Saturday, March 17, 2012

Drambuie Cocktails for St. Patrick's Day!

Here's a trio of libations I created for Drambuie in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  Sláinte!

Dancing Leprechaun

DRAMBUIE® Dancing Leprechaun
-In a mixing tin half-filled with ice, add:
   ¾ oz. DRAMBUIE®
   1½ oz. Dewar's Scotch Whisky
   Juice of ½ Lemon
-Shake until tin is frosted.
-Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice, add:
   2 oz. Ginger Beer
-Garnish with a lemon twist.


Zesty Irishman

DRAMBUIE® Zesty Irishman
-In a mixing tin half-filled with ice, add:
   ¾ oz. DRAMBUIE®
   1 oz. Irish Whiskey
   ¼ oz. Triple Sec
   Juice of ½ Lemon
-Shake until the tin is frosted.
-Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, add:
   Splash Ginger Ale
-Garnish with a lemon twist.


Grasshopper

DRAMBUIE® Grasshopper
-In a mixing tin half-filled with ice, add:
   ½ oz. DRAMBUIE®
   ½ oz. Green Crème de Menthe
   ½ oz. White Crème de Cacao
-Shake until tin is frosted, add:
   1 oz. Half-and-Half
-Swirl to chill.
-Strain into a martini glass, drizzle over top:
   ¼ oz. Green Crème de Menthe

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

AOTD Training for NYC's Bombshell Barmaids

Training New York's Bombshell Barmaids at Tonic Times Square -- go forth and pour, ladies!

Tequila As A Stimulant?

Common question that I've been getting more and more frequently, this time from a portfolio ambassador:

Q: Hey, Anthony! Can you explain to me Tequila as a stimulant versus as a depressant?

A: Tequila is not a stimulant -- this is a popular rumor, but it has no basis in fact. The active ingredient in Tequila (as in all spirits) is ethanol, which is a central nervous system depressant. The stimulant idea probably comes from a confusing of the words mezcal (which is the larger maguey-based spirit family of which Tequila is one type) and mescaline, so many people think Tequila contains mescaline which it absolutely does not. Even if it did, mescaline is primarily a hallucinogenic drug (though it does have some properties of a stimulant), so we're actually looking at a double-confusion to arrive at the Tequila-as-a-stimulant rumor.