Here is a fun idea. We did an egg white mudslide made with a few ingredients you wouldn't normally see. The egg white foam is something I like to do with a lot of drinks as it adds a layer of depth and texture. Popular drinks for an egg white include Pisco/Sour, Whiskey/Sour, a Cable Car or Side Car but you can essentially add it to any drink you feel could use a little panache. Egg whites don't have much flavor for those of you worried about any type of smell or taste. I have watched videos, talked to dozens of bartenders and never have I heard about salmonella poisoning from the raw egg. I think the fruit juice acid and alcohol take care of that.
To make this drink requires a little more time an effort but it is well worth it. A traditional Mudslide is Vodka, Irish Cream and Kahlua. I used regular vodka, but added pumpkin flavored Kahlua (readily available) and I made my own Irish Cream. After adding a 3/4 shot of each to a mixing tin I then had to create the egg white foam which is basically an emulsion where air is suspended in the egg whites. To do this you do a dry shake in another mixing tin to break down the protein and pack as much air into the cocktail. Then you add the 3 liquors and ice and shake vigorously. After shaking you want to use a fine strainer to make sure you don't have any chunks of ice or possible egg shell.
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
Did you ever wonder why they ask James Bond if he prefers his martini shaken or stirred? Supposedly you can bruise the gin....I think it is a bunch of hooey but to avoid a drink snob from calling you out...stir the gin. If someone asks for a martini....it means gin, if they wanted a vodka martini they would have ordered it that way. Gin was the original. It should come with a 1/4 oz of dry vermouth. The glass should be chilled ahead of time by placing ice in the martini glass and filling it with water while you make this classic cocktail. In the next few blogs I will talk about several other myths, hidden gems and maybe a few useless facts.
This weekend we bartended several events for a large variety of clients in as many different event locations. We did mixology events, wine tastings, open houses events and this is a regular weekend. Mobile Cocktails ATL can make sure to help you plan your event ensuring it is safe, unique and a huge success. Not only that we have enough people working for us that we can not only provide you a particular look or background but also have the capacity to cover a shift should someone call in sick. We even handled a last minute day of request from a brand new client. To us service is a passion and something we try to excel in at the point of sale...ie handing over a perfectly made cocktail, but also in everything leading up to that and afterwards. We take out the trash, organize and clean up afterwards, pick up plates and napkins, deliver alcohol from time to time and certainly help plan the entire event from the beverage standpoint. A beverage service should can either pour drinks or be a one stop shop for everything beverages ...and more. We choose -and more!
We are infusing several different alcohol batches for some of our customers. NO we don't sell alcohol despite the name of my company but we do doctor a few bottles from time to time. I have been asked to create a few for some of my clients and their upcoming Cinco de Mayo events as well as the Kentucky Derby.
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 email@example.com for a recipe.
One of the years I was blessed to be invited to another family's Christmas celebration I learned that you could make Bailey's Irish Cream. How funny it seemed that they made their own and each of the contributors changed their particular ingredient list up a little bit. Here what I find to be the most popular out there. I really see no reason to try to make this much healthier, admit what it is and enjoy! Ingredients
Instructions are very easy on this one. You combine all ingredients and blend on high for 30 seconds or until everything is properly incorporated. Bottle and chill. This will last for up to 60 days.
A Hot Toddy is a classic cold weather type of drink. There are several variations including the use of Gin, Rum, Whisky, Bourbon and even a virgin one using apple cider. Here's a classic recipe, I'd love to see your family's version.
1. Coat the bottom of a mug or an Irish coffee glass with honey.
2. Add the liquor and the juice of the lemon quarter.
3. On the side, heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea.
4. Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir.
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.
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.