arleo de guzman@the_barleo

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Summer solstice means it's the first day of summer and apparently National Peaches and Cream Day? Or perhaps that coincidence is just a 2018 thing
I have a mild lactose intolerance so I'm skipping the cream and just enjoying a peachy drink! It's somewhat cooled off in LA but that doesn't mean I can't have a sweet mocktail with a bit of a bite. With that in mind, here's the Peachy Lean Mean Drink Machine! Cheers, and happy official start to summer!
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Don't worry, the Peach Rosette didn't go to waste just for the garnish! After I finished this drink, I made a new small batch of peach cordial using a simple recipe of simmering with sugar and citric acid. Depending on the fruit itself, it can be a little bitter but it definitely feels healthier than a store bought syrup.
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Peachy Lean Mean Drink Machine
2 oz Barley Tea
1 oz Peach Cordial
.5 oz Ginger Shrub
.5 oz Lemon Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
Shake and strain into collins glass, then top with sparkling water. Garnish with a frozen peach rosette
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Replace the barley tea with a nice sharp Rye for a little edge or a Bourbon for a more mellow cocktail
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Been a while since I carved an ice ball with anything inside it
I forgot how finnicky it is to control those darn flowers when doing a large batch of directional freezing
But hey, I got a couple of flower ice balls out of it!
This mocktail is made with all floral-based ingredients, including the faux vermouth variant featuring some hibiscus tea with the grapes. Here's the Beautiful Floral Dream! Cheers!
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Somnium Pulchra Flora
1 oz Faux Vermouth with Hibiscus as primary Botanical
1 oz Elderflower Tea
.5 oz Simple Syrup
2 Drops Orangeflower Water
2 Dashes Floral Bitters
Sparkling Water
2 Drops 10% Saline
Stir and strain all but sparkling water into glass. Express and discard an orange twist, then top with sparkling water. Add ice ball to glass
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The alcoholic version of this is a low ABV cocktail with bianco vermouth and an elderflower liqueur, or use a similarly refreshing liqueur like @chareauspirit Aloe liqueur in place of the vermouth
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Sometimes it's #NationalMartiniDay and you've already made both a Martini and Gibson in recent posts
I'm celebrating the Martini and its various cousins with my own mocktail twist with two of my favorite ingredients: Campari and Maraschino Liqueur. Don't worry, it's still a mocktail! I cooked out the alcohol from the equal parts Campari and Maraschino mix and added a hint of sugar to replace that slight sweetness. Paired with the VirGin mix I have, I had a wonderfully bittersweet mocktail with a bit of a bite. Here's the highly inspired name Camparischino Martini for National Martini Day! Cheers!
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Camparischino Martini
2 oz VirGin
.75 oz Campari-Maraschino Reduction Syrup
3 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
Stir and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a dehydrated grapefruit slice
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For the boozy version, replace the VirGin with proper Gin and .5 oz each Campari and Maraschino liqueur
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10

Anybody else love Circus Animals?
I managed to find a good size bag for super cheap about a week ago and decided to see if I could make a drink that emulated that delicious artifical flavor. Don't worry, everything in this drink is naturally flavored except the sprinkles! If somebody knows how to make non-artifical sprinkles I would love to know the secret
This mock/cocktail is modeled after the BIrthday Cake shot with a couple of alterations
I tried to get my little Circus Animal twists to sit on the ice ball, but sadly not everything in life likes cooperating. So instead, the camel, elephant, lion and rhino get to hang out on the bottom of the Cracker Carousel! Cheers!
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Cracker Carousel
1 oz Extremely Diluted Honey
1 oz Vanilla Syrup
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz Grapefruit Juice
.25 oz Grenadine Shrub
Egg White
3 drops 10% Saline
Reverse dry shake and pour into glass. Garnish with lemon twists and sprinkles
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For the cocktail version, replace half of the honey and vanilla syrup with a vanilla-infused vodka (preferably made in-house and not artifically) or a mild brandy just for fun
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10

If you don't post about it on social media, did you really celebrate your dad on Father's Day?
This is for all you dads out there working your butts off at home, at work or at both to provide for your kids.
My dad and I have been playing golf a little more often lately, what with my new slightly free schedule and his odd rescheduling and it's been invigorating reestablishing that connection.
So to all the dads out there, particularly my own dad, here's the True Gentleman. He may not like dressing up like one (especially with the bowtie that he doesn't know how to tie) but I'm sure he would look just as suave if he ever tried. Cheers!
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True Gentleman
1 oz Fauxmaro
1 oz Vir-Gin
.75 oz Reduced Stout Syrup
2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters
Stir and strain into glass. Garnish with expressed orange twist
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For the alcoholic version, replace the Vir-gin with proper gin and the Fauxmaro with a slightly sweet amaro, like Nonino
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Fake absinthe..achieved? I think?
This was actually one of my favorite little mocktail endeavors. The top layer is my fabsinthe made with hyssop, wormwood, star anise, aniseed and fennel seed steeped in water for a few weeks. The bottom is just diluted caramelized simple syrup, but damn was this drink tasty after a little mixing.
I particularly enjoy this picture because you can see the expressed oil just shimmering on top of the fabsinthe in a way I'm not really used to seeing on top of cocktails. Guess that's what happens when a hydrophobic component interacts with pretty much pure water. Cheers!
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Flambsinthe
1.5 oz Fabsinthe
.75 oz Caramelized Simple Syrup
.75 oz Water
Stir the simple syrup and water together and pour into bottom of glass. Carefully float the fabsinthe on top. Express an orange twist over the top. Prior to consuming, mix in as much sweetener into the absinthe as you need
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For a boozy take, simply use proper absinthe for the top layer
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@homebarawards is getting in on the @strawlesscocktailweek action and making this month about environmentally friendly cocktails!
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As I said during #strawlesscocktailweek, I was a little disappointed in myself for not realizing sooner the impact plastic straws and cups had on our oceans. I had also been a little wasteful with some of my ingredients when I first started, using most but not all of the pieces of my fruits and vegetables.
Now, I've taken steps to ensure that I'm being as environmentally friendly as possible: I use old glass or plastic soda bottles to steep and store my drinks, have permanently switched to metal straws for personal use, and find a way to incorporate as much of each solid ingredient as I can in a way that can be consumed.
I used to shave down my ginger when making ginger shrub and would often make too much that would have to be thrown out. Nowadays, I cut nice chunks of ginger and candy them for garnish and take the less 'attractive' smaller pieces and use strictly those for my ginger shrub. While there is still a little waste filtered out, it's not nearly as much wasted as before with the candied ginger being an edible garnish.
I had about half a bottle of Seagram's Tonic Water left so I mixed it with some ginger shrub to make a slightly bitter ginger beer. Since the candied ginger won't fit on the bottle, I used some dying and dried Stevia from the front garden. And of course, a metal straw brings together this Earth-friendly drink. Cheers!
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Cinchona Ale
3 oz Tonic Water
2 oz Ginger Shrub
1 oz Simple Syrup
3 Dashes Ginger Bitters
Build in bottle half-filled with tonic. Lightly agitate and garnish with plant of choice
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As this is similar to a Moscow Mule with some bitterness, add some vodka and reduce the ginger shrub
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It's been pretty damn hot in LA lately. I've had to drive a big truck that doesn't have AC, so the heat's getting to me a little more than I'm used to and I'm getting dehydrated like crazy
So to cool off and rehydrate, why not have a swizzle? This is based off the Queen's Park Swizzle as well as the variant that is on the @birdsandbeesla menu, just with a little Barleo and mocktail twist. I also finally got to properly use a garnish I learned from a helpful @cocktail_concepts video, the lime sun! In order to beat the heat and stay cool, here's the Suneater! Cheers!
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Suneater
1 oz Orgeat
.75 oz Hibiscus Syrup
1 oz Lime Juice
.75 oz Diluted Honey
Aromatic Bitters
Add the orgeat and hibiscus to some crushed ice and swizzle.. Top with more ice and add the lime and diluted honey. Carefully swizzle to not overly mix the layers (yet). Add even more crushed ice and add a few dashes of Aromatic Bitters. Add ice on top of that and garnish with a lime sun and pineapple stalks
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This recipe has a lot of volume due to the glass. If using a regular collins glass, cut the ingredients in half. For the cocktail version, add .5 oz Spiced Rum to the orgeat/hibiscus layer and 1 oz Dark Rum to the lime/honey layer.
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I really am enjoying playing with this faux gin, I just wish I could make it a little faster so I stop running out at inopportune times
Anyhow, I decided to try to make a mock French 75 with faux gin, lemon juice, caramelized simple syrup and a little grapefruit sparkling water. I'd also tried incorporating a torched lemon wheel of some sort but it didn't work so...yeah. Since the French 75 is named after an artillery weapon, I'm gonna name this mocktail after something a little less aggressive and is a small Hamilton reference. Cheers!
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From a Parapet
1 oz Faux gin
.25 oz Lemon Juice
.5 oz Caramelized Simple Syrup
Grapefruit-infused Sparkling Water
Grapefruit Bitters
Add all but bitters and sparkling water to tin and shake. Double-strain into champagne flute and top with sparkling water. Carefully float bitters on top
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For the original French 75, use a sweet gin like an Old Tom and some sparkling wine. Omit the bitters
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The most alcoholic component of this drink might actually be the cherry, being steeped in a mix of sugar, spices, zests and just a touch of brandy for preservative.
I have been quite enjoying playing with barley tea and I finished my fake sweet vermouth recently so why not make a Shamhattan? Cheers!
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Shamhattan
2 oz Barley Tea
1 oz Faux Vermouth
.5 oz Caramelized Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters
1 Dash Orange Bitters
Stir and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry and expressed orange twist
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Want a regular Manhattan? Use Bourbon (or Rye) and proper sweet vermouth instead
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I have a huge confession to make
I
am in love
with Vine compilations
Yes, yes I know Vine is dead and it unfortunately spawned some interesting 'celebrities' but hey! Can't deny that there're some funny gems hidden in those millions of 6 second videos
Anyway, the only reason I mention this is because I named this mocktail the Watermalón after Marlon Webb's watermelon vines.
This is delicious!
Some of these drinks are way too sweet
But I've got a Watermalón as a mocktail treat
Cheers!
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Apologies for the dumb description, I couldn't think of anything 'sophisticated' to say
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Watermalón
1 oz Watermelon Shrub
.5 oz Lemon Juice
.75 oz Diluted Honey
Fresh Watermelon Chunk
3 Dashes Floral Bitters
Egg White
Muddle Watermelon and add remaining ingredients. Dry shake then shake with ice. Double-strain into cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist and watermelon piece
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For a boozy version, try it with a 100 proof Rye to add a little bite to the watermelon's refreshing taste
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Negroni Week is coming to a close so it's time to show my true mocktail version of this amazing cocktail
About a month ago, I decided that I needed to take a step back from drinking alcohol and explore other ways to make my drinks in ways that could emulate the taste of booze. I'm still very far from true success but the progress I have made has been quite uplifting.
This gorgeous little mocktail is made with a juniper-herb-spice-bark tea as gin, a spiced-barked-grape pseudo-extraction for sweet vermouth, and an infusion of zests, spices and safflower as Campari. A little bittersweetness is provided from some caramelized simple syrup, giving us Knegrownee. Why all the extra letters in that name? Cause it took a couple of extra steps to get to this drink that looks nothing like the real thing, but tastes pretty close. Dumb joke, I know :P Cheers!
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Knegrownee
1 oz Juniper-based Tea
1 oz Safflower & Herb Infusion
1 oz Diluted Spiced Grape Juice
.75 oz Caramelized Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with an expressed orange twist.
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While a Negroni is a Negroni, replacing the Juniper Tea with Gin and give you an interesting, less alcoholic version of the cocktail. Reduce the caramelized simple syrup to .5 oz if using Gin instead
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