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Friday 5 o’clock Cocktail – The Tequini

TequiniOur friend the Cigar Smoking Man suggested a drink this week that deserves a Friday in the spotlight: The Tequini.

As the name suggests, this is a Martini that is made with Tequila. With Martinis, the supporting ingredients are there to bring out the taste of the primary liquor more than they are to make an impression of themselves.

The Cigar Smoking Man points out on his blog the importance of using bitters (sparingly) in this drink. He also makes a good point about bitters – that bitters are to cocktails as salt is to food.

True enough. Bitters do bring out an extra element in many drinks. Like salt, a little goes a long way. If you’ve put enough in your drink to be able to taste it, then you’ve probably used too much.

Here’s how to make a Tequini:

  • 1 ½ oz of Tequila
  • ½ oz of Dry Vermouth
  • 1 Dash of Bitters (I used Angostura)

Directions: As with all martinis, the method of mixing is to STIR the ingredients gently with ice so you don’t bruise the liquor. Then strain the clear drink into a cocktail glass and garnish with lemon peel.

Also, when you get a chance, you should visit the Cigar Smoking Man’s blog. It’s a great read, even for non-smokers like me.

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April 11, 2008 Posted by | Cocktails, Liquor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday 5 0’clock Cocktail – Manhattan

Our drinking adviser, Travis, suggested we make our Friday 5 o’clock cocktail a Manhattan – largely because it has Bourbon in it.

Sound like a fine reason to drink a Manhattan to me.

How to Make a Manhattan

  • 2 1/2 oz Bourbon
  • 3/4 oz Vermouth
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry
  • 1 Twist of Orange Peel

Instructions:
Combine the first three ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir gently. Strain the spirits into a chilled coctail glass and add the cherry and orange peel twist.

February 29, 2008 Posted by | Cocktails, Liquor | , , , , | Leave a comment

What You Need to Stock Your Bar

Step 1

Stocking your bar usually starts off with having a short conversation with yourself.

 

You can do it the way we do it; talking out loud while sitting at the back of the bus. Or you can do it silently by yourself. Whatever.

 

During this conversation, decide what drinks you like the most and make sure you always have the stuff to make them on hand. IOW, if your name is Jeffrey Lebowski, then all you need is some cream, a bottle of cheap Vodka, and some Kahlua.

 

Step 2

Put together the basic components of most other drinks. This will usually require a little more money, and you might want to build it up over time. Here is a short list of the staples most any bar includes:

 

Liquors and Spirits

  • Gin
  • Vodka
  • Tequila (White and Dark)
  • Rum (Light and Dark)
  • Vermouth (Extra Dry and Sweet)
  • Whiskey
  • Scotch
  • Brandy/Cognac
  • Beer

Fillers, Liqueurs, and Flavoring Agents

  • Triple Sec
  • Grenadine
  • Bitters
  • Cream
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Various Sodas (Cola, Club Soda, and Lemon Lime at least)

If you buy “good” liquor (that’s the stuff on the middle shelf), then properly stocking your bar will probably cost you about $350.

 

If $350 is looking like it’s too similar to your week’s pay, then look for your liquor on the bottom shelf – that will bring your cost down to under $200.

 

If $350 is looking more like an hour’s worth of pay, then you can probably look for your liquor on the top shelf.

December 10, 2007 Posted by | beer, Cocktails, Liquor | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Martinis – It’s Enough to Make a Drunk Man Cry

Ok, I don’t mean to go off on a drunken rant here, but WTF with the Martini mods?! Look, I’m all about putting an olive in the glass, and maybe a little of the brine to make it “dirty”, but all these crazy concoctions and versions have really, in my opinion, bastardized the drink. Hell, they may have even bastardized drinking…

Ok, maybe I went a little too far there.

Here’s the point: When you get to where there isn’t any Gin or Vermouth in the drink anymore, how can you honestly call it a Martini? It’s a DIFFERENT DRINK people!

Of course, the purists are no better.

Over time, the public’s definition of the Martini has included less and less Vermouth. When the drink was first concocted in California in the early 1800’s, it was two ounces of Vermouth and one ounce of Gin.

By WWII, General Patton described his ideal Martini as taking a bottle of Gin and pointing it in the general direction of Italy.

 Clearly, one can go too far in either direction.

It is, of course, a matter of taste, but I think that we can all agree that Martinis are made with Gin AND Vermouth. If you want to substitute Vodka for the Gin, I won’t get after you, but please dispose of the pretense that it’s a Martini.

The whole point of the Martini is to be able to taste the Juniper in the Gin, and the sweetness of the Vermouth. When you take either of those things out, it’s a different drink. If you don’t like Gin (because you’re some sort of a wussy), then you don’t like Martinis. Maybe you should have a nice Strawberry Daiquiri instead.

You can get more information on martini recipies, even apple martinis, at www.drunkmansguide.com.

December 6, 2007 Posted by | Cocktails, Liquor | , , , , , | Leave a comment