I’m not a mixologist, I entertain at home and like most of us, we want to come up with delicious drinks and cocktails to serve our guests. Why should bars be unique? A home bar is just as good as a martini or high end regular bar? It shouldn’t. A Home Bar (or your friends bar!) is the perfect bar! I created a Facebook Page for my recipes and tips / tricks called The Kitchen Beast and I’d be honored if you’d like and follow me there!!!
Jack Rudy for those that don’t know is a boutique small batch prohibition era style company that makes absolutely delicious syrups and other mixers. I have tried their elderflower tonic syrup, regular original tonic syrup, extra bitter tonic syrup, sweet tea syrup, and the other goodies Jack Rudy has like vermouth soaked olives, etc. Everything was delicious but in my honest opinion, the elderflower tonic syrup and the original tonic syrup are my favorites. That’s what inspired me to create the Monday Night Rude Rudy Cocktail!!!!! So without further delay…
Monday Night Rude Rudy Cocktail Recipe
Add together: 1 1/2oz. Makers Mark 46 Bourbon
3/4 oz. Jack Rudy Elderflower Tonic Syrup
Add ice, and top with 5oz. Carbonated Water (club soda or sparkling water will do just fine!)
For a little “extra” you can add a couple drops of Jack Rudy Cocktail Company Aromatic Bitters
Here’s a very simple Tabbouleh Recipe with Batata ma3 Kizbra Recipe. I can barely spell Tabbouleh so if I can make this recipe, you can too! As is traditional in Lebanese cooking, this is typically made with “a bit of this…” “some of that….” “a pinch of this” “a few of that….” So I’ve tried to capture what was made in The Kitchen Beast‘s kitchen as best I can. I bring you the Tabbouli Recipe. (Shortcut because you should actually make the Tabbouleh Mix from scratch… but this works well too!)
1/2 large sweet onion
6 large on the vine tomatoes
1/2 c. fresh basil
1/4 c. fresh mint
8 oz. fresh mozzarella
5-6 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
juice of 2 whole lemons
5-6 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper to taste
2 boxes of Near East Tabbouleh Mix
OPTIONAL: Serve atop Romaine Lettuce if you would like to make this into a salad
Make the Near East Tabbouleh Mix as on the package. Place in refrigerator to cool for 30 minutes.
Finely (rough) chop the sweet onion, garlic, basil, mint, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes and place them into your separate large salad bowl. Largest bowl you have is always my choice!
Juice all the fresh lemons and pour it over the mixture. Add olive oil, black pepper and salt in the mixture. Mix well.
Take the Tabbouleh mix out of the refrigerator and combine with the above mixture. Mix well.
Place in refrigerator to cool for 15 minutes. (or longer)
Serve and enjoy! Refrigerate any leftovers for up to 3 days.
This Tabbouleh was served with a side of Batata ma3 Kizbra (Potatoes and cilantro). This was paired with a very delicious cocktail that I call “Cool As A Cucumber”. It’s a light refreshing blend of fresh lemon, simple syrup and sliced cucumber and can be made with or without vodka. (Cocktail or mocktail).
Every amazing Moscow Mule starts with copper mugs. There’s no doubt about it. A high quality copper mug is essential to the process. It adds a connection to your mule cocktail and it looks stunning. Copper has long been thought to be symbolic of royalty and used for special occasions or saved for special people. If you’re here reading this blog, you’re a special person!
Now you need the perfect ingredients:
1/2 oz. lime juice (around 1/2 a lime)
2 oz. vodka
4-6 oz. ginger beer (you can substitute ginger ale)
Simple Syrup (add to taste)
How to make the perfect Moscow Mule:
Add crushed ice to your Copper Moscow Mule Mug — The BEST Copper Mugs are HERE at Amazon.
Squeeze juice of 1/2 lime into a metal shaker filled with cubed ice.
Add vodka, and 1/2 ounce (give or take) of simple syrup (see below for Recipe for simple syrup).
Shake the shaker vigorously and then pour into the copper mug, and fill with cold ginger beer. You can use ginger ale if you wish…. but ginger beer works better.
Serve with a stirring rod. If you buy the mugs I recommend ( https://goo.gl/CYbpWk ) it comes with a BEAUTIFUL copper straw!
Garnish with a lime.
Now, simple syrup is so simple. Really.
How to make simple syrup:
In a sauce pan combine:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Simple, huh? Bring to a boil, then let it cool. I put the sauce pan right in a big bowl of ice – or take the simple syrup out and pour it into a glass bowl surrounded by ice. I rarely think about this in advance, so I’m doing last minute syrup making!
And there you have it. How to make the Perfect Moscow Mule!
I purchased these Copper Moscow Mule Mugs at a significant discount. There was no requirement to post or review them, I simply wanted to share these amazing mugs with everyone as I’m thoroughly happy with them!!! They will help you make the perfect cocktail as well!
Let’s face it… Mixing spoons are never long enough. Whenever I make iced tea, my teaspoon is never long enough. I try and use a tablespoon but I end up using a butter knife. It’s frustrating!! And a stir straw, forget about it. That’s about useless for mixing drinks!
I had an opportunity to receive this spoon for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Let’s talk about the spoon itself. It’s long, solid, well made, and works great. It’s stylish and functional all in one. It’s at a great price too, under $9 for a top notch bar accessory!! Every bar should have one of these.
Even the mixer that my bar tools set came with isn’t this long. It’s perfect for milkshakes, tall drinks (long drinks), basically any drink you can come up with. It’s over 12 inches long so I dare you to find a drink that is too tall for this. I even used it in my pitcher that I sometimes infuse vodka in!!!! It’s super long. Super handy. Get this essential bar mixing cocktail spoon and you won’t be disappointed!