We’re back with vengeance, tapping into the summer time cocktail scene. We’re doing it “common man” style utilizing mixes and instant cocktails to see if they stand up to the real thing. Derrick brings two of his recipes to compare against the likes of a TGI Friday’s cocktail mix and the Jose Cuervo instant margarita, Luke brings the Hurricane and what the hell is Skinny Girl? Dave’s a skinny girl inside he said…
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