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The Jessica Rabbit Cocktail

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I discovered this Cocktail from a link to another link :) Kind of like I know a guy who knows a guy. But hey, most things you find online are like this, right?




Anyway I was very surprised on how great this Cocktail was and would make a great addition to your next A.M. Cocktail Party.

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Tequila (I used Reposado)
1/2 oz Cointreau
1 oz Carrot Juice
1 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz. Cilantro Simple Syrup*
3 Slices Jalapeno Pepper

Rub a lime wedge on the outside of a Collins Glass and coat with kosher salt
Add ingredients to a shaker with ice an shake well
Strain into Collins Glass
Garnish with a lime wedge

*Cilantro Simple Syrup. Just make a batch of simple syrup and muddle in a handful of cilantro.

I could not find carrot juice and was not really sure I would like it anyway so I used V8 Juice. I also recommend using more V8 and skipping the Cointreau. Otherwise it was a great morning cocktail and will be a great addition to my next book.

Cheers
The Professor


Bloody Mary Mixes

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As most of you know that follow this blog or imbibe at MySideOfTheBar I do not like the use of Bloody Mary Mixes. When I see a bar use them I just think they are being lazy. However, there are times when they make sense. When traveling is the main time I use them and yes they are convenient.  As MySideOfTheBar has been on the road for a large part of the last year I thought it would be a good time to share some of the ones I have found that will do in  your travels.

The latest is this


Jack's Smokey Marty Mix - Brought to you by Jack Stacks BBQ of Kansas City. This is a mild mix that in my opinion needs more spice. While it does have a nice flavor and a smoke taste it falls a little short in my opinion. Adding a hot sauce to it could be that answer.

Powell & Mahoney Cocktail Mixer Bloody Mary Sriracha - This is an excellent mix and as you may expect that a nice spice. Also has other ingredients like Worcester Sauce that would expect in a high end Bloody Mary Mix.


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S.D. Strong Distilling

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Made in a Cave

Just before the holidays a new member of the KCTobacPack brought us a couple of offerings from the S.D. Strong Distillery.

Now to be honest this is one distillery that I had not heard much about. They advertise as "made in a cave" and my the looks of the website this is true. While I plan on a future outing to this distillery, I can tell you that for the Big Boom Bourbon they advertise as such

"After nearly three years in American white oak barrels, Big Boom bursts with spice, fresh oak and soft corn notes, all underscored by a rich layer of caramel"

I find this to be extremely accurate and I could have written exactly as they did after tasting. I would rate this slightly better that the Restless Distillery Whiskey that I recently tried and much, much better than the Badlands Whiskey I tried earlier this year.

For the Vodka you also get a light corn flavor and according to MySideOfTheBars resident Martini expert, "It makes an excellent Martini.&…

Bartender's Brand Mix

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Or as I like to call them "Bartender's Friends). With the Holiday Season once again upon us I thought you might be interested in a little item that will make you a hit at YourSideOfTheBar with you group of "Usual Suspects."


These are great and very easy for making top shelf Cocktails. Each box contains 8 packets and you mix one packet with 1 1/2 oz. alcohol and 1 1/2 oz water. Shake in a Cocktail Shaker and pour into your favorite glass.

Tip: I use 4 oz. of alcohol and 3 oz. water which makes about two cocktails and still very tasty.

I have only tried the Whisky Sour, Lemon Drop, and Margarita as in the picture. (there is also a daiquiri mix) but have received great feedback from my "Usual Suspects." Priced at about a dollar each they are more expensive than you normal mixes, but in my opinion are worth the little extra.

Check you local liquor store and they are also available online (Amazon)

Cheers
The Professor

CI's Top 10 New Cigars of 2017- Cigars International

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I have tried about half of these and for the most part agree. If you are looking for Christmas gifts for your Cigar Smoker, start here.



Cheers
The Professor

Cigar review Rocky Patel juniors Sumatra 4x38 gifted by Spenser Tee.

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The Bronx Cocktail

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I was reading (for the second time) A Classic Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "This Side of Paradise." The protagonist, Amory Blaine, on one of his benders went into a bar and ordered a Bronx. Of course having the inquiring mind that I do I had to find out if this was a real cocktail and if it were how to make one.


I really should have not been surprised considering the time period of this novel that this cocktail contained Gin. I have to say I was really surprised how good this was and I will be making them again.  For the Gin I chose Hayman's Old Tom Gin as it is a little sweeter.

The Bronx
Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces gin
1/4 ounce dry vermouth
1/4 ounce sweet vermouth
3/4 ounce orange juice
Orange slice, to garnish
Directions:
Shake the gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth and orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with the orange slice and serve.

Cheers
The Professor