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Thursday  March 23, 2017

Bar Review: The Nickel Mine

If you’re looking for a bar with open-air seating, board games, a piano, a living room-like lounge area, flat screen TVs, a speakeasy, the best pizza west of the 405, a full bar with an impressive international whiskey selection, and enough stools for twenty friends…you probably won’t believe that a magical place like this really exists.

Surprise! We found it.

Nestled in East Santa Monica on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Purdue Ave, The Nickel Mine turns the concept of a sports bar on its head. You’ll find giant flat screen televisions on almost every wall, and a broad selection of beers, but the venue lacks the blue-collar, testosterone-charged vibe that many people associate with bars that are broadcasting sporting events from opening to closing.

My friend Lauren and I were easily able to have a conversation over the music playing in the background, and I noticed that there were just as many women who stopped in for a drink as men. The craft cocktail menu boasts a wide selection of innovative, thoughtful drinks that are void of syrupy schnapps and artificially flavored spirits. Considering that it was eleven o’clock on a Saturday morning, I ordered a Bloody Mary that was perfectly made by bartender Matt. Lauren drank a Purple Rain, made with mezcal and garnished with an edible flower. Definitely not a cocktail you’d ever find on the menu of a traditional sports bar.

When choosing what to order for brunch, I immediately choose the chicken and waffles, one of my all-time favorite meals in LA. So good! Lauren ordered the Stromboli, which came with the crispiest tater tots I’ve ever tasted. But it didn’t stop there. Matt insisted that we try the pizza, a menu item they say is their most popular. Just for the record, we did witness two different customers stop in for pizza takeout during our one-hour visit. We caved in and tried a slice of cheese and a slice of pepperoni. Lordy lord was Matt right. The Nickel Mine’s pizza is amazing!!

Opened in August of 2016, this neighborhood watering hole has already developed a loyal crowd of regulars. The bar offers live jazz on Tuesday nights, and a piano player on Wednesday evenings. You’ll find boxes of Connect Four, Jingo, Checkers, and even a dart board. And there’s even more fun to be had in their speakeasy, which can be reserved for your small group with a minimum spend of $500. We especially liked this space, as there is lots of comfortable seating (and even your own private restroom!).

Whether you’re conveniently in the neighborhood, looking for a late-night bite after seeing a movie at the Royal theatre, or just interested in finding the perfect pizza to pair with the perfect Bloody Mary, stop in this weekend!

 



Tuesday  March 14, 2017

17 Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations!

For all you die-hard St. Patrick’s Day fans who will not have a chance to get to a pub or bar before there’s a line out the door, snaking around the block, we have seventeen, easy-to-make recipes that you can enjoy in the uncrowded comfort of your own home. ♣ Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ♣

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Irish Honey Milk
1.5 Paddy Bee Sting Irish Whiskey
2 ounces milk

Directions Fill a lowball with ice and add the Paddy Bee Sting and milk. Stir until well mixed and serve.

Irish Honey Milk

Irish Mary
2 ounces Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
6 ounces tomato juice
2 dashes Tabasco
½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
½ horseradish
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper

Directions
Combine the tomato juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire, horseradish, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a martini shaker or pitcher. If you’ll be storing the mixture in your fridge before serving, stir it until the horseradish is well distributed. If you’re serving the cocktail right away, add the ice and Tullamore Dew and shake until well mixed. Strain into a glass and garnish with your favorite pickled olives and vegetables.

Irish Mary

Bloody Blanaid (Blaw-nid!)
1.5 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
5.5 ounces Langers Tomato Juice
2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce
¼ ounce martini olive brine
½ ounce lemon juice
Pinch ground cumin
Salt & pepper to taste
Olive garnish
Celery garnish
Lemon garnish

Directions
Combine the tomato juice, Tabasco sauce, olive brine, lemon juice, ground cumin, salt, and pepper, and set aside for two to twenty-four hours, stirring occasionally. When you’re ready to make the drink, combine the tomato mixture with the Jameson, garnish with olives, celery, and lemon, and serve.

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Irish Maid
1.5 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
¾ ounce St. Germain
½ ounce lemon juice
5 slices of cucumber
Lemon garnish

Directions
In a martini shaker, muddle the cucumber in the Jameson, St. Germain, and lemon juice. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a lemon and serve.

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Jameson’s Ginger House
1.5 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
2 ounces Canada Dry Ginger Ale
½ ounce fresh lime juice
Thin slice of fresh ginger
Lime garnish

Directions
In a martini shaker, gently muddle the ginger in the lime juice and Jameson. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice. Add the ginger ale, garnish with a lime, and serve.

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Irish Manhattan
2 ounces Feckin Irish Whiskey
1 ounce Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
Maraschino cherry garnish

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice and add the whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters. Shake for a few seconds to mix. Strain the mixture into a martini glass and garnish with a cherry.

Irish Manhattan

Green Cookie Monster
1 ounce Hendrick’s gin
1 ounce Midori melon liqueur
1 ounce Bacardi rum

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add the gin, melon liqueur, and rum and shake for several seconds until well mixed. Strain into a martini glass or pour over ice and serve.

Green Cookie Monster

What’s Up Doc
½ ounce Jameson’s Irish Whiskey
½ ounce green apple schnapps
½ ounce lemon juice
Green Peeps bunny garnish

Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a shot glass. Garnish with a green Peeps bunny and serve.

Irish Kiss
2 ounces Carolan’s Irish cream liqueur
2 ounces espresso roast coffee
Whipped cream

Directions
Combine the Irish cream liqueur and hot coffee in a tea cup or coffee mug. Top with whipped cream and serve.

Irish Kiss 2

Irish Bling
1 ounce half & half
1 ounce green creme de menthe
1 ounce Irish cream liqueur
½ Jameson’s Irish Whisky

Directions
Combine all of the ingredients in a martini shaker that’s packed with ice. Shake well, then strain into a bucket glass filled with ice.

Irish Bling

Irish Sundae
1 heaping scoop mint chip ice cream
1.5 ounces Irish cream liqueur

Directions
Scoop your ice cream into a bowl, mug, or glass. Drizzle the Irish cream liqueur over the top and serve.

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Shamrock Shake
2 scoops green tea ice cream
1 scoop ice
1 ounce half & half
1 ounce Irish whisky

Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Shamrock Shake

After Eight
½ ounce Tia Maria liqueur
½ ounce white creme de menthe
½ ounce Irish creme liqueur

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice and add each ingredient. Shake well, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a mint and serve.

After Eight 2

Green Russian
1.5 ounces Midori Melon
1.5 ounces Stolichnaya vodka (or Tito’s! Shhhh…)
½ ounce cream or half & half

Directions Fill a martini shaker with ice and add the three ingredients. Shake for several seconds to mix, then strain into a martini glass, rocks glass, or serve over ice.

Green Russian

Bailey’s Coffee Mint Ice Cream
1 scoop mint ice cream
1 ounce Bailey’s Espresso Creme
1/2 ounce chilled dark coffee
Whipped cream

Directions
Scoop the mint ice cream into a bowl, mug, or glass, then drizzle the Bailey’s Espresso Creme and coffee on top. Add whipped cream and serve.

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St. Patrick’s Day Punch
1 bottle Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
24 ounces club soda
½ cup Green Chartreuse
½ cup lemon juice
Lemon wheel garnishes

Directions
Combine all the well-chilled ingredients in a punch bowl. Added thinly sliced lemons to garnish. Ice is ideal BUT don’t add it until your guests are about to arrive. You don’t want to dilute your drink!

Midori Mai Tai
1 ounce Midori melon liqueur
1 ounce Bacardi rum
½ ounce Hiram Walker triple sec
1 ounce Tres Agaves Margarita mix
1.5 ounces pineapple juice
1 ounce orange juice
Lime garnish

Directions Fill a martini shaker with ice and add each ingredient. Shake for several seconds to mix and then strain into a tumbler or snifter over ice. Garnish with a lime.

Midori Mai Tai



Sunday  March 12, 2017

Rich Chocolate Cake with Jameson’s Irish Whiskey

Change things up this St. Patrick’s Day by making a decadent chocolate cake made with Jameson Irish whiskey! It’s the perfect way to end a day of beer guzzling and whiskey shots, and may also prove to be an excellent morning after hangover cure.

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Chocolate Chip Irish Whiskey Chocolate Cake
¾ cup Jameson Irish whiskey
12 tablespoons unsalted butter
1.5 cups espresso roast coffee
1 cup super fine white baker’s sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups cake flour
1.5 teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Dusting of powdered sugar for decor

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Step 1
Before you begin, butter a circular baking pan, and heat the oven to 325°.

Combine the warm melted butter with the room temperature coffee, room temperature Jameson Irish Whiskey, and cocoa powder. Stir will to mix.

Step 2
Add the white and brown sugars to the whiskey chocolate mixture and stir until the sugar dissolves.

Step 3
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, pepper, and cloves, and set aside.

Step 4
In a small bowl, beat the eggs until combined, then slowly add them to the whiskey chocolate mixture.

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Step 5
While stirring the whiskey chocolate mixture, slowly add the flour. Stir until smooth. Add the vanilla extract.

Step 6
Add the chocolate chips and stir to mix. The chocolate chips will likely sink to the bottom of the bowl.

Step 7
Pour the batter into the baking pan. With a spatula, distribute the chocolate chips evenly around the pan. They will sink to the bottom.

Step 8
Bake for 50 to 70 minutes, depending on your oven. Don’t over-bake! Once the toothpick comes out moist, remove the cake and allow to cool.

Step 9
Once the cake has cooled, dust the top with a layer of powdered sugar and serve.

 



Wednesday  March 8, 2017

How to Make a Frozen Leprechaun

Is there anything better than having a legitimately frivolous reason to make a green drink? St. Patrick’s day allows us to let down our hair, set aside the pretense of drink-making, and have some fun by creating ridiculously good green cocktails.

A Frozen Leprechaun is probably best enjoyed as a dessert drink unless you don’t care about ruining dinner, or making it your main course. And feel free to change up the ice cream choices. We’ve tried it with mint chip and coffee ice cream to rave reviews, and have dolce de leche next on our list. Questions? Ask us on Twitter or Instagram @GirlWalksIn2Bar ♥.

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Frozen Leprechaun

Frozen Leprechaun
2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 ounce Dekuyper crème de menthe
1 ounce Amaretto di Saronno
1 ounce Baileys Irish Crème
1 ounce Baileys Hint of Coffee
Whipped creme topper
Maraschino cherry

Directions 
Combine all the ingredients in a blender except for the whipped cream and cherry. Blend until smooth and greeeeeen. Put as much whipped cream on top as you can and serve!

 



Thursday  February 23, 2017

Introducing This Girl Walks Into a Bar Bartending Services!

If you had told us in 2010 that we’d be launching a bartending company in seven years, we would have laughed. Hard. Our first book, written to help women get bartending jobs, was about to hit the shelves and we were trying to wrap our heads around how to even start a blog. We never imagined that our company would grow into a thriving multi-faceted business, or that one day we’d not only be helping women to prepare for work behind the bar, but hiring women to work behind the bar. Needless to say, this new development is a natural fit for us. After years of making drinks for private events across the country, we’re excited to send out a staff of beautiful, talented, and friendly bartenders as our ambassadors to your next party. Just click on the bartending tab above to get started.


Jordan & Jocelyn
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Thursday  February 16, 2017

Not Your Average Bottle of Wine: Vaso di Marina

We have not received product nor been compensated for this post. All opinions and photos are our own. 

How many times have you eyed that giant bottle of wine in the store but talked yourself out of the purchase because you didn’t want to come across as a cheap and greedy drinker? Even if it’s just to the checkout guy? Unless you’re shopping in a specialty wine store, most extra large bottles sold in supermarkets are the low-budge labels, and no one wants to show up to a party looking cheap. Well, imagine the best of both worlds: a fantastic wine in a cool big bottle!

Meet Vaso di Marina, the wine in a milk bottle. Most wine bottles hold 750 mL of liquid inside (about 25 ounces) but this one holds an additional third for a full liter! How fabulous is that?! So when you’re sharing a bottle with a friend, you can go ahead and fill up your glass without worrying that someone will get gipped on their second glass.

This bottle travels really well and proves easy to open with its chunky twist-open cork. If you watch a few of their videos on their Facebook page, you’ll also notice that the bottle is easy to wash and reuse. Fill it up with your favorite red or white for your next trip to the beach or outdoor concert. And if you’re a bride with an outdoor weddings coming up, how lovely would each table look with a cluster of these in the middle? Visit their website if you’re interested in purchasing or learning more.

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