28th September 2007

ITS FRIDAY!

Amazing how no matter how old you are Friday might just be the greatest day of the week, unless you are one of those unfortunate souls that work in a Hotel/Restaurant or any other job that requires you to be in on the weekend…  I don’t think the “Friday” mentality exists for you folks.

In any case, for the more traditional New York City workers and college undergrads, where Friday means something, I have something you might find useful… An update to my NYC Happy Hour list in case you didn’t damage your liver enough on Thursday:

Same Deal as Thursday Night: 

Bar Coastal

12 Inch Bar

Big Easy

Cheap Shots

Down the Hatch

Gin Mill

Ship of Fools

Katwalk

Marty O’Brien’s

Kanvas

Mo’s Caribbean

 

 

New Additions: 

Society – $15 open bar (5pm-8pm) LaGuardia (Bleeker/W.3rd)

Show – Free admission before 11, open bar (10pm-11pm) 41 (Broadway/6th)

Snitch -$13 wing bucket & Rheingold bucket (6pm-11pm) (5th/6th)

Big Six – Free jello shots (8pm-9pm) Bowery (Hester/Grand)

Keybar – 2 for 1 drinks (6pm-10pm); $3 shots (10-close) E.13th (1st/A)

Mad River – $5 at the door and all drinks are $1 (7pm-10pm) 82nd/3rd

 

A couple repeats from Thursday, but a couple nice additions to start your weekend off right.

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27th September 2007

Thursday NYC Happy Hour Specials

Start your weekend early with these great Thursday Happy Hour Specials:

Bar Coastal – $0.25 Wings, $2 Bud and well drinks (4pm-7pm) located on 78th/1st 

1849 – $0.05 draft beer with any appetizer (8pm-1am) located on Bleeker (Macdougal/Sullivan) 

12 Inch Bar – $2 PBR, Rolling Rock, Yeungling, Bud (5pm-9pm) located on Essex (E.Houston/Stanton)

 Barrow St. Ale House – $10 all you can drink located on Barrow St. (7thAve./ W.4th) 

Big Easy – $6 Bud pitchers (5pm-8pm) located on 2nd (92nd/93rd) 

Calico Jack’s – $15 open bar (6pm-8pm) located on 42nd/2nd 

Cheap Shots – $7 pitchers, $2 shots (all night) located on E.9th/1st 

Crobar – $5 (for guys) open bar (5pm-6pm) located on 23rd (10th/11th) 

Keybar – 2 for 1 drinks (all night) located on E.13th (1st/A) 

Down the Hatch – Whole bar ½ price (4pm-7pm) located on W. 4th (6th/7th) 

Gin Mill – $7 pitchers, entire bar ½ price (4pm-8pm) located on Amsterdam (82nd/81st)

 Katwalk – $2 Rheingolds, $3 Bud (5pm-8pm) located on 35th (5th/6th) 

Kanvas – $3 Yuengling, Aspen Edge; ½ price martinis (4-8pm) located on 9th (23/24th) 

Marty O’Brien’s – $2 domestic bottles & pints (4pm-7pm) located on 2nd (87th/88th) 

McFadden’s – $10 top shelf open bar (6pm-7pm) located on 42nd/2nd 

Mo’s Caribbean – Whole bar ½ price (4pm-7pm) located on 76th/2nd 

Ship of Fools – $2 Miller pints (4pm-7pm)   located on 2nd (82nd/83rd)

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27th September 2007

Surviving Work/Class After Thirsty Thursday

Every drinker knows that the cure for the common hangover is a nice cold Bloody Mary first thing in the morning… The most common preperation is as follows:

Preparation and serving (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Bloody Mary

Lots of garnishes

Lots of garnishes

Bloody Marys, and the non-alcoholic Virgin Mary, are frequently served in the morning (as are Mimosas and Screwdrivers), although they are a popular drink later in the day as well. (Traditionally, a Bloody Mary should not be served after six PM.)

INGREDIENTS 

  • 3 parts vodka
  • 3 parts tomato juice
  • Ground salt and pepper
  • 6 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 drops Tabasco
  • 1 tsp. celery salt
  • 1 tsp. horseradish
  • Dash of lemon or lime juice
  • Dash of orange juice (optional)

May be shaken vigorously or stirred lazily, as desired. Garnish with a celery stalk; a skewer of olives, pickles, carrots, mushrooms, or other vegetables; or even meat (salami, shrimp, etc.) and cheese. Occasionally, pickled asparagus is also used.

For those who need a little bit more of a “kick start” to your day this variation may be even more helpful:

Mexican Mary – “Tequila Bloody Mary”

  • 6 oz Tomato Juice
  • 1.5 oz Tequila
  • 6 dashes Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 dash tabasco sauce
  • 1 punch celery salt
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 pickled chili pepper

First fill a tall glass with ice. Add the tomato juice, tequila, L&P Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and celery salt. Stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and chilli pepper.

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25th September 2007

Wouldn’t You Like To Know…

How to pull of some off these sick bar-tending tricks…

Or at least mix drinks as well as these guys are talented. Just keep up with our site and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two.

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21st September 2007

My Favorite Time of Year…

The rapid approach of the fall season means one thing… The sports gods are smiling down upon us… As the baseball season comes to a close (with the postseason just around the corner)we are blessed with the good fortune of the start of a new College and Pro Football Season… There is nothing better!  So what does this mean for the average sports fan?  Tailgates… Lots and lots of tailgates! Of course this is only true if you are lucky enough to get to a game, however, in this day and age, do you really need to GET to the game… I don’t see any reason why you can’t have just as much fun drinking and BBQ’ing in your back yard with the game on the big screen… With HDTV and the following recipe’s, you can’t NOT have a good time!

Blitz:

1 oz tequila
1 oz
rum
1 oz
gin
1 oz
vodka
1 oz
cranberry
1 oz sour mix
 
A Splash of tonic water

Directions

In a large shaker half filled with ice combine all ingredients except tonic water. Strain into four shot glasses. Top with tonic water. Can be enjoyed like straight tequila shots except use a lick of sugar instead of salt, swallow shooter then suck lime. (Makes four 1 1/2-ounce servings)

False Start:

4 oz apple cider
2 oz bourbon
1 oz apple brandy
1/2 lemon

Directions

In a shaker filled with cracked ice, squeeze juice of lemon.  Shake well with cider and spirits.  Strain into two rocks glasses filled with ice cubes. (Makes two 4-oz servings)

First and Ten:

3 oz gin
2 oz
orange juice
2 oz
pineapple juice
2 oz
grapefruit juice
2 oz
cranberry juice
2 oz
lemon juice
2 oz
lime juice
dash grenadine 
splash soda water or seltzer
Top off with dark rum

Combine all fruit juices in a large shaker half filled with ice.  Strain into two Collins Glasses filled with ice.  Top with grenadine, soda, water, and rum. (Makes two 9-oz servings).

Above are just a few of the recipe’s I’ve had the pleasure of trying out myself, however the complete list can be found here – Tailgate Recipe’s.

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20th September 2007

And If You Prefer White…

White Wine California Citrus Sangria
White Wine California Citrus Sangria
 
3 bottles Pinot Grigio
1 1/2 cups brandy
3/4 cup orange liqueur
1/2 cup sugar
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 blood orange, thinly sliced
3 kumquats, sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
Directions:

In a large pitcher, combine the wine, brandy, and orange liqueur. Pour in the sugar, stir or shake the pitcher thoroughly to mix. Add all citrus slices at once. Allow the mixture to sit for 1 hour before serving to allow the citrus flavor to come through.

Courtesy of The Food Network

As a side note… For any of you Sangria enthusiasts who live in and around the NYC area, may I personally recommend Calle Ocho up on the Upper West Side at 81st and Columbus. With at least 4 choices of Red and 4 of White at all times their selection tops them all.

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20th September 2007

One of My Favorite Sangria Recipe’s

Perfect before dinner on a Friday night, or for any occasion really… And why pay for it when you can just make it yourself… Its actually one of the easier drinks to make, and for those of you who aren’t too fond of wine I assure you, in this form, you cannot NOT like it.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 Orange cut into wedges
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Shot brandy
  • 2 Cups ginger ale or club soda

 

PREPARATION:

Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine or just serve over lots of ice.

Addition ideas: sliced strawberries, peaches, handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, a cup of ginger ale, citrus soda pop or lime juice.

Courtesy of About.com

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19th September 2007

This Brings Me Back…

Back to my college days…  I was talking to a buddy from college earlier and we were reminiscing about some of the drinks we used to make, and this is one that stood out to both of us…

The Flaming Dr. Pepper

Dr. Pepper Shot

1 Can of Cheap Beer (I suggest Busch or Milwaukee’s Best)

1 oz. Amaretto

0.5 oz. Bacardi 151 

Directions

Pour Amaretto into a shot glass. Top off with the Bacardi 151.  Pour the beer into a tall glass.  Light the shot on fire (This is what the Bacardi 151 is for) and drop it in the beer and chug.  Tastes just like Dr. Pepper and cheap to make… The perfect college special.

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19th September 2007

I Think We’ve All Been Here…

Ladies I’m quite sure the opposite is true as well!

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18th September 2007

The Shiso Mojito

So I was down in Brooklyn the other night at this restaurant called Bozu and I had one of the BEST Mojito’s I’ve ever had. So I came home and looked it up to see if i could find this amazing recipe and low and behold this is what I found…

Shiso Mojito Ingredients

For this cocktail, you will need:

  • 2-3 fresh limes
  • 4-6 shiso mint leaves
  • 2-3 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1 ounce Brazil cachac
  • dash of key lime juice

Tear the Shiso Mint Leaves
Step one is to cut the limes and put the slices in a stir glass. Then tear the shiso mint leaves. Shiso is a Japanese mint leaf we usually use for Japanese cooking. Shiso is going to give the mojito its unique flavor.

Combine the Shiso Mojito Ingredients

Next, put the Japanese brown sugar – its called kibi sato – and simply squeeze the limes. Now I’m mixing lime, shiso, and brown sugar.

The next step is to add two ounces of light rum, one ounce of Brazilian cachaca, and a dash of key lime. And shake it! That’s a shiso mojito.

Shiso (Japanese Basil) Click here for a video demonstration

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