So what if it's just the 5th of March and not Cinco de Mayo. Why not toast the last days of winter (and the seasonal availability of tart and juicy blood oranges) with a spicy-cool spin on the Margarita?
"A medium dry Martini, lemon peel. Shaken, not stirred." - Dr. No (1962)
James Bond. Nick Charles. Although you might admire the style and wit of these legendary cinematic drinkers, you won’t necessarily want to copy their mixing techniques. To get the very best results from your bar ingredients, here's a quick guide to when to shake, when to stir, and when to "build" your drinks:
"The Original Frothee: All Purpose Creamy Head for Cocktails…" "Fee Foam: The Crowning Touch for Mixed Drinks…"
Although I'd never used cocktail foamer before, or seen it mentioned in a recipe, over the years, I'd spotted the odd bottle on a supermarket shelf and wondered, Was this a bar essential I'd somehow missed? This week, cocktail shaker in hand, I set out to investigate.
With all the fresh, juicy citrus in season right now, I've been on a bit of a sours kick. Jack Roses, Bourbon Sours, Margaritas, and Daiquiris all sound refreshingly good. The other night, I was in the mood for a classic sour I hadn't made in a long time: the Sidecar. Problem was, I was missing an important ingredient.
Margaritas, Daiquiris, Whiskey Sours, Sidecars... With their perfect balance of tart and sweet, drinks belonging to the boozy, citrus-y sours family have always been some of my very favorites. But up until this week, there was one classic sour I still hadn't tried making at home: the Jack Rose cocktail.
Q: True or False? Spirits are completely shelf stable. Unlike wine, which can sometimes develop an off taste during storage, or rapidly go downhill once it's been opened, liquor will keep indefinitely.
A: Well, yes and no. Read on to learn how to get the most out of your favorite bottle.