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The Kamikaze

The other day while reading a book and sipping on a Bloody Mary, I came across a reference to a Cocktail that while I had heard of it had never tried one, nor did I have any idea on how to make one. I cranked up one of my many bartender apps (Search Mr Bartender in the iTunes or Google app stores) and found the recipe and also discovered it was quite easy.

All you need is a good quality Vodka, some Triple Sec and Fresh (and I can't stress this enough) FRESH LIME JUICE.

1 1/2 - 3 OZ Vodka
1 OZ Triple Sec
Juice from 1 medium to large size Lime

You can either build in a cocktail glass or in a shaker
Stir or give it a quick shake

If you like more Vodka (like me) you can adjust the formula. Likewise you can add more or less of the other ingredients to suite your own taste.

A great summer Cocktail and as you see very easy to make

The Professor

Annual Counting of the Corks and Caps

It was May here at MySideOfTheBar and that means it is time for the annual counting of the corks and caps. I can not believe another year has gone by, and yes I do say that every year.

For review this is an annual event where Central Patti and I count all the Wine Bottle Corks and Liquor Bottle Caps that we have saved from the many consumed bottles here at the home base of MySideOfTheBar. This does not count beverages we had at other locations or establishments.

2008 - 2009 - 166
2009 - 2010 - 157
2010 - 2011 - 137
2011 - 2012 - 156
2012 - 2013  - 164

This year was a little disappointing and all I can say is that we have been on the road a lot more. So without further delay the number for his year was...


as you can see Four Roses, Burnett's and Burnett's Strawberry are leading the way. No Suprise there.

The Professor

Tools of the Trade

I was recently on the road with MySideOfTheBar and was at a relatives home bar. This entire neighborhood went through a bar renaissance over the last 5 to 10 years where it seemed like everyone wanted to have a nice home bar. Well mission accomplished and while I have only been in a handful of the bars the ones I was fortunate enough to see were very well done.

It was during happy hour one night I discovered that while they bar had great "curb appeal" it lacked the most basic of tools of the bartender trade. I wanted to make a Manhattan for me and a Dirty Martini for Central Patti.

Earlier in the day I picked up some olives and dry vermouth and I did find a cocktail shaker so Central Patti was covered. I also picked up some limes and lemons, but discovered no sweet vermouth. No problem as I spied a bottle of bitters I proceeded to build an Old Fashioned. I could find no other tools to help in my construction so I had to improvise the best I can. So without further ado here a…