For one semester Metropolitan Community College offered a community education course that covered the history and making of some of America's favorite drinks. This is the presentation I used to teach the class.
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1 Bottle of red wine(Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot, Rioja, Zinfandel,Shiraz)1 Lemon cut into wedges1 Orange cut into wedges1 Lime cut into wedges2 Tbsp sugarSplash of orange juice orlemonade2 Shots of gin or triple sec4 Cups ginger aleSangriaA batch drink at its best
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In the beginning… …there was whiskey and taxes. The most popular drink in the nineteenth century was whiskey—an “all-American” liquor borrowed from Scotland and Ireland which replaced rum during the British blockades in the American Revolution and War of 1812.
Between 1100 and 1300, distillation spread Whiskey to Ireland and Scotland, with monastic distilleries existing in Ireland in the 12th century. Since the islands had few grapes with which to make wine, barley beer was used instead, resulting in the development Bourbon of whisky. During the Prohibition era in the 1920s in the US, all alcohol sales were banned in the country. However, the federal government Rye made an exemption for whisky, which could be prescribed by a doctor and sold through licensed pharmacies. During this time, the Walgreens pharmacy chain grew from 20 retail stores to almost 400.Whiskey / BourbonA gentlemans drink of choice.
12fresh Mint leaves 4.5 oz. bourbon 1.5 oz. Pure Cane sugar syrup (65°brix, 2:1 sugar/water) 3 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters Lightly MUDDLE (only bruise) mint in base of shaker. Add other ingredients, SHAKE with ice and strain into glass half filled with crushed ice. CHURN (stir) the drink with the crushed ice using a bar spoon. Top up the glass with more crushed ice and CHURN again. Repeat this process until the drink fills the glass and serve.Mint JulepClassic, refreshing, bourbon.
2 whole Maraschino cherries & syrup 1 slice Fresh orange (cut into eight segments) 2 oz bourbon ⅛ shot Maraschino syrup (from cherry jar) MUDDLE orange and cherries in .5 oz Pure Cane sugar syrup base of shaker. Add other (65°brix, 2:1 sugar/water) ingredients, SHAKE with ice and fine strain into ice-filled glass. 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bittersOld Fashioned (US version)A favorite among gentlemen called Mike Ekey
2 oz bourbon 1oz Cointreau triple sec 1oz Freshly squeezed lime juice .5 oz Pure Cane sugar syrup (65°brix, 2:1 sugar/water) Top up with Ginger ale SHAKE first 4 ingredients with ice and fine strain into ice-filled glass. TOP with ginger ale.Kentucky TeaFor a sweeter palate.
Tequila was first produced in the 16th Blanco century near the location of the city of Tequila, which was not officially established until 1656. The Aztec Joven people had previously made a fermented beverage from the agave plant, which they called octli (later, and more popularly Resposado called plaque), long before the Spanish arrived in 1521. When the Spanish conquistadors ran out of Anejo their own brandy, they began to distill this agave drink to produce North Americas first indigenous distilled spirit.TequilaYou have been warned.
2 oz Tequilla1.5 oz Cointreau triple sec1.5 oz Freshly squeezed limejuice1 oz Pure Cane sugar syrup(65°brix, 2:1 sugar/water)MargaritaIf it comes from a bucket, run away.
1oz agave tequila (reposado) 1 oz. Rye whiskey 1 spoon Runny honey 2 oz Pressed apple juice Top up with Ginger ale STIR honey with whiskey in base of shaker until honey dissolves. Add tequila and apple juice, SHAKE with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. TOP with a splash of ginger ale.The Bee StingHold on to your sombrero.
GinFrom the bathtub to the shaker: This drink has history.
By the 11th century, Italian monks were flavoring crudely distilled spirits with juniper berries. The Dutch physician Franciscus Sylvius is credited with the invention of gin. By the mid 17th century, numerous small Dutch distillers (some 400 in Amsterdam alone by 1663). It was only when William of Orange, ruler of the Dutch Republic, occupied the British throne together with his wife Mary that gin became vastly more popular.GinFrom the bathtub to the shaker: This drink has history.
Secretly produced "bathtub gin" was commonly available inthe speakeasies and "blind pigs" of Prohibition-era America due tothe relative simplicity of the production method. Gin remained popularas the basis of many cocktails after the repeal of Prohibition. Gimlet 2 oz. gin 1.5 oz. limeGinFrom the bathtub to the shaker: This drink has history.
2 oz. Bombay London dry gin 1 oz Cointreau triple sec 1.5 oz. Freshly squeezed lime juice .5 oz Pomegranate syrup 1 fresh Egg white SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.BoxcarThe incredible, edible egg.
1.5 oz Gin.75 oz Noilly Prat dry vermouth.75 oz Martini Rosso sweet vermouth1 oz Freshly squeezed orange juiceSHAKE all ingredients with ice and finestrain into chilled glass.The Bronx (aka Satan’s Whiskers)This is the B Train express traveling uptown. Watch the closing doors.
VodkaBad vodka tastes awful. Good vodka tastes like nothing.
According to Gin and VodkaAssociation (GVA), the firstdistilled beverage similar to acrude brandy was produced inPoland already in the 8thcentury, while the firstidentifiable vodkas appearedin Poland in the 11th century.It was used often as medicineand calledgorzalka. EncyclopædiaBritannica writes that Vodkaoriginated in Russia during the14th century, but exact originsof vodka cannot be traceddefinitively.VodkaBad vodka tastes awful. Good vodka tastes like nothing.
By 1975, vodka sales in the United States overtook thoseof bourbon, previously the most popular hard liquor and the nativespirit of the country.Its neutral flavor allows it to be mixed into a wide variety of drinks,often replacing other liquors (particularly gin) in traditional drinks,such as the Martini.VodkaUh oh…
2 oz Vodka 2 oz Cointreau triple sec 2 oz Ocean Spray cranberry juice 1 oz Freshly squeezed lime juice 1dash Angostura orange bitters (optional) SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.The CosmopolitanOh, it hurts.
2 oz vodka 1 oz Galliano liqueur 3½ oz Freshly squeezed orange juice Pour all ingredients into ice filled glassHarvey WallbangerOr… The screwdriver +
2shots Ketel One vodka4shots Tomato juice½shot Freshly squeezed lemonjuice7 drops Tobasco hot peppersauce4 dashes Worcestershire sauce2 pinches Black pepper⅔ pinch Celery saltBloody MaryNow this is cooking.
Asian Mary (with wasabi, ginger &soy sauce)Bloody Bull (with beef consommé)Bloody Caesar (with clam juice)Bloody Joseph (with Scotchwhisky)Bloody Maria (with tequila)Bloody Maru (with sake)Bloody Shame (without alcohol)Bullshot (with beef bouillon)Cubanita (with rum)Red Snapper (with gin)Bloody MaryNow this is cooking.
The Cape Cod-Vodka-CranberryJuiceTheGreyhound-Vodka-GrapefruitJuice Rock Lobster -Vodka -Pom JuiceAnd the rest…
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