How to Make a French 75

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Ingredients:

2 oz. dry gin
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lemon juice
5 oz. brut champagne

You will also need:

bar shaker
champagne glass
ice

Procedure:

Add gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, and ice into the bar shaker. Shake until the ingredients are chilled.
Strain the ingredients into the champagne glass. Top the cocktail off with champagne.
Garnish with a lemon twist  and serve!

*A French 75 can also be served as a martini. In this case, strain the ingredients into a chilled martini glass rather than a collins glass. Then top the martini off with champagne.

You Want What in Your Vodka???

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In honor of National Vodka Day this week, I’ve decided to research the most absurd flavors of vodka.

At the bar that I work at, we have many flavored vodkas! Some of the most bizarre include bacon, pickle, pepper, and root beer.

After researching, I found that the options get crazier. There are vodkas that taste like:

  • smoked salmon
  • gummy bears
  • buttered popcorn
  • bison grass
  • fruit loops
  • serbert
  • s’mores
  • peanut butter & jelly
  • donuts
  • tomatos
  • green tea
  • scorpions
  • cookie dough

I have no doubt that there are several other flavors that are weird, but these are the ones that I found the most interesting.

Some actually made me interested to know what they would go well with and what I could make with each vodka. Others on the other hand made me screw up my face and hope to never come into contact with them (i.e. scorpion and bison grass).

The Drink Recipe Your Bartender Has Never Heard Of

If your favorite drink is the drink that your best friend’s mom’s boyfriend’s daughter made up and named herself, please do not be surprised when your bartender has never heard of it before.

Last night as I was working, a person ordered a drink from me called a Blonde Barbie. When I asked her what was in a Blonde Barbie, the patron said, “You’ve never heard of a Blonde Barbie? Who taught you how to bartend?” 

…think for a minute how many made up recipes there are in this world. There is no way your bartender will automatically know them all. It is not like there is a drink recipe database in your bartender’s brain that updates every hour with the most recent made up drink recipes. There is no ‘What’s Hot’ category or ‘Alphabetical Listing’ for your bartender to mentally search. Although, that would be amazing.

Most bartenders love learning how to make new drinks, and would probably love to know how to you make your version of a Blonde Barbie. When you go to order it, however, please realize that if it is a drink that isn’t commonly known, your bartender may not know how to make it. Do not look at him or her funny, have a bad attitude, or sulk in sadness because your favorite drink is never going to replace the Cosmopolitan. If the bartender does not know how to make the drink, TELL THEM HOW TO MAKE IT. Odds are, the next time you go to that bar, the bartender will make you your Blonde Barbie before you even ask for it.

If you do have an attitude, the next time you go into that bar, you may be presented with this: barbie

Grey Goose, Schmay Schmoose

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Here is a little tip that you should remember for the rest of your life, or until you win the Mega Million: Grey Goose tastes just like any other vodka when it is mixed with anything.

Vodka is a nearly tasteless liquor. Unless one is a vodka connoisseur, he or she is lucky to be able to tell the difference. It is true, however, that different brands of vodka have different hangovers to offer. Do your research and a couple tests to figure out which vodka tickles your fancy. You can save yourself a little bit of money and order the well-vodka or call-vodka when you want it mixed in a cocktail, unless you are drinking Red Bull and vodka. After drinking Red Bull and vodka all night, you will probably wake up poor (from the giant upcharge on Red Bull) and with a terrible hangover; therefore, I guess it does not really matter what vodka you mix.

If you are that girl at the bar who says your drink is gross because it is Absolut and cranberry rather than Grey Goose and cranberry, your bartender may stare at you blankly. Odds are, you cannot taste the difference.

Grey Goose is only fancy if you are drinking it on the rocks, in a martini glass, or on your birthday with a giant sparkler coming out of the bottle. When that is the case, drink on my friend!