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  • Sam Lords Castle: Frangipani

    Sam Lords Castle: Frangipani

    As Curd says, a “pretty bang’in shot”, the flavor brings a bit of hazelnut against the pernod herbal flavors and combines well into the cocktail. A very flavorful cocktail that, taken as a shot, is one of the more flavorful shots. Most people design shots in a very unbalanced way just to get a good layer or color. Taking a normal cocktail, like this recipe, and building it into a shooter turned out better than those that make dedicated shooter recipes.

    Sip it in a cocktail glass, on the rocks, or as a shot and it’s just as tasty. No more jager shots, make something better.

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  • Pusser’s Painkiller, with Pusser’s Rum

    Pusser’s Painkiller, with Pusser’s Rum

    There are only so many trademarked cocktails and Pusser’s Painkiller is one of those. Some bars will get sued for not using the right spirit in a trademarked recipe (since it calls for the spirit).

    So, here we are staying true to the recipe utilizing Pusser’s Rum. This is a 1980’s cocktail, owned by Pussers.

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  • Historic Rum Cocktails: The Golden Glove

    Historic Rum Cocktails: The Golden Glove

    The Golden Glove cocktail is supposed to be a “heavy weight” cocktail offering designed by Constante Ribalaigua in 1937. This variation to the daiquiri was served at Havana’s well-known La Florida Bar and was blended to a Frappé style. With enough ice one can pile the drink upon itself in a coupe so it looks like a pyramid of sorts. In our case, it was a bit liquidy for the snow pile but hey, we’re no Constante.

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  • Historic Rum Cocktails: Hotel Nacional Special, Wil P. Taylor

    Historic Rum Cocktails: Hotel Nacional Special, Wil P. Taylor

    The cocktail, Hotel Nacional Special, is a historic cocktail served at the Hotel Nacional when it opened in Cuba created by Wil P. Taylor. This Spanish style cocktail requests a silver cuban rum but, being in the United States, we cannot purchase Cuban rum (sad).

    The Hotel Nacional Special first appears in Charles H. Baker’s The Gentleman’s Companion, from 1939. It last appeared at….Common Man Cocktails!

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  • Historic Cocktail: West Indian Sangaree

    Historic Cocktail: West Indian Sangaree

    As it turns out, Pirates didn’t drink “barrels of rum”, they drank wines, ports and other stable liquids. However, the Navy did have a hand at rum based drinks like Grog. The Pirates, they had products like Madeira which was used to create some cocktails.

    This Madeira made it to some of the noble houses, some of the larger high class parties in the form of juice-based drinks. Not quite a punch, but pretty close. Those higher class folks had access to cognacs, sugars and spices like nutmeg so they built stuff like the Sangaree.

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  • Historic Cocktails: Grog and The Bumbo Cocktails

    Historic Cocktails: Grog and The Bumbo Cocktails

    Today we dial back our cocktail history to some of the very first “cocktail” designs. These historic cocktails aren’t going to be the most awesome, but they’re what people used to drink back in the day when rum was just becoming popular.

    This is what you should think of when someone says “grog”, but of course that’s not what we think of today. Now, when you look back at where cocktails came from you can see how they’ve improved over time.

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  • Coupe Glasses, Champagne, Cocktails and History

    Coupe Glasses, Champagne, Cocktails and History

    The Coupe Glass, a beautiful glass often associated with those wedding pyramids. As it turns out, the coupe isn’t so great for champagne even though it’s traditionally known as or called a “Champagne coupe.” Why?

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  • Tiki Mugs, Tiki and Polynesian Gods

    Tiki Mugs, Tiki and Polynesian Gods

    There is a mythology that says the first women is created by Tāne the god of Forests and Birds; he names the first women Hine-ahu-one. The Polynesian mythology varies from Island to Island, being a fan of Hawaii, I’m more inclined to listen to the Hawaiian traditions and mythologies that tell of four Tiki Gods: Ku, Kanaloa, Kane and Lono. Natives of the land have worshiped and feared the gods for centuries; many such gods were only familiar to Americans […]

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  • Derby Day and the History of the Mint Julep

    Derby Day and the History of the Mint Julep

    No Kentucky Derby would be complete without this classic southern treat. Well Derby day may have already come and gone, but that won’t stop thousands of people from enjoying what some people call ‘the Mojito of the Northern States’ all summer long. According to legend the Mint Julep first made print in a book by John Davis in 1803, described as being a “dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning,” but most […]

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