Does your attire really matter? Not if you aren't trying to impress anyone. Certainly going to the dog park offers a lot of flexibility in correct attire. But if you are meeting the boss, your girlfriend's parents or a new potential client, you want to be wearing the right attire. The same goes for glassware selection for drinks.
For years now we have all recognized the generic margarita glass that looks like a large wine glass was sat on by Santa Clause. Certainly we all recognize the pint glass and a rocks glass but there are so many other new glass types making their way onto our tables at the restaurant and into our homes. A Moscow Mule that comes in a rocks glass ain't cool Man....literally the classic copper mug will keep your drink colder. All images are from webstaurantstore, wineponder or foodservicewarehouse websites.
Mix of the Month... French 75... classic cocktail
2 oz Gin 3/4 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice 3/4 oz simple syrup and 3 oz champagne
At a recent event I was asked to pour a Captain Morgan and tonic with a lime. Ok I thought to myself as I prepared the drink. Before I said here you go the guest said, "a bunch of guys are going to order this, it is my father's favorite drink." During the next few hours I did pour a few dozen of these. That wasn't weird necessarily but what happened since then has got me thinking. A few times an event I may be asked to pour my favorite, or surprise me....yes, yes, all bartenders hate that. But...I always give it my best effort. I have poured this drink a few times and have had great response. Furthermore I have now had several occasions where someone else ordered this drink. I don't much like tonic but then it isn't my job to pour what I like. This is absolutely a pretty good drink.
So what were the popular drinks of 2013? Aside from beer, wine, champagne which I may get into in a separate post. For our many corporate events we created a great deal signature cocktails or even a menu with three or four drinks. The drink we suggested and was chosen the most was a champagne cocktail called the Chanendon Fizz. Four several parties this year we did an upscale martini menu. Many of those had some very exotic martini's on the list with some hard to source alcohols and mixers, but more often than not those same parties wanted something easy to drink and our Peach Martini did the trick. Of the margarita's we made this year our skinny margarita with agave nectar was certainly the biggest hit over say a Pomona, or Grand Texas Marg. The drink that was definitely the hit of the year in my book was our Dragon berry or Blackberry Mojito. The beer cocktail of the year was either a mule or a Black Velvet. Our non alcoholic drink was a play on a Bellini with blackberries. Now to be fair, the drink we poured the most of was certainly a Jack / Bourbon and Coke or Ginger, nothing changes here in the South! All of these recipes will be or already have been posted. Feel free to ask me about them or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for a recipe.
This is a cocktail my parents always had around the holidays and is still served at my favorite watering hole in Duluth Minnesota on Christmas Eve to all the regulars who stop in during the private party at the Green Mill.
1/2 oz simple
syrup or 1 tsp powdered sugar
1 oz dark rum
1 oz Cognac or brandy
Hot milk or hot water
Grated nutmeg for garnish
Separate the egg white from the egg yolk and beat them separately. Fold the beaten eggs together and place into an Irish coffee glass. Add the sugar or simple syrup, dark rum, and brandy. Fill with hot milk or hot water. Stir well. Garnish with nutmeg.
I would normally save the best drink for the end but since this one has been published before and really goes well for a variety of events I'm posting now. We have used this drink for 6 holiday parties this year, some of the clients were CHOA, Atlanta Ballet and Google. So what's in it?
4 Oz of Brut Champagne or dry Prosecco
1 Oz of Gran Marnier
1/2 Oz of pomegranate juice
garnish with a orange peel
Some of the greatest moments we share are connected to the Holiday season and of course celebrating with friends. One of the things that will always stay with you is that first Hot Toddy, or where you were standing in New York when you had a glass of egg nog or the celebrated Old Fashioned grandma used to make. No matter who's on your guest list you want to create at least one signature drink for your guests. I have a Christmas Eve party my family's gone to for 38 years where margaritas will always be in vogue. This years drink recipe will be featured over the next few days. From a champagne fizz to a twist on an old classic we will be sure to show you something worth serving your guests this winter!
With mixology stepping to te forefront of many drink menus....who's got the
best one? Well Holman and Fintch has been at the front of this movement for some
time but every taco shop and sushi house has a few great drinks to be
considered. So what makes the best mixology bar? Well one of two things I would
say make the best....the best. Either you have two or three of the best
cocktails in town and seven or eight solid ones on the menu...or like my
favorite you have thirty some drinks on your mixology list and in spite of the
fact a few are borrowed and or old favorites they still have their place. And
the winner is....H. Harper Station. Great location, beautiful reused building
and fun atmosphere along with good food makes this a spot to check out.
Hendrick's Gin, w/ muddled mint & cucumber, fresh lime juice & Simple syrup -- (shaken)
served up - 1 drop of Angustora bitters & garnish/ slapped mint
My name is Derek Behning, I want to pour a beer or cocktail for every person in Atlanta. I have been in love with the hospitality industry since I was 16 in every regard.