White Rum

IMG_3999We have to admit, we often use gold rum above white rum in our cocktails, as it generally has a richer, sweeter flavor. That said, a lot of cocktails specifically call for white rum, and in warmer weather its lighter, cleaner flavor is a bonus.  With nicer days around the corner (fingers crossed!), we decided to prepare by going through our cabinets and pulling out a selection of white rums to taste and then compare in a cocktail.

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Kamikaze Orange Liqueur Variants

IMG_3980Last week’s post was all about iterating on an existing recipe. This week, we decided to talk about one of the other things we like to experiment with here at Booze Nerds HQ, trying different types of the same ingredient. We thought we’d experiment with different orange liqueurs to see what a difference that one ingredient makes in a drink. To keep the flavors clear, we decided to use a simple Kamikaze for the cocktail (often unfairly maligned, delicious when made properly). Read on to find out how much your choice of liqueur may affect the drink.

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Iterations

IMG_3938When we find a drink we like, we like to iterate on it by sticking with the same flavors but playing with ingredients or proportions. It’s a great exercise to help you learn more about exactly why you liked the drink in the first place, plus it is fun to see what variations you can make with what you have on hand. We did this not too long ago with the Black Lily, coming up with the Zimmer Frame as an homage. This week we play around with the Gin-Gin Mule.

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Shaken vs. Stirred

IMG_3915This week we decided to look at the difference of shaking vs. stirring a drink. The accepted wisdom is that anything with fruit juice should be shaken and anything clear should be stirred. We’ve always assumed that this is for purely visual reasons, since shaking definitely makes clear drinks cloudier. But does it affect the flavor and texture? Are there up sides to shaking a traditionally stirred drink that balance out the loss of visual appeal? Read on to find out.

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Teeling Irish Whiskey

IMG_3815We recently received a bottle of Teeling Small Batch Irish whiskey.  (See our Samples policy to understand what it means that we’re featuring it). What sets it apart for us and makes it interesting is that it’s aged in rum barrels. Read on to see why we like it and what we can do with it in the mixing department.

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MxMo: Don’t Call Us Old Fashioned

It’s time again for Mixology Monday. This month’s theme, Call Me Old Fashioned, comes from Laura over at Sass and Gin:

The Old Fashioned is the original “cock tail,” dating to the early 1800′s. In this humble bartender’s opinion, it is the pater familias of all other drinks, and it has taken its place as such in the recent cocktail revival….. So, here’s the challenge: We will be sticking to the traditional ratios of spirit, bitters and sugar, but I’m challenging you to step outside the box with your selections. In addition, how will it be chilled or garnished? Do you want to add a secondary spirit or rinse? Go to town!

Challenge accepted! :)

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Dry Vermouth

IMG_3753A few months ago we did a post on sweet vermouth. This week, we decided to do a post on dry vermouth. It is definitely a bar staple, called for in a wide range of cocktails. As with everything we have a number in the liquor cabinet, so we pulled out a few to do a taste test with each. Read on to see how much dry vermouths can vary.

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You say toe-mah-toe

IMG_3687This week we decided to experiment with tomato juice. It’s a common ingredient in Bloody Marys, but you rarely see it combined with anything but vodka. So we decided to see what else we could mix it with. We also wanted to see if tomato juice paired with aged spirits, as you never see that. Read on to find out what we discovered.

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Playing with Margaritas

bodysnatcher-closeIt was recently brought to our attention that February 22nd is National Margarita day, in the form of a sample bottle of Casa Noble tequila :) (see our samples policy to understand that it made the cut). Now the Margarita is one of those wonderful 3-ish ingredient drinks, salt being the ever important fourth ingredient. ;) So in making a classic one, there’s not a whole lot to do except to say that a properly made one is delicious. Being the Booze Nerds that we are, we wanted to go a little farther afield with Margarita flavors and ingredients. So we decided to deconstruct it as well as play around with the idea of the base ingredients to see what we could come up with.

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MxMo: Martini-like

Hot on the heels of last month’s MxMo comes this month’s Mixology Monday. The theme this month is: “That’s Not a Martini!“. It comes from Dagreb over at Nihil Utopia. In his words:

This month’s Mixology Monday theme is that which is almost, but not quite, a Martini. Perhaps there are dashes (or more) of a liqueur (or two) added to the basic structure. Perhaps a Fino Sherry (or other fortified/aromatized wine) is standing in for vermouth. Maybe there’s Oxygene instead of bitters? Gin, certainly!

We’re big fans of martini alternatives, so this is a fun challenge for us. Gin is a wonderfully flexible base spirit, and we set out to have a bit of fun with it.

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