Most Popular Drinks For Camping

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#1 – Beer

Beer can in a cup holder
Beer goes with camping like peanut butter goes with jelly. So it’s no wonder that beer has taken the #1 spot for most popular drinks for camping. If you are car camping you can bring everything from a case of bottles to a beer keg with you. However, if you decide to do some real camping, you know like where you hike into the woods, or paddle upstream in a canoe, you will want to bring something that is a little easier to transport, like cans.

Typically 1 litre of booze will add an additional 1-pound to the overall weight of your backpack. Since everything you bring in you must also be brought out, you may find these tips to lightening your load for getting loaded very helpful:

Leave the cooler at home.
Coolers are not only unnecessary, but they can also be extremely heavy. Thankfully the great outdoors offers many ingenious ways to chill your suds:

Cooling beer bottles in a river
Place your beer in a body of water. Find a place where the current won’t carry them away and your beverages will stay cold all day.

Using a red sock as a beer koozie
If there is no body of water around you could always use a sock. Simply wet a clean sock and put your beer inside. Hang the sock from a tree and as the water evaporates the heat will be drawn away from the beer, which in turn will cool it down.

Mix your own beer.
Powdered beer by Pat’s Backcountry Beverages
If you really want to save some room in your pack, you can always mix your own beer with Pat’s Backcountry Beverages (www.patsbcb.com/beer-concentrate). This powdered beer is light and easy to carry. All you need is a carbonating water bottle and some water. In no time you’ll be enjoying some freshly mixed brews.

#2 – Whiskey, Scotch and Rye

Flask of 'emergency water'
It can get cold out there in the wilderness. That’s why every camper, from the hiker to the car camper, should carry along a trusty flask of some firewater. A few sips of some good whiskey, scotch or rye and your blood will be sufficiently warmed to make it through the night.

#3 – Wine

Tetra pack of French Rabbit Chardonnay
Sure you cooked your dinner over a campfire, but that doesn’t mean you can’t class up your meal with a nice Chardonnay. A fine tetra pack of wine is a must have for any camping trip. Not only are the tetra packs easy to transport, both in and out of the woods, but best of all you won’t have to use that corkscrew option on your multi-tool pocketknife.

#4 – Cocktails

S'moretini
We couldn’t have a list of the best drinks for camping without including at least one cocktail recipe. And since a night around the campfire isn’t complete without having a least one round of s’mores we have come up with the S’moretini.

2 oz marshmallow vodka
1 oz chocolate liqueur
splash of half and half
chocolate syrup and graham crackers for rim
marshmallow for garnish

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into martini glass rimmed with chocolate syrup and graham cracker crumbs and garnish with roasted marshmallow.

Shot Pak's premixed cocktail selection
If making mixed drinks is not your specialty, you can always purchase premixed cocktails such as, Cosmopolitans, Mojitos and even Kamikazi’s that come packaged in lightweight plastic bags. Check out all the flavours available at Shot Pak (www.shotpakinc.com).

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Spring Has Sprung: 4 Drinks To Get You In The Mood

Spring has finally sprung! And with the coming of Spring, “the sun is out, birds are singing, bees are trying to have sex with them… as is my understanding”.

Here at the BarWhiz Blog, as you may already know, we love to provide you with a list of our favorite drink recipes, so today we thought there was no better time than Spring to finally share our recipes for drinks to get you in the mood.

So without further ado, here are the top 4 Drinks To Get You In The Mood:

The Spice of Aphrodite

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, lust and beauty. It was said she was born of the sea and rode to the island of Cyprus on the back of a scallop shell. It turns out that scallops, just like oysters and clams, are an aphrodisiac. They contain high levels of zinc and certain amino acids that are thought to increase the libido. Add this to the sexual powers of asparagus, which is rich in potassium, phosphorous, calcium, and vitamin E, and olives, the The Spice of Aphrodite is one drink that will be certain to get you in the mood.

1.5 oz of vodka
4 oz of Clamato juice
2 dashes Tabasco
3 dashes pepper
4 dashes Worcestershire
lime wedge
sea salt for rim
pickled asparagus and olives for garnish

Rim a tall rocks glass with sea salt. Squeeze a wedge of lime and drop into the glass. Fill with ice. Add vodka, Tabasco, Worcestershire and fill with Clamato juice. Add pepper and garnish with two pickled asparagus spears and two skewered olives.

Eros Delight

Eros, the Greek god of love and sexual passion, was the inspiration for our modern day Cupid. When I think of Cupid I immediately think of cinnamon hearts. And nothing pairs better with cinnamon than apples. It just so happens these two delights are also considered to be aphrodisiacs. Cinnamon has been used to treat impotence, and apples, the forbidden fruit of temptation, are packed with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that stimulate sexual desire.

6 oz of white wine
1.5 oz apple juice
1.5 tsp limejuice
club soda
cinnamon stick
apple slice

Combine white wine, apple juice, and limejuice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass. Top with club soda and garnish with slice of apple and cinnamon stick.

Venus Envy

Venus, Rome’s version of Aphrodite, is the Roman goddess of love, lust and beauty. Our Venus Envy creation contains, among other aphrodisiac looking ingredients, honey, which is said to contain boron, a trace mineral that helps the body metabolize estrogen, as well as B vitamins, which are used to enhance testosterone.

3 oz white wine
3 oz sparkling wine
1 oz cucumber water
1 tsp limejuice
2 teaspoons honey
chopped mint leaves

Combine white wine, cucumber water, limejuice, honey and mint leaves to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass, top with sparkling wine and garnish with cucumber slices and mint.

Rati’s Passion

Rati, the Hindu goddess of passion and lust, basically wrote The Book of Love. With Sanskrit words like rati-karman and rati-laksha, both which translate to sexual intercourse, it is by no stretch of the imagination that the Indian Hindu text, The Kama Sutra, came to be. For our last recipe of drinks to get you in the mood we combined both basil, considered the sacred herb of India, that has been found to awaken the senses, stimulate blood flow, and relieve fatigue, with strawberries, thought to be one of the most erotic fruits on the planet.

6 oz white wine
4 strawberries
1 tsp sugar
1 sprig basil
1 oz lemon juice

Combine strawberries, sugar, basil and lemon juice into a blender. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with white wine and add strawberry and lemon slices for garnish.

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Most Popular Drinks Of The 7 Continents

Here at the BarWhiz Blog we’ve written a lot about popular drinks, from those that will bring you in out of the cold to the most popular drinks to serve at a house party.

Today we take on the almost impossible task of determining what are the Most Popular Drinks Of The 7 Continents.

Africa – Dawa

Swahili for medicine, Dawa is a classic African cocktail, that by all accounts was first invented in Kenya, and has since become a popular drink to sip in the whole of the continent.

2 oz vodka
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp brown sugar
1 lime
Dawa stick for garnish

Muddle lime chunks, honey and brown sugar in a rocks glass. Add crushed ice, vodka and stir. Garnish with Dawa stick.

Europe – Beer?

From Champagne in France, Scotch in Scotland, Stout in Ireland, Vodka in Russia, and everything in between, it’s quite hard to narrow down the list to one single popular drink for all of Europe. Based on the image to the right, by landmass alone, vodka looks to be the clear winner. However this report suggests that draught beer is becoming increasingly popular in Russia… so who can really tell what the most popular drink is in Europe. If you ask a backpacker, undoubtly they will tell you it’s beer, (or whatever it is you are willing to buy a round of), so we’ll just stick with that.

1 keg, can, or bottle of beer

Open it up, pour it in a glass or drink it from the bottle or can. Come on, it’s beer, you know how to do it.

Asia – The Bucket

Speaking of backpackers, if you’ve done any backpacking through Asia then you must be familiar with the dreaded ‘Bucket’. Is it really the most popular drink in all of Asia? With over half of the World’s population residing in the continent, not likely, but look, it’s a great drink to share with friends.

1 bottle of Sangsom whiskey
1 can of energy drink (Red Bull, M150, etc)
1 can of pop
1 plastic bucket
1 package of straws

Mix all ingredients in a bucket, add straws and enjoy with friends.

Australia – Fosters

Although the current trends in Australia are suggesting a shift in consumer tastes, with more people purchasing spirits and wines, this “nation of beer drinkers” still love their Fosters. Oh, and for the backpackers, there is always GOON.


1 big can of Fosters

Open can and drink up mate.

North America – Wine

North America consists of more than just the two countries of Canada and the United States. There are in fact 35 countries that fall within the North American continent. With just over 550 million inhabitants, and knowing the stereotypical drinking habits of the three biggest countries, (Canadians love their beer eh?, Americans their bourbon, and Mexicans their tequila), would it surprise you to know that the most popular drink is actually wine? It sure as hell surprised me, and I live in North America!

1 bottle of your favorite wine

Fight out the cork, or twist off the cap, pour into a wine glass and enjoy.

South America – Cuba Libre

Not to be outdone, South America has an estimated population of just over 400 million inhabitants within 14 countries. So what is the most popular drink on this continent? We’re going to have to settle for the traditional Cuba Libre. I know I can already hear the groans now, so check out this great list of some ‘other’ South American cocktails.

2 oz light rum
1 can of cola
1 lime

Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice, add rum, squeeze juice of lime and fill with cola. Garnish with lime wedge.

Antarctica – Anything On The Rocks

Although not an inhabited continent in the conventional sense, Antarctica does have up to 5,000 residents at any one time. Some, about 1,000 or so, stay year round manning the many scientific research stations that dot the continent’s landscape. What do the inhabitants of Antarctica drink? Well, anything on the rocks of course. There is plenty of ice around after all.

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Most Popular Drinks To Come In Out Of The Cold

You know we are all about warmin’ up with a cold one, but sometimes – when you are as cold as this girl looks – what you really need to do is to warm up with a warm one.

Here at the BarWhiz Blog we love to showcase our extensive list of our favorite cocktails and drink recipes, so to take the chill out of your bones this winter why not try out some of our most popular drinks to come in out of the cold:

Irish Coffee

2 oz Irish whiskey
6 oz coffee
sugar
cream

Add whiskey and coffee into a glass mug. Top with sugar, cream, stir and serve. I tend to add an ounce or two of Irish cream, such as Bailey’s, to replace the cream and sugar, but hey, that’s just me.

Dirty Chai Toddy

1 oz bourbon
1 oz espresso
4 oz half and half
2 oz water
½ cinnamon stick
1 cardamom pod, crushed
3 peppercorns, crushed
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 tbsp sugar
1 bag of black tea

Bring cream, water, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns, ginger and sugar to boil in a small saucepan. Add tea bag and steep. Strain in warmed mugs, add espresso, bourbon and serve.

Esky’s Hot Spot

2 oz scotch
sugar
lemon peel
4 oz water
nutmeg

Combine whiskey, sugar and lemon peel into a mug. Add boiling water, stir and garnish with nutmeg.

Mulled Wine

2 bottles red wine
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 orange, zested
1 lemon, zested
3 peppercorns, crushed
2 cardamom pods, crushed
1 cinnamon stick, crushed
1 clove, crushed
1 star anise
½ cup kirsch

Combine red wine, sugar, orange and lemon zests into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add all spices to a tea ball and place in saucepan. Once sugar has dissolved remove pan from heat, remove spices and stir in kirsch. Ladle mulled wine into heatproof glasses, add garnish and serve.

Blizzard Cocktail

1 ½ oz rum
½ oz hazelnut liqueur
½ oz Irish cream liqueur
5 oz coffee
whipped cream
chocolate shavings

Combine rum, hazelnut liqueur, and Irish cream in a glass mug, top with coffee and garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Peppermint Patty

2 oz peppermint schnapps
5 oz milk
Hot chocolate powder
whipped cream
candy cane bits

Combine milk and chocolate powder in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and transfer into a glass mug. Add peppermint schnapps, garnish with whipped cream and candy cane bits and serve.

Tom and Jerry

1 ½ oz brandy
1 oz dark rum
5 oz hot milk
1 egg
1 tbsp sugar
pinch of ground allspice
pinch of ground cinnamon
pinch of ground cloves
nutmeg

Separate egg whites and add sugar. Beat egg whites and slowly add ½ oz of brandy and spices. Fold egg whites in egg yolk. Place 1 tablespoon of batter into coffee mug, add brandy and dark rum, and top with hot milk. Garnish with nutmeg and serve.

Spiked Apple Cider

2 oz bourbon
5 oz apple cider
½ oz orange juice
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp cloves
1 cinnamon stick
½ tsp nutmeg

Combine apple cider, orange juice, sugar, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg into a small saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer for 10 minutes; add bourbon, strain into glass mug and garnish with cinnamon stick.

Spiced Pumpkin Cider

1 ½ oz spiced rum
5 oz apple cider
2 ½ oz pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
pinch of pumpkin pie spice
1 cinnamon stick
whipped cream

Combine apple cider, pumpkin puree, and spices into a small saucepan. Bring to boil and simmer for at least 10 minutes. Strain into glass mug, add rum, garnish with whipped cream and nutmeg.

Hot Buttered Rum

2 oz dark rum
6 oz hot water
2 tsp sugar
1 pat of unsalted butter

In a glass mug combine sugar and a small amount of hot water until the sugar dissolves. Add rum, butter and fill with hot water.

Honey-Bourbon Toddy

1 oz bourbon
4 oz hot water
1 tbsp honey
1 strip of lemon peel
1 cinnamon sticks

Combine honey and hot water in rocks glass and stir until honey is dissolved. Add bourbon and garnish with strip of lemon peel and cinnamon stick.

Hot Milk Punch

1 oz dark rum
1 oz brandy
1 tsp sugar
4 oz milk
nutmeg

Combine rum, brandy and sugar into a glass mug, stirring until sugar dissolves. Fill with hot milk and garnish with nutmeg.

Flaming Brandy Punch

Makes 18 to 20 servings

2 bottles dry red wine
4 cups brandy
1 ¼ cups water
1 cup fresh orange juice
½ cup fresh lemon juice
1 ¼ cups (packed) dark brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
1 strip of orange peel
1 whole nutmeg

Combine water, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange peel into a large pot and bring to boil. Once sugar has dissolved stir in wine. Pour mixture into heatproof punch bowl. Mix in orange and lemon juice. Fill ladle with brandy and ignite. Pour flaming brandy into punch bowl and allow flame to burn out. Pour in remaining brandy and garnish with nutmeg.

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Most Popular Christmas Party Drinks

Even the Grinchiest of Grinches and the Scroogiest of Scrooges’ ice-cold hearts thaw just a little bit when it comes to getting together with friends for a few holiday drinks. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, from the second to third week of December, and well into the New Year, it is a great time to attend or even host a holiday party.

I’ve been to some pretty amazing parties where the host serves an elaborate themed menu, showing of their incredible culinary skills, however where many parties have failed is when it comes to party drinks. Typically BYOB (bring your own bottle) is expected.

It’s understandable of course, after all who really can afford to both feed and supply alcohol to all of their friends around this time of year. However, being able to supply some creative drinks alongside the incredible food would just blow your guests away.

The affordable solution: create a drink menu and assign each guest a particular bottle or ingredient to bring with them. Here are some of our favorite Christmas Party Drink recipes to add to your drink menu:

#1 – Eggnog

What is Christmas without a glass or two of everyone’s favorite treat – eggnog! Whether you purchase it from the store or make it from scratch, everyone loves a little eggnog each year, especially when it’s spiked. Since eggnog is our #1 pick for the most popular Christmas party drink we will not only provide you with a recipe to make homemade eggnog, but we’ll also provide you with two boozy variations. Think of it as our Christmas present to you.

· Simple Eggnog Recipe (Serves 20)

1 dozen eggs
12 oz white sugar
2 quarts milk
2 quarts whipping cream

Separate egg yolks and set whites aside for latter use. Combine egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients, mix well and chill in refrigerator. Before serving whisk egg whites and fold into mixture.

· Brandy Eggnog

1 oz brandy
½ oz dark rum
8 oz eggnog
whipped cream
ground nutmeg
cinnamon sticks

Shake brandy and rum in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a mug, add freshly made eggnog, top with whip cream and garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon sticks.

· Eggnog Martini

1 ½ oz dark rum
3 oz eggnog
almond extract
ground cinnamon
ground nutmeg
cinnamon stick

Shake rum, eggnog and almond extract in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into martini glass rimmed with cinnamon. Garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

#2 – English Christmas Punch

This Christmas punch is enough for 27 glasses, and best of all it is served on fire! Caution should be taken when igniting the punch; you don’t want to end up with a Griswold Christmas tree.

26 oz dark rum
26 oz dry red wine
24 oz strong tea
1 lb superfine sugar
juice of 1 large orange
juice of 1 lemon
orange slices

Combine wine, tea and the juice of one lemon and orange into a saucepan. Warm the mixture, being careful not to boil. Pour into heatproof punch bowl. Add sugar to a large ladle allowing excess sugar to enter punch bowl. Pour rum over ladle until sugar is saturated. Ignite the rum and sugar mixture carefully pouring into punch bowl. Stir to extinguish flames, add remainder of rum and orange slices for garnish.

#3 – Mulled Beer

Far be it from me to tell you how to drink you beer, I am after all a proponent of warming up with a cold one, but sometimes it’s nice to offer your guests a warm drink. This holiday recipe, which serves 20 of your closet friends, creates a warm and spicy twist on the traditional Christmas beer.

10 bottles of dark ale
5 egg yolks
5 tsp white sugar
2 tsp nutmeg
cinnamon sticks
10 cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger

Combine beer and spices in a large saucepan and heat until ground spices dissolve. Mix sugar and egg yolks together and add to spiced beer ensuring to stir well. Pour into beer mug and garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

#4 – Hot Buttered Rum

Speaking of warming up with a warm one, this buttery treat is the perfect drink to hand your guests as they enter into you home from the frigid outdoors.

1 ½ oz of brandy
½ oz dark rum
1 Tbsp unrefined brown sugar
1 Tbsp white sugar
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
8 oz water
cloves
ground cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and warm on low heat. Works best if you make multiple cups at one time. Pour mixture into mugs and garnish with ground cinnamon

#5 – White Christmas

For those guest who wrinkle their noses to the though of eggnog, surprise them with this alternative. The additional flavors do a good job of masking that eggnog taste for those not so inclined.

1 oz Southern Comfort
½ oz white chocolate liqueur
4 oz eggnog
chocolate flakes

Shake all ingredients a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into martini glass and garnish with chocolate flakes.

#6 – Poinsettia

This elegant cocktail is made with Champagne, or sparkling wine, which will add a touch of class to any holiday party.

3 oz sparkling wine
½ oz triple sec
3 oz cranberry juice

Combine triple sec and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a Champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.

#7 – Candy Cane

Here’s a fun cocktail to make for those that have a peppermint tooth – they are easy to spot, as they are the ones always stealing the candy canes off of your tree.

¾ oz berry flavored vodka
¾ oz peppermint schnapps
¾ oz white crème de cacao
¼ oz grenadine
half and half
soda water
candy cane

Combine vodka, peppermint schnapps, white crème de cacao, and grenadine into a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with crushed peppermint candy. Fill with half and half, top with soda water and garnish with a candy cane.

#8 – Merry Christmas

Last but not least, here at the BarWhiz Blog we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas with a cocktail of the same name.

1 oz gin
1 oz cranberry juice
1 tsp lemon juice
club soda
fresh cranberries

Shake gin, cranberry and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice, top with club soda and garnish with fresh cranberries.

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Most Popular Drinks Every Bartender Should Know

 
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Tip from BarWhiz: Also check out our Periodic Table of Alcohol which gives great information about popular drinks

Besides being able to pour a proper pint, every bartender should have a solid backing knowledge of the most popular drinks. Not every patron knows what they want to order and those that do know want it made the way it is supposed to be. Of course there are hundreds of drinks a bartender SHOULD know, but we’ve decided to go with the classics. Here’s a quick rundown of the most popular drinks every bartender should know.

#1 Cosmopolitan (aka – Cosmo)

Cosmopolitan

Thanks to the ladies in Sex and the City, every middle-aged woman out on the town thinks it is not a complete night until they have consumed a multitude of Cosmos.

1oz vodka
½ oz triple sec
½ oz lime juice
½ oz cranberry juice

Chill a martini glass. (add ice, water) Shake the vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice in a shaker with ice. Empty the chilled glass, strain the contents from the shaker into the martini glass and garnish with a wedge of lime.

#2 Classic Martini

Classic Martini - Project Flickr: Drink

The martini can keep it dry or wet, clean or dirty, infused with apples or bacon. There are literally hundreds of variations of the martini these days with the production of flavoured vodkas and creative bartenders. Anyone who has ever seen a James Bond movie knows that he prefers his martini made with vodka not gin, and shaken not stirred. Keep it simple. There is a reason it is a classic after all.

2 ½ oz gin
¼ oz dry vermouth

If someone really knows their martini, they will certainly be the first to tell you how they prefer it prepared. If not, follow these and you will be safe. Toss a handful of ice cubes into a mixing glass adding the gin and vermouth. Stir or shaken (as denoted). Strain into a martini glass and finish with a skewer of olives or a twist of lemon peel.

#3 Bloody Caesar

Bloody Caesar

There is a Bloody Mary and there is a Bloody Caesar. If you are a bartender you know the difference. If you don’t know, then you are not a good bartender. I prefer to build mine from the ground up, and why not be a little dirty about it too (extra Worcestershire).

Here is my personal recipe:

1 oz vodka
7 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
pinch of salt & pepper
4 oz Clamato juice

Rim a tall rocks glass with celery salt. Squeeze a wedge of lime and drop into the glass. Fill with ice. Add vodka, Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce, and fill with Clamato juice. Bang salt & pepper shakers over the top two times. Garnish with a wedge of lemon & lime, a dash of horseradish and two skewered olives.

#4 Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple cocktail

Unfortunately the world is populated with people who do not imbibe alcohol but still like to pretend they enjoy a cocktail from time to time. It is also a standard for children at restaurants who want to feel like adults. Every bartender should know how to whip up a Shirley Temple.

2/3 cup lemon-lime soda or ginger-ale
2 tbsp grenadine
1/3 cup orange juice

Fill a tall rocks glass with ice. Add the soda, grenadine and juice; still until combined. Classic garnish is an orange skewered with a maraschino cherry.

#5 Screwdriver

Screwdriver Cocktail at Hostaria del Piccolo

Every woman loves them and men cannot get enough of them at Sunday brunch with the family.

1 oz vodka
½ cup orange juice

Fill a small rocks glass with ice. Add vodka and juice.

#6 Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

If you had trouble with the Screwdriver, then this is probably going to throw you for a spin. Seriously. If you did not know what this is, if you even have to read what a Cuba Libre is, then please quit your job as a bartender.

1 oz white rum
½ cup coca-cola

Fill a small rocks glass with ice. Add rum and coke. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

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The Health Freak’s Guide To Boozing

 
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After breaking a personal record at the gym, or reaching that perfect BMI, here at the BarWhiz Blog we understand that, every once in awhile, even the healthiest of health nuts deserve a little reward time at the bar. Don’t panic; there is no need to fret about all those empty calories or bloated beer bellies, as there are many health conscious ways to still party it up.

Water Water Everywhere

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Alternate drinking water between booze throughout the night. You should try to drink at least one glass of water for each alcoholic drink you consume to help flush out the toxins and avoid that hangover that could interrupt your morning jog.

Avoid The Dreaded Munchies

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Always eat before you go out. Fill up on your favorite healthy meal and then hit up the town. Going out on an empty stomach will not only impair you more quickly, but those end of the night greasy chilli cheese dogs could become even more appealing.

Stick To One Drink

Drinks Anyone?

This should apply to everyone. If you’re switching between shots, blended drinks, wine and beer, you will not only lose track of how many empty calories you are consuming, but also how much alcohol as well.

Say No To Sugar

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Veer away from ultra sugary drinks such as anything made with soda, juices and especially energy drinks. All these mixes contain loads of empty calories and refined sugars.

Nurse It

Nurse Brandi

No no no, not that kind of nurse. Nurse your drinks and make them last by drinking them slowly with lots of water in between. As we mentioned in other posts, when it comes drinking think of it as a marathon, not a sprint, and pace yourself.

Just Don’t Do It

Don't Drink and Drive

The final option to enjoy a night out while maintaining your healthy lifestyle is to just not drink at all. You can even volunteer to be the designated driver, which will allow you to have a good excuse to not get in on that round of sugary shots.

So now that we’ve given you some tips on how to drink with your health and figure in mind, we’ve come up with a few recipes on what to drink:

#1 Cucumber & Lemon

Cucumber Limeade

1 cucumber
6 oz water
1-2 lemons
3 oz vodka
ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with a wedge of cucumber.

#2 Cranberry & Blueberry Martini

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1/2 cup fresh whole blueberries
4 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz lemon juice
3 oz gin
1 cup ice
1/2 oz of honey
orange curl for garnish

Shake all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into highball glass, garnish with orange curl, and serve.

#3 Mango Margarita

Mango margarita @ Toloache.

1 oz mango juice
1/2 oz lime juice
1.5 oz tequila
3 oz filtered water
1/2 oz of honey
1 cup ice
slice of pear for garnish

Shake all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into rocks glass, garnish with slice of pear, and serve.

#4 Kiwi Mint Lime

Golden smoothie

20 mint leaves
2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
4 small to medium sized kiwis (peeled)
1 tablespoon of honey
4 oz of light rum
2 oz water

Muddle kiwis in a cocktail shaker. Combine remaining ingredients and shake, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a slice of kiwi.

#5 Pineapple & Banana Spiked Smoothie

pineapple pear and melon smoothie

1 whole pineapple
2 frozen bananas
6 oz lemon juice
6 oz vodka
garnish with chocolate mint

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a coctail glass and garnish with a sprig of chocolate mint.

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Periodic Table of Alcohol

Welcome to BarWhiz, where we always like to talk about parties, nightlife and of course alcohol.

Whether you’re a regular drinker or just like a cocktail every now and then, you might find yourself missing the ingredients, curious about knowing more beverages and wishing you had some visual aid.

We’ve decided to gather some popular alcoholic drinks and make an easy visual aid, with this periodic table, you can find recipes for a lot of popular cocktails, or simply read about some new alcoholic beverages you don’t know.

Please let us now what you think in the comment section. Enjoy!

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Easter Themed Cocktail Ideas

Drunk bunny

So far this year the mixologists at BarWhiz have provided you a list of saintly drinks, from St. Valentine to St. Patrick, but today is all about Easter.

Easter is a Christian holiday that not only marks the end of lent, but also celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is also the time of year where children search for hidden chocolate eggs that where scattered around their homes by a magical bunny…

As for why bunnies became associated with Easter, just look no further than Christopher Moore’s satirical novel, Lamb. In his book, Moore’s character Joshua (Jesus) drunkenly gushes his affections for bunnies while at a wedding reception, declaring, “Henceforth and from now on, I decree that whenever something bad happens to me, there shall be bunnies around.” And that’s why we have the Easter Bunny.

From the walking dead to magical bunnies, Easter is one time of year that a tasty drink idea will be appreciated by all, and especially by those that gave up the drink as part of their Lenten sacrifice.

So without further adieu, here are your 5 Easter themed cocktail ideas:

#1 – Easter Bunny

easter bunny cocktail

1/2 oz vodka
1 oz creme de cacao
1 tbsp cherry liqueur
1 tbsp chocolate sauce

Pour all ingredients into a martini glass with ice and serve.


#2 – Easter Egg

Easter Egg Cocktail

1 oz blue curacao
1 oz white creme de cacao
half-and-half cream

Pour blue curacao and creme de cacao over ice cubes in chilled martini glass, float cream on top and serve.


#3 – White Rabbit
Aviary's White Russian

1 oz white rum
1/2 oz amaretto
1/2 oz kahlua
1/2 oz baileys
1 oz cream

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into rocks glass and serve.


#4 – Carrot Martini

Blood and Sand

2 oz citrus vodka
1 oz grand marnier
1 3/4 oz carrot puree
nutmeg and cinnamon for garnish

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.


#5 – Resurrection

Pernod

2 oz pernod
2 oz brandy
2 oz yellow chartreuse

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into a collins glass and serve.

Author: Corey Rozon

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St. Patty’s Day Themed Cocktails

Sex and midgets.

St. Patty’s Day is the one-day of the year where everyone is Irish. This cultural and religious holiday first took place in 1783 to commemorate Saint Patrick, one of the most commonly recognized patron saints of Ireland. You know Ole St. Patrick, he’s the one that rid the island of snakes. Today, the celebration consists of wearing of green and drinking green beer.

Here at BarWhiz, we say forget the green beer, if you really want to drink like the Irish, go for something black, but if Guinness isn’t your thing, maybe this list of St. Patty’s Day themed cocktails will do:

#1 – Irish Flag

IRISH FLAG DRINK S.PAT06

1/3 oz green crème de menthe
1/3 oz Bailey’s
1/3 oz Grand Marnier

Slowly layer ingredients in order to a shot glass and serve.


#2 – Emerald Isle

MINT MARTINI

1 oz gin
1 tsp green crème de menthe
2 dashes of bitters
1 mint leave

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into chilled martini glass, garnish mint, and serve.


#3 – Dublin Handshake

Cocktail glass

1/2 oz Baileys Irish cream
1/2 oz Irish whiskey
3/4 oz Sloe gin

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into martini glass, and serve.


#4 – Dancing Leprechaun

Gin Lemonade

1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey
3/4 oz Drambuie
3/4 oz lemon juice
ginger ale
lemon peel
1 mint leave

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into highball glass with ice, garnish with a twist of lemon and mint, and serve.


#5 – Irish Trash Can

Irish Trash Can

1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz light rum
1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz peach schnapps
1/2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
1/2 oz triple sec
1 can Red Bull® energy drink

Add all ingredients to a Collins glass with ice, top with Red Bull, and serve.

Author: Corey Rozon

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