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July 3, 2008

Adventures in Bartending

Filed under: Local,Personal @ 11:37:09 AM Tags: ,
From the "I-said-HEY-bartender Hey-man, looka-here A-draw-one, draw-two, draw-three, four glasses-of-beer" Department

Last weekend was all Party, and we’re coming up on the Long 4th of July Weekend, which means more of the same.

Last weekend was fun, as I got to break out into new avenues in Mixology.

For Friday, I mixed up the following:

  • Pre-Mixed Gallon of Margaritas (Courtesy of Jeffrey Morgenthaler)
      This has become a staple at parties, the gallon of mix takes about two hours to make (with hand squeezing, much less with electric) and you just pour the mix over ice. Fortunately, I’ve taught others of the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com Brood how to make them.
  • Mojitos
      I’ve never had these before, and even though it was my first time making them, they were quite popular (I almost ran out of limes). Here, I also used Mr. Morgenthaler’s method. Though, I found the girls wanted them a bit sweeter than the recipe suggested, so I doubled the amount of sugar when a girl ordered them. (1.5 oz of simple syrup instead of the recommended .75 oz.)
      I was informed these Mojitos were quite good. (There are two kinds of mojitos in the world, really good, and really bad. I’m just glad mine were not in the latter category.)
  • Sidecars
      I made a few of these on Friday night, but Saturday they were quite popular (Probably because I was drinking them myself and other peoples wanted them too). But I got a good ratio between the Lemon Juice, and Orange Liqueur.
  • Cosmopolitans
      I only made a few of these on Friday, but again, they were well received. It seems my Mixology Experiments are paying off.
  • Oh, and I made a couple of Rusty Nails

All in all, the drinks were well received. I think everyone appreciates my efforts to stay away from the mixes, and sticking to real ingredients. As I was muddling a mojito in the kitchen, on Friday, as 20 of my closest friends were crowded into the kitchen/living room/dining room of the Jeremy-Gilby-dot-Compound, one of my female friends pointed out:

(Though, I was hardly muddling. It was more of a stirring the mint in the Simple Syrup. [Pulverizing the mint makes the drink quite bitter])

This weekend, I’m probably going to be making more of the same. I might pull out some new stuff, depending on what people are thirsty for.

Happy Independence Day!


  1. What was the occation for your 20 closest friends to gather?

    Comment by G.B. — July 3, 2008 @ 1:22:01 PM

  2. Yes, you will be making more of the same!!! :)

    Comment by jaime — July 3, 2008 @ 2:34:14 PM

  3. The occasion, G.B., was a housemate’s birthday (which was actually the Saturday before the party)

    And it was 20 “OF” my closest friends (Which is a larger subset)
    My top 20 closest friends were not all in attendance.

    Comment by Jeremy — July 3, 2008 @ 10:17:40 PM

  4. Hemingway liked Mojitos, but for some reason they’re considered a chick drink. I’ve found that the mint is critical; get the wrong type and its bitter no matter how much sugar you add. Spearmint is the absolutely wrong type, peppermint is much better.

    I discovered that when I used mint leafs from our backyard.

    Comment by The Former Roomate Still Known As Matthew Maynard — July 5, 2008 @ 7:22:30 AM

  5. Since I’m swimming in Lemons, The-Roommate Formerly-Known-as Matthew-Maynard, I was making Long Island Iced Teas, this weekend.

    Of course, in doing so, I HAD to retell your infamous attempt at making such a tasty adult beverage.

    Comment by Jeremy — July 5, 2008 @ 9:54:19 PM

  6. Just found this site for the unprepared bartender… kinda fun. Not sure how deep their recipe list is.

    [Booze Buddy Linkified – ed.]

    (link me up Jer!)

    Comment by Cisco — July 30, 2008 @ 5:28:14 PM

  7. Good site, Cisco, but it lacks the garnish, glassware, or even the mixing method.

    (Shaken or Stirred, Mr. Bond?)

    For example, a Martini is NOT Gin and Vermouth poured into a glass.

    Webtender has a similar engine, which gives you drinks based on whats in your bar.

    Though the interface is more kludgey.

    Comment by Jeremy — July 30, 2008 @ 8:18:50 PM

  8. I still don’t know why these didn’t appear in the Recent Comments thingie.

    Comment by Jeremy — August 1, 2008 @ 3:42:00 PM

  9. Testing the comment thingie again

    Comment by Jeremy — August 7, 2008 @ 12:08:17 PM

  10. […] the Apache Margaritas, my local circle of friends have become fans of my mojitos, which are a variation of the Jeffrey […]

    Pingback by Jeremy-Gilby-dot-com » Variation on a Mojito — July 5, 2009 @ 2:00:25 AM

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