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5 Minute $5 Cocktail Shaker Instructable

Posted by Reese On November - 1 - 2012

Hello there, Cocktail Peeps.  I just published a new Instructable detailing the quick process to make your own 5 Minute $5 Cocktail Shaker from a Mason jar and some spare lids.  The process is super simple the end result works fantastically well.

5 Minute $5 Cocktail Shaker

Jack Daniels’ Barrel Making Process

Posted by Reese On September - 27 - 2012

This is a very cool video showing the Jack Daniels barrel making process at a high level.  Enjoy!

Birth of a Barrel from Paper Fortress on Vimeo. [From Gizmodo]

What I’m Drinking Now: Limoncello Lemonade

Posted by Reese On July - 9 - 2012

One of my original cocktail experiments, before I even knew they were cocktail experiments, was making homemade limoncello in college.  I had tasted it a couple times and, due to my deep love of lemon anything, was immediately hooked.  I remember that first batch, made with lemons peeled with a vegetable peeler, steeped for weeks in overproof vodka and generally okay.  Not amazing, but good enough to keep me trying.  I’ve since refined my recipe quite a bit (more on that later) and was making up a new batch a couple weeks ago.

Limoncello Lemonade

I had a bottle of limoncello in my freezer (that’s where it should be kept by the way) from my previous batch and wanted to do something fresh, crisp and summery with it.  Limoncello lemonade was the clear winner, but it needed some spice.  Inspiration came in the form of fresh herbs which are now blossoming all around.

The first batch we mixed up used basil which was fantastic with the lemon.  Next we tried thyme.  A good flavor choice but kind of a pain in the ass with the small leaves.  If you’re going to try that one use whole sprigs instead of leaves.  Then came tarragon.  The licorice notes went really well with the sweetness of the drink and sourness of the lemons.  Latest, but not last and certainly not least was mint.  It seems almost too easy, but this one worked really really well.  The almost cooling character of the mint went with the theme of a crisp summer cooler fantastically.  What’s next on the docket?  There are no limits.  How about rosemary, oregano, varietals of the above (lemon thyme, spearmint, etc)…please let me know what you try.  Oh, and I’d hope this goes without saying, but if you’re not an herb person or don’t have any around, skip them.  The drink is still damn good without any herbage.

Limoncello Lemonade
Herbs (optional)
1 1/2 oz Limoncello
1 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Soda Water
1) Muddle herbs, or not
2) Combine limoncello and lemon juice
3) Top with soda water

I’d suggest you try to sip it slowly and watch the world go by, but the reality is, you should just be ready to make another one in short order.

Life of a Cask: From Wine to Whisky

Posted by Reese On June - 25 - 2012

Here is a cool infographic from the folks at WineFolly showing the life of a oak cask from it’s initial use for sherry to its eventual use for aging scotch.  Check out the full version here.

Life of a Wine Barrel Infographic

Thanks to Cocktail Enthusiast for the link.

49 Bits of Booze Jargon Every Drinker Needs to Know

Posted by Reese On June - 21 - 2012

Gizmodo had a great post a couple days ago that’s worth checking out.  It’s 49 bits of booze jargon that get tossed around a lot when talking about cocktails and alcohol in general.  This one, for example, I strongly identify with.

Long: adj. Means served in a tall glass. Generally mixed with juice or water. “I’ll take a dark and stormy, long.”

You can check out the full list here.

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