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Top 5 Cocktail Bars in Tulsa

February 8, 2014 2 comments

I recently attempted a Google search for the key words “top Tulsa cocktail bars” hoping to find a blogger’s opinion on the blossoming collection of fine establishments serving even finer tipples in the Tulsa metro. Sadly, I found very little outside of boring Yelp listings. Feeling as if I’ve frequented enough gin joints in T-Town that my opinion has some sort of merit, I decided to put a list together myself. So, after putting a bit of thought into it, I came up with 5 places that certainly deserve some recognition for the hard work, deft skill and delicious drinks that they provide for thirsty Tulsans each and every night.
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Bacardi Cocktail

April 25, 2012 2 comments

It’s 1937, a mere four years since the end of prohibition, and the New York Supreme Court is holding a hearing on the legality of using any type of rum other than Bacardi to make the famous Bacardi cocktail. After hearing from a number of local NYC bartenders, some of which blasphemously claimed that they use the cheapest or handiest rums available to make a Bacardi cocktail, Justice John L. Walsh declared that “Beyond a reasonable doubt subterfuge and a fraud is subjected on the purchaser when Bacardi rum is left out of a drink listed as a Bacardi cocktail.”

The Bacardi cocktail is both vibrantly hued and flavored.

Bacardi cocktail
Ingredients:
2 parts Bacardi white rum
Juice of a whole lime
1/2 part grenadine

Shake over ice and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

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Negroni

April 11, 2012 3 comments

The short, refreshing, elegant Negroni has become one of my go to cocktails recently (despite the fact that my favorite local bar does not have a bartender one who can make it without my help). It’s a drink that combines two of my favorite flavors in the world, the fragrantly wonderful spirit known as gin and the bitterly beautiful concoction known as Campari. Most classy bars and restaurants will know how to throw together a Negroni for you. If you happen to come across a bar that doesn’t, read on so that you can teach your local server a thing or two.

The alluring red dice color of the Negroni.


Negroni

Ingredients:
1 part gin
1 part Negroni
1 part sweet vermouth

Shake and serve over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

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Nelson’s Blood

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

On Valentine’s Day earlier this month, I picked up a bottle of rather cheap champagne to serve before, during and after dinner. Seeing as how my fascination with mixing drinks is still in its fever pitch stages, I took this opportunity to try out a few cocktails that I’ve never had the chance to taste before. While scouring the internet for interesting recipes, I came across something that was, if anything, interestingly named. The recipe for Nelson’s Blood was simple, champagne topped off with tawny port, but the taste was better than I would have ever expected. Luckily, I just so happened to have a bottle of Christian Brothers Port on hand. The initial opening of that bottle of port was the first time I’ve ever actually tasted this particular type of fortified wine. I’m not sure this goes for all brands, but the port I had on hand was a bit too sweet to drink by itself. Adding some brandy to the port, per suggestions from a number of sources, tempered the sweetness a bit; but it was adding it to a glass of sparkling wine that became by favorite port cocktail of all.

Two wines, a flute and a lot of bubbles.


Nelson’s Blood

Ingredients:

4 parts champagne or sparkling wine
1 part ruby port
Pour champagne into a champagne flute, top off with port.

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Cocktail Corner: Daiquiri

January 19, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s a story I’ve told many times, but I suppose it’s worth telling again; the reason why I decided to abstain from drinking rum for the past five years is because of a single instance in which a series of rum and Cokes one night nearly made me keep my promise of swearing off drinking for life. It was only recently that I bit the bullet and added a bottle of dark rum to my mini-bar. I now have a new appreciation for this tropical spirit though. It’s more versatile than I ever realized, certainly more so than tequila. There’s also a number of classic, history-filled drinks that use rum as its base. One of those drinks is the daiquiri, a cocktail that has interesting 100+ year old Caribbean origins.

The original daiquiri is really just a rum gimlet.


Daiquiri

Ingredients:
2 parts light rum
1/2 part lime juice
Dash of Simple Syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled martini or margarita glass.

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Cocktail Corner: Dry Martini

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

The martini is both one of the most popular cocktails of our time and also one of the least understood. There are a number of variations on the original martini (which interestingly enough was made with sweet vermouth), from fruity adaptations to briny vegetable concoctions. Today though, I’m going to talk about the currently more famous dry martini. The recipe that I’ve provided below is my personal take on the dry martini. Though some martini enthusiasts may be offended by my liberal use of vermouth, the truth is that a martini is not a martini without vermouth.

A crystal clear martini wading in the glass that bears its name.

Dry Martini
Ingredients:

3 parts gin
1 part vermouth
In an ice filled shaker add gin and vermouth and stir. Strain the mixture into a martini glass. Garnish with olives and a lemon twist. For a dirty martini add a small bit of olive juice to the mixture.

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Cocktail Corner: Jack Rose

January 6, 2012 Leave a comment

My thriving fascination with mixing drinks is a fairly recent obsession. On a whim one day I purchased a cocktail shaker. Though my attentions were to create a classy mini-bar for my newly rented house, it ended up setting dormant in the cupboard for some time. That little black plastic shaker gave me an itch though. Knowing that it was setting, never before used, in my kitchen cabinet; I now had motivation to add more liquors and liqueurs to my collection, which at the time consisted of nothing more than a lonely bottle of Jameson. Soon my ambitious attitude turned into an obsession to have a mini-bar that was just as well stocked as any bar in town. Along the way, I purchased a unique cocktail recipe book and scoured the internet for interesting concoctions that I could mix for my wife, my house guests and myself. So now I’m going to use the Cocktail Corner section of this site to provide these recipes, and their back stories, to my thirsty readers.

Jack Rose

Everything you need to make the perfect Jack Rose

Jack Rose
Ingredients:
2 parts applejack

1 part lime juice
1/2 part grenadine
Shake with ice and serve neat in a martini glass. Garnish with a cherry, a lime slice or even an apple slice.

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