Because being 21 has been fun, and experimental... Yes, several of these cocktails use lime. It's like the primary body in the anatomy of the drinks I enjoy, so they all tend to have a fairly uniform taste palette. But, subtlety is the spice of liquor. {More pictures will come.}
  1. Mint Julep
    The mojito's (see No. 4) Kentucky counterpart. Same instructions, just substitute rum for Bourbon. Nix the club soda, sometimes lime too. Cheers. Not at my top yet just cause Bourbon's an acquired taste, like most whiskies. But I love making it... I tend to crush the ice but a whole ice ball is good for when using finer bourbons. Made this one with Evan Williams.
  2. Acapulco
    I actually don't remember tasting this one, but it had a check and a circle in my barbook which is code for "please make again this is really flippin tasty." 1 oz gold tequila, 1 oz gold rum, 2 oz grapefruit juice, 3 oz pineapple juice. Shake ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into ice filled highball. Cheers.
  3. French 75
    Really fun to make when you have bubbly, and it's a crowd pleaser all around. Named after the WWI 75mm Howitzer canon... 1 oz gin, 0.5 oz lemon juice, 1 tsp sugar, 5 oz chilled champagne, orange peel spiral. Shake gin, lemon juice, and sugar with ice, strain into ice filled Collins or champagne flute. Slowly top with champagne, garnish. Cheers.
  4. Moscow Mule
    One of my mom's favorites. I enjoy it too. The true ones are made with Cock'n'Bull ginger beer... But I used Hansens for this. Still darn tasty. 2 oz vodka, 0.5 oz lime juice, 4 oz ginger beer. Pour vodka and lime juice in an ice filled Collins or copper mug. Top with ginger beer and stir. Squeeze lime wedge over and drop in if you want, or put a wheel on the edge of the glass. Cheers.
  5. Mojito
    Fun to make, people love it, it's refreshing and goes with food well. The color of this ones off because of my rum. But it's damn fine. Also a Hemingway favorite while in Cuba... Traditionally made: 1 oz lime juice, 1 tbs superfine sugar, 6-8 mint sprigs, 2 oz light rum (I used gold), 3-4 oz chilled club soda. Muddle lime, sugar, mint in a highball till sugar dissolves. Add ice to glass. Pour rum and top with club soda. Garnish with mint if desired. Cheers.
  6. Ron Collins
    (Also called the Pedro Collins)... This is just a favorite of mine, I make it often when I have all the ingredients. 2 oz light rum, 1 oz lime juice, 1 tbs sugar, 3-4 oz chilled club soda. Lime slice, maraschino cherry. Pour rum, lime juice, and sugar into ice filled Collins glass. Top with club soda, stir gently. Add garnish. Cheers.
  7. Death In The Gulf Stream
    I have to be in the mood for this, but nonetheless it is a go-to. Created by Hemingway as a hangover remedy either in 1922 or 1937... Too drunk to remember... 2 oz gin (preferably a pungent Holland), 1.5 oz lime juice, pinch of superfine sugar, 3-4 dashes Angostura bitters, lime peel spiral (I threw in a wheel). Pour gin and lime juice in a ice filled highball. Add sugar and bitters then stir. Add garnish. Pucker up--Cheers.
  8. Cup of coffee
    Duh. ...I prefer freshly ground coffee, however CFoN has been AMAZING. I French press. It requires a course grind, and 2 heaping Tbsp. per 6 oz water, 8 minutes of brewing before press. I like my coffee all kinds of ways, sometimes black, sometimes sugar, sometimes cream, sometimes both. Depends on my mood. I'm only a snob when it comes to the quality of actual coffee, not the way it's drunk. Cheers!