How to make a Shaketail, or Drinking Yourself into a Sugar-filled Stupor

What’s great food without a great drink every now and then? My cocktail experience is admittedly limited so I have enlisted my friend Nick, the greatest cocktail expert I know, to help me out! As an experienced bartender, Nick runs a great blog called Broke and Thirsty to help those of us less enlightened on the drink. Here is his recipe for Chocolate Salted Caramel Shaketails. Check it out, and then head over to Broke and Thirsty for more amazing recipes!

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Just as a great meal can change your day, I have always found that the right drink can make a world of difference. Ever since turning 21 I have whole heatedly embraced combining pleasures like cocktails and milkshakes. After all, guilty pleasures are a necessary part of life and what could be better than a shaketail?

Chocolate Salted Caramel Shaketail
o 1 cup vanilla ice cream
o 1.5 oz bourbon
o 1.5 oz (3 tbsp) chocolate syrup
o 1.5 oz (3 tbsp) carmel simple syrup
o 0.5 oz Creme de Cacao
o 1/8 tsp of Sea Salt

Blend all ingredients together and serve in a tall glass with a straw. This creates a nice blend of flavors with strong notes of bourbon and salt which fade into a rich chocolate flavor and a smooth caramel finish. The choice of ingredients is up to you, but for the bourbon I highly recommend McAfee Benchmark No. 8. This amazing cheap bourbon consistently is rated 90pts or higher and yet costs less than $10/fifth. Now that is a win/win if I’ve ever heard of one!

Making the carmel simple syrup is quite easy and is not only cheaper but also healthier than store brands of caramel syrup. Like any simple syrup, you will need one part water for every part sugar. To begin, place a 1/2 cup of sugar with a tablespoon of water in a saucepan on medium heat. The trick to making a good caramel is to resit every temptation and refuse to stir the bubbling mixture.

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Wait until the caramel becomes rich amber in color and then stir with a whisk. Once smooth, lower the heat. The next trick is that unlike normal simple syrup, the additional water that is added must be hot. If you add cold water, the caramel will seize and you will have to begin again. Continue stirring as you add the hot water and do not remove from the heat till completely mixed. Once mixed, remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool.

I am not going to make any claims that this shaketail is “healthy” but the quality of ingredients can go a long way to make this drink healthier and more delicious as well. Just as using a good bourbon makes for a better shaketail, using good quality ice cream goes a long way to making this drink taste great. But unlike most spirits, I am not a great authority on ice cream so I will not attempt to recommend a good ice cream. Just use your favorite brand and enjoy this wonderful treat.

Total cost per drink: ~$1.80

For more great and affordable cocktails, checkout my blog, Broke And Thirsty!

Starbucks in Your Kitchen: Easy Homemade Iced Mocha Coffee

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I spent the first two years of my college career devoid of coffee. Yes, you read that right. No coffee. Two years.

I just didn’t understand this weird, bitter and seemingly over-hyped drink rumored to turn the most mellow individual into a carrot-overdosed jackrabbit. The smell was always so rich and enticing – but anytime I took a sip, I felt an overwhelming urge to spit the weird brown contents back into its cup.

But then Junior Year came along and 9 AM classes became increasingly more difficult to shlump to and obscure political theory articles more frequent in my assigned readings. You could say the years were getting to me. But clearly something needed to change in my life as a tired, winded Junior. And that’s when I turned my attention over to the mysterious brown liquid I had rejected all these years: coffee. And before I knew it, I was another caffeine-addicted collegiate with one hand flipping through notebook pages and another steadfastly gripped to my coffee mug.

Since my conversion to a member of the coffee-driven masses, this phenomenal recipe from HonestlyYUM has caught my eye!

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What’s great about this recipe is that it looks and tastes like an incredibly expensive $5.50 iced mocha from your local hipster coffee shop, but is actually nothing more than a simple three-ingredient drink made with items found in anyone’s kitchen. And as anyone with a caffeine addiction knows, a lot of coffee ain’t cheap. On days that I don’t get to sip on this wonderful drink, I get by with a little help from my Mr. Coffee machine and bulk bag of ground coffee from Costco. If you are in the process of developing a similar caffeine addiction, make sure to invest in these early so you and your wallet don’t regret it later!

Iced Mocha with Coffee Cubes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of your favorite brewed coffee
  • 2 cups of warm milk
  • 4 tsp of cocoa powder

Directions:

1. Brew the coffee. Let it cool for about five minutes, then pour the coffee on your ice tray. Leave them in the freezer overnight.

2. Warm milk in the microwave for 90 seconds. Add cocoa to the bottom of the cup/jar you’re using for the drink, and then add 1/4 of the warm milk. Stir to dissolve the cocoa.

3. Once cocoa is dissolved, put in the coffee cubes. Add more or less depending on how much coffee flavor you’d like.

4. Add the remaining milk. And sip up!

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As you can see, the recipe is extremely simple and fun to make! Oh what’s that? You ask what those beautiful baked goods are next to the coffee? Funfetti Cake Batter Blondies, of course, and they make the coffee particularly phenomenal 😉

Until next time!