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Drink Up, Austin

Saddle up and ride for Austin tomorrow if you want to attend the Official Drink of Austin event. Six competing bartenders from the Lone Star state capital will be shaking and stirring their best. Which reminds us, we will be sharing live updates via our Twitter account @ShakesNStirs. Dozens of Texas spirits venders will join the cocktail […]


Blue Train, New Year’s Eve Cocktail

A toast to 2014, before we turn our thoughts to what’s new and next. For our final cocktail of the year, a riff on a fortified champagne or sparkler. Blue Train, narrow gauge 1/2 ounce brandy 1/2 ounce pineapple juice Chilled dry sparkling wine or Champagne Chill a martini or large coupe glass. Pour brandy […]


Black Friday, holiday cocktail

This smooth cocktail is designed to soothe stress and reflect on the possibility of a lovely day off. Serve it on the rocks, while you put up your feet and relax. Absolutely no shopping allowed. Black Friday 1 1/2 ounce bourbon 1 tablespoon Kahlua 1 tablespoon Southern Comfort 1 tablespoon heavy cream Combine all ingredients […]


Gratitude, Thanksgiving cocktail

There’ll be wine with the holiday bird and its surrounding trimmings, but how about a drink to get us ready for the feast? Reminiscent of an Old Fashioned, this has been tailored to capture flavors in the meal about to weigh down the table. The ingredients blend tart, spicy, sweet, bitter, warm, and cool, bringing […]


Black Friday, a #TBT cocktail

A famous Friday cocktail seems a good fit for Throwback Thursday. This smooth cocktail is designed to take the sting out of whatever done stung you. Serve it on the rocks, while you count your victories and smooth away your losses. Black Friday (or Thursday) 1 1/2 ounce bourbon 1 tablespoon Kahlua 1 tablespoon Southern […]


Tailgate redux, football cocktail

American football is revving back up for its short, intense season, and we’ve revived an Original MDC Super Bowl recipe. The setting: Summer is ending in a broiling hot parking lot populated by thousands of excited fans; yes, tailgate city. We’ll need disposable or compostable cups for this. And Tabasco, Louisiana’s culinary curative. We use […]


New World, Campari cocktail

While Christopher Columbus is hailed for “discovering America” on his first voyage to the New World in 1492, all he really did was bump into an island or two in the Caribbean. Our “New World” cocktail celebrates Columbus’ landfall with a tart concoction of rum and citrus. We use Flor de Caña Extra Dry, a rum from […]


Negroni Week GVCO

Imbibe magazine and Campari kick off their jointly-sponsored Negroni Week, June 2-8, 2014. Learn more about it below and also on our Bar Talk blog. This preview of coming attractions is a riff on the classic Campari cocktail, the Negroni. The name GVCO is an anagram of this version’s four ingredients: G for gin, V […]


Love, Valentine Day Cocktail

Got the card? Bought some flowers? Made the cocktail? Cocktail? Oh, yes. A Valentine Day celebration would not be complete without a spirited concoction. To add further joy to the day, we offer this rum-based, light and creamy drink for two. Love Unsweetened cocoa powder 3 ounces light rum 2 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream 1 […]


Touch Down, Super Bowl cocktail punch

Super Bowl Sunday is a uniquely American celebration, and our original MDC cocktail punch appropriately features a uniquely American liquor first distilled in Monmouth, New Jersey: Laird’s Applejack. If Laird’s is not available. you can substitute another applejack brandy. We’ve served this punch to wide acclaim. Below is the pitcher recipe, serving twelve, and the […]


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