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TODAY IS CINCO DE MAYO!!!

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But it’s not all fun and games both sides of the border…

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican themed festive day celebrated more in the USA than it is in Mexico. Mexico generally does not celebrate Cinco de Mayo (with the exception of Puebla which celebrates the festive day fantastically) and contrary to popular American belief it is NOT the Mexican Independence Day.

Cinco de Mayo (literally translated as May 5th in English) is a commemoration to the Mexican victory against the French back in 1862. This was an unlikely victory as the French outnumbered and outgunned the Mexicans 2-1. Yet the Mexicans still went on to beat the French in the town of Puebla.

Naturally Cinco de Mayo is a pretty big deal in Puebla but it is also a popular celebration north of the border in quite a few of the US states. The previous Mexican territory states of Texas & California hold some of the biggest Cinco de Mayo events in the US, not to mention events celebrated in Denver, New York and Portland, as well as in Mexican restaurants across the world.

The best thing about Cinco de Mayo is the relative carefree attitude towards the celebrations; with parades, fairs, mariachi bands, Mexican food and the joy of all things alcohol (of course), including Tequila & Corona (among others).

Now you are brushed up on the idea of Cinco de Mayo, here are some of my cocktail tips and some places to head out to over the next week or so…

Cocktails:

It’s all about Tequila at this event, sure you can find cocktails without tequila in, but to enjoy Cinco de Mayo in classic Mexican fashion you need that famous Mexican spirit: Tequila.

Whether you prefer silver, reposado or Anejo, there is a style of tequila for everyone… An important thing to remember though is that Tequila is NOT a mescal. It used to be a type of mescal but in recent years it has been awarded a form of ‘unique spirit’ award allowing tequila to be respected as a spirit in its own right (not to mention only allowed to be made in certain parts of Mexico – think back to my champagne post explaining this type of regional ‘patent’).

There are obvious choices of cocktail to try; like various flavours of ‘margarita’, or the fruity ‘Paloma’ as well as the very raw ‘Tequila Slammer’ (not to be confused with a ‘tequila shot’ – salt & lemon).

Recipes:

Classic Margarita recipe

0.75 parts – Fresh Lime Juice

1 part – Triple Sec*

1.5 parts – Good quality Silver (or Blanco) Tequila**

Shake the ingredients over ice and double strain into a fancy cocktail glass. For an ‘iced’ margarita serve in a glass filled with a heap of finely crushed ice.

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A classic Margarita cocktail.

* Don’t use Cointreau in this recipe as it distorts the clarity of the finished drink. Use a high quality clear triple sec (check out Marie Brizard or Bols/De Kuyper). If you insist on having a ‘dirty’ margarita then I recommend ‘Agave Sec’ instead of Cointreau – you have to stay Mexican after all!

** Silver (or Blanco) tequila is better for this sort of cocktail, brands such as Jose cuervo & sierra are great tequilas to use.

Link for clear triple sec:

http://www.thedrinkshop.com/products/productlist.php?text=triple+sec

Link for ‘Agave Sec’…

http://www.thedrinkshop.com/products/nlpdetail.php?prodid=6320

There are more flavoured recipes for the margarita than I can count using a calculator not to mention actually list on this blog, so follow the link below for a great selection of flavoured margarita recipes:

http://mixthatdrink.com/49-margarita-recipes/

Keep an eye out for some more great Cinco de Mayo posts today… their on their way!

P.S. Here’s a link for a great Cinco de Mayo post by a talented blogger:

http://behindthebooze.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/cinco-de-mayo-celebrating-mexican-heritage-and-welching-the-french/

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Profound thinking… Oh and a Cocktail to boot!

Finally i have had a view from New Zealand!

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The place I hold dear in my heart… And one of my cocktail inspirations (especially for summery drinks)

One of the few things i wanted to achieve when i set out with my blog was to reach as many countries as possible and spread the word that cocktails are great. So far, since humble beginnings back in October, I have reached 855+ views spread across 47 different countries and that’s a substantial amount more than I ever could have envisioned.

One country that holds a special place in my heart (ever since one of my best mates emigrated there nearly 10 years ago) is the wonderful land of Middle Earth… That’s right New Zealand! Well after 7 (and a bit) months I have, today, finally received not 1 but 2 individual views from the wonderful land of New Zealand…

So this is a more personal post, and it’s just to say that I’m nearly there… I’m 132 views away from the magic 1,000. If I can hit that figure by the end of this month I think it will have been a fantastic achievement. Not only that but with me looking to branch into some video blogs in the next few months alongside my normal text blogs, I’m hoping I can hit 2,000 in half the time it took to hit 1,000… In theory at least!

Anyway onto the cocktails: Yeah I’m sitting here enjoying a Cuba Libre! A little bit of a treat this time; using Angostura 1919 rum, a golden, slightly spiced and 100% beautiful-in-every-way-possible style rum. Add a half lime’s worth of freshly squeezed lime juice and top up with cola and you have one of the nicest Cuba Libres ever concocted…

I’m enjoying this lovely drink (or two!) and generally chilling out and I started thinking about different posts I’ve done before, and how well they’ve been doing… Now the one post that has done better than all the others (by a long mile) is the Licor 43 Spirit special I did a while back. It’s been superbly popular and its only about the alcohol’s history (in brief) and a couple of cocktail recipes to boot.

Recipe for the Cuba Libre i’m drinking:

50ml Angostura 1919 Rum

1/2 Lime Juiced (roughly 25-30ml)

Top up Coca Cola

Basically I was thinking how good it would be to pay homage to the post and the liqueur itself by gathering some of the best cocktail recipes using the spirit as well as some useful links about the spirit (hopefully showing its overall place throughout the cocktail & spirit worlds).

Well this will be the next large blog I do, and will probably be here within the next month or so, intermixed will be some more cocktail recipe blogs, as well as anything I think you all should know…

Anyway that’s all from me and this rather more sombre post, except to say that I’ve recently updated my about me and ‘services/rates’ pages and would love to direct you all there to have a look at what I can offer (services are unfortunately only open to the UK at this time but I will take emails from anyone who needs help!). Check out these links below for the pages themselves and have fun!

About me: https://theferventshaker.wordpress.com/about/

Services & Rates: https://theferventshaker.wordpress.com/hire-me-services-rates/

Keep your eyes peeled, and thanks again for reading!

Here’s a cocktail to whet your appetite:

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A cocktail all the way from New Zealand… It has something about it doesn’t it?

Moscow Mule – Mixing up some Magic…

The best thing about some cocktails, in my opinion at least, is that they can have their ingredients substituted by certain other ingredients (just look at the classic Caipirinha and Caipiroska cocktails). We all have our favourite cocktails, and for some, we all have our favourite ways of preparing them. For example, I like a little extra lime in my Cuba Libre’s, I just love the taste.

This is the same with the Moscow Mule; at least in principle…

The classic recipe, of 1 part vodka to 4 parts ginger beer, with a splash of lime is one many people will look at and think ‘that’s extremely easy’. And it is. Whilst one of the easiest cocktails to both remember and make; the Moscow Mule is also one of the best tasting. The lime juice, when fresh cuts right through the ‘paint stripper’ taste you get from a lot of the poorer quality vodkas, whilst complementing the higher quality ones (not to mention its crisp, refreshing taste). The ginger beer/ale (which ever you prefer – I myself prefer the more flavoursome ginger ale).

Classic Moscow Mule Recipe

120ml Ginger Beer/Ale

45ml Vodka

5ml Freshly squeezed Lime Juice

Top tip: The higher the quality of the vodka, the better this drink will taste. I find Green Mark is the perfect balance when it comes to ‘quality vs. price’. Ginger Ale is the more flavoursome of the two ginger carbonated mixers. The beer is a flavoured soda, whereas the ale is actually made from Ginger directly.

The best thing about this cocktail is, as previously stated, its versatility when the ingredients are changed out. For a more Caribbean flavour you can substitute half of the vodka for spiced rum, or even add in a splash of gin to give it a more English feel. It’s all about your tastes.

A couple of ideas to get you all started would be:

Citrus: Changing up the citrus flavour in this drink means you can replace the distinct limey flavour with a more bitter lemon flavour, and in some cases even grapefruit and orange flavours. Granted you have to be careful not to increase the fruit juice content too much, so as not to unbalance the drink, but get it right and you have a slight twist on a classic.

A rather good recipe, as well as some others I’ve picked up along the way can be found here in the following section:

Moscow Mule, Valencian Twist

120ml Ginger Beer

45ml Green Mark Vodka

5ml Freshly Squeezed Orange juice

2-5 dashes angostura orange bitters (to taste)

Top Tip: Garnish with an orange twist, and if your skill is up to it, flame the zest of the twist too.

A Great Moscow Mule Pitcher

300ml Vodka

100ml Lime Juice

750ml Ginger Beer

Top Tip: Serve over ice and throw in some Lime wheels to make the jug/pitcher look a little colourful.

A slightly bitter version

3 dashes Angostura bitters

50ml green mark vodka

25ml fresh lime juice

Top up Ginger beer

Top tip: when adding the bitters, make sure it mixes well with the vodka and lime before topping up. Otherwise this drink does not balance well. 3 dashes is the average for this drink, but depending on your taste you can have as little as 1 dash, or as many as 5 before this drink is unbalanced; add the bitters to your own tastes.

The Interurban Kentucky Mule

45ml Kentucky Bourbon

5ml freshly squeezed lime juice

Top up ginger beer

Top Tip: Kentucky bourbon is the only American whisky you should be using in this variation, but if you cannot get a hold of one, then Canadian will suffice. Jack Daniels is just not on the same level.

This version is a Portland (as in Portland, USA) favourite. They folks there swear by these and the bourbon is cleverly disguised within the first sip.

Mezcal Mule/Mexican Mule

45ml Mezcal/Gold Tequila

15ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

Top up with Ginger Beer

The Mezcal Mule (obviously using Mezcal not Tequila) is a house cocktail from the ‘Central’ Bar in Southwest Portland. The Mexican Mule however has a more ‘full on’ Mexican vibe to it.

Either way you’ll enjoy these refreshing cocktails, especially If you love tequila/mescal.

Did you know? – All Tequila’s are a type of Mezcal but not all Mezcal is a type of Tequila.

For 3 other Portland moscow mule variations check out this site:

http://www.neighborhoodnotes.com/news/2012/05/mule_variations_5_portland_takes_on_the_moscow_mule/

Planters Punch – Another great Caribbean delight…

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The Planters Punch cocktail is unmistakably Caribbean in heritage and like you would expect, its perfect for mild beach evenings.

The recipe for this is a very complicated mix of sweet, sour and tart. And in no way is that a bad thing…

Planters Punch Classic Recipe:

45ml Dark rum

35ml Orange Juice

35ml Pineapple juice

20ml Fresh Lemon Juice

10ml Grenadine

10ml Sugar Syrup

2-4 dashes Angostura Bitters

This is the classic version I took from the cocktail books in my library (a cupboard in the kitchen). However as some people find Dark Rum a bit overpowering, you can substitute any rum you are accustomed to (be it Bacardi’s standard white rum or a nice Havana club 7 Anejo or even Captain Morgan’s Spiced)…

However due to restrictions in my own cabinet, I could only make this the once. So I decided to tweak the recipe to suit my dwindling range of spirits…

My own tweaked Recipe:

45ml Kraken Black Spiced Rum (remember this bad boy?)

35ml Grapefruit Juice

35ml Pineapple Juice

20ml Fresh Lime Juice/lemon juice (personal taste)

10ml Grenadine

10ml Sugar (Vanilla flavoured)

2-4 dashes Angostura Bitters

My version was slightly tarter and a little brisker on the taste buds, but on a nice summers evening it’s just as thirst quenching as the original. Don’t get me wrong, the original is fantastic and I suggest you try that before mine, but my recipe is proof that experimenting to what you prefer is what mixology is all about (this point is a constant theme throughout my blog posts). The idea that not every cocktail is going to be liked by everyone, but with a small tweak (sometimes the addition of a mixer) even the most disliked drink can be made favourable.

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Mixing fruit into a planters punch is like mixing up a Pimms, add in what you like and dress it up as much as you want… Just make sure it tastes good first…

Stilettos – Don’t get too excited ladies, I’m not talking about shoes!

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Looking rather classy, this potent but flavoursome cocktail is a female favourite…

Recipes online generally stick to two or three base recipes and tend to vary the ratios of their ingredients. The two base recipes, again, are the same except that 1 uses Lime Juice, and the other uses Lemon juice:

 

Recipe 1:

1.5 measures Bourbon

1.5 measures Amaretto

1 measure fresh lime juice

1 lime wedge, for garnish

Recipe 2:

1 measure Amaretto

2 measures Bourbon

1 measure Lemon Juice

Lemon twist to garnish

Now usually when you have citrus and bourbon, you would opt for lemon juice (as in recipe 2), and the amaretto in such a high amount would be far too sweet. However the tartness of the lime juice helps cut through the amaretto’s sweetness and works perfectly to marry the two alcohols together…

For a longer version you can top up either recipe with Ginger beer (not ginger ale – it just doesn’t work as well).

However the version I spent my early cocktail and university life drinking was completely different:

Stiletto, My way:

1.5 measure amaretto

¾ measure crème de banane

1 measure Pineapple juice

1 measure Orange juice.

Now my version is both infinitely smoother and a tad sweeter.

Now the first recipe made for a great cocktail, a tad too strong and I did need the ginger beer, but nice none the less. The second recipe is made ‘long’ already so it should go down quite well. If you need to tweak it to your own tastes then please do so. I find that to add a little depth in flavour, adding a dry curacao (or triple sec – but not Cointreau) works wonders.

Other recipes, not quite so well-known include the following (sources are credited where appropriate)

Recipe from http://partywithleah.blogspot.co.uk

1 measure Grand Marnier

1 measure cognac

Top up with champagne

3 dashes Angostura bitters

Spiral of orange zest, for garnish

Recipe from http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

1.25 measures Hendrick’s Gin

1 measure sugar syrup

0.5 measure fresh lime juice

5 fresh blackberries

Top up Ginger Ale

2 blackberries for garnish

 These two recipes were taken from their sources as they have the same name as the other recipes in this post. Whilst being made up of different ingredients their quality is as good as the original and of course my recipe. If you try them out let me know what you think, it would be interesting to see which Stiletto is the favourite…