How to Make Batidas, Brazilian Spiked Fruit Shakes

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JK Grence
If you want to sound Brazilian, call a passionfruit batida "Batida de Maracujá".
Brazil has some noteworthy exports. There are those who consider its soccer team one of the finest things to come out of Brazil. Others will argue for the tendency of comely Brazilian women to use something resembling a length of unwaxed dental floss as swimwear.

However, since this is the Last Call column, you can keep Pelé and the bikinis.

The most popular cocktail by far to come out of Brazil is the caipirinha, a simple mix of lime, sugar, and cachaça, rum's less-refined South American cousin. There's another cachaça-based cocktail that's possibly even more delicious than caipirinhas, the batida.


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How to Make a Doctor Funk Cocktail (The Right and Proper Way)

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JK Grence

Some of my cocktailian brethren and I were recently bemoaning the lack of authenticity in some cocktails. Take the Manhattan, for example. Long ago, it was a 50/50 mix of rye whiskey and sweet vermouth, with a couple of dashes of orange bitters. Over time, the cocktail has evolved (or in this case, arguably devolved) into rye whiskey with barely any vermouth, bitters only if you're lucky, and a dose of maraschino cherry syrup. I'll pass on the latter version, thank you very much.

See Also: How to Make the Best Manhattan Cocktail

The situation gets even worse when you get into my specialty, tropical drinks. It seems the modus operandi of many tiki bar menus is to come up with a drink that involves lots of rum and fruit juice, then slap a name from an old tiki bar menu on it. Given the fiercely secretive nature of old-time tiki bartenders, it's not surprising that this is the rule rather than the exception.


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How to Make a Scofflaw Cocktail

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JK Grence

It is often said that rules are made to be broken. Some rules seem more breakable than others.

For example, I'm pretty sure that the speed limit on the Scottsdale leg of Loop 101 is but a mere suggestion. And I have an inkling that not all of the, ahem, herbal medicine prescribed these days isn't strictly used for its written purpose.

Through American history, one of the most noteworthy times that rules were broken left and right was during Prohibition. Even though the manufacture of alcohol was illegal, it didn't stop much of society from getting a drink.


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How to Make a Samoan Fogcutter Cocktail

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JK Grence
The drink tastes better when sipped through a bendy straw. Trust me.
It amuses me to no end to watch local news outlets treat summer in Phoenix like a newsworthy event. The Sonoran Desert gets hot in July? The hell you say!

Give me something else to think about besides an oppressive climate. Give me a tropical cocktail by a pool surrounded by tiki torches. Better, give me something tangy so I don't feel leaden and languid after just one too-sweet umbrella drink. Give me a Samoan Fogcutter.

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How to Make the Very Vintage Flip Cocktail

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JK Grence

I've long been amused by people's culinary prejudices. Earlier this week, I had a discussion of the finer points of using raw egg in cocktails. As it so often happens, the people who hadn't experienced egg-inclusive cocktails met the idea with a revulsed shudder.

As anyone who has experienced a well-made Ramos Gin Fizz can attest, egg white in a drink has an almost magical effect. It makes a drink a little thicker than your average cocktail, giving a lush, velvety texture.

See Also: Great Drinks Take (More) Time: The Ramos Gin Fizz

While egg white is drinks has become an easy sell in most any cocktail lounge worth its shakers, the poor yolks get short shrift. I think it may have something to do with that infamous scene in the movie Rocky.


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How to Make an Ampersand Cocktail: More Fun with Old Tom Gin

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JK Grence
More fun with Old Tom Gin: the Ampersand cocktail.
I'm having lots of fun with Old Tom gin lately. So much fun, in fact, that I had to do two weeks in a row of Old Tom cocktails.

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How to Make a Tom Collins the Right Way

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JK Grence
For decades, vodka was the "it" spirit. While there are a galaxy of flavored vodkas available, discerning drinkers have recently been turning to the original flavored vodka: gin.

Now that modern drinkers no longer see gin as something to fear (largely thanks to cheap Windex-flavored gin and long-oxidized vermouth bottles ruining martinis everywhere), older cousins of gin have become popular in the mixology set. Some outfits have brought back genever, a Dutch spirit that's a malty, sweeter ancestor of today's London Dry gin.

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How to Make Caffè Shakerato-Corretto, Italian Iced Coffee with a Kick

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JK Grence
I've been on a serious iced coffee kick lately. A tall, cold glass of a brew as inky as midnight is a perfect pick-me-up on a stifling summer afternoon. For some time, I've been inhabiting various coffee houses, enjoying their variations on a theme.

While I enjoy iced drip coffee, cold brews, and iced lattes, I've come to realize that there's literally a whole world of iced coffee to explore. Different parts of the globe have their own variations on iced coffee. I'm enamored with decadent German eiskaffee, which shows stereotypical German efficiency by replacing ice, milk, and sugar with a scoop of ice cream. There's a simple joy in the Greek frappé, made from Nescafé instant coffee and shaken to give a thick, foamy head.

For one of the best variations on iced coffee, one must head to the cradle of modern coffee culture, Italy. Over there, they do a rich iced coffee that somehow has barely made any headway into the United States. It's called caffè shakerato.


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How To Make a Blue Hawaii Cocktail

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JK Grence

The umbrella drink is one of the most derided categories of cocktail. People say that they're foofoo, that the garnishes are ridiculous, and that drinks shouldn't be a color not found in nature.

Do you know what? They're right. A serious drink shouldn't be any of those things. The thing is, these weren't serious drinks, nor were they ever intended to be. These are drinks originally made to be consumed on vacation. They're supposed to be fun, darn it.


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How to Make a Satan's Whiskers Cocktail

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JK Grence
Satan's Whiskers is sure one hell of a name for a drink. (Pun most definitely intended.) It's yet another in the long line of drinks with lurid names to get a drinker's attention. These days, the name Satan's Whiskers almost seems quaint instead of titillating. Still, the drink is a darn fine one.

When you look at the recipe, it's pretty easy to tell that it's a descendant of that great grand-dad of drinks, the Martini: There's gin, vermouth, and bitters. Specifically, it comes from a Perfect Martini, an almost forgotten variation that uses both dry and sweet vermouth instead of just the dry vermouth we're used to seeing these days.

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