Friday, April 30, 2010

Drink of the Week-- 4-30-10

Afternoon everyone!!! Well the first weekend in May is here, so you know what that means!!! The fastest 2 minutes in sports is upon us, THE KENTUCKY DERBY!!!! So in honor of this great event(which I wish I was able to attend) the Drink of the Week this week is a classic. The Mint Julep!

This wonderful refreshing drink is very popular in Kentucky.Traditionally the Mint Julep is served at the Kentucky Derby in Silver or Pewter mugs, but not limited to being served in just those. If you have the opportunity to use one of those mugs,chill them before mixing your mint juleps. Side note according to some Southerners a Mint Julep is not the product of a formula, but a ceremony.

Here's a classic Silver Mint Julep Mug

So here is the recipe and Prep:

Mint Leaves
Crushed Ice
2 Tablespoons Mint Syrup
2 Tablespoons Water
2 oz of your choice Kentucky Bourbon

Crush or Muddle(your preference) mint leaves into the mug, until it begins to look like a paste.
Fill the Mint Julep mug halfway with Crushed Ice or shaved ice. Add your Mint Syrup, water and Bourbon. Stir until Mug is frosted on the outside. To Garnish, Use a fresh Sprig of Mint.

And this is what you should come up with....

So to everyone going down to the Derby, have a ball. I heard reports of almost 80k Mint Juleps were projected to be served at the Derby alone, not including the surrounding after parties!! So should shape up to a great weekend!

As always until next time, please remember to Drink RESPONSIBLY and always TIP YOUR BARTENDERS!!!!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

BEEFEATER 24 Gin Event!

Hey everyone! Im back! I havent been blogging in awhile, because i have been busy welcoming the newest member of the Mr. Mixologist family into the world. My son Je'Qwuan Terrell was born Jan 3rd of this year. So its been a hectic first few months of the year to say the least.

But i had the opportunity to go to the Beefeater 24 Gin event here in Chicago at Hub 51. It released here in Chicago a few weeks ago. Needless to say, Im not a big Gin drink, Im a Cognac drinker, but this Gin has turned me around completely. Before I give out my personal opinion, I'll give you guys a little background about Beefeater 24.

Handcrafted with 12 botanicals including a rare blend of teas, Beefeater 24 is distilled in the heart of London. Its name is inspired by the city’s 24-hour stylish, sophisticated lifestyle, as well as the unique 24-hour steeping process designed to make the gin exceptional. Beefeater 24 is the ultimate creation of Desmond Payne - arguably the world’s most experienced Gin Master Distiller – and draws upon his more than 40 years of distilling expertise.

“Beefeater 24 is a gin of unrivaled smoothness and complexity,” said Maria Puente, Senior Brand Manager for Beefeater at Pernod Ricard USA. “To create 24, Desmond spent 18 months adjusting and perfecting the recipe with today’s discerning spirit connoisseur in mind. The result is a subtle and sensuous gin that blends beautifully with other ingredients to create exceptional cocktails.”

Beefeater 24 is a blend of natural botanicals sourced from around the world, including hand-prepared grapefruit, bitter almond, orris root, Seville orange peel and accents of rare Japanese Sencha Tea and Chinese Green tea. In addition to different botanicals, Beefeater 24 is “cut” earlier during distillation to retain its freshness and vitality.

Beefeater 24 was previously launched to rave reviews and is making waves with bartenders and consumers in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston and Philadelphia.

Now the event was held at one of Chicago's hot spots, and Beefeater didnt disapoint at all. They also used Beefeater in a few cocktails.

Here are the Beefeater 24 cocktails and recipes we enjoyed for the evening...

The Back Nine
Beefeater 24
Fresh Iced Black Tea
Fresh Lemonade

The Shifting Sands
Beefeater 24
Grapefruit Juice
Lemon Juice
Club Soda

The 24 Martini
Beefeater 24
Lillet Planc
Orange Bitters

The Triple Citrus 24 & Tonic
Beefeater 24
Fever Free Tonic

All in all this is a exciting new Blend of Gin that will make everyones Pallet water. From traditionanl Gin drinkers all the way up to newcomers, it is refreshing and will def be a staple in my personal bar at home.

Until Next Time


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