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tropical mint julep

Coconut Oil Washed Mint Julep

I’ve always found making summer cocktails with bourbon somewhat challenging, as I usually don’t mix bourbon with what most people presume to be summer ingredients – watermelon, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, etc. When I think of summer cocktails with Bourbon, personally, I think the classic Mint Julep is the way to go.

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coconut oil washed bourbon

DIY Mixology – Fat Washing Spirits

I hope you can get past the rather unusual title here. When we are talking about cocktails, fat washing might sound bizarre or borderline discussing, but washing” alcohol with fats (and oils) is an excellent way to infuse without over seasoning while adding a unique texture to a spirit.

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Painting with Flavors. The Real Farm to Bar Adventure

Last week, I was invited to attend the 6th year anniversary of “Farm to Bar”, held at Wildcat in Santa Barbara. The “Farm to Bar” is a weekly 4-hour-ish event hosted by some of Santa Barbara’s finest cocktailers, with a straightforward concept – bartenders exploring farmers markets for a few hours and concocting a variety…

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kaffir lime cocktail

Kaffir Lime Summer Sipper with Peppermint Foam

If you are a frequent reader of our blog, then you might know that we love making, what we call, complex cocktails. And no, I don’t mean overly complicated drinks or using rare ingredients and unusual combinations of flavors that no one has thought of mixing before. I’m talking about paying attention to more than just the initial taste when a cocktail hist your lips.

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the best ice cream cocktail

Amaro Guinness Float

With temperatures in the upper 80’s in July, boozy floats may just be the best thing since sliced bread. I mean, who wouldn’t want a fizzy cocktail topped with a touch of silky ice cream? I don’t know about you, but I think sipping on a boozy float by the pool might be my new summer tradition.

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easy watermelon cocktail

Mediterranean Watermelon Cocktail

The summer heat is in full swing this year, and everybody is looking for creative ways to chill their palates and find their oasis. Possibly with a drink in hand. With the emergence of handcrafted spirits, artisan sodas, and fancy kombuchas, freshly juiced watermelon often takes a back seat in summer cocktails in bars around the U.S.

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rum cocktail with banana shrub

Banana-Beer Cocktail (Sand and Hops)

As bartenders, our cocktail creations are often influenced by seasonal flavors and inspired by trending ingredients. But as cocktail enthusiasts ourselves, the thrill of trying out new booze and creating something different and exciting is what keeps us going forward. And yes, sometimes, we get our cocktail muse from the most unlikely of sources – like today’s inspiration, a Khordz glass…well, a mug to be more precise.

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banana nutmeg shrub virgin

Homemade Banana and Nutmeg Virgin Shrub (Banana Kompot)

I know that you probably don’t think cocktails when you hear bananas and I can’t really blame you for it. I mean they are virtually impossible to juice and muddling them wouldn’t get you anywhere either, but I’ve always said: “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” So let’s go bananas guys!

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Cherry caipirinha crush

Cherry Cachaca Crush

Now, it’s not like we ever need an excuse to have a cocktail around here, but with wretchedly high temperatures this summer, we thought sipping on a Caipirinha (or in this case variation of it) might be the perfect way to revive ourselves, get a break from the torching hot sun and introduce you to something new and exciting.

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