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Cocktail Horrors!...(And How to Avoid Them)

I hit a lot of bars. I’m pretty much Norm from Cheers status at at least one bar. The problem is they charge $14 per cocktail and this status may cost me my house….but priorities, right?

I don’t just hit the swanky places, I am an equal opportunity imbiber. And I like to test out the classic cocktail selection almost anywhere I go.

In my travels to great bars across the country (Seattle and Miami were particularly creative), I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying countless great cocktails. However, there are a few joints that need to Google the drinks they’re offering before charging a premium.

So, dear drinker, your friendly neighborhood cocktail mixer maker (that’s me), has put together some warning signs that the classic beverage you’ve just been served may be a horror story in a glass.

The Old Unfashioned from the Deep Lagoon

Not everyone can make an ice ball a centerpiece of the Old Fashioned. But if your drink looks like fruit salad, you have an unfashionable fail staring you right between the eyes. If there is any more of an orange than just the peel (minus the white pith, hopefully), head screaming for the hills.

As for the cherry... this guy says hard pass, though it’s not a disqualifier.

The Tossed Salad Mojito Massacre

I’ll be direct.

 If you’re mojito looks like a salad mixed with club soda, you should just order a rum and coke and hope for the best. Yes, mint is normal. No, it should not be the majority of what’s in your glass.

 Just a quick pass through a strainer should prevent this, and if they're not willing to take the care to do that, odds are that liquid they just put in your glass is the lowest rum on the food chain of rum.

 And look, if they’re adding any soda beyond club, (unless it’s a specialty mojito like the Elderberry mojito that might, for example, call for ginger ale), you should walk to the nearest toilet and pour that sprite-rum-salad down the drain.

The Monstrously Misshapen Mule

Believe it or not, I don’t critique harshly when I don’t get the copper mug. Is it cool? Does it make a mule a bit more experiential? Sure. But make the drink right and I couldn’t care less.

What should you object to? Usually the evidence is pretty clear-an over reliance on ginger beer and a severe drought of actual ginger ingredient, like syrup made from ginger root or even tasty, peppery, puree ginger root juice.

A great mule should taste refreshing, a bit limey, give you a sweet heat of ginger aftertaste, and not taste simply like ginger beer and vodka.

If all you’re getting is ginger beer, call a priest and exercise the demons from that copper mug

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You CAN Make Top Shelf Cocktails Without Paying Top Shelf Prices.

A little "how to" with Brad White of White's Elixirs from Nashville, TN ...

My cocktail mixers are meant to do one thing: help anyone be a Rockstar home bartender and enjoy an amazing drink.

But my mixers are only half (usually--sometimes you may need a little club soda) of the equation. Unless a mocktail is your game, you need some booze!

I’m often asked, what spirit would you recommend for use with your cocktails. 

While I have been known to use almost any priced spirit in making my own cocktails at home, when serving several people or planning for a party, stretching your libation budget is critical.

To get you mixing, serving, and cheers-ing, here is a list of high quality, affordable spirits you can use to make delicious classic cocktails. (Note that pricing can vary from one retailer to another.)

White’s Elixirs Old Fashioned                               Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon ($12.99)

Whites Elixir Rebel Yell Bourbon

White’s Elixirs Sour Mix                                                          George Dickel Rye Whisky (19.99

Whites Elixirs Sour Mix + Dickel Rye Whisky

White’s Elixirs Moscow Mule                                                    360 Vodka ($11.99)

Whites Elixirs Moscow Mule + 360 Vodka

White’s Mojito Mix                                                    El Dorado 3 Year Rum ($17.99)

Whites Mojito Mix + El Dorado Rum

White’s Elixirs Fresh Margarita                                          El Jimador Tequila($13.99)

Whites Elixirs Fresh Margarita + El Jimador Tequila

White’s Elixirs Spicy Margarita                                          Sauza Silver Tequila($14.99)

Whites Elixirs Spicy Margarita + Sauza Silver Tequila

White’s Elixirs Simple Syrup                                                  Tanqueray Gin ($20.99)

Whites Elixirs Simple Syrup + Tanqueray GIn