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Drinks to Warm You Up This Holiday Season

As the winter months bring more chilly winter days, getting creative and finding new drink recipes is a great way to have fun while staying warm this holiday season! Wither it’s a switch-up on an old classic or you are looking to try something new, there are plenty of drinks that can remind you of the holidays while expanding your drinking pallet and keeping warm. Below are a few ideas for your next round.

Warm Orange Maple Old Fashioned

A drink that earned the name the old fashioned has stood the test of time. An orange maple old fashioned is similar to the beverage, but with a twist. Add boiling water to maple bourbon and combine with muddled sugar and bitters. Complete with a cinnamon stick garnish and an orange peel. This drink is sure to be a holiday hit and warm you up from the inside out!

Holiday Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a classic drink that everyone should try at some point! For a holiday take on the classic bourbon hot toddy, spice things up by adding any type of holiday spiced liquor such as pumpkin or peppermint. Plus, since this drink is tea based it’s perfect to drink morning, afternoon, or night! We recommend asking your bartender what options they have for the holidays so you can try something new and bold, you will not be disappointed.

Cranberry Gin and Tonic

Grab your classic gin and tonic and add a little bit of holiday cheer by adding come cranberry juice and garnishing with a lime, mint, or rosemary. This drink is perfect for someone who would like a cold drink but does not want anything too sugary or sweet. This beverage is the perfect balance of alcohol and festive seasonal berries so you enjoy the holidays in more ways than one.

Final Thoughts

Have fun this season knowing you don’t have to stick with your typical beer or wine. These holiday cocktails are sure to bring festive flavors and help open doors for many more festive drinks this holiday season! Spice things up while staying warm by trying one of the drinks above at your local bar Johnny’s Bar & Grill.

Don’t Wing It, Here’s a Recipe Instead!

Appetizers and snacks are what we’re all about at Johnny’s Bar & Grill! In order to satisfy your hunger, we thought we would share a recipe that anyone can make from home. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your own baked buffalo wings. These are easy to bake in your oven without having the mess of a fryer. Just add a side of celery sticks and ranch and you’ve got yourself a delicious homemade meal. Continue reading to find out what you need for this spicy snack!

Ingredient Checklist:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 20 chicken wings
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with cooking spray. Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt into a resealable plastic bag, and shake to mix. Add the chicken wings, seal, and toss until well coated with the flour mixture. Place the wings onto the prepared baking sheet, and place into the refrigerator. It’s recommended to refrigerate at least 1 hour before baking!
  3. Whisk together the melted butter and hot sauce in a small bowl. Dip the wings into the butter mixture, and place back on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and crispy on the outside. Cook for about 45 minutes. Turn the wings over halfway during cooking so they cook evenly.

Share Your Wings on Social Media

Follow us on our social media pages and post a picture to show us your wing meal! We would love to see how your wings turned out. Our customers can also place an order for curbside pickup for wings, burgers, and more. Call us at (815) 626-7767 or visit our website today!

Read This and Drink with Confidence

Ask anyone who drinks alcohol and you’ll hear something different from everybody. One will attest that tequila makes them euphoric and social, another will attribute their sudden rush of aggressiveness to too much Jack Daniels or Vodka. While there is plenty of scientific study about how alcohol affects the brain, there is still not a lot of information on how different types of alcohol work on the body. If you’ve ever wondered how to drink with more confidence, read on!

 A “Standard” to Live By

Did you know that all alcohol whether you’re talking about wine, beer, whiskey, or tequila is the same? All drinkable alcohols are made from ethanol, and ethanol just so happens to be what gets you drunk. The NIH thus has created the “standard drink” model so people can understand that all drinks regardless of their respective sizes contain the same amount of ethanol. A standard drink refers to 12 ounces of beer, 1.5 ounces of liquor, or 5 ounces of wine.

The Factor of Environment

The way in which you consume alcohol, as well as the environment where you consume it both play important roles in how it will affect your body and mood. Having a few beers while watching TV will feel different than taking 2 back-to-back shots at a club with your friends. This is because your choice of drinking environment is reinforcing the experience you want to have. For example, if you like to philosophize around the fireplace, sipping on a peaty scotch is probably a better choice than shots of Jägermeister and Red Bull.

The company you keep while drinking is also indicative of your mood while drinking. Studies have shown that when individuals are with others that are drinking heavily, they’re more inclined to feel just as intoxicated as their comrades even if they haven’t drunk as much. Choose your friends wisely when you’re planning on consuming alcohol, it will influence your experience heavily.

In the Mix

Are you feeling uncharacteristically tired or hyper after a few cocktails? If your drink is mixed with highly caffeinated or sugary liquids, it will quench the intoxicated feeling even though you’re taking on the same amount of alcohol. Sugar has been found to actually mitigate the effects of intoxication because it slows down the entry of ethanol into the bloodstream.

Conclusion

The best strategy for a fun night out on the town is to moderate your drinking and keep in mind that your experience with alcohol is hinged on both who you’re with as well as what you’re mixing your alcohol in if anything. When you feel like having a standard drink (or two) in an inviting and fun atmosphere, visit Johnny’s Bar & Grill today.


A Brief History of the Speakeasy

At Johnny’s Bar & Grill, we’re passionate about not only serving up the best food and drinks around but an amazing experience as well. This commitment to what we do have gotten us curious about how the American bar tradition really took off in the first place. So we followed the historical trail all the way back to the roaring twenties when the speakeasies rose to prominence. After learning the colorful history of early American bar life, we put together this brief history of the speakeasy for you to enjoy!

History of the Speakeasy

The History

America has always had a storied history with bars and alcohol. What’s more iconic of the Wild West than the saloon? This love affair with bar life skyrocketed at the time you would least expect. In 1920, prohibition was set into law and all sales of alcoholic beverages over 0.5 alcohol became illegal. Soon after, people looking to get their fix of beers and spirits had to do so in secret. Thus the speakeasy was born.

In the need for secrecy, most speakeasies opened within already established shops and restaurants. These speakeasies were often guarded by a doorman who requested a password that those in the know would be able to give him. This helped to prevent government agents from infiltrating the speakeasy and added to the members’ only environment. These hidden bars became host to a vibrant cultural and music scene and were responsible for the growing popularity of things like swing dancing and jazz music.

To put into context how popular these establishments became, for every bar or saloon that legally existed before prohibition, at least a half dozen speakeasies took their place. The term “speakeasy” came from the unspoken code to have a sense of anonymity and to prevent drawing suspicion when drinking at the bar. These spots quickly became a hotbed for crime and illicit behavior, with gangs and criminal organizations providing the liquor. Many of the famous gangsters of the time like Al Capone, gained notoriety hustling alcohol.

Many popular drinks were birthed during this era. Drinks like the Mule and Rum Monkey were created as code names to obscure that people were talking about alcoholic drinks. The lively environment and competition between speakeasies fostered many a great drink. During the time of prohibition between 1920 and 1933, drinking culture reached new heights and the party has never stopped since.

While the Volstead Act that started prohibition may be over, Johnny’s Bar & Grill is still carrying the speakeasy drinking environment alive. With tons of great drinks and a fun atmosphere that flappers and gentlemen back in the day would dance all night long, we’re the perfect place for your good times!