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National Coffee Day

Posted on 29th September, by DrinkGal in General. No Comments


September 29

Today is National Coffee Day! We can’t think of a better way to enjoy coffee than with booze in it, so we offer you 3 of our favorite coffee drink recipes so you can celebrate the day right.

The Irish Coffee was invented in 1942 by Joe Sheridan, a bartender at the Foynes Airport in Shannon, Ireland.

Irish Coffee

1 ½ oz Irish Whiskey
hot coffee
sugar cube (optional)

Preheat coffee glass with hot water. Dump water the water out, add whiskey and top with hot coffee. If desired, stir in sugar cube for a little sweetness! Top with whipped cream. It’s the best part.

Spanish Coffee

½ oz overproof rum
1 oz Kahlua
1 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz brandy
sugar, for the rim matches or another device that can set things on fire

Rim the glass with sugar (you may use a little water to get the sugar to stick) …

This calls for a Spanish Coffee

Posted on 29th September, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments


It’s National Coffee Day! Don’t get us wrong, we love coffee. We are just of the mind that your coffee can be improved with a little booze in it.

So! To celebrate the morning beverage of choice in the only way we know how, we give you detailed instructions on how to make our favorite coffee drink, the Spanish Coffee. A bit labor intensive perhaps, but worth the trouble.

What you’ll need:

A glass conducive to caramelizing sugar (read: burning)
½ oz overproof rum
1 oz Kahlua
1 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz brandy
sugar, for the rim
matches or another device that can set things on fire

Rim the glass with sugar. You may use a little water or orange juice to get the sugar to stick, we don’t recommend lime juice as it might make the sugar tart. Pour the overproof rum into the glass. Hold the …

National Punch Day

Posted on 20th September, by DrinkGal in Events. No Comments


September 20

Today is National Punch Day!

Punches are a the cocktails of yesterday and a re-emerging art form in the cocktail world.

May we suggest: The Punch Bowl by Dan Searing for recipes and a good dose of boozy history. For some immediate gratification, here are a couple punch recipes you can make for yourself, right now.

Planters Punch (Trader Vic’s recipe)

3 oz Jamaican rum
Juice of one lime
½ oz lemon juice
½ oz grendine
¼ teaspoon bar sugar

Shake all ingredients and strain into an ice filled glass. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.

The best Bourbon Milk Punch we have found was (of course) at the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. This recipe is a good one too, one we put together with a little tinkering.

Bourbon Milk Punch

2 oz bourbon
½ oz Demerara syrup
½ oz Vanilla extract
½ oz cream
2 oz milk
½ …

Bluecoat American Gin

Posted on 15th September, by DrinkGal in Reviews. No Comments


The fellas behind Bluecoat Gin started out with one thought: that Pennsylvania needed a distillery. Before Prohibition, the state had a plethora of spirits pouring out of it, but from the time of the Noble Experiment until Philadelphia Distilling set up shop in 2005, the craft distilling market was dry as a bone. Rob Cassell, one of the founders of the distillery, had previous experience in brewing (Wayne’s Valley Forge Brewing & Downingtown’s Victory Brewing) and was confused as to why there were so many breweries and so few spirits being produced. After a quick study of distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, finding partners Andrew Auwerda & Tim Yarnall, and acquiring a distilling license, a plan was hatched.

Bluecoat gin was flowing freely out of the distillery by 2006, and was enjoying the trappings of success, winning accolades at home …

Here we go again: Initiative 1183

Posted on 1st September, by DrinkGal in Insider. 3 Comments


Ah, it’s deja vu. At this time last year we were discussing fraternal twin initiatives 1100 and 1105, liquor privatization measures on the ballot for Washington State voters. Both failed, despite heroic efforts, although by a fairly close margin.

Shall we dance again? This year it is Initiative 1183. Still backed by the store we love to hate, Costco and joined by Seattle darling Trader Joe’s, 1183 is described by Yes on 1183 as “a ballot measure proposed for the November 2011 statewide ballot, will privatize the distribution and sale of liquor in Washington state, provide hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenues to state and local governments and increase consumer choice and convenience — while continuing to strictly regulate the sale of liquor.”

This measure appears to be more revenue-friendly than 1100 and 1105: Apparently two government and one private …