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Vintage glassware giveaway

 

Blendo Glass and Pitcher set

 

The photo contest on Instagram is halfway finished! We’ve seen some great entries from @caseyheartcocktails  @kyliel108 , and @maxymixalot !  Amazing photos and COCKTAILS from amazing women! WOOT WOOT WOOT!  🙂  *Update 7/27 Now the men have entered the fray – uh oh! shit just got real, y’all… @hdiezzy  @cosmicrainbowbeing and @baranza73  – great stuff, guys!

 

I’m excited – yet very anxious and nervous, too… How to choose?! So honored to be trusted to make such a decision.  This is gonna be EPIC!

 

Cocktail photo contest!

During this Summer I will be giving away some gorgeous vintage glassware to some lucky winners!  Let’s start with this amazing blendo pitcher and glass set. Tag me in your photos to enter, and please #sipponderrepeat as well.  I’m excited to give away a little piece of vintage class and style.
Rules:
The photographs will be judged based on 1) composition 2) how tasty the cocktail sounds 3) use of ingredients/proportions and 4) style. The bartender/homebartender are both welcome! 1) Max 4 photos per entrant 2) classic cocktails welcome – but *must* add at least 1 original/unique spin to recipe 3) cocktail *must* be made by entrant 4) photos *must* be taken by entrant

 

Best of luck! (but y’all got skills, so y’all don’t need it 🙂

 

 

There’s Always a Substitute, Mai Tai edition

Today I want to discuss recipe substitutions.  When I first started this home bar endeavor a few years ago, I felt beholden to using the exact ingredients in a given recipe.  Not having the perspective or context to decide for myself what subs would work, etc., I followed w/ blind faith.
Now… bump that!  Home bars are mad expensive, yo!  I have bills to pay and I do love to eat as well as imbibe (typical, right?! 🙂 Although, I know I spend much more on the latter…)
Now that my tastes have developed and I have a more well-rounded understanding of various flavor profiles (e.g. orange based liqueurs, amer/amari, herbal liqueurs, various types of simple…)  I feel confident in making due with the bottles I have on deck, and not using strict recipe interpretation as an excuse to go to Schneider’s on Capitol Hill (again!).
I had to ask myself: Could I make a Mai Tai with the spirits I already have now?
I decided I could.
Also, there are multiple Mai Tai variations.  If you’re interested in the history of the drink – this is an interesting read about Don the Beachcomber vs Trader Vic and who actually created the drink first.
On to the drink (and pic)!  I made a riff on this  recipe that consists of light (which I added to make boozier, hence the light color) and dark rum, fresh lime juice, rock candy simple, orgeat, and orange liqueur …

My Bootleg Mai Tai 
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* 1 1/2oz 51 Cachaca in lieu of light rum, 1 1/2oz Rhum Barbancourt (4yr,3 stars), 3/4oz Lime Juice, 1/2oz Cointreau in lieu of dry curacao, 1/4oz homemade Orgeat, 1/4oz Rock Candy Syrup
What is  YOUR favorite Mai Tai recipe?  Did you make any substitutions?  Let me know 🙂
 *Cachaca is essentially Brazilian Rum Agricole, rum distilled from sugar cane juice instead of molasses sugarcane byproduct. It is the main ingredient in the Caipirinha (which I spell wrong e’retime!) cocktail, which also includes fresh lime juice and sugar.

Light, fresh Summer cocktails – just add fresh JUICE!

It is hot as hell here in the D.C. Metropolitan area.  And humid – really damn humid! Times (and climates) like these can make us question our imbibing lifestyle.  To drink, or not to drink?  Cuz…  dehydration is real.

Well, friends, my answer to that question is – always and forever – drink!

In addition to the heat, I know there is pressure to focus on neutral alcohols such as vodka, gin – and lighter white wines.  Eating and drinking seasonally, and all that.

Bah!  Drink what you want!  And if you have a serious hankering for aged spirits (like me!) lighten up those brown spirits with some fresh pressed fruit juice.  Juicers are very inexpensive now (I got mine for $60 and am lovin’ it!) and though they are annoying to clean – they are worth the effort.  Below, an example of how I am staying true to my dedicated life of drinking, as well as my preference for the brown!

 

 


Naughty Apple

1 1/2 oz Laird’s Applejack

1 1/4oz Fresh Apple Juice (I juiced a whole apple, and had some extra juice)

1oz Don Ciccio & Figli Finocchietto

3/4oz Dolin Dry Vermouth

Laphroiag Rinse

SPR

 

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