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Tonights Cocktail: The Gin Fizz

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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.

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Tonights cocktail: the Leprechaun Martini

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Yes, yet another green martini. As I’ve said before, I work in an Irish Themed restaurant so most of my cocktails end up being bright green.

2 oz Absolut vodka

.5 oz Midori

.5 oz Peach Schnapps

splash of fresh lemon juice

Shake and strain into cocktail glass, garnish with twist of lemon.


There you have it, easy as pie, pretty, and not too sweet. A perfect martini if you have Midori on hand.

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Tonight’s Closing Cocktail- The Irish Whiskey Smash

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Ingredients: 4-8 mint leaves

2 lemon wedges

Irish whiskey- I used Tullamore Dew

.5 oz simple syrup

sparkling water


Directions:

muddle mint leaves, lemon wedges, and simple syrup

add ice and 1.5 oz of Irish Whiskey

shake and pour into glass

top with sparkling water

garnish with a pretty little mint sprig

My bar runs a special on Thursdays on Jameson Irish whiskey so I try to mix it up a little. The citrus and the mint compliment the spice of the irish whiskey, while the simple syrup keeps it from being too tart. The sparkling water is optional, or it could be substituted for regular water. It really up to personal preference but when I’m making it for myself, I add sparkling water. I also prefer it with Tullamore Dew as it is smoother and citrusy and less spicy.