This is the final post of the week, therefore, it is dedicated to all those wonderful fathers and grandfathers out there, including my grandfather, John Edward Nagy, who was like a father figure to me growing up while still being a grandfather. He continues to fill both roles today. Also, to my father-in-laws, Dennis Speicher and Richard Beitz who gave me a wonderful life partner and mother of my son. Happy Father's Day and Cheers! to them, a little early!
With summer arriving and the increase in outdoor grilling parties, the need to make good summer cocktails quickly and efficiently becomes paramount. Most hosts and hostesses have a lot to do when it comes to setup and entertaining their guests and it becomes cumbersome to make individual cocktails and play bartender. So I am here to help make it easier by explaining the use of batched cocktails. The best option though is to hire me to take out the worry of planning and executing a game plan.
This is the final post on the basics of mixology. I hope you enjoyed all the other ones. For today, I will focus on some bar tidbits and miscellaneous info related to bar setup. Also, for all my cocktail aficionados (thanks for being patient), I will provide a seasonal summer cocktail here as well.
Bottles that should always be stored in fridge -
Citrus Vodka (primarily because it's used for Lemon Drops)
Rumplemintz or peppermint schnapps
Who doesn't like a top ten list? Most of these cocktails have been around since prohibotion and the beginning of the modern drinking age. Along with the list, I am offering up my rating of the cocktail on a scale from 1 to 10 - aptly named Michael's rating - and tasting notes/occasion. Of course, everyone's taste profile is different so take that in account. If you haven't tried some or most of these, then I feel bad for you. One of my favorite sayings is "I feel bad for people who don't drink because that's the best they're going to feel all day".
I recently received excellent ideas from my blog followers as to what topics they most like to read about. To follow up on that I am dedicating this post to dear cousin, Laura Nagy, who is a big fan of seasonal cocktails. I love ya, Laura...Without further adieu, I give you three outstanding, refreshing summer cocktails from my secret personal stash...The common theme to these cocktails is that they all contain grapefruit juice and are best drank outside at a pool or on a deck...Let me know your thoughts.
(Cover photo courtesy of Ping Pong Dim Bar - revamp.com)
If you ever walked in to an American bar and asked for an Asian cocktail you would probably get a blank stare from the bartender. It’s a pretty vague request, but so is asking for an “American” cocktail. If you say that you would like a cocktail that uses Asian ingredients or flavors, such as ginger, jasmine, or lychee, you may experience the same result.
I realize that many of you have been craving a post on just cocktails, so here it is for your enjoyment...Plus, it is "World Cocktail Week" so what better way to celebrate cocktails. There are some truly fabulous cocktails that are perfect for this time of year - summer...The latest craze are 'muddled' cocktails with the most famous being the "Mint Julep" and "Mojito", but there is so much more that can be made...What this means is that you taking a fruit, veggies, herb or spice and mashing it in the glass to release the oils, juice, and aroma with 'muddler' before preparing the cocktail.
As a follow-up to my last post depicting famous writers drinking their favorite concoctions, I switch gears a bit by presenting you with some pop culture and the marriage between movies and those infamous cocktails. We all love a good movie, and in my case, especially ones that feature classic or modern cocktails. You don’t have to be a cocktail aficionado to appreciate the dramatic effect they play on the big screen. I can still remember many of the movie scenes below and the cocktails featured in them.
The best cure for writer’s block? A stiff drink. Maybe they're on to something here. I just may have to try their technique. Who would have thought that the writing profession and cocktails would go together?
Booze and literature have long had a close relationship - many of the world’s most famous authors were as good at drinking as they were at writing. And the drinks they liked to imbibe made such a strong impression that Raymond Chandler, F. Scott Fitzgerald and many more immortalized a number of classic cocktails in their novels.
Like a thoroughbred thundering down the track, the Kentucky Derby is just around the corner. So dig out your best Derby hat and check out this little history lesson on the Kentucky Derby and the infamous, Mint Julep. No matter which horse you’re rooting for, you’ll feel like a winner.
More than two hundred years ago, somewhere in North America, cognac, peach brandy or un-aged whiskey was mixed with sugar and mint, and served on a mound of snowy ice for the first time. The resulting Mint Julep was a chilly masterpiece that conquered the sweltering dog days of summer.