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14 Essential Cocktail Bar Tools & Equipment - "What No Home Bartender Should Be Without"

This post is dedicated to my dear friend and apprentice, Sam, who has impressingly become, in a very short time, a masterful liquid chef and home mixologist. I am proud to have taught him many of my trade secrets and he is well on his way to serving me a quality and well-balanced cocktail. I hope to impart more wisdom onto Sam in the coming months. Also, to Ann, his romantic assistant, and friends Julia, an aspiring mixologist and Christie, a friendly, neighborly imbiber, who have all found a better appreciation of good drink-making skills and cocktails.

Whisky Spotlight - Armorik Breton Classic Single Malt Whisky

It's that time of year when I like to sit down and enjoy a smooth and warming whisk(e)y in front of the fireplace. I found the perfect whisky to sip this winter and it hails from France. I received this rare bottle, as a token of gratitude, from Danl Cooney of Heavenly Spirits, importer of fine French Spirits, in Massachusetts for my written coverage and promotion of them during "National Cognac Day". I waited for the right time and a special occasion to taste it and it was well worth the wait.

Seasonal Spotlight - Party On With Champagne Primer

Champagne is something you should consider sipping all year-round. But it’s especially appropriate this time of year, as everyone jolts from holiday party to holiday party. It’s time to get some expert advice on the sparkly stuff. A few myths debunked and some surprising tidbits from the correct glassware (hint - it’s not a flute) to why popping a cork should be graceful.

Seasonal Spotlight - Holiday Cocktails By Raise Your Spirits

Spiced Pear

  • 1 ½ oz Pear Vodka, such as Grey Goose La Poire or Absolut Pear
  • ¾ oz Amaretto Liq
  • ½ oz *Spiced simple syrup
  • 1/4 oz Lemon juice
  • Pear slice for garnish
  • Glass – Cocktail

* Spiced Simple Syrup - combine some allspice, cloves, cinnamon stick, orange peel, 1 cup brown sugar in a medium saucepan with 1 cup of water. Boil, then simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Let cool, remove solids, bottle, and refrigerate.

Bartender Ramblings - "So, What's Your REAL Job?"

I've been wanting to write this blog post for quite some time now.

I'm a Bartender and Please Don't Ask Me What My "Real Job" Is -

Q - “What do you do?” 

A - “I’m a bartender”

Q - “Right, but like, what do you WANT to do?”

A - “Um.”

This question comes in many forms, such as:

“Is this your night job?” “What do you really want to do?” “What did you do before this?” “Are you in school?”

Seasonal Spotlight - Great Thanksgiving Holiday Cocktails

Here are some seasonal Thanksgiving cocktails you can sip before, during, or after Thanksgiving dinner. You can even enjoy these elixirs on Black Friday or paired with that left-over turkey sandwich over the holiday weekend.

 

Forbidden Fruit

(Cover photo courtesy of Liquor.com)

Cocktail Spotlight - The Lemon Drop

The Lemon Drop Cocktail

An adult version of the 19th century lemon drop candy, the Lemon Drop (Martini) consists of vodka, triple sec (orange liqueur), lemon juice, and simple syrup that is shaken and strained into a sugar-rimmed Martini/Cocktail glass and garnished with a lemon twist. In some circles, people have begun to mix it with Citrus Vodka, i.e. Absolut Citron, but the classic way is straight vodka.

Spooky Halloween Cocktails By Raise Your Spirits

Whether you're hosting a halloween party or want some cool and different cocktails to share with others, try some of these cocktails this week or over the halloween weekend. RYS will be serving most of these cocktails on Friday night. These are novelty drinks so proceed with caution. They are visually appealing, but not necessarily the best tasting. Have fun with it!

 

Seasonal Spotlight - Delicious Shrubs And Cocktails With Prairie Organic Spirits

With the fall harvest and upcoming Thanksgiving feasts, it’s the perfect time of year for fall/winter cocktails incorporating seasonal shrubs (sweetened vinegar-based syrup). Made with respect from seed to glass, my friends over at Prairie Organic Spirits are using their fine spirits to create seasonal fall/winter cocktails made with homemade shrubs. 

Cocktail Spotlight - 3 Fabulous Winter Sangrias For Holiday Parties

Here is a selection of my 3 favorite winter sangrias you can mix it up for your holiday parties, office parties, or an excuse to get together with friends, family, and neighbors. Have Raise Your Spirits whip up one of these for your next event...Enjoy and drink responsibly!

 

Honeycrisp Apple Sangria

Serves 16. Use large bottle of wine and double ingredients to double amount.

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