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I like a cocktail.  What can I say?  Every day after I work I unwind with a fun beverage or two, or just something simple.  I’ve always liked the concept of bartending.  Your basically on a stage performing and entertaining for someone new every couple of minutes.  The only actual bartending I’ve ever done was with a catering company that only served beer and wine.  I once tended bar at a radio charity event and ended up the stickiest I’ve ever been after only two hours and six made beverages.

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After that event, I realized it was the pressure to make the drink in a timely manner that got me, even if I knew the ingredients.  With that said, bartending just isn’t for me…unless I get to make my own drinks on my time.  This is why I’m bringing you cocktails I like at the end of each month that I’ve also posted to Instagram.  And trust me, if I’m making them it’s because I already of ingredients lying around the house and they aren’t complicated to craft.  If you have a cocktail you’d like me to feature let me know!  Cheers!  Check out what I’ve been making below.

The Azalea

1.5 oz of gin

2 oz of pineapple juice

1 oz of lemon juice

1 teaspoon of grenadine

Shake ingredients in a shaker with ice.

Pour on ice into a rocks glass.

Garnish with a lemon.

Bee’s Knees

2 oz. of gin

3/4 oz. of lemon juice

3/4 oz. of honey

Combine ingredients in a shaker without ice, and shake.  Pour what you shook into a chilled rocks glass or pour over ice in a rocks glass.

Garnish with mint and a lemon slice or orange slice.

The Mint Julep

1/4 oz. simple syrup

6-8 mint leaves

2 oz. of bourbon

In a rocks glass, lightly muddle the mint leaves in the simple syrup.

Add the bourbon, then add crushed ice.

Stir ingredients until glass becomes chilled or frosted on the outside.

Add more crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig.

If you don’t have mint, substitute simple syrup with mint simple syrup.

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