So artisan you’re gonna have to grow a handlebar mustache and start charging your friends $15 a drink.
Simple syrup is just that; simple. Mix equal parts water and sugar, bring to a boil, et voilà, you’ve got a sweetener for cocktails, drinks, dishes, whatever. We had some green cardamom pods leftover from an earlier experiment and decided to complicate our simple syrup a bit. The results are spicy, herbal and slightly citrusy, mixing well with gin and vodka (hint, hint).
Equipment Needed: 1 QT Pot, Chef’s Knife, Whisk, Strainer, Jar/Squeeze Bottle/Vessel To Hold The Finished Product In
- 1 C water
- 1 C sugar ($2.39/2 lbs)
- 1/4 C green cardamom pods (the price varies but it will be significantly cheaper if you have an awesome spice store like Kalustyan’s nearby; about $6.99/oz)
- Add the water and sugar to your pot and whisk it together quickly to dissolve some of the sugar.
- Place the pot over high heat. Take your cardamom pods and break them open. Add the pods and their innards to the mix and whisk everything together. Bring it to a boil stirring occasionally. Turn the stove off and let the syrup cool.
Stir it up to make sure the sugar dissolves and the cardamom is at maximum absorption.
- Once your syrup has cooled to about room temperature place the strainer over your container of choice and pour the mixture in. Make sure you got all the cardamom pieces out, seal it up and pop it in the fridge. It should last a few months kept cool in an airtight container.
Use a strainer; no one likes chewy syrup.
Like getting kicked in the face by a boozy flavor horse.
Why let the Irish have all the fun with their coffee? Last time we checked this was the good old U-S of A and we don’t let anyone outdo us, especially when it comes to combining stimulants and depressants in one convenient vessel (*ahem* Four Loko anyone?). Use bourbon and as your preferred poison then sweeten and lighten to taste.
Equipment Needed: Coffee Mug, Spoon, Jigger or Shot Glass
- 3 ice cubes (optional)(free)
- 12 oz brewed coffee ($5/10 oz can)
- 2 oz bourbon (about $34.99/750 ml bottle)
- 2 TBSP half & half ($1.99/PT)
- 2 TSP sugar ($2.39/2 lb box)
- Brew your coffee up. You can either mix things hot or put it in the fridge until it’s cooled if you want iced coffee.
- If you’re going with iced, add your ice cubes. Then add the sugar and bourbon.
Steel yourself for the day/afternoon/night!
- Add half & half if you prefer or drink it black to put some hair on your chest, wuss.
Lighten things up a bit with some half & half.
Yeah, we garnished a rocks glass. That's how we roll.
So now that we’ve touched on a bit of everything else, it’s time to teach you how to drink too. Sheesh, do we have to do everything around here? This take on an Old Fashioned was inspired by a recent trip to Tuthilltown Spirits, up in Gardiner, NY and their smooth and delicious whiskeys. Rhubarb bitters can be found in specialty shops like The Meat Hook; get Fee Brothers if you can find them. And remember, real men (and women) garnish.
Equipment Needed: Rocks Glass, Muddler (or) Spoon
- 2 oz rye whiskey (around $25/750ml for decent stuff)
- 13 dashes of rhubarb bitters (it sounds like a lot, but you’ll be fine)(about $7/4oz)
- 1 ice cube (free, unless you’re an billionaire and use Evian ice cubes)
- 2 strawberries ($3.99/lb)
- 2 pinches sugar ($2.39/2 lb box)
- Put one strawberry at the bottom of the glass, sprinkle it with sugar and mash it with your muddler or spoon.
- Add the ice cube and pour the whiskey in. Add the bitters, stir and garnish with the other strawberry. Skål!