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July Cocktail: Juan Collins

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 14, 2019

This mixed drink is an agave take on the popular gin cocktail, the Tom Collins. The recipe is simple, Tequila, lemon juice, agave syrup, and soda. Because the Juan Collins is such a simple drink to mix, it is a favourite on back decks or Sunday afternoon barbecues.

Juan Collins

1 1/2 oz. El Jimador Silver Tequila
1 oz Lemon juice
1/2 oz Agave Nectar
Ice
2 oz. Sparkling Water or Club Soda
Lemon Wedge

Add Ice to a tall serving glass
Pour the tequila, lemon juice, and agave nectar into the glass
Top with club soda
Stir Gently
Garnish with a citrus wedge

Note: If  you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

Chimo!

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July Cocktail: The Trovador

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 9, 2019

Here is a recipe I constructed as part of my review of Jarnal de Berrio Mezcal. I originally dubbed the serving, the Pompadour (which of course is the extravagant hairstyle named for Madame de Pompadour, who was a mistress of King Louis XV of France); however, I decided to rename the libation when I became aware of a  completely different agricole rhum serving which shares the name.

Trovador, in case you are wondering, is a Spanish translation of the French word Toubadour. This implies my cocktail should cause you to burst into poetic songs of love. Make sure you have a suitable partner when you enjoy the libation.

Trovador

1 1/2 oz Mezcal Jarnal de Berrio
1/2 oz Bols Apricot Brandy
2/3 oz Lemon Juice
1/3 oz Sugar Syrup (1:1 ratio)
dash Fees Old Fashioned Cocktail Bitters
Ice
Orange peel for garnish (option)

Chill a cocktail glass
Add the ingredients into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into the chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with Orange Peel if desired

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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Review: Last Straw Distillery DARKer Side

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 25, 2019

The Last Straw Distillery is Ontario’s smallest production micro-distillery located at 40 Pippin Rd. in Vaughan, Ontario (a wee bit north of Toronto) just off Highway 400 and around the corner from Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre. According to Mike Hook, the team at Last Straw Distillery come to the craft of distilling from a variety of different backgrounds, and surprisingly none have had prior experience in the beverage or alcohol business. They are self-taught, and developed their recipes in house, through research, and trial and error, without the use of outside consultants.

Last Straw Distillery Darker Side is a traditional southern moonshine recipe, distilled from corn & sugar, which is aged for 4 months in a heavily charred cask. The spirit is bottled at 45.5 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my review of this surprisingly good Moonshine Spirit:

Review: Last Straw Distillery DARKer Side

“… When I close my eyes and take a sniff of the breezes above the glass I am somewhat torn as to my first impression. Does this smell kind of like a bourbon? Or does it smell kind of like a rum? The truth is that is seems to be a little of both …”

Please enjoy my review which includes a few cocktail suggestions for your enjoyment, the Ontario Railcar, and DARKer Fashions.

Chimo!

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LGBTQIA+Cocktail #5: Proud Paloma from Mexico

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 23, 2019

For Pride month, Smirnoff has created six global cocktails inspired by the international LGBTQIA+ community. These are easy to make and delicious enough to whip up for any Pride celebration (and are sure to be a hit). As you may know, in support of inclusivity, The Rum Howler has been sharing these cocktails (and maybe one of his own creation) throughout the month of June.

With each share I have been including information regarding Smirnoff’s new “Welcome Home” campaign as the company rolls out the welcome mat for the millions of LGBTQIA+ community members and allies expected to travel to New York for Pride celebrations.

Here is my fifth share:

The Proud Paloma from Mexico

1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka or Smirnoff “Love Wins” Vodka
1 oz. Jalapeño Simple Syrup
2 oz. Lime Juice
2 oz. Grapefruit Juice
2 oz. Club Soda
Kosher Salt (for rim)
1 Grapefruit Wedge Garnish
1 Jalapeño slice Garnishes

Run a lime wedge along the rim of a XYZ glass then flip the glass upside down and dip into salt to create a rim
To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Smirnoff, simple syrup and all juices
Shake vigorously
Pour into the salt-rimmed stemless wine glass and add club soda
Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and jalapeño slice
Enjoy Responsibly

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Note: Smirnoff continues its longstanding tradition of participating in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30. In partnership with star of Dancing Queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race, Alyssa Edwards, the brand is creating a fabulous New York City themed float in the spirit of the Smirnoff ‘Welcome Home” campaign, with Alyssa as the star, dressed as “Lady Liberty.” The bold and inspiring Smirnoff float will be supported by 300 marchers, both members of the community and allies.

 

 

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LGBTQIA+Cocktail #4: The Lychee Lover (from China)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 21, 2019

For Pride month, Smirnoff has created six global cocktails inspired by the international LGBTQIA+ community. These are easy to make and delicious enough to whip up for any Pride celebration (and are sure to be a hit). In support of inclusivity, The Rum Howler has been sharing these cocktails (and maybe later, one of his own creation) throughout the month of June.

Here is my fourth share, The Lychee Lover (from China)!

Lychee Lover from China

1 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka or Smirnoff “Love Wins” Vodka
0.5 oz. Lychee Juice
0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice
A Splash of White Vermouth
1 Raspberry Garnish

Add Smirnoff, both juices and vermouth to a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake vigorously for 30 seconds
Strain into an iced coupe glass
Enjoy Responsibly!

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Note: Smirnoff is creating a unique pop-up experience for media, influencers and consumers 21+ in downtown Manhattan filled with fun, global-themed Pride cocktails. The space will be inspired by a home, featuring six Insta-worthy rooms where Smirnoff will pay homage to – and celebrate – the history of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as its future. The pop-up will take place Wednesday, June 26 through Friday, June 283, during which time Queer Eye television personality, hairdresser and web series star, Jonathan Van Ness will make a special appearance as the host. 

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