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I’ve been on the food industry for quite some time and what I love the most about the job is being a bartender. You are essentially a “cook” behind the bar, your place of solitude from regular service. You’re mixing ingredients from left to right, often nonstop during the night. Combining your liquors, your bitters, your sweets, and your zests to make your signature drink. Finally, when a guest tried what you offered and that satisfying look in their face; it’s amazing.
I'm really not much of a drinker-- I got all the partying and fun out of the way between the ages of 17 and 21. By "partying" I mean I drank enough to have lasted an entire lifetime, and by "fun" I mean mostly not at all fun times, a lot of being hit on by creeps, forgetting a lot of details of my evenings, and a lot of throwing up. So you may already be thinking I have no business telling you how to make a delicious cocktail but I guess that's your business. So let's both just mind our own, shall we?
What is a Pisco Sour? Oh, you don’t know? Then, sir, or madam, I envy you. Because your first experience with the world’s greatest cocktail is still in your future, while mine is in the distant and ever more opaque past.
I don’t think there are many better times for having a cocktail than sipping it under the glaring sun, probably on a sun lounger near a pool. However, if you are bereft of both a sun lounger and a pool (sad times), then you’ll just have to make do with the sun, and an eclectically-mixed drink. The only problem though is deciding which drink to have. There are so many to choose from, so what would you pick? And what does it say about you as a person? Well, look no further.
Some martinis can cost $10 just for one! As university students, we can’t always afford buying drinks. But you could have a martini night with your friends. Depending on how many people and how much alcohol you buy (splitting the cost of course!), you could make a few fun nights out of one purchase. Even if you don’t have martini glasses or bar tools, you can still make your own martinis. So here’s a guide to mixing the perfect martini and a few recipes to try out this Wednesday “hump day” evening or the weekend!
Oscar parties are fun, but let's face it, they're common as can be. When it's awards ceremony season, that usually means people are going to throw parties so they can make bets on who wins what.
Back when I was really heavy in the New York City bar scene, I had a little bit of a problem. The problem wasn't my love of alcohol, per se, but rather, the type of alcohol I'd order.
If you're a raging alcoh...err...casual drinker like myself, there's no denying the staying power of the classic screwdriver. While the origins of the cocktail are somewhat murky (legend has it, it was created by a group of aviators back in 1949), they're pretty much a staple of any vodka drinker's repertoire. Even if you're not necessarily a fan of vodka itself, the marriage between orange juice and the liquor is one of legends. Considering that orange juice all but completely drowns out the taste of vodka (well, depending on how much vodka you use), it really is a match made in alcoholic heaven.
There are a surprising number of books about booze on the market today that can teach you the history of alcohol, as well as how to craft your own concoctions from brewing beer and wine to mixing a perfect craft cocktail. Alcohol is one thing that the entire world can agree on. It is a universal language that has no borders or boundaries. It is also very diverse in both the types of alcohol that exist and the subcategories within each type. There is plenty to write and learn when it comes to books about booze.
Celiac disease sucks. It's a terrible inconvenience to anyone who has it, as gluten appears in a surprisingly wide variety of food products. The worst part of it all is that those with gluten sensitivities can't even sit back with a beer to help them get over the annoyances of dealing with it! Beer, like so many other products, has a surprisingly high gluten content, thanks in large part to the barley that is commonly used in the brewing process. Luckily, many of the largest craft breweries now offer at least one gluten free beer. Today, there is even a growing number of breweries entirely dedicated to gluten free beers. Most importantly, these brews don't sacrifice flavor, meaning they aren't just for people with celiac: They're for anyone who enjoys good beer!Disclaimer: Some of the beers featured on this list are technically "gluten-removed," and may still pose a risk to those with severe gluten allergies.
Fragile masculinity aside, men are typically (and biologically) known to consume, quite the variety of cocktails. Below is an (almost) exhaustible list of drinks, cocktails or just straight-on pleasures that you need to have in your closet—either for a lone night in, or for partying with the 'lads.'Cheers, let's get started.
Some cocktails are ridiculously simple to make. A Cuba Libre (rum and Coke) is so widespread in large part because of the ease of preparing it. While these simple cocktails have their place, the increased effort involved in making more complex cocktails is usually worth it. At the same time, there are also some drinks that may seem easy or simple, but are actually some of the hardest cocktails to make. It's not enough to follow a recipe with these cocktails: they can only be conquered through frequent practice.