Here’s to the holiday season!

Beverage Club readers,

As promised, I present to you more of my cocktail ideas. I was given the opportunity to bar tend a formal, and I had to come up with a few winter/holiday-inspired cocktails. After a bit of brainstorming, here’s some things I came up with…

Mint and Tonic

1.5 oz Gin

.5 oz Peppermint Schnapps

Tonic Water

Instructions: Build the drink in a highball glass full of ice. Use a mint leaf for a garnish.

Yes, I realize this one’s a bit stiff. The true gentleman’s drink, the gin and tonic, with a minty, holiday spin.

And since we’re all trying to kick back as the semester comes to a close, I present to you something more festive for all your end-of-semester festivities! I present to you a shooter!

Build these babies in a shot glass and pass around…

Sweet Tooth

1 pt Amaretto

1 pt Coffee liqueur

1 pt Irish cream

1 pt Rum

Instructions: start with the alcohol with the lowest specific gravity¬†and then go up from there: Rum, Irish Cream, Amaretto, and then the Coffee Liqueur. The idea is to “layer” the shots. Use the end of a spoon to slip the heavier alcohols to the bottom on the side of the shot glass.

This is all very hypothetical at the moment. I need to see if the colors work and see how to improve the layer effect. I’ll give it a go this weekend and let you all know how it goes.

Happy holidays,

J Lo

A Glass of Class: Introductions and Rasputin’s Fury

Hello, beverage-clubbers and connoisseurs! We are Calvin (mixologist/engineer) and Lucio (bar chef/writer,) sending you guys and girls our (somewhat) weekly drink experiments and personal recipes. So, welcome to the first installment of “A Glass of Class!”

Rasputin’s Fury

2 shots frangelico

2 shots Stoli vanilla vodka

half a highball of cola

Shake the alcohol with ice, then strain into highball until it is 3/4 full. Serves about 6.

The two of us discovered Rasputin’s Fury during a trip to the Center for Jewish Living’s after-shabbat bar night some time ago. The bartender was a member of one of the off-campus improv groups; we were trying to network with him, and when he offered to make us a special drink, we figured this was a big in. He wove a tale of Rasputin, the infamous Russian advisor to the Czar who supposedly cheated Death so many times, he makes Jackie Chan look like the bubble boy. To top it off, he claims that this was the drink that gave old Raz the power to survive. And here we were, drinking that same ambrosia of the gods. I was tentative at first, but being a fan of Stoli and having grown up on espresso-frangelico, I decided to go for it. Calvin had no such doubts, but then, his stomach is made of iron, so he had nothing to worry about. The drink was as smooth as silk, and tasted like some mystical get-you-drunk chocolate. To this day, we attribute that night to the kindling of our desire to experiment with our drinks to accompolish what “Rasputin” had: make a fantastic drink to call our own. As always, stay thirsty, ladies and gents.

–C and L