Tonights Cocktail: The Gin Fizz


1.5 oz london dry gin (I used Tanqueray)

1 oz fresh lemon juice

.75 oz simple syrup

egg white

shake ingredients in a mixing tin with a little bit of ice

splash a little club soda in the bottom of your glass (DON’T SHAKE WITH THE REST OF THE DRINK. or do, it’ll be hilarious

strain into a highball over ice or a martini glass like I did. The former is the traditional way to prepare this classic cocktail.

Garnish with a lemon twist

The person I made this for tonight was someone who wanted a unique martini that wasn’t too sweet. I think that this was a good choice. The guys who order them come in about once a week to have a few of my Shipwrecks or Irish Trashcans. These are the type guys who have ordered a drink by saying “I don’t know surprise me” So after pulling 100 different drinks out of my ass they finally found 3 or 4 that they drink usually in the same order every Thursday. These guys are college kids, I think they turned 21 recently. They talk about playing golf and smoking weed. Total fratbros, but pretty entertaining nonetheless.


Tonights Cocktail: The Irish Wake


The Irish Wake

1 oz Bacardi Superior

1 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

Orange Juice

.5 oz Blue Curacao

.25 oz Bacardi 151

This is the signature cocktail at my Irish bar. First, you fill the glass with ice, then you put the rum and OJ in. Then, swirl the blue curacao around the top so it will evenly sink to the bottom. Float the Bacardi 151 on top and garnish with a lemon. This drink packs a serious punch. If done correctly, it should appear green. It took me a few tries to get the green color to show through, the trick is not putting too much blue curacao in, and making sure that it disperses evenly before floating the 151. I have learned through experience that it does not work with pineapple juice, though it does taste good.


Sunday sleep schedule, or, how Shawna ruined her day tomorrow

Today was pretty much a regular Sunday. I woke up at noon and wasted about 6 hours of the afternoon before taking a nap at 6pm. The only productive thing I did in these six hours is get absolutely drenched helping out a friend who needed me to dog sit for her. After napping for three hours (or one half-sleep) John and I watched the new episode of Game of Thrones. To be honest, I had already seen it since the first four episodes leaked last weekend, but I didn’t tell John. ย I made about fifty candles in my kitchen for work, and now my whole house smells like Citronella. So it goes, if you make candles I suppose. John made some Matzah balls and they were sustaining.

I have been thinking about the future recently. As the end is still not in sight for college, I am not sure exactly when I can get on with my life. I would like to start my own bar, and I have been putting together some ideas that I hope will be a reality some day.

I am not sure the direction that I want this blog to go yet. I might post recipes for some drinks that I make, as I enjoy my job as a bartender and I love creating new cocktails. I may post pictures of the various crafts that I do, including my candle making but definitely not limited to that. I might post my thoughts on the upcoming election. I hope to be able to look back at this blog and see how far I’ve come. I haven’t blogged since my old Tumblr, and it was hard for me to not fall into my old ways of photoblogging and reposts, and begging for followers.