A silver lining to a global pandemic is a worldwide interest in mixology. While we wait for restaurants and bars to fully open, we can further fine-tune our homemade cocktails with a few easy classics. With only a few ingredients required for each cocktail, you can get started without too much prep work.
Coca Leaf Alcohol
AGWA de Bolivia has become the ace card for the connoisseur mixologist searching for the ultimate cocktail with a story and or home bartending enthusiast for its versatility and ability to mix well with a wide range of Herbal alcohol and mixers. AGWA has reinvented the cocktail and long drink handbook with its ability to mix simply with tonic, bitter lemon or lemonade or in creating high definition mojitos and margaritas.,
The Bolivian Mule
Inspired by the Moscow Mule. The Bolivian Mule uses the world’s finest coca leaf alcohol AGWA de BOLIVIA.
- 50ml AGWA de BoliviA,
- 150ml Ginger Beer,
- lime Wedges
How to: Pour chilled AGWA in a mule mug over ice, top with Ginger Beer and garnish with lime wedges.
The Bolivian Mojito
A spin and ultimately evolutionary upgrade in the cocktail game. The Bolivian Mojito is everything a normal mojito consists of but with the added flavor and punch of the Coca leaf. This easy to make yet delicious cocktail will go down a treat at any home gatherings.
- 50ml AGWA de Bolivia ,
- 30ml soda,
4 lime Wedges,
- 8 mint leaves,
- Brown sugar
How to: Muddle the lime and mint leaves in a tall glass. Add AGWA, sugar, crushed ice and top with soda. stir well and garnish with mint.
The godfather of cocktails, the Old Fashioned is more than two centuries old. While many establishments claim to be the birthplace of the Old Fashioned, the true origin lies in areference to a “cock-tail” in an 1806 edition of a New York newspaper. In response to inquiries regarding this term, journalist Harry Croswell wrote that a cock-tail is a “stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters.” Sound familiar? That’s because those ingredients are the essence of the Old Fashioned. Does that mean a newspaper is the birthplace of the Old Fashioned? We’ll let you be the judge.
1 Sugar cube (or 1 tsp. or 1 packet granulated white sugar)
.25 parts club soda (or any water with or without bubbles)
2 parts Bourbon
Method: In a rocks glass, add the sugar cube and soak with bitters until saturated. Any additional bitters in the bottom of the glass are welcome. Add .25 parts club soda or water and muddle into a sugar-and-bitters paste in the bottom of the glass. Add 2 parts whiskey. Add ice—ideally one big cube, but smaller cubes are fine. Stir for 5 to 10 seconds to chill and dilute slightly. Garnish with an orange peel and a lemon peel. Squeeze the peels over the glass to express the essential oils onto the rim of the glass and then put the peels into the glass itself.
Take an Americano, replace gin for soda water, and garnish with an orange instead of a lemon, and voila! The Negroni, courtesy of Count Camillo Negroni who simply wanted a stronger version of his favorite drink.
1.5 oz. London dry gin
1 oz. Sweet vermouth
1 oz. Campari
Method: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir. Strain over a large rock into a double old-fashioned glass. Flame orange disk over cocktail. Pro tip: For the best Negroni, always store your vermouths in the fridge. Remember they are a wine and will oxidize if left out.
While there are a variety of origin stories of the margarita, we can find its main ingredients in the classic tequila shot. Possibly the margarita was born of the same method of substitution as that of the Negroni: Take a Prohibition era cocktail known as the Daisy, substitute tequila for brandy, and voila… the margarita.
2 oz. of your favorite tequila
1 oz. fresh lime
.75 oz. agave
Method: Choose your favorite tequila and add 2 oz. to a measuring cup. Mix in 1 oz. fresh lime juice to your drink. Add in 0.75 oz. agave and ensure to include a 1:1 ratio of agave to the mix