Sunday, February 21, 2010

One Week To Go.....And No Drink Menu....A Classic?

So I have been commissioned to mix drinks at a party (about 15 women) for an event in someones home. I have 6 days to come up with drinks ideas, and I have not decided on which drinks to put on the menu yet. It is not exactly a cocktail party, but at a similar event at a different location, the ladies did a standard sweet Pomegranate Martini. There is nothing wrong with that, but if you know me you know that I am not going to do something so conventional. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing faulty about a Pomegranate Martini, however I want to expose them to something, well...... unexpected, original and not so "trendy". Otherwise, I might as well serve vodka and Red Bull, yuck!

So, now what?

I feel that a choice of two...maybe three drinks should suffice. The menu might be:


Click the above link for details on how to make the drink.

Now that is a great dessert style drink, but what next? Maybe a fruity Martini? Or an interesting shooter? Perhaps a classic cocktail?

I have a feeling that the recipe for a classic Daiquiri may make an appearance. If you've ever had one, they make those slushy concoctions you get from a machine seem disgraceful. You know, the kind you suck on out of a 3 foot tube while walking down Freemont Street in Las Vegas?\

(Try this simple to make Daiquiri recipe instead)
Classic Daquiri

1 1/2 oz. Light Rum
3/4 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
Shake and Strain into a Chilled Cocktail Glass

I guarantee, you wont regret it.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Technique - True Originals

So maybe I am frequenting the wrong watering holes, but it sure seems to me that most bartenders in my area don't care much about technique. I've witnessed bartenders use a glass to scoop ice, reuse their shaker without cleaning it first, not "chilling" the cocktail glass and seem like they just don't care. Hopefully I am not coming off as a snob, but if I've said it once I've said it a thousand times, whether you are on a top NASCAR pit crew, or cleaning toilets in an elementary school, people WILL take notice if you do it with pride and passion.

In this True Originals video, Kazuo Uyeda demonstrates the proper way to make a real Daiquiri

The Legendary Hardshake - Gives me goosebumps!


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Coffee Infusing

I've tried infusing Vodka with many different things. From fruits and vegetables, to herbs and coffee. In fact, my favorite so far (and one of the easiest to do) was the Coffee infused Vodka.

I use a mid level grade Vodka called "Krystov Crystal Vodka". It's a triple distilled grain Vodka bottled in Mira Loma, CA. I have always thought that there is not a huge difference between brands of Vodka. I mean, it is a "flavorless" drink right? Well, ABC's 20/20 agrees.

ABC 20/20 Article

For the coffee infused Vodka, I place 4 teaspoons of ground dark coffee in a 24oz. bottle. Then add 1/2 oz. of simple syrup then fill with Vodka and shake! About 24-36 hours later, strain this through a coffee filter and your done. It will look like a cup of dark coffee, but will be a little bitter to taste, and very caffeinated.

Here is a quick drink recipe using the Coffee Infused Vodka:


1 1/2 oz. Coffee Infused Vodka
1 oz. Kahlua
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Shake & Strain into a Cordial Glass
Top With Whipped Cream


Or try it on the rocks in an Old Fashion Glass (The melting ice will make it a little less sweet).

Salud y Amor y Tiempo Para Disfrutarlo!

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Welcome to my new blog "Greenhorn Mixology"!

Together with this blog, we will be discussing....well....Mixology, and the new Mixology movement. We will also be sharing drink recipes, links to cocktail websites, books about cocktails, tasting notes, rants, ramblings, and the like.

I am new to this, so I welcome your comments and ideas.

There will be regular updates, so you may want to subscribe to the RSS feed. That will enable you to be notified whenever there is a new post.

Thanks again for checking out my blog, and don't forget to leave a comment.

Na Zdrowie!