The 11 Rules That Made My Drinks Better

The Cocktail Guidelines I Follow

November 03, 2017

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Before we get too far in here are some rules I follow:

  1. Solid clear ice is being used to shake, stir, and serve unless specified. This may be the most important ingredient to all of these drinks. Make your own ice.
  2. To make measuring easier I list all ingredients using the metric system. These increments . . .

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No Need to Complicate Simple Syrup

But I did...

November 02, 2017

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Syrups are for adding balance to the alcohol and/or acids in a cocktail. They are also a source of dilution because they consist of water and something (usually) sweet. Most bars use simple syrup in a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio. It can be made on the fly with warm tap water and either stirring or shaking to incorporate. You can use . . .

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Not Knowing How To Make Clear Ice Makes You Look Like a Rookie

The Most Important Cocktail Ingredient

November 01, 2017

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Pretty drinks always taste better. Of course, it's more than just aesthetics. Large ice melts slower thus keeping your beverage at its served strength longer. Good ice when mixing also breaks up slower thus diluting your drink less. Remember when shaking or stirring there can never be chilling without dilution and vice . . .

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The White Lady Will Make You Fall in Love With Gin


October 16, 2017

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If you substitute Gin for Cognac in a sidecar and leave the sugar rim off and you have a White Lady. Sometimes referred to as a gin sidecar it is a fantastic drink to start off your night. I like to make this drink on the smaller side and drink it fast. This drink for whatever reason has always been a favorite of mine. I . . .

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No Questions Asked, The Ranch Water is the Best Summer Slammer

Texas Ranch Water

July 16, 2017

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I am a Texan. Born and raised. All through college at Texas Tech University (if we weren't drinking booze) there was usually a cold Topo Chico in the hand of someone. You can’t really find them anymore but they used to have lime and grapefruit flavored ones and they really hit the spot. On hot evenings we would drink . . .

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Why Vodka is the Utility Player of the Bar

Clearly Important

November 02, 2016

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You’d be surprised how much there is to a well made vodka. By definition it is a neutral spirit made from anything that can be fermented and distilled. The goal is to be tasteless, odorless, clear, and pure. Then the spirit is cut with water before bottling down to a reasonable drinking percentage. We do not . . .

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The Evolution of Tequila and Mezcal

All Tequila is Mezcal but not all Mezcal is Tequila

March 02, 2016

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Tequila and Mezcal

Note: This category of Spirits is in an interesting stage due to new laws and the appreciation for Mezcal in the United States currently.

Tequila has been protected by law for a long time and has to follow a few rules. It can only be made in five states: Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacán, . . .

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