St Patricks Day
Daiquirí became popular in the 1940s. Wartime rationing made whiskey, vodka, etc., hard to come by, yet because of Roosevelt's Good Neighbor policy (which opened up trade and travel relations with Latin America, Cuba and the Caribbean), rum was easily obtainable. The Good Neighbor Policy (also known as 'The Pan-American program'), helped make Latin America seem fashionable. Consequently, rum-based drinks (once frowned upon as being the domain of sailors and down-and-outs), also became fashionable, and the Daiquirí saw a tremendous rise in popularity in the US. Originally served over cracked ice, Bacardi Rum, sugar and fresh lime juice it is now served frozen with a variety of different flavors. Two of our favorites are the lime and peach are included as well. Other fruits that translate well are peach, strawberries, raspberries or papaya.
Grasshoppers are a sweet, mint-flavored, after-dinner drink. The name of the drink is derived from its green color, which is provided by the green crème de menthe. The drink reputedly originated at Tujague's, a landmark bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It gained popularity during the 1950s and 1960s throughout the American South as a perfect way to top off a heavy meal taking advantages of mint’s naturally stomach settling effects.
The drink's name is from Japanese Kamikaze (神風), meaning "divine wind". This drink became popular in the 80’s as a shot and cocktail that is served in a classic cocktail glass. The shots go down quick and smooth, so much so, that almost 30 years later they are still one of the most request bar shots.
The Melon Ball was part of a series or recipes developed to introduce Midori to the US in the early 80’s. A green melon colored liquor makes a fun looking drink. Low proof makes it an easy mix for shooters or other drinks. Fun and fruity it goes down easily and mixes with most fruit juices. Originating in Japan it was a cool club drink due to its unique color.
A great cold weather drink, the Nutty Irishman, we think ski lodge good, sitting before a roaring fire with a great book and your feet propped up. Rich and decadent a perfect guilty pleasure."
The original Old Fashioned recipe would have used whiskeys available in America in the late 1800’s, either Bourbon or Rye Whiskey. The first recipe is from 1895. But in some regions, especially Wisconsin, brandy is substituted for whiskey (sometimes called a Brandy Old Fashioned). Eventually the use of other spirits became common, such as a gin recipe becoming popularized in the late 1940s. The first mention of the drink was for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail in the 1880s, at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen’s club in Louisville, Kentucky.
Common garnishes for an Old Fashioned include an orange slice or a maraschino cherry, although these modifications came around 1930, sometime after the original recipe was invented. The practice of muddling orange and other fruit gained prevalence as late as the 1990s. In muddling the fruit make sure to muddle the fruit but try not to muddle the peel too much. You want to release the oils and fruit flavor but not a lot of the acid. As with spirit only drinks what whiskey/brandy you make this drink with matters. The fun is in trying to find which one you really like!"
Originally called the suffering Bar Steward, Suffering Bastard was supposed to cure a hangover. Not sure that it would but you don't need to wait to try it, this was one of our favorites of this batch.
A very interesting the Volcano looking drink as it layers itself as you pour. Lots of fun for a brunch or baby shower it tastes great and looks really funSimple and refreshing a Bourbon Stone Sour is a great go to drink. Best with Summer and friends sip one and let the conversation unfold.
All drinks listed are: Blackthorn, Bourbon Stone Sour, Cocktail A La Louisiane, Daiquiri, Gingered Whiskey, Grasshopper, Kamikaze, Kryptonite, Melon Ball, Midori Sour, Nutty Irishman, Old Fashion, Sour Apple Martini, Suffering Bastard, Unique Summer, Volcano, Whiskey Root Beer,