50 reasons to date a bartender

Please comment to let us know what you think is the best reason to date a bartender!

You should date a bartender because…

1 they are good listeners

2 you’ll get free drinks – from France 2016 Football Quiz

3 they are good in bed because they had sex with a lot of people

4 they are the masters of small talk – from Ron The Bartender

5 bartenders are hard working – from Corey Hayes

6 they are social butterflies – from European Bartender School

7 they have a good stamina, so you won’t be dating someone lazy

8 there’ll be plenty of space in bed because they’re working

9 when they come home they have really good stories to tell

10 they know the best alcoholic brands

Some more things you should know before dating a bartender…

11 they are good at serving people

12 they are friendly – from Mario Filippe

13 you’ll have nights and evenings all to yourself

14 bartenders have mornings off so they can make you breakfast

15 due to the nature of the work they are strong and can open all jars

16 they get you drunk – from Pour People Mixology

17 you can pass by their work without it being strange

18 they’re cool! Just look at Tom Cruise in the movie Cocktail

19 they always know which bars are still open

20 being exposed to music all the time, they are great dancers

And ten more reasons why you should be dating a bartender…

21 they are charming, witty and have a fantastic sense of humor – from http://www.bartendingontario.com/

22 they have working relationships with bartenders at other bars so won’t have to wait for a drink – from 68 The Podcast

23 bartenders are practically psychologists – from Mano Negra ByE

24 they aren’t insecure and don’t get intimidated easily 

25 they care about your feelings – from Sunny Singh

26 bartenders are in good shape

27 they can handle a drink

28 they are pretty, handsome or down right hot – from Shannon Rice

29 they are always the first to know new drinks. Yeah!

30 they know all the best gossip

We list 10 more things that will happen when you date a bartender…

31 they can prepare the best cocktails

32 they will always take care of you – from Lisa Reyes

33 you won’t feel suffocated in your relationship because they’re at work all the time – from BartenderOne Toronto

34 they’ll impress your friends at parties because they can shake and stir – from Gabriella

35 they have “cures” for hangovers

36 they can go shopping on Mondays

37 You always know where they are on a Friday or Saturday night – from Juli Oates

38 they know how to deal with you when you’ re drunk

39 they pay attention to how they look

40 bartenders can get you into clubs you could never get in

Still thinking, should I be dating a barkeeper…

41 you’ll get great cocktails at home – from Matt Felice

42 they know how to party

43 bartenders always use the correct cocktail glass

44 they are professional conversationalists – from https://www.instagram.com/alexludovico/

45 The bartender makes all the tip money by flirting with guys/girls that they will eventually spend on you, so don’t be that jealous person and enjoy the show – from Trudy Hogg

46 bartenders have good palettes and are typically good cooks as well – from Matt Felice

47 they have a big social network

48 they can make every dinner extraordinary by knowing what spirit pairs with our food – from Pour People Mixology

49 bartenders know the best bars to spend a good evening – from Nicolás Osuna

50 bartenders have friends all over the world – from European Bartender School

The reasons to date a bartender are listed randomly. If you think of a good reason why to date a barman or barmaid you can comment below or contact us so we can add it to our list. Provide us with your name and website or social media account if you want us to link your reason to date a bartender back to you. If a reason to date a barkeeper doesn’t have a name next to it yet you can claim it for you and we’ll add your name to it.

We are looking forward to hearing what you think is the best reason to date a barkeeper! Please comment below…

In our section “Meet the cocktail expert” we present some people in the cocktail industry you should meet… We kindly asked them to present themselves and to share their favorite cocktail with us. Cheers!! Today we present you Raimondo Palomba

“Atelier and his artisan: Raimondo Palomba”

What is your history?

I am started working in my hometown of Naples with just 15 years as an event organizer combining it with my cocktail studios at F.B.S. Then I moved to London and

Madrid with the aim of opening more business opportunities working as a mixologist, consultant and trainer in different cocktail schools. Then I decided to move to

Gran Canaria as a home for my next and current project: Atelier Cocktail bar situated on the rooftop of the five stars hotel Bohemia Suites & Spa.

What is your favorite cocktail?

I have many favorite cocktails! Some of them are Negroni, Martinez, Vieux carrè and Sazerac.

What is your vision on the future trends in cocktail?

In my opinion, this is a great moment for the bar industry because things are changing so fast. Some Bartenders are still working with classics recipes, some Bartenders are playing with twists on classics, some Bartenders are creating a new cocktail culture based on the gastronomy concept and some of them try to mix all of this things. I think that all offers are great because there are customers for any different kind of cocktail bar.

What is Atelier? 

Atelier Cocktail bar is located on the island of Gran Canaria, specifically, across one of the biggest and most untouched plots of sand, Maspalomas. An extraordinary beach in the southern side of the island extends for miles and paints a beautiful scene full of dunes which is quite unique in the island. Gran Canaria is home to one of the best climates in the world, 300 days of sunshine and very little rain, boosts comfort and health. This island is part of the Canary Islands (Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean about 130 miles off the coast of Africa).

The Atelier’s philosophy is based on being that place where you receive detailed attention, a special attention. That added value of the “human factor” is our cornerstone: it is like going to a clothing store or an atelier, where you await the design of a custom suit, paid detailed and special attention to, as well as relying on the knowledge and creativity of the master craftsman, who every day prepares in “homemade” fashion as many of his ingredients as is possible.

For other hand, this is a work and life ethic that favors the local, seasonal produce and its producers, bringing the best out of the raw material through our creations. It is important to know the raw material with which things are produced, otherwise, it would be hard to understand and recognize a quality product. Atelier Cocktail bar presents a space in which different arts can be brought together, starting with cocktails, cooking, baking or craftwork, into a new way of expressing themselves.

What is Bohemia Suites & Spa?

Bohemia is a unique place, designed for open-minded people who like to enjoy life to the max and pamper their senses. The sky-bar trend is on the rise and Atelier is one of its pioneers, located in such a privileged place as is the 8th  floor of the ‘Design hotel’ Bohemia Suites & Spa*****. Inaugurated in September 2012, this   oasis-like   design   combines   luxury   with   multipurpose   spaces   providing   a   secret   and   hidden getaway to enjoy the most serene peace and privacy.

It’s an exclusive place with the most unique views, both of its interior as well as the impressive panoramic scene of the Atlantic Ocean and the Maspalomas dunes, as appreciated in the exterior terrace, where you can gaze upon one of the best sunsets in the island. The hotel has been awarded by the prestigious Condé Nast Johansens Excellence Awards 2017 (best service) and 2018 (best for romance).

The music and the atmosphere play a fundamental role, right?

The complicated part is creating the right atmosphere in the cocktail bar; it’s fleeting but utterly fundamental. I try to experiment with different musical styles to create an eclectic mix, constantly evolving and vibrating while never static.

Creating a complete experience is something fundamental in a cocktail bar for you. What does it consist of? 

It is so important to stimulates the five senses: Smell and taste are important but if we hope to achieve a complete experience we must also stimulate our hearing, sight and touch.  For this reason the views, the music, the fire, the bar snack, the cocktail menu, the presentation of each cocktail and the blends play a vital role, but above all “the service and the human factor”.

What is “Diary of a Bartender”?

Atelier’s cocktail menu is called “Diary of a Bartender”, here every cocktail is a concept in its own and has a story to tell. It is a diary that takes us on a journey where we live other lives, taking us back to places we’ve been and experiencing new emotions by capturing their essence.

The experience of a cocktail should not end with the drink, it must continue its completion through the evolution of flavors due to the combinations that I propose in each cocktail, serving a little “sider” paired with each cocktail, opening the door to a realm full of imagination, color, flavors, textures, scents and new mixes. This is why I ensure that the client has a certain interaction with each cocktail and can enjoy himself by adding his personal touch to it. The Atelier’s team job does not begin or end behind the bar, it carries on from earlier with the artisan production in the preparation of combinations and homemade elaborations.

Tell us about Atelier’s team

The search for excellence should have no boundaries which is why we are constantly improving. This   is   our   goal   each  day   since   reaching   a   level   of   excellence   in   the   service   means   that   the customer has a higher impression than his previous expectations. A customer who upon exit “sees no reason to complain” has not experienced the excellence of the service. However, if the first thing he wants to do is tell the next person he sees about the amazing quality of the service, that is a sign of excellence. To achieve this, it is essential to be a tight group, that carry out their jobs with passion and to be open to the customers, making time to speak and have a nice time together, which is absolutely paramount since we believe the most important part is to make each of our customers feel like at an   “old   friend’s   house”   receiving   customized   attention   and   that   added   value   that  makes   the difference.

Also a well trained team is the most important part for us, which is why we invest in annual in-house training courses, in-house Masterclasses for the team with top exponents, organized trips to distilleries to deepen the knowledge on the production process, attend international fairs to be up to speed with the latest trends, visits to the best cocktail bars or external training services.

Furthermore, we also organize workshops, Masterclasses for customers and activities “in situ” with craftsmen to have them learn firsthand about the production process of the ingredients and find out more about alcohol and cocktails to better inform the customer in order to have critical capacity regarding drinks.

In summary we try to have an extensive knowledge of cocktails and spirits: Knowing the history, elaboration and combinations in order to be objective and offer unbiased and professional assessment to each customer, handing them a critical capability so that they themselves make the choice of what to drink and not be swept by the trends.

Signature Cocktails

Aperitif Cocktail: EXPERIMENTAL MARTINI

Choose your classic Dry Martini of Grey Goose vodka or Gin nº 3 and experience by yourself how to give your personal touch to an all-time classic cocktail with our homemade essential oils of lemon, basil or rosemary. It is paired with a foie gras macaroon, fine sherry wine and squid ink on lyophilized olives.

Preparation: Previously cool the mini Martini glass and put on ice the other container. Cool the mixing glass, drain the water, pour the vermouth, stir and drain the vermouth ice again, pour the gin or vodka and stir until achieving the desired cold point and dilution. Pour half mix into the mini Martini glass and the other half into the other container.

All day Cocktail: ASIAN MARY

This is his oriental version of classic Bloody Mary. It is elaborated with Rosemary-infused Zubrówka vodka, tomato juice, soja sauce, Worcestershire sauce, celery bitter, wasabi, lemon and ginger.

Preparation: *Previous elaboration of vodka infusion with rosemary branches. Use two small mixing glasses or two cocktail shakers to elaborate this cocktail using the technique of scanned or thrown.

For this in one of the containers add all the ingredients and some ice cubes, use a caterpillar strainer that fits well into the container. Pass the mix from one container to the other giving it height to oxygenate and cool it at the same time. Serve in a design glass and decorate with a branch of rosemary, olives skewer and a crusta of Chinese spices.

Digestive Cocktail: GUANCHE ALEXANDER

This is his Canarian twist on the classic Alexander. Aldea single cane rum, homemade almond milk, Mozart white liqueur and a pinch of gofio flour! It is paired with a homemade gofio meringue cone and chocolate peta-zetas on homemade chocolate crumble and sugar rocks.

Preparation: Put 3-5 ice rock cubes in a the glass shaker, then add all the ingredients and shake vigorously to obtain a homogeneous mixture. Serve in a coupette cup sprinkling gofio on it previously using double strainer and decorate it.

Social media & contact info

Facebook: www.facebook.com/loungeatelier

Twitter: www.twitter.com/loungeatelier

Instagram: www.instagram.com/loungeatelier

Website: www.ateliercocktailbar.com

Contact: info@ateliercocktailbar.com

Address: Avda. Estados Unidos, 28 35100 Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria | 8º floor Bohemia Suites & Spa

 

Cocktail glasses

Martini glass, tumbler, collins glass,… It is sometimes hard to understand why there are so many different cocktail glasses. Via this article we guide you around in the wonderful world of the cocktail glasses.

Many people asked me if the type of glass is really that important when serving a cocktail. Occasionally it doesn’t but in most cases the right cocktail comes with the right glass.

But before we start, some good advice: make sure that your glasses are always sparkling clean. Therefore it is advised to clean and dry them by hand. It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it…

Cocktail glass

This glass is an example of elegance. It is wide on the top with a high foot.

The design makes sure that the cocktail stays cool because our warm hands and fingers are kept away from the drink itself.

The cocktail glass is by far the most used glass when we think of serving cocktails.

Cocktail glasses are very often referred to as martini glasses. But they are different. Cocktail glasses have smaller bowls with rounded or flat bottoms. Martini glasses have larger and wider bowls. Their bowls are fully conical at the bottom.

Collins glass or longdrink glass

This is a long glass with straight sides.

Collins glass can normally contain around 35 cl but there are of course different sizes and varieties.

It is very often used for longdrinks based on fresh juices or drinks filled up with soda.

Officially, the Collins glass is a little higher than the longdrink glass.

Whiskey glass

The whiskey glass is used for shortdrinks on ice (on the rocks) or for drinks which need to be stirred.

The standard or old-fashioned glass, which is often also called a lowball glass, is perfect for this.

This whiskey glass has a thick base which makes it resist breaks when using a muddler. The wide brim allows for maximum flavor and aroma .

It contains around 25 cl and is used for the old-fashioned, the manhattan, sours and other drinks.

Liqueur glass

liqueur glass is to serve small parts of non-mixed drinks.

The  liqueur glass contains around 8 cl of liquid. It has a short-stemmed base and is used for small amounts of liqueurs and cordials.

The shape of the glass should increase the experience of drinking liqueur by accentuating the often deep color and movement of the liquid.

Tumbler

tumbler is a short and wide glass with cylinder form and a thick bottom. It is often used as a whiskey glass.

For whiskey with ice or whiskey mixed with water the tumbler is a good choice.

For drinking pure whiskey , a tulip shaped glass is a better choice as it holds the aroma much better.

 Cognac glass

Cognac glass is designed in such a way that it keeps the smell and the aroma of the drink very well in what is called the “ballon” of the glass.

When you hold the glass between the palms of your hands, it warms up the drink a little. This releases the aromas.

In fact  there are two type of glasses used for drinking cognac: the tulip glass and the balloon snifter.

The tulip has a long stem that climbs to a wide bell and then curves inwards. It flares out a little at the rim what makes it look like a tulip. The balloon snifter has a short stem with a wide bell that narrows at the rim.

 Champagne flute

champagne flute or champagne glass is used for sparkling wines.

The shape of the glass makes the surface where the bubbles can break smaller.

This glass best fits cocktails with champagne. If possible, use high champagne glasses.

Shorter ones tend to give a rather sober impression.

 Champagne coupe

The champagne coupe is nowadays a little outdated and old fashioned.

Nevertheless the champagne coupe fits well to certain cocktails, especially those containing ice cubes.

The champagne coupe is often used at wedding receptions. This is the glass which is stacked in layers to build a champagne tower.

The champagne coupe is now commonly used for certain cocktails such as daiquiris.

Bordeaux wine glass

The Bordeaux wine glass has a content of 50 cl. Only fill it for one third when serving wine.

The Bordeaux glass is tall with a broad bowl. It was designed for full bodied red wines like syrah or cabernet sauvignon.

The Burgundy glass is broader and has a bigger bowl to accumulate aromas of more delicate red wines such as pinot noir.

This glass also fits well to longdrinks with wine. It can be used as an alternative for a large cocktail glass.

White wine glass

The white wine glass contains 25 cl and has a high foot. The typical wineglass for white wine has a smaller bowl and taller stem.

It is picked up by the foot so that the drink doesn’t get warm from our hands.

It can be used for shortdrinks such as spritzers or punch based on wine.

White wine glasses come in different sizes and shapes: each to accentuate the unique characteristics of different styles of wine.

 Shot glass

The shot glass has a content of 5cl.

It is used for what are called the small and strong cocktails: shots and shooters. The glass of the shot glasses is mainly quite thick.

Experienced shooter or shot drinkers can explain, or better show you why.

Enjoy!!

All you need to know about the espresso martini

The famous espresso martini cocktail is one of the most popular cocktails around. For a long time this cocktail did not get the attention it deserves for a long time. The fact that this drink is based on vodka did not help al all. But things are changing again. More and more respectful cocktail bars and restaurant are again adding the espresso martini to their menus.

This drink is can be considered as one of the classic cocktails and is based on kahlua and vodka. This cocktail is considered as a “dangerous” one. It’s so easy to have a little too much of it…

The story goes that the espresso martini was invented in Soho in London by the famous bartender Dick Bradsell. He prepared it as a special request from a famous top model who asked for ‘a cocktail that wakes me up and then fucks me up’. The identity of the super model was never revealed. Some say it was Kate Moss, others say it was Naomi Campbell but the truth never came out. Did you know that the cocktail first had another name? It was called the pharmaceutical stimulant. Don’t really know where that came from.

The cocktail itself tastes creamy and is quite rich in taste. You hardly notice the alcohol in it which makes it a sneaky one. It combines some sweetness thanks to the kahlua with a rather deep taste from the coffee. The vodka adds a little kick and turns it into a quite strong cocktail although it does not taste strong at all.  Some people describe it as rich and refreshing, bitter and sweet in the same time.

The espresso martini can be drunk as an aperitif or as an after-dinner drink. Some people also like to drink it as a party cocktail.

What do you need for the espresso martini?

How to make the espresso martini?

How to create the delicious espresso martini? It’s quite simple. Fill a shaker with ice. Add the vodka, the kahlua, the coffee and the syrup. Shake everything and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Some coffee beans as garnish make it perfect!

Enjoy!!

10 Most Famous Movie Cocktails

In this cocktail movie blog we have a nice list of the 10 most famous movie cocktails with a photo of the movie they appeared in and the photo of the cocktails in movies. When you click the photo of the best film cocktails you will be taken to the recipe. Enjoy these top ten movie cocktails!

#10: Inside Man (2006): Pina Colada

… I’ll be sucking down Pina Coladas in a hot tub with six girls named Amber and Tiffany…

#9: Practical Magic (1998): Margarita

… Barbados lime is just the thing. Cragged salt like a sailor’s stubble…

#8: Cruel Intentions (1999): Long Island Iced Tea

…This sure doesn’t taste like an iced tea. It’s from Long Island…

#7: Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011): Old Fashioned

…Ryan Gosling Makes an Old Fashioned…

#6: Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas (1998): Singapore Sling

…in the patio section of course, drinking Singapore Slings with mescal on the side…

#5: The Blues Brothers (1980): Orange Whip

… Who wants an orange whip? Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips

 

#4: Ronin (1998): Grasshopper

… How did they finally get to you? They gave me a grasshopper…

#3: The Big Lebowski (1998): White Russian

… Would you like a drink? Uh, yeah. White Russian? The bar’s over there…

#2: Casino Royale (2006): Vesper Martini

… This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name…

#1: Cocktail (1988): Red Eye

… Bartender! Do you know how to make a Red Eye?…

Why you should always tip the bartender.

People can be divided into good tippers and bad tippers. Good tippers normally get better service while bad tippers often have the feeling to be ignored while waiting at the bar.

There are many reasons to tip a bartender well. If you think of a good reason to tip the bartender you can comment below or contact us so we can add it to our list.

Provide us with your name and website or social media account if you want us to link your reason to tip a bartender back to you.

We are looking forward to hearing your reasons why to tip a barkeeper!

Bartenders deserve a nice tip because…

1. Tipping a bartender will lead to faster service

2. You’ll get stiffer drinks

3. You’ll get one or more free drink(s)

4. Bartenders have to deal with you when you are drunk

5. You’ll get better service

6. The bartender will be keeping the bar wiped down so your arms won’t stick to the bar

7. The bartender can cut you off when you have too much to drink

8. The IRS taxes bartenders on an estimated 8% of tips

9. The bartender will be much more pleasant

10. For bartenders it is a substantial part of their income

11. It is a nice way of showing off

12. You don’t want the server to think badly of you

13. You know the bartender gets paid a miserable hourly wage

14. It takes time to make a good cocktail and that should be paid well

15. You spend more time with the bartender than you do with your wife/husband

16. They tip out the barback who changes kegs, brings ice, and runs for supplies keeping things behind the bar running smoothly — David CurtisBartenderLife

17. You secretly have an eye on the bartender or barmaid – Carol Drinks –  Carol Drinks

18. The bartender has the last say in whether you get served or not – Michael CrabbeMichael Crabbe

19. You keep voting to lower the minimum wage and the bartender is already in poverty – Karl Michael MayKarl Michael May

20. The bartender will make you’re drink ten times better than if you’re not tipping! – Stephen WilksThe Victoria, Birmingham

21. You are ppreciating the service – Kiki BhutiaRIBS restaurant & bar

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Feel free to comment on why you think people should tip the bartender!!

And of course don’t forget top tip the bartender generously next time  smiley

In our section “Meet the cocktail expert” we present  some people in the cocktail industry you should meet… We kindly asked them to present themselves and to share their favorite cocktail with us. Cheers!!

Today we present you Paul Babiak.

Bio

Paul is the winner of the best mixologist of Malaysia award in 2010. Today he is the owner of Barcounter, a cool barware shop in London that he founded in 2015.

Favorite cocktail

Paul’s favorite cocktail is the Corpse Reviver #2

Ingredients

Instructions

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain the Corpse Reviver #2 into a nice glass with some ice.

Social media or contact info

You can find Paul on Twitter: https://twitter.com/paulbabiak

In our section “Meet the cocktail expert” we present  some people in the cocktail industry you should meet… We kindly asked them to present themselves and to share their favorite cocktail with us. Cheers!!

Today we present you Cameron Larkin

Bio

Meet Cameron, the man behind @theofficialcocktailblogger.  This is what he explained to us: It began when my wife and I started taking photos in new bars and restaurants of amazing cocktails. People were asking me why I was drinking cocktails instead of beer.

So, I decided to become The Official Cocktail Blogger to show men also love cocktails. Cocktails have so many variations, from a world renowned to a local spirit the possibilities are endless. The cocktail scene is thriving and very competitive. That’s why I showcase to everyone the high standard of cocktails in Adelaide.
These stories and recipes are meant to highlight what I have come to love about craft cocktail culture and perhaps even inspire readers to go and experience it for themselves.

It presents the cocktail as the avenue through which great stories are exchanged, our best jokes are told and our fondest memories are relived.
It’s not all about drinking to get drunk. It’s about the experience!

Favorite cocktail

Cameron’s favorite cocktail is the Aperol Sour cocktail.

Ingredients

Instructions

Put the aperol, the lime juice, the syurp and the egg white in a shaker with ice. Shake everything well and strain your Aperol Sour into a nice cocktail glass.

More info can be found on https://www.instagram.com/p/BiIjcQSnhnw/?hl=en

Social media or contact info

In our section “Meet the cocktail expert” we present  some people in the cocktail industry you should meet… We kindly asked them to present themselves and to share their favorite cocktail with us. Cheers!!

Today we present you Laurence Sabwa Amaya.

Bio

Lawrence is a freelance mixologist/bartender. He created this cocktail recipe, the smirnoff sensation, for a smirnoff cocktail competition. Even though the winner was never announced, he loved the chance to work on the project.

Lawrence is ready to make an impact on bartending and mixology and is aiming to do more like this.

Favorite cocktail

Lawrence’s favorite cocktail is the Smirnoff Sensation cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 60ml – vodka
  • half cut orange fruit
  • 30ml – freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 30ml – brown sugar syrup
  • Sprite – a splash

Instructions

Add all the ingredients into a tall tumbler filled with ice cubes, except the sprite and the orange juice.
Add splash of sprite and squeeze the 1/2 orange on top. Stir gently and garnish with an orange wedge.

 

 

Social media or contact info

In our section “Meet the cocktail expert” we present  some people in the cocktail industry you should meet… We kindly asked them to present themselves and to share their favorite cocktail with us. Cheers!!

Today we present you Kevin Wilkerson.

Bio

Publisher of the nightlife blog PubClub.com. Originally a sportswriter at Southern daily newspapers, moved to Los Angeles and began working at Public Relations agencies. When one folded, became an independent PR contractor and started PubClub.
Huge Jimmy Buffett fan – have been to more than 70 shows – and the beach and cocktail lifestyle. And, being a Southerner, college football: Roll Tide!  Drinks beer, wine, rum and tequila.
Favorite cocktail
It’s something my friend Luau Larry created and I just call it the “Luau Larry Special”. It involves rum (and lots of it, sometimes 2 or 3 rums) orange juice and some other fruit juice of his choosing, guava when he has it. He likes to top it with a floater of Myers rum.
• 1/3 of glass of dark rum
• 1/2 glass of no-pulp orange juice
• 2 ounces of guava juice
• More rum to taste
• Floater of Myers rum
The portions depend on the size of the glass and one’s tolerance to rum. Luau Larry takes a glass and fills it 2/3 with ice. Take the first rum and fill 1/3 of the glass. Add 1/2 of a glass of orange juice, a generous splash of guava juice and – if you like – a second rum. Stir the drink. Add a floater of Myers and serve.
Favorite cocktail #2
The “PubClub Whoops Margarita.” This is based on a recipe from a friend of a former roommate. It’s a frozen margarita and the recipe is very simple:
• A blender pitcher full of ice
• 1/3 pitcher full of tequila
• 1/3 container of frozen lemonade (note NOT frozen Limeade)
• An ounce of Triple Sec. Or Grand Marnier for those with a bigger budget
Put all ingredients into the blender in above order. Turn on the blender and blend until the ice is completely crushed. Serve in a margarita glass. It’s called the “PubClub Whoops Margarita” because if I’m distracted by, say, a pretty girl when I’m making it, I’ll pour in more tequila into the pitcher than the original recipe calls for, and when I turn my attention back to the pitcher, I say “whoops!”
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Pimm’s – The basics

Pimm’s No.1 is a liqueur based on gin. The gin is infused with herbal botanicals, caramelized orange and delicate spices. It has a dark tea color with a reddish tint. The taste of Pimm’s No.1 has something of spices mixed with citrus.

The story about James Pimm and his Pimm’s cup can be found on the bottle. So I suggest you buy one if you want to find out.

At the moment there are also other types of Pimm’s available. The Pimm’s Winter Cup with a ‘cinnamon meets caramel and zesty orange taste’. Also the Pimm’s Blackberry & Elderflower is now on the market. This is based on the Vodka cup with a combination of blackberries and elderflower.

The Pimm’s No. 1 cup – The English classic

The No 1 cup is today as popular as ever. This cocktail is a mixture of Pimm’s No.1, lemonade and freshly chopped ingredients such as cucumber, oranges, lemons, strawberries, apples and mint. The lemonade is also often replaced with ginger ale.

I often serve this to my friends in a slightly different version which I call the Pimm’s Punch. Pimm’s can also be mixed with Champagne or a sparkling white wine. This is called the Pimm’s Royal Cup.

Pimm’s – More than only that cup

Of course the Pimm’s Cup is the perfect drink on a warm day. But there’s more that can be done with Pimm’s than only the Pimm’s Cup or the Pimm’s Punch.

Therefore i suggest you some other Pimm’s recipes which are not so famous… yet. Some of them are perfect for the summer time but also in winter time a Pimm’s drink can come to the rescue.

Pimm’s Lemon Mojito

A Mojito with that special taste of Pimm’s! Try the Pimm’s Lemon Mojito. Place a lemon half and some sugar into a cocktail shaker. Muddle well. Add some mint leaves and muddle gently, do not grind. Add Pimm’s. Add ice and shake it well. Top up with some club soda and garnish with mint.

Pimmlet

Forget the Gimlet, here’s the Pimmlet! One of my favorites… Muddle cucumber, mint leaves, and sugar syrup. Add the Pimm’s, some gin and some lime juice. Add ice and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish the Pimmlet with a slice of cucumber and some mint leaves. Sit back and relax!

Pimm’s Winter Cup

This one is made from the Pimm’s variant called the Pimm’s Winter Cup. Really original! Warm up some apple juice and add the Pimm’s. Then cut an apple and an orange in slices and add these some apple and orange slices to finish your winter cup. This warm drink prefectly fits cold winter evenings

 Pimm’s Fancy

The Pimm’s Fancy is based on Pimm’s Blackberry & Elderflower. Put some crushed ice in a glass. Pour in Pimm’s, Grand Marnier, organe juice, lime juice and some mint leaves.Decorate it with mint leaves with icing sugar to give it its fancy touch!

It doesn’t only taste delicious, it also looks fabulous. And it’s  quite easy to prepare!

Enjoy!

Fire water burn!!! We are on the hunt for the best cocktails with aguardiente… But first we take a deeper look into this liqueur called aguardiente. It comes in different types and brands…

Aguardiente is made of two words: “agua” meaning water and “ardiente” meaning burning. That’s why some people talk of it as burning water or firewater. Basically aguardiente is a generic term for alcoholic beverages that contain between 30% and 60% alcohol by volume.

Aguardiente is made from the fermentation and distillation of sugared musts and/or vegetable macerations. Some  aguardientes are based on fruits such as bananas, grapes or oranges. Other aguardientes are based on grain such as millet, rice or barley. Some are based on tuber such as manioc, beet or potato. The so-called true or real aguardientes are made from sugarcane or other sweet canes.

Aguardiente can be quite different depending on the country where it is produced

Columbia

In Columbia aguardiente is an anise-flavoured liqueur based on sugar cane. The different types of flavor are the result of adding different amounts of aniseed. This liqueur is quite similar to pastis, sambuca or anisette. Aguardiente is one of the most popular drinks in Columbia. Although it is not that often used in cocktails as it usually is drunk neat, we found some very nice cocktails with aguardiente. We’ll look into them at the end of this article.

Cost Rica

In Costa Rica aguardiente is also called guaro. It has a neutral flavor and about 30% alcohol.

Brasil

In Brazil pinga or cachaça is based on sugar cane. White or unaged cachaça is used to prepare the delicious caipirinhas. Dark or aged cachaça is drunk neat. Some of the best cocktails made with cachaça are the caipirinha, the brazilian batida and the lemon beat cocktail. I suggest you once give them a try…

Ecuador

Aguardiente is based on sugar cane but it is left unflavoured. It is mostly consumed straight as shots or used in the hot canelazo cocktail, a combination of aguardiente, water, cinnamon and fruit juice.

Chile

In Chili aguardiente is based on grapes with an alcohol content of 45% or higher. It then is flavoured with murtilla, cherries, saffron and lemon peel. Other ingredients such as mint walnuts and other herbs are used to flavor it.

Also in Portugal, Spain and Thaiti different types of aguardiente is produced.

Cocktails with agurandiente

We selected some of the best cocktail recipes made with aguardiente. Most people drink it still neat but more and more bars have developed their own cocktails with aguardiente…

Aguardiente sour

Probably the most popular cocktail based on aguardiente.  Delicious and easy to make All you need is aguardiente, orange juice, lime juice, egg white and sugar. You can find the complete recipe here.

Canchánchara

My absolute favourite. This cocktail is made with aguardiente, lime juice, honey and soda. Click here for the canchànchara recipe.

Refajo

Refajo, also known as the Colombian pitcher cocktail, is basically a mix of beer, soda and aguardiente.  The perfect cocktail with auguardiente for when you have bbq plans.

Daisy Maria

A mix of aguardiente, lemon juice and lemon soda. Click here for the daisy maria recipe .

Another splendid idea is the aguardiente mojito. Just replace the rum with aguardiente. It’s as easy as that…

You’ll probably know other cool cocktails with aguardiente. Don’t hesitate to let us know. We’ll be happy to publish them on our site.

How to make the perfect mojito

Learn how to make the perfect mojito. The original mojito recipe exists of only 4 ingredients: sugar,  lime, rum and mint. As you can see, soda or lemonade is not one them. The mojito is a sweet and very refreshing cocktail. It is quite easy to make as long as you stick to some basic instructions. The key with the mojito is balance. You should be able to taste each ingredient, with each working in harmony. In this blog article we we explain you how to make the perfect mojito.

How to make the perfect mojito

Ingredients for the perfect mojito

Instructions for the perfect mojito

  1. First put 15 to 20 mint leaves into a Collins glass
  2. Add the cane sugar and sprinkle it over the mint
  3. Take a muddler and scratch the cane sugar into the mint. Don’t muddle too hard, a slight scratch is more than enough to release the mint aroma’s
  4. Add the rum, the sugar syrup and the lime juice. Squeeze a lime part into the glass and add it to the mojito cocktail
  5. Fill the glass with crushed ice an stir. Take care that the crushed ice comes directly from the freezer. Otherwise you risk to dillute the mojito with the melted water.
  6. Garnish the mojito with some mint leaves. Gently squeeze them in order to release some extra aroma’s

Should you add soda to the mojito?

How to make the perfect mojito

The original mojito recipe is without soda, no doubt about that. This gives the cocktail an extra rum kick.  Often bartenders top up the mojito with soda or seltzer. The risk of this is that you dillute the perfect combination of the different tastes. Too much soda will make it taste watery, the mojito will lose its perfect taste . If you like it all a little sweeter you can add a little lemonade (such as sprite or 7-up). But take care, only use a small dash of lemonade. I also tried it with ginger-ale which a really good result, better than soda or lemonade. But remember, the original mojito recipe does not contain soda…

Some extra tips for the perfect mojito

Mojito with fresh mint

In order to make the perfect mojito, it is very important to use fresh ingredients. Make sure that the mint leaves are freshly cut and use freshly squeezed lime juice. Make sure you don’t muddle the mint leaves too aggressively. This could release a bitter aroma.

You can replace the aged rum with white rum although the aged rum gives an extra aroma to the perfect mojito.

Mojito with fresh lime juice

We use sugar syrup in our mojito. This can of course be replaced with crystalline sugar leading to a sugary mess on the bottom of the glass. That’s the reason why most bartenders use sugar syrup in their mojito cocktails.

We use freshly squeezed lime juice for the perfect mojito. You can also muddle lime parts but the risk is that you muddle them too hard… releasing a slightly bitter touch.

How to make the perfect mojito with a twist?

One of the most common techniques is the addition of berries to the mojito. First you put the berries into the glass where you muddle them.

Mojito with a twist

Than you prepare the mojito as already explained. It does not have to be difficult. Some examples of mojitos with berries are the following:

 

Sometimes the rum is replaced by another ingredient. It gives the cocktail a quite different taste and one can argue if it is still a mojito or not. Some examples are cocktails like

You can also prepare a mojito royal. Follow the instructions for the perfect mojito but in the end top your mojito up with champagne. This champagne cocktail is one of the most popular variations of the classic mojito.

Some bartenders add bitters such as angostura bitters to the mojito. This adds an extra aroma to the cocktail. Another option is to use a different type of syrup with an extra flavor such as elderflower cordial.

How to make the perfect virgin mojito?

Even people who don’t want to drink alcohol can make the perfect mojito. Follow the instructions for the perfect mojito but leave out the rum. Replace the rum with 10 to 15 cl of ginger ale or soda. Another option is to add some crushed berries in order to add more taste.

Cheers!!

Low Calorie Cocktails

Regular cocktails are calorie bombs!! That’s a fact. But there are solutions to this problem. With a little bit of imagination and creativity you’ll be able to prepare an excellent low calorie cocktail with limited or no effect on your shape. And you’ll not be forced to make sacrifices on the taste!!

Unknown ObjectIn order to put you on the road with this, we selected some regular and some very special low calorie cocktails. It’s a new art of mixing… mixing taste with low calories!!

If you have any other ideas or tricks for diet cocktails… just let us know. We’ll be happy to spread the word for you!!

Diet Mojito

Low calorie cocktails - Diet MojitoJust like the real Mojito but then with half the syrup or sugar. Another option is the leave the sugar out completely.

The rum will be around 100 calories and the little sugar will be about 50 calories.

All the rest, the mint, the soda and the lime are very very low on calories.

Check out our Diet Mojito recipe! One of our favorite low calorie cocktails.

Sake Sunrise

Sake sunrise low calorie cocktail recipeSake, orange juice, champagne.

It doesn’t take much more for the Japanese Mimosa.

It looks nice, it looks classy, it is easy to prepare and it is very low on calories.

Check out the famous Sake Sunrise recipe.

Bombay Magic

Bombay magic low calorie cocktailMint leaves, triple sec, soda and tequila account for about 110 calories.

Some people prefer the tequila to be replaced with vodka. Surely worth a try.

Curious about our Bombay Magic recipe?

Slim Screwdriver

Slim screwdriver cocktail recipe

A diet Screwdriver?

Just go easy on the orange juice and replace a part of it with sprite light or diet 7-up or another brand of light lemonade.

Just take some vodka, a little orange juice and some diet lemonade.

Check out our Slim Screwdriver recipe!  Only around 85 calories… Sweet!!

Low Calorie Daiquiri

Low calorie strawberry daiquiri cocktail recipeHow the bring down the 350 calories in a daiquiri down to only 130 calories?

The secret is to use a lot of fresh strawberries and almost no or no sugar at all.

Just a lot of fruit, a lot of ice, some rum and a little sugar.

Check out our super Low Calorie Daiquiri recipe.

Rum and Diet Coke

Really simple but brilliant… use white rum and diet coke to limit the calories drastically.

Nowadays you can also use coke zero to bring down the amount of calories.

If you prefer a light stronger taste, use spiced rum: the Rum and Diet Coke!!

Mimosa Lite
Mimosa lite low calorie cocktailThe oldest trick in the book. Replace the regular orange juice with low calorie orange juice.

This will half the level of calories. Some people will tell you to use freshly squeezed orange juice but we propose the low calorie version.

Find out how to make a splendid Mimose Lite cocktail.

Tequila and Soda

Tequila and soda low calorie cocktailA nice drink with 100 calories. Easy to fix and great.

Sometimes we don’t need much to enjoy life… All you need is soda and tequila.

And some ice of course. Add some lime wedges and finished! Although some people tend to leave them out.

Not difficult that Tequila and Soda.

Pina Colada Cooler

Pina colada cooler low calorie cocktail recipeA Piña Colada with only 160 calories? Can’t be true… Well it is and here you can figure it out!

Find out how, why and what  about your Piña Colada Cooler

Pineapple juice, coconut cream ad rum and… soda. It doesn’t take more than this to prepare a superb low calorie cocktail.

Poinsettia

Poinsettia low cocktail recipeA 90 calorie cocktail that looks fancy.

Take some triple sec, cranberry juice and champagne and a champagne flute.

So easy, so nice and almost no calories…

Here’s the secret to you Poinsettia

Any low calorie cocktails you want us to publish? Let us know and send us a message.

Enjoy!!

Cocktails are fun, desserts are fun. But know what is more fun? Desserts and cocktails together! Ever wondered why the Italians always combined food and alcohol together? They always compliment and escalate each other’s flavours and bring out the best they have to offer.

We all do remember the scene from Pretty Woman where Edward orders champagne and strawberry and asks Vivian to have them together for,” the strawberry brings out the flavour of the champagne.”

It’s true that strawberry brings out the flavour of the champagne, but which all wine and cocktail work best with desserts thus complementing each other?

Read on to know more about the perfect cocktail for your favourite desserts.

 

The made-for-each-other dessert-drink pairs

Cakes

The cake is an all-time favourite and can never be left off from any day’s menu. Milk punches, Rob Roy and Brandy Alexander are the best cocktail buddies for chocolate cakes, teaming up best with all dark chocolate desserts, complimenting and bringing out the best from within the cocoa goodness.

While cakes with a citrus edge are the best buddies for Pisco Sour, Punch Romaine or a Coppa Ristorante Italiano.

Pies, Tarts, and Meringues

Pies are baked dishes which has sweet or savoury filling completely covered with dough. Pies are made from a variety of fillings like apple, lime, pumpkin, pecan, chicken, strawberry etc.

Tarts are similar to pies but have an open top. Meringues are made from whipped eggs and crème and have an acidic ingredient to bring about a zing to the meringue.

While key lime pie goes best with a Rhum with a view, apple pie and raspberry tart work wonders with Hill Country Tea Sparkling Rose Sangria, Carnivor Swizzle or a Cranberry Moscato D’asti.

Almost all meringues go with Ruby or Diamond Icewine cocktail while the ones with citrus teams up well with Spicy Blackberry Cucumber Spritz.

Mousses and truffles

Light sweet food aerated to be made fluffy and often flavoured with coffee, chocolate or fruit are what mousses are. Truffles are a kind of chocolate food with a ganache and sprinkled with chocolate powder.

Martinis work well with almost all kinds of truffles and mousse, bringing out their intricate flavours in the most amusing way.

Chocolate mousse can also be teamed up with Moscatel Sherry or Pecan Ratafia to balance the deepness of the chocolate mousse, while dark chocolate truffles go very well with Clove and Pear red Wine Sour, Cherries Jubilee Wine cocktail, and New York Collins.

Crème Brulee and Tiramisu

A crème Brulee is a custard dessert with caramelised sugar topping while a tiramisu is an Italian dessert with layers of sponge cake soaked in coffee or liquor with mascarpone cheese or powdered chocolate.

The classic pairing of Sauternes with Crème Brulee is to be kept in mind while pairing up crème Brulee. Take them with Smokey Joe or Sweet Grape Caipirinha to enjoy the goodness of Sauternes with Creme Brulee. Madina also works well with crème Brulee while Pinot Noir brings the best out of the caramelised piece of heaven.

Tequila cocktails, Sauternes and Marsala are the ones for tiramisus, bringing out the most it’s exquisite flavours where Sweater Weather, Port Flip, Jenz Cocktail and Chardonnay and lemon cocktail too brings about wonders in the palate.

 

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