ago
This recipe is sponsored by BarrelCharWood.com. All opinions are my own. Sugar maple rum and apples? Yes please! This seemingly fall-centric cocktail takes those cozy flavors and makes them enjoyable year round, with a squeeze of fresh lemon and plenty of crushed ice. It’s sweet, tart, and very refreshing, making it a great spring cocktail for those first outdoor happy hours of the season. Aging spirits at home with Barrel Char Jar This cocktail is my final infusion made with the Barrel Char in a Jar spirits aging alternative system. Instead of having to use (and buy) a whole barrel to a ..read more
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Amburana-Infused Tequila Honey Smash
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by Amy
9M ago
This recipe is sponsored by BarrelCharWood.com. All opinions are my own. This amburana wood infused Tequila Smash is my new go-to spring refresher! After six long months, my amburana infused tequila is full flavored, and this simple blend of lime, honey, and mint is a great way to enjoy it when I’m not sipping it neat. What is amburana wood? Amburana, also known as Brazilian oak, is a tree native to – you guessed it – Brazil. Amburana is known for its deliciously vanilla-scented wood and it’s often used in the aging of Brazil’s national spirit, cachaca. I was interested to see how amburan ..read more
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Spiced Cherry Wood Old Fashioned
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by Amy
9M ago
This recipe is sponsored by BarrelCharWood.com. All opinions are my own. This spiced Old Fashioned is the perfect cold weather cocktail. It’s a simple drink that features a couple of elevated ingredients that are well worth the extra time spent making them. My spiced Old Fashioned uses an easy spiced simple syrup that can be whipped up in just minutes. I’ve also used a bourbon that I infused with cherry wood thanks to the Barrel Char in a Jar system. Barrel Char in a Jar spirits aging The Barrel Char Jar system is a simple and effective way to infuse spirits at home with toasted or charr ..read more
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The 10 Best Lavender Cocktail Recipes
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by Amy
11M ago
Lavender’s clean, floral aroma is the perfect way to add a touch of spring or summer to your cocktail. Although it’s usually paired with gin, it can also work surprisingly well with just about every other type of liquor! Lavender Margarita? Yes, please. Lavender Old Fashioned? So good! Whether you want to use use a lavender simple syrup, a lavender-infused liquor, or even lavender bitters, I’ve got lavender cocktail recipe ideas for you. If you need a lavender simple syrup recipe, scroll to the bottom for that recipe. Don’t want to make it yourself? Buy a bottle instead. Here are the 10 best ..read more
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