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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How to Make an Imperial Royale (Or, What to Do With That Bud Light Lime in the Back of Your Fridge)

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JK Grence
Trust me, I'm a professional.
The only think better than going to a pool party is hosting a pool party. Attitudes at a pool party are a lot more relaxed than at a formal cocktail party. From a hosting standpoint, they're great because the drinks are much lower maintenance. Instead of swizzling pitcher after pitcher of martinis, I can put out a punch of some sort and some good beer and we're all set for fun in the sun.

Oftentimes, people like to be helpful and bring along a contribution. It's fun to be surprised by unusual seasonal beers from around the country and world. And inevitably, there's someone's gift of a huge pack of Great American Macrobrew.

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How to Make Tropical White Sangría for a Big Group of People

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JK Grence
Trader Vic wouldn't approve of the little paper umbrella. But he's not coming to your party, is he?
Pool party season is definitely upon us. My tiki torches are primed and ready to go. All I need now is something delicious to serve my party guests.

I could always put out a big ice-filled bucket of beer, but what's the fun of that when I could make a great drink? In this case, something crowd-pleasing is key. It should have a decent kick, but not be so strong that everyone has only half a glass before staggering away. And the flavors should be at least a little familiar, but there should be a little extra twist so people don't get bored.


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How to Make the Perfect Pisco Sour

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JK Grence

If you take a trip to Chile or Peru, you'll find that the Pisco Sour is a massively popular drink. It's so popular in both countries that each has designated it as their official drink. Moreover, both Chile and Peru claim that they are the birthplace of the Pisco Sour.

What is pisco, you ask? It's a grape-based brandy that comes from winemaking regions in Chile and Peru. It's quite a distinctive product. The color is usually much lighter than other brandies, and the flavor has a sharp note akin to grappa or other grape-based eau de vie.


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