Infusing Vodka with different flavors has really exploded in popularity recently. The availability of these new flavors has led to some exiting new drinks and led me to experiment with creating a Bubblegum Cocktail. I infused my own vodka using Sobieski vodka and Double Bubble Bubblegum. If you make your own be sure to squeeze the extra alcohol out of the bubblegum when you are done and filter it at least twice. You need at least a day to infuse the vodka but I let mine go for a week.. For the cocktail you will need:
- 2oz Bubblegum Vodka
- 1oz Maraschino Liquor
- 3 dashes of Jamaican Bitters
- Splash of Pink Lemonade
- Bubblegum garnish (optional)
Combine all ingredients (excluding the garnish), stir, and enjoy!
Might a homeless old man have a touch more beef bourguignon? And another tequila slammer? Please?
The tequila slammer is a fairly easy drink to make and then polish off quickly. It is well suited for games where you don’t have a lot of downtime since it is simple enough to mix at your desk or couch and then drink it right away. You can use any variety of citrus soda or even ginger ale in this recipe; Mt. Dew, Squirt, 7-Up, etc. This is popularly served in either a shot glass but be sure to use a strong one since a thin shot glass might break.
Pour your soda and tequila in your glass trying not to agitate the soda to keep it from fizzing up. When you are ready to drink cover the glass with your hand, a napkin or a plastic playing card and slam it on the table then drink quickly. If you don’t drink it fast enough you will have a mess on your hands and you will never get rid of the tequila smell in your room.
Good Stone Fences Make Good Neighbors
The Stone Fence is another drink that dates back to colonial times but should be thoroughly enjoyed today. Since it is such a historic drink there are a lot of variations on how to put one together but all the recipes are a distilled spirit and an apple drink mixture of some sort. If you have the apples to freeze your own applejack by all means use that but otherwise you can any dark liquor such as Rye, Rum or Bourbon. A muddled apple can be joined by a cherry or other fruits such as the plum I used, peaches or apricots.
- 2 oz Bourbon
- Hard Cider
- Apple with other fruits optional
- 1 tsp Sugar
Cut off a few chunks of fruit then place them, the sugar, and the bourbon in your shaker. Muddle thoroughly then add ice and shake until the mixture is cool. Fill your glass with ice then pour your strained mixture in. Top your glass with the hard cider then garnish with an apple wedge. Yum.
The Gin and Tonic is a classic cocktail. An easy to make drink it is still one of the most popular cocktails around. It was first concocted in colonial times in tropic British territories where it was used to combat the heat of the day. Tonic water also contains quinine which was used to fight Malaria until World War II. Plus it glows under a blacklight! There is no real set ratio of ingredients in the Gin & Tonic…some bars drown the gin in the tonic water but I think a 1:1 ratio is best. If you don’t want to taste the Gin why have a gin and tonic?
- 2 oz Gin
- 2 oz Tonic Water
- 1 Lime Wedge
Place your ice in a highball glass then pour in the Gin. Follow this with your Tonic Water. You can squeeze a bit of lime juice in if you would like. Gently stir then garnish with the lime wedge. Now you are ready to beat the tropical heat in style.