The $30 Albertsons Shopping experience

Ok so recently I was asked by a friend, who works at a supermarket, to help put on a cocktail class. The parameters were, they had $30 a person to go shopping in the store, we wanted to make spring / summer cocktails, in the largest variety possible and across all spirit types so no matter what you had in your liquor cabinet you would be able to make a couple drinks. Below Is what I came up with:

The Cocktail set

Lemon drops and variations

Mules and variations

Mojitos and variations

Sours and variations

Fizzes and variations


Tools you’ll need:

Shaker set

Jigger

Strainer

Juicer

Knife

peeler

Cutting board


Shopping list:

So I set out to the store to go by everything just like anyone else would do

These are the spindrift soda waters we found. We wanted to use these because they are real fruit juice added to soda, you're able to get an extra dimension of flavor without extra ingredients. and the best part is they're no sugar added







House made ginger syrup $14

4 Spindrift soda water (mix and match) $.99 /can

3 Lemons $.89 each

4 Limes $.59 each

Mint .66oz. $2.00

Bob evens egg whites 16oz. $2.99


Cost: $27.98

Tax $1.68

Total $29.66


When I purchased this stuff I worked under a couple assumptions that might not be true for you.


First, I assumed you didn’t have eggs at your house. But if you do you could save $2.99 and turn that into more citrus or more sodas, or event put it towards more booze.


Second, I assumed you have sugar in your pantry but not totally necessary for these recipes however if you made a simple syrup you could get even more variety out of these cocktails.


Third, I assumed you know how to make simple syrup. If you don’t follow the link to learn how. It's super simple.


Mise en Place:

(That's french for Prep)

Mise en place (MEEZ ahn plahs) is a French term for having all your ingredients measured, cut, peeled, sliced, grated, etc. before you start cooking. Pans are prepared. Mixing bowls, tools and equipment set out.


Peel your lemons to get the peels, should get 6-8 peels per lemon

Juice your 3 lemons should yield about 4 – 5oz. of juice

Juice 3 of the 4 limes, should yield about 3 oz. of juice

Cut your 4th lime into wedges you should get 8 wedges

Open your syrup bottle

Open your egg whites

Open the booz

Keep your mint nice and cold so it doesn’t start to wilt


You can check out this Mise en Place video here


Ok from here down are the recipes and variations of the above recipes depending on what spirit you have at home or what spirit you're going to buy.


I also should mention that most of these recipes I have listed are for just a single bottle of alcohol, however I also listed the variations using an orange liqueur for a greater depth of flavor.

They are seperated in:

Vodka

Gin

whiskey

tequila

Rum


Vodka: would recommend an unflavored vodka


Moscow mule:

1.5 oz. vodka

.5 oz. lime juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup

6oz. of spindrift (could make different flavored ones depending on the can)

Stir well, add ice and garnish with mint and lime.


Ginger Lemon drop

2 oz. vodka

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup

Shake, strain. Garnish with sugar rim


If you have simple, you can make a standard lemon drop by subbing simple for the ginger syrup, and if you have Cointreau or triple sec available you could elevate your lemon drop like so:


Not enough soul:

1.5oz vodka

.5 oz. triple sec

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup Shake, strain. Garnish with sugar rim


Ginger Vodka sour:

2 oz. vodka

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup.

1 oz. egg white

Dry shake, wet Shake, strain over ice, garnish with lemon peel


If you have simple, you can make a standard sour by subbing simple for the ginger syrup, or you could make a fizz (also known as a colins) by adding a flavor of spindrift to your sour cocktail:


Fizz / colins:

2 oz. vodka

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup.

1 oz. egg white

Dry shake, wet Shake, strain over ice, top with 4-6oz, of a flavor of spindrift soda, garnish with lemon peel


Ginger Mojito:

1 sprig mint

1.5 oz. vodka

.5 oz. lime juice

.5 oz. house made ginger syrup

Shake, strain over ice, top with 6oz. spindrift soda

Garnish with mint sprig and lime wedge


If you have simple, you can make a standard mojito by subbing simple for the ginger syrup.

This guy won’t be as good with vodka as it would be with rum, but you can pretty much sub any spirit in here to make a great drink.



Gin: would recommend a London dry, but any gin will do


London mule:

1.5 oz. gin

.5 oz. lime juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup

6oz. of spindrift (could make different flavored ones depending on the can)

Stir well, add ice and garnish with mint and lime.


Ginger Lemon drop

(we think it’s even better with gin)

2 oz. Gin

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup

Shake, strain. Garnish with sugar rim


If you have simple, you can make a standard lemon drop by subbing simple for the ginger syrup, and if you have Cointreau or triple sec available you could elevate your lemon drop like so:


Not enough soul:

1.5oz Gin

.5 oz. triple sec

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup Shake, strain. Garnish with sugar rim


Ginger Gin sour:

2 oz. Gin

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup.

1 oz. egg white

Dry shake, wet Shake, strain over ice, garnish with lemon peel


If you have simple, you can make a standard sour by subbing simple for the ginger syrup, or you could make a fizz (also known as a colins) by adding a flavor of spindrift to your sour cocktail:


Fizz / colins:

2 oz. Gin

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup.

1 oz. egg white

Dry shake, wet Shake, strain over ice, top with 4-6oz, of a flavor of spindrift soda, garnish with lemon peel


Ginger Mojito:

1 sprig mint

1.5 oz. gin

.5 oz. lime juice

.5 oz. house made ginger syrup

Shake, strain over ice, top with 6oz. spindrift soda

Garnish with mint sprig and lime wedge


Although not a standard mojito with gin, it still beats the vodka version.

If you have simple, you can make a standard mojito by subbing simple for the ginger syrup


Whiskey: would recommend a Kentucky straight bourbon, or a rye for funky flavor


Kentucky mule:

1.5 oz. bourbon

.5 oz. lime juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup

6oz. of spindrift (could make different flavored ones depending on the can)

Stir well, add ice and garnish with mint and lime.


Ginger Box car:

(This is a whiskey sour without egg white or a whiskey lemon drop)

2 oz. Bourbon

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup

Shake, strain. Garnish with sugar rim


If you have simple, you can make a standard box car by subbing simple for the ginger syrup, and if you have Cointreau or triple sec available you could elevate your box car like so:


Ginger box car:

1.5oz bourbon

.5 oz. triple sec

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup Shake, strain. Garnish with sugar rim


Ginger whiskey sour:

2 oz. bourbon

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup.

1 oz. egg white

Dry shake, wet Shake, strain over ice, garnish with lemon peel


If you have simple, you can make a standard whiskey sour by subbing simple for the ginger syrup, or you could make a fizz (also known as a colins) by adding a flavor of spindrift to your sour cocktail:


Fizz / colins:

2 oz. bourbon

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup.

1 oz. egg white

Dry shake, wet Shake, strain over ice, top with 4-6oz, of a flavor of spindrift soda, garnish with lemon peel


(although I think this is better with gin the whiskey is no chump in this drink)


Ginger Mojito:

1 sprig mint

1.5 oz. bourbon

.5 oz. lemon juice

.5 oz. house made ginger syrup

Shake, strain over ice, top with 6oz. spindrift soda

Garnish with mint sprig and lemon peel


Although not a standard mojito, with whiskey this is almost a whiskey smash, if you leave out the soda water topping.

If you have simple, you can make a standard julep by subbing simple for the ginger syrup, leaving out the soda water and serving this on crushed ice, garnished with a mint sprig


Tequila: would recommend a Blanco tequila


Mexican mule:

1.5 oz. Blanco tequila

.5 oz. lime juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup

6oz. of spindrift (could make different flavored mule depending on the can)

Stir well, add ice and garnish with mint and lime.


Ginger margarita:

(by using tequila and lime, instead of vodka and lemon we can turn the lemon drop into a margarita)

2 oz. Blanco tequila

1 oz. lime juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup

Shake, strain. Garnish with salt rim and a lime wedge


If you have simple, you can make a margarit by subbing simple for the ginger syrup, and if you have Cointreau or triple sec available you could make the most bad ass variation of a margarita:


Ginger margarita:

1.5oz Blanco tequila

.5 oz. triple sec

1 oz. lime juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup Shake, strain. Garnish with salt rim, and lime wedge


Ginger tequila sour:

2 oz. Blanco tequila

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup.

1 oz. egg white

Dry shake, wet Shake, strain over ice, garnish with lemon peel


If you have simple, you can make a standard tequila sour by subbing simple for the ginger syrup, or you could make a fizz by adding soda, but if you added grapefruit spindrift you would essentially make a paloma.


Paloma:

2 oz. Blanco tequila

.5 oz. lime juice

.5 oz. house made ginger syrup.

Shake, strain over ice, top with 6oz, of grapefruit spindrift soda, garnish with lime wedge.


(This drink way awesome if you shake it with mint, thus creating a ginger mint paloma)

Or sup simple syrup out for the house made ginger to make a standard paloma


Rum: would recommend a silver unflavored rum


Cuban mule:

1.5 oz. Rum

.5 oz. lime juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup

6oz. of spindrift (could make different flavored ones depending on the can)

Stir well, add ice and garnish with mint and lime.


Ginger Daiquiri

(essentially a lemon drop just rum and lime juice)

2 oz. rum

.75 oz. lime juice

.75 oz. house made ginger syrup

Shake, strain. Garnish with lime wedge


If you have simple, you can make a standard daiquiri by subbing simple for the ginger syrup, and if you have Cointreau or triple sec available you could elevate your daquiri to almost Mai Thai status.


The almost ginger Mai Thai:

1.5oz rum

.5 oz. countreau

1 oz. lime juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup Shake, strain. Garnish with sugar rim


Ginger rum sour:

2 oz. rum

1 oz. lime juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup.

1 oz. egg white

Dry shake, wet Shake, strain over ice,


If you have simple, you can make a standard sour by subbing simple for the ginger syrup, or you could make a fizz (also known as a colins) by adding a flavor of spindrift to your sour cocktail:


Fizz / colins:

2 oz. rum

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. house made ginger syrup.

1 oz. egg white

Dry shake, wet Shake, strain over ice, top with 4-6oz, of a flavor of spindrift soda, garnish with lemon peel


Ginger Mojito:

1 sprig mint

1.5 oz. rum

.5 oz. lime juice

.5 oz. house made ginger syrup

Shake, strain over ice, top with 6oz. spindrift soda

Garnish with mint sprig and lime wedge


This is a standard mojito, well with ginger but If you have simple, you can make a standard mojito by subbing simple for the ginger syrup

Then if you add whatever flavor to the top with the spindrift you can make any flavored mojito. Our favorite was the pineapple.


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-cheers!


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