Happy Cinco de Monday! Celebrate with a margarita tutorial @CitySteam #CincodeMayo

Ok, ok, it’s not Friday. But if there was ever an excuse to get your drink on early in the week – Cinco de Monday, ahem, I mean, Cinco de Mayo, is a pretty fabulous one.  Jennifer at City Steam breaks down how to make a 932 Margarita in this video.

Speaking of, if you’re looking for something cool and free to do tonight after work in the Hartford area, stop by Hartford Prints! for the High Fives for Cinco de Mayo event. It’s an awesome start to a night followed by more margaritas at Trumbull Kitchen or Agave perhaps, if you’re so inclined.

Recipe below, and thanks to the City Steam team for inviting us in!

Ingredients:

1 oz 1800 Silver Tequila
Orange Agavero Liqueur
1/4 oz simple syrup
Dash of lime juice
Two dashes of hopped grapefruit bitters

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Gin before breakfast with @ginb4breakfast @Millwrightsct – #TGIF

It’s not every day I get to make a truly satisfying pun. But I got lucky in the pun department this week at Millwrights. If your twitter handle is @Ginb4breakfast – you had better believe I’ll post my TGIF post early to showcase your mixology skills on a gin cocktail – before breakfast. Get it?

Ok, enough embarrassing myself. Watch the link as Chris Parrott breaks down the basics of a classic prohibition era cocktail – the Southside Gin Rickey. Ingredients are very simple and copied below.

Chris has graciously offered to be a feature on this segment, so you’ll be seeing a lot more breakdowns of the amazing Millwrights cocktails in the future!

South side Gin Rickey

Ingredients:

2 oz gin
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
Handful of mint
Club soda

#TGIF Mixology lesson for a good cause with Time Out Sports Bar!

This Friday we are drinking for a cause with Jeff Fiorino – Beverage Manager of the Time Out Sports Bar in the Doubletree by Hilton in Bristol! Time Out recently teamed up with Husky Vodka to donate $1 from the sale of each cocktail to Camp Courant – the Hartford Courant’s signature charity which is dedicated to sending as many underprivileged kids as possible from Hartford every summer to an awesome, all expenses covered, summer camp.
I love this cocktail for being a fresh spring libation which features the always delicious St Germain and a not-so-common ingredient – lemongrass! Watch Jeff shake it up in the video above – ingredients are copied below:

Zen Husky Cooler:

Muddle 2 cucumber wheels with a lemon wedge
1 ½ oz Husky Siberian Vodka
½ ounce St Germain Elderflower Liquor
Shake and strain into a Collins glass
Fill with fresh brewed green tea infused with lemongrass
Garnish with lemongrass and a lemon twist