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Jumbo Julep

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Drink It Like a Man, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2013 by cocktailvultures

jumjulcoverJumbo Julep

When the Cocktail Vultures decide to throw a deck party, we have to ramp up those batches of booze. How do you craft a delicious Mint Julep and keep all those thirsty guests at bay?

Forget that muddler for now and put away the granulated sugar. Instead, whip up a batch of our Brown Sugar Syrup (two parts dark brown sugar to one part water http://cocktailvultures.com/2013/04/24/mint-julep-meets-brown-sugar-syrup/)
and get out your biggest shaker. Better yet a 2 quart Mason Jar.

Prep five glasses or Julep cups by packing them with crushed ice but leaving a space to insert a straw and some mint leaves as garnish.

To that great big shaker, add:

Ice cubes
A healthy handful of fresh mint leaves (Chocolate mint is our favorite variety)
10 ounces bourbon (we like the over-proof Fighting Cock http://www.heavenhill.com/brand/18 for juleps
2-3 ounces Brown Sugar Syrup
2 ounces cold water

Shake it like you mean it. You are “Ice-muddling” (a term of our creation) that mint. You’ll achieve a fresh mint flavor without any blackened, slimy chlorophyll at the bottom of your glasses.

Strain into the prepared glasses. Top with a little straight Bourbon if you want a stronger flavor.

Now fan yourself, Scarlett, because this one packs a wallop!

Always drink responsibly; always drink well.

 

 

 

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The Switchblade

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Drink It Like a Man, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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At the end of a busy day, or when a flock of thirsty vultures descends suddenly upon your roost, it’s nice to be able to serve up a sophisticated yet two-fisted drink without ruffling your feathers. You can accomplish this easily by always keeping a supply of your own homemade sweet-and-sour mix on hand.

Sweet-and-sour is quick to prepare and can be put together while you’re prepping for other cocktails or even making a meal — hey, you’re messing up the kitchen anyway. To a clean bottle or jar, add:

One part freshly-squeezed lemon juice
One part freshly-squeezed lime juice
One part simple syrup

Shake vigorously and refrigerate. If you don’t know how long you may keep it, add a jot of vodka or white rum as a preservative. Throw it away after a week and make more. If you have more lemons than limes in hand, or vice versa, don’t sweat it — sweet-and-sour can stand a little fudging in its preparation and eventually you can adjust it to your own tastes.

Now, on to our manly cocktail!

The Cocktail Vultures love both bourbon and amaretto and have now put them together in this very American take on the Stiletto. It will nonetheless stand you in good stead when contemplating your next vendetta.

To an ice-filled shaker, add:

1.5 ounces Bourbon
1.5 ounces Amaretto
1.5 ounces sweet-and-sour
A hearty dash of Peychaud bitters

Shake vigorously and pour into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with lemon and lime peels and add a straw.