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Cocktail: How to Make a Pisco Sour

So, how about a cocktail that would somehow reenergize us and get us through a stressful week? After all, our featured drink has an ‘egg’ in it! Aaaand it is no other than the..

Pisco Sour. One of those popular drinks in South America!

The Ingredients

Consider the basic ingredients. Pisco Barsol Quebranta. Fresh lime juice. Simple syrup. Fresh egg white. Angostura bitters. Now, see how it’s done.

Know what would have made the drink a bit more tempting? The glass. He should have changed it with a ‘stemmed’ one or some smaller glass. See in the video, the one used was just a little too big as the drink was about half-full and without rocks in it. Yeah, presentation counts.

Then again, how does it taste anyway?

It’s a bit sharp but the aftertaste is more on the sweet side actually considering that Pisco is made of grapes with some syrup and egg white taming the drink — meanwhile, the term ‘sour’ is simply there because of the lime or the mixed drinks that contain the base liquor, Pisco. So in all, it’s a drinkable cocktail really!

In the end, it’s just a matter of preference — Peruvian or Chilean?!

Cocktail: How to Make a Negroni

Most, if not all, alcoholic drinks are said to be good for the stomach — especially after dinner; they do help in digestion obviously. So, drinking here is not about getting drunk, though it’s more than just a thirst quencher, you know.

T’is especially true with cocktails.

Yet our feature for today has a not so ideal reputation in terms of taste. It’s not like you’re drinking some real salty or bitter beverage, but the Negroni is a bit, well, ‘revolting’.. at least at first.

Hey, it ain’t so bad! Gin. Sweet vermouth. Bitters. Many cocktails are actually mixed with these stuff. So what’s the fuss? This only tells us that the ‘revolting’ thing is simply about the palate. Just like how it tasted when we sipped our first beer. Ugh, bitter.

The importance of squeezing the ‘oil’ from the wedge of orange

Although some gets used to the ‘bitterness’ and so gets to like what they drink, still, others just can’t get the hang of it. Especially in the case of Negroni. For a ‘sensitive’ palate, yeah, it’s like medicine.

Spirit here is like 100%, so just stir

And this version by Jamie doesn’t even have a Campari!

Okay then, take note of the alternatives — gin could be swapped for vodka while you could also top it with soda water. Hmm… Again, if only for ‘discovering our palate’, guess it’s worth a try.

The classic Negroni, looks good alright

After all, Negroni does stimulate our stomach. Yes.

Cocktail: How to Make a Tom Collins

Another weekend, another cocktail. And this time, we bring you the Tom Collins. By Tom Cruise and Phil Collins?? Nahh. John Collins. Hey, we are not talking ’bout entertainers, though we could be ‘entertained’ preparing and drinking this cocktail, so let’s have a look..

With basically just lemon, gin and soda — you got your Tom Collins.

Oh, don’t you think the bartender was just too excited here? More than just the squeezing of the lemon or the balancing of its taste (too sour, more sugar; too sweet, more lemon), guess there’s something important he overlooked, hmm..

The shaking of the drink instead of just stirring it. After all, it’s got citrus and sugar in it — not all liquor.

The Basic Ingredients

Important: The ‘texture’ is the deciding factor in mixing cocktail drinks, whether it is to be shaken or stirred. Liquor is obviously ‘thin’, so stirring will do the trick; however, outside of liquor like citrus and stuff, they’re kinda ‘thick’ and so they got to be shaken. This ain’t coffee, so shake it baby!

Finally, remember there are differences in the kind of ‘soda water’ you use — whether it’s a club soda (which is great for cocktails), seltzer, sparkling water, or tonic water. Click here to know more.

Till then, enjoy your weekend!

 

Cocktail: How to Make French 75

Well, it’s just about summer; and even for the season, there’s an appropriate cocktail for it, of course. As surely so, you’re in luck — for it’s today’s feature!

French 75, your perfect summer cocktail! Here’s how it’s done.

Ice cubes. Gin. Lemon juice. Simple syrup. Shaken not stirred. Then wine. Oh, classic yet so easy to find in stores. That’s what makes a drink like this more popular. The ingredients are just everywhere! Just remember, there are variations to just about any other drink — experimenting is part of discovering the real you, your palate.

Even as Patrick says so, “use whatever wine, all that matters is it’s sparkling and dry.” The issue for this tho is that since the amount of wine is just estimated — according to taste, that is — it’s sorta tough since the taste could vary with such,  and that you may no longer drinking French 75 but 76. Hehe.

Still for this version, it’s a mix of spiciness and ‘citrusy’ in flavor. You know, kinda like a sauce with chili and lemon juice? Wow, not that spicy! But just imagine the flavors. Better yet try it!

That’s why t’is great for summer. Gives you that kick to hoola! Enjoy!

Cocktail: How to Make a Martinez

Hey, it’s a Monday! And we’ll have a drink?? Sure, why not?! Having a sip is different from getting drunk, ya’ know. Just trying to relax. So, what’s our featured cocktail for the day?

Martinez. And here’s how it’s done.

Notice the ingredients? Sweet vermouth. Old Tom Gin. Maraschino liqueur. Angostura bitters. Orange bitters. Lemon. Well, they’re a little more complex than the cocktail ingredients that we have featured before. And t’is a drier version. A predecessor to the Martini, yep, another one of those classic cocktails.

The Ingredients
The Ingredients

Still, one noticeable part in its preparation is the stirring. Yes, it’s not shaken. And while others stir this drink for only around 15 seconds, this version takes about 45 seconds. Whew! So smooth. Hehe.

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And so, if you’re wondering how it actually tastes? Kinda sweet in fact, considering the Old Tom gin (which is some sweetened gin) and the ‘sweet’ vermouth both of which takes the most part of the mix. No wonder it’s a perfect post-dinner cocktail drink, eh?!

Enjoy!

Cocktail: How to Make an Old Fashioned Cocktail

Our featured cocktail drink for the day may sound uninteresting — but actually, it’s intriguing. After all, it’s Old Fashioned even in modern times!

Yep, that’s what it’s called; and with basically these simple ingredients: syrup, bitters, citrus peel and Bourbon.

See how it’s done..

Oh, isn’t it kinda hard to make? Or maybe this ‘how to’ video is sort of in ‘slow mo’? Hehe. Geez, the citrus peel made the bartender look like he’s having a hard time preparing the drink!?

Then again, it’s for viewers to get it right. Okay.

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Now altho sugar could be used in place of syrup, yes just in case you didn’t have any at that instance; still, if only for easier preparation then it would be best stock up on syrup for future use. For then, you’d not need to muddle and dissolve syrup unlike sugar anymore!

Aaand when everything is said and done. T’is cocktail is in fact kinda strong, what with the much bigger amount of whiskey compared to the other ingredients in the mixture! Hey, you could also use rum, gin or brandy in place of whiskey if ever, and with not much effect to its quality and taste.

Till next time.. Enjoy!

Cocktail: How to Make a Brooklyn Cocktail

Probably one of the ‘hardest’ cocktail drink, if not the only bar drink you’d actually sweat on finding is the Brooklyn. Why? Consider the ingredients..

Rye Whiskey. Dry Vermouth. Amer Picon. Maraschino Liqueur.

See? One of the ingredients, the Amer Picon, is in fact not readily available in some places; thus, you’d have to settle for substitutes — like the Ramazzotti, yeah, even as many drinkers suggests.
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Would it still be a Brooklyn then? Of course, though the taste could vary depending on the kind of whiskey and vermouth you use. As for the Maraschino, try the Luxardo which is rather sweet to make up for the dryness in vermouth.

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Just take note, Brooklyn is stirred not shaken. And if you prolong it, you’d have more than something that’s not only cold. Ice melts, remember?!

Till next time.. Enjoy!

Cocktail: How to Make the Last Word

Yes, thank God it’s Friday! No, it’s a Saturday! Ahh then, another round of cocktails?? Well, this time we bring you the Last Word.

My, does it sound a little creepy?

Hmm… Guess the video presenter does. I mean, creepy. Kinda monotonous and fast for many to even understand what he’s saying — that ’em video shots were only good for his ‘tools’. Hehe. Not the ingredients’ measurements. T’was vague.

So here. The Last Word is made of gin, lime juice, chartreuse and maraschino liqueur — all in equal parts. Just pour ’em all in your glass and add ice before shaking. That’s it. No garnish. Anyway, the maraschino is already made from cherries. So?

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Isn’t sort of interesting? You know, they’re all in equal parts so, shouldn’t the taste be like ‘confusing’? Well..

Not confusing but but sharp and tangy.
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So, if you can’t take it, you could change the base liquor from gin to say.. Rye whiskey. Like the recipe of Phil Ward for one. Just be ready to spend a little, these ingredients are bit heavy on the pocket.

Experiment.. And enjoy!

Cocktail: How to Make a Manhattan

Whether there’s a celebration or not, it’s always good to have a drink; yes, to relax and help relieve some of the stress life has given us for the week.

And so now we bring you the Manhattan.

Hmm… What do you think, easy to prepare, right? Most cocktails actually are easy to make. Yet for this one, shaking is a no-no instead you have to stir it; and get that classic taste.

Oh by the way, the Manhattan is also one of those six basic drinks named in The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks — so yeah, it’s a must-taste.

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Basic Ingredients: Whiskey, vermouth and bitters

Still, a beginner might be a little disappointed in this drink especially if you’re used to sodas, or even beer. Well, it’s like that fruity flavored medicine you used to drink as a child, you know. It’s a bit bitter. But of course, as you get used to it — it’ll get used to you, too. Haha.

Anyway, and as usual, there are more than a handful of variations for cocktails and the Manhattan is no exception. Like, instead of Whiskey, you could use either Brandy or dark Rum.

Try it tonight.. And enjoy!

Cocktail: How to Make a Jack Rose

Today’s cocktail could give you an idea of where the names of Titanic’s fictional characters came from, eh?! Remember, Jack and Rose??

Well, that’s right. Our cocktail is called Jack Rose; but this time, they won’t make us cry instead it’d make us a little more ‘talkative’ before putting us to bed. Hehe, really. And so, let’s see how it’s done..

Wow, those strainers and stuff just made the drink a little daunting to make! Other cocktails only uses the measuring cup, the shaker and the glass — this one’s got more, whew!

Yet it’s pretty interesting, don’t ya’ think? It must be quite pure; and in fact, it’s one of the six basic drinks listed in The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.
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But how does it really taste? Hmm… Better try it yourself, your palate would know. Haha! Seriously, with apple and lemon in the mix then it must be kinda tarty sweet.

Still, some may find it more like ‘real’ apple than like apple candies which is good; and while others would say, “fortunately, it’s not like some kid’s medicine” which is better.
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Thus, when looking for your ingredients, make sure you got the best quality — or at least, the best substitute. Yup, to better enjoy this classic, you know.

Till next time!