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Learn Bar Tending: Dark Rum & Eggnog

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Sometimes, someone I know will read something on the site and let me know that I’m doing it wrong.  For example, Nurse Becky (a friend I’ve known since the mid 90s) immediately took me to task for Learn Bar Tending: Whiskey & Egg Nog, and rather than pointing out that eggnog is one word, she got right to the point and reminded me that it’s nutmeg (not cinnamon) that you want to add to eggnog. Read the rest of this entry

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Learn Bar Tending: Whiskey & Egg Nog

I am the worst bartender ever.  But, here’s the deal:

I like to mix whiskey and egg nog… and it’s that easy.  Drop some whiskey in a glass and cover it with egg nog.  I used to think that mixed drinks meant half alcohol, half other ingredients, but fortunately, I’ve learned that it’s usually just 1 shot of alcohol and fill the rest of the glass with the other ingredient(s), so now when people come by for a drink, they don’t immediately pass out.   Yeah, back in the day, I would take a 12 ounce glass and fill it with half rum, half coke and just hand it to some one like that’s what it was supposed to be, and if you couldn’t handle, I would say, “Psh, you’re a light weight.”  Little did I know I was killing people’s livers.

Anyway, I recommend the following materials for an egg nog and whiskey mixer:

  • 1 juice glass
  • silk nog (or egg nog, whatever)
  • the cheapest whiskey you can find
    • I recommend at least one shot of whiskey, but one and a half shots is probably the right amount – add to taste.
  • a sprinkle (don’t go crazy) of cinnamon is also a good idea, but you need to mix that in thoroughly

That’s it – it’s that easy.  Drink up, drink responsibly, and Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy Whatever.

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Learn Bartending: Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster cocktail

My buddy George dropped by to put on a cocktail making clinic and share his own modification to a Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters recipe he found somewhere on this thingy the kids call the inter-web.  The Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters cocktail is an amusing little drink that is worthy of any warm evening.  To further amuse your friends at parties (trust me, after a few of these bad boys, it’ll be easy), you can explain that this drink traces its origins back to the novel, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which describes it as the best drink in the universe.  As far as drinks go, it’s a sweet one – I guess it’s a cocktail…  I understand that a cocktail is any alcoholic mixed drink that contains two or more ingredients…  whatever.  Here is his recipe:

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • drinking-with-george-empty-beer-bottle1 small juice glass
  • 1 shot glass
  • ice cubes
  • flavored vodka (citrus or mango is recommended)
  • triple sec
  • orange soda
  • pineapple juice


DIRECTIONS:

Combine 1 to 2 shots of flavored vodka (to taste; 1 and a half shots is recommended) and 1 shot of triple sec in a small juice glass.  Fill the reminder of the glass (to desired level) with pineapple juice and add a dash of orange soda.  Drop in 1 or 2 ice cubes.  Enjoy responsibly.

DISCLAIMER:
Neither CreativeJamie.com nor George claims ownership of the recipe, the name ‘Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters’ or responsibility if you act a damn fool while mangled on Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
This video was filmed with my Canon VIXIA HF M300 and edited with Adobe Premier CS 4.  I used the on-board mic rather than my external and I also chose the wrong auto white balance setting, so things are a bit more on the sepia side than I would prefer.  The mic issue didn’t end up being a big deal since this is a digital camera and doesn’t have a tape turning, so the camera noise is minimal, if any at all.  Also, this is my camera work at its worst…  Next time, I’m going to set up a monitor rather than relying on the tiny display on the camera, but really, I chose a poor primary angle and setup that main shot poorly.  I also could have used some back light.  Oh well – I learned a lot and next time, I think you’ll see significant improvement.

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