Quench Your Thirst This Spring With These Beer-Based Cocktails

The weather has certainly been unpredictable so far this spring. One minute it’s hot and sunny, and the next, high winds are causing chaos all over the place. But one steady indulgence we can always rely on in the spring is beer. Beer is the perfect springtime refreshment because it is so satisfying and smooth, and readily available. Best of all, it is very versatile. Not only can beer be brewed in infinite flavorings and notes, it can also be dressed and customized by adding ingredients of your own! In fact, beer cocktails are becoming more and more popular every year! That’s right; a little liquor or juice to your beer can magically transform it into something entirely new and exciting!  

Continue below to learn the recipes to 3 delicious and simple beer-based cocktails trending this season, and treat yourself!

Irish Layered Black and Tan Beer with Lager and Stout

Irish Black and Tan

This beer cocktail is nothing new. Many people have enjoyed this layered beer option for many years. In a pint glass, pale ale is topped with an equal portion of Guinness Stout. Be creative and come up with your own layered beer concoctions!

Micheladas

If you have every taken a trip down south, you have certainly seen Micheladas on the menu. This traditional beer-based cocktail is a combination of Mexican-style beer, lime juice, soy sauce, and Worcestershire. Finish with salt and pepper to taste. If you are in a pinch with ingredients, skip the lime and sauce, and tomato juice or bloody Mary mix!

Watermelon Beer

Got some watermelon that’s a little too ripe to eat by itself? Well, it’s perfect for this beer cocktail! Just muddle your watermelon in a pint glass (sin seeds), and top with your favorite wheat beer, like Blue Moon. It is custom to add vanilla-flavored simple syrup as well, but if you do not have this, forget it altogether or replace with a teaspoon of sugar.

Summer Shandy

Although the name suggests a different season, this beer cocktail is perfect for any type of warm weather! Simply mix your beer of choice with lemonade to create this refreshing and appealing drink! It is recommended to avoid dark beers, and opt for wheat or light beer.

Trojan Horse

If you like dark beers, especially stouts, this drink is for you. It starts with a stout beer, like Guinness, and then topped off with regular cola. The sweetness and caffeine are great for spring! You can also use diet cola!

Black Velvet

This beer-based drink is perfect for anyone who prefers the fancier things in life. A equal combination of champagne and stout beer will deliver a sophisticated flavor in a classy glass!

Corrido Prohibidos

Another southern-inspired beer cocktail, the Corrido Prohibidos is a stronger choice. Combine your favorite Mexican-style beer with a shot of blanco tequila and enjoy! Just don’t pour yourself more than 1.5 ounces, otherwise you might be on the floor before your next pint!

BOOZE and FOOD Takeout in Downtown Indianapolis

Contact English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to place a carryout order for booze and food in Downtown Indianapolis. Although our interior dining is closed for the remainder of March, we are still open for both kitchen and bar takeout orders, and even provide delivery within a 5 mile radius for food orders! Best of all, all FOOD takeout orders are currently 20% OFF! Please support our amazing staff members during these strange times and stay healthy out there!

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A Few Simple Recipes for Homemade House Cleaners

Right now, everyone is looking for ways to improve health, safety, and hygiene, both at home and in the office. But not everyone prefers the harsh chemical cleaners you can buy at the store. Many homeowners live an eco-friendly lifestyle, and choose to make their own, homemade cleaning products instead. Not only are these recipes easy to make, they are much cheaper than buying OTC cleaning products. Yet, the best part about these homemade cleaners is that they are healthy for you, your family, and your furnishings. You can get all the ingredients delivered right to your house by your local grocer too!

Continue reading for a look at a few popular recipes for making your own household cleaner right from home!

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Anti-Bacterial All-Purpose Cleaner

For those everyday cleaning duties, this all-purpose cleaner is great. Use on kitchen counters, floors, appliances, and porcelain to clean, disinfect, and eliminate odors.

❐ 1 Teaspoon Disinfecting Essential Oil (i.e. tea tree, lavender, lemongrass, etc.)
❐ 2 Teaspoons Sodium Borate (Borax)
❐ ½ Teaspoon Liquid Dish Soap
❐ 2 Cups Hot Water
Combine all ingredients in clean plastic spray bottle and shake well. Allow the solution to sit for 15 minutes before wiping clean.

Floor Cleaner

Although you really only require the first two ingredients, consider the rest for an added cleaning boost and odor control. Apply to tile, laminate, linoleum, and wood floors.

❐ 2 Cups Hot Water
❐ 2 Cups White Distilled Vinegar
❐ 1 Cup Lemon Juice
❐ 4 Tablespoons Liquid Dish Soap
Combine all ingredients in a large bucket and apply with a clean mop or sponge.

Tile and Grout Cleaner

When grout gets dark, you know it’s time to get to work. You will need a hard bristled brush and some elbow grease, but this recipe works wonders on stained tile and grout.

❐ 4 Cups Baking Soda
❐ 1 Cup Water
❐ 1 Cup White Distilled Vinegar
Combine water and baking soda to make a paste. Add water and vinegar to a plastic spray bottle. Apply the paste liberally to grout lines, and then spray with your water/vinegar mix. When fizzing stops, scrub clean and then rinse.

Furniture Polish

Every now and then, valuable furniture requires a good polish. To avoid toxic over-the-counter, store-bought cleaning solutions, just rely on this super simple recipe instead.

❐ 1 Cup Water
❐ ¼ Cup White Distilled Vinegar
❐ 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil
❐ ½ Teaspoon Scented Essential Oil
Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and apply in small amounts with a microfiber cloth.

Bathroom Scrubber

Sometimes there’s a need for some serious cleaning, and bathrooms are one room where a simple wipe down won’t cut it. Use this non-toxic bathroom scrubbing cleaner on tubs, sinks, shower doors, and tile floors.

❐ 1 Cup Baking Soda
❐ 1 Tablespoon Liquid Dish Soap
Combine both ingredients to form a thick paste. You may have to add more baking soda or soap to get there. Then simply apply and scrub away!

✨ After all that cleaning, you are probably VERY HUNGRY!

Downtown Indianapolis Take Out and Delivery at 20% OFF!

Contact English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to place a carryout order in Downtown Indianapolis. Although our interior dining is closed for the remainder of March, we are still open for takeout order and providing delivery within a 5 mile radius! Best of all, all takeout orders are currently 20% OFF! Please support our amazing staff members during these strange times and stay healthy out there!

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English Ivy’s Has Upgraded Safety Codes and Procedures in Response to the Coronavirus Threat

Below is an important message regarding enhancements made to our internal safety codes and cleaning procedures in response to the current Coronavirus threat. We hope this gives you confidence in our commitment to protecting you, and encourages you to continue being a valued guest of English Ivy’s.

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To Our Valued Guests,

The safety and well-being of our staff and guests are of paramount importance to us. So, we are closely monitoring the developments and information surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus, and are actively taking extra precautions to ensure our restaurant is fully-prepared for any potential threat. As a rule, we follow a meticulous cleaning and sanitizing regiment every day, as we take deep pride in maintaining a clean and safe workplace.

Here are the precautionary steps we’re taking in addition to our standard cleaning program:

✅ In hourly rotations, we are using disinfectant on high-traffic surfaces and areas in both the dining room and the kitchen.

✅ We are making sure that all service tools, such as pens, menus, and check presenters, are disinfected between each use.

✅ We are sourcing and providing hand sanitizers for guest use.

Our staff continues to be thorough and thoughtful about frequent hand washing and sanitizing. Those good habits have been in place since the beginning, and will be upheld with extra vigilance during this current time of concern. Furthermore, we have spoken in depth with our team about the virus, including how it’s transmitted and common symptoms. Our existing policy prohibits employees from coming to work sick, and you can rest assure that this policy will continue to be enforced moving forward.

While we understand and share the concern about this virus, please know that we are taking every precaution to protect both staff and guests, which mean you can have confidence in the safety of English Ivy’s. We hope that this explanation about our new, strict internal safety code puts your mind at ease, and doesn’t stop you from supporting your local, favorite Downtown Indianapolis pub and eatery!

We Wish to See You All Soon!

If you have any questions regarding our recent news, menus, events, specials, or business hours, please feel free to contact us directly at 317-822-5070, anytime. Please continue to visit our website blog page every other week for new posts regarding our business and operations. We graciously thank you all!

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Test Your Alcohol Expertise With This Fun Quiz!

You might be a seasoned drinker or a craft cocktail connoisseur; but just how well do you really know your alcohol facts? In spirit of Mardi Gras, and for the sake of responsible drinking, take this quiz and see how you and your friends score!

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➀ What Kind of Alcohol is Used for Making Alcoholic Drinks?

a. Methyl
b. Ethyl Alcohol
c. Isopropyl Alcohol

➁ What Alcoholic Beverage has the Highest Percentage of Ethyl?

a. Wine
b. Beer
c. Champagne

➂ Which is NOT a Property of Alcohol?

a. Flammable
b. Denser Than Water
c. Higher Boiling Point

➃ What Area of the Brain is Affected First by Drinking Alcohol?

a. Limbic System
b. Hypothalamus
c. Cerebral Cortex

➄ Which Area of the Brain Affects Memory and Emotion Control When Drunk?

a. Medulla Obligata
b. Cerebral Cortex
c. Limbic System

➅ Which Organ(s) Breaks Down Ethanol in Alcohol?

a. Liver
b. Kidneys
c. Gallbladder

➆ How Much Alcohol Can Your Body Burn in 1 Hour?

a. 0.10 Ounces
b. 0.15 Ounces
c. 0.5 Ounces

➇ How Much Alcohol is Removed in the Bloodstream By Exhaling?

a. 1%
b. 5%
c. 10%

⑨ Which Body Tissue Will Not Dissolve Alcohol?

a. Epithelial Tissue
b. Muscle Tissue
c. Fat Tissue

⑩ Which Statement is a Common Misconception About Alcohol?

a. Drinking Alcohol Will Make You Warm
b. Drinking Alcohol Will Dehydrate You.
c. Drinking Alcohol Will Help a Hangover.

⑪ Why Does Drinking Alcohol Cause Sweaty and/or Flushed Skin?

a. Increased Body Heat
b. Increased Blood Flow
c. Dehydration

⑫ What Influences the Absorption Rate of Alcohol?

a. Level of Activity, Water In-Take, and Body Weight
b. Concentration, Age, and Body Weight
c. Concentration, Carbonation, and Food In-Take

⑬ Which Statement is a Correct Fact About Alcohol and Sex?

a. Sexual Performance is Increased
b. Sexual Performance is Reduced
c. Sexual Performance is Not Affected

⑭ Which Area of the Brain Controls Touching Your Finger to Your Nose in a Sobriety Check?

a. Limbic System
b. Cerebellum
c. Medulla Oblongata

⭐ ✨ How Did You Score? ✨ ⭐

Answer Key:

1) A – Ethanol is carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen.
2) C – Champagne contains 12% alcohol compared to wine, which has 11%, and beer which has 4 to 8%.
3) B – Alcohol is less dense than water and evaporates at lower temperatures. This is why it can be distilled.
4) C – This part of the brain manages speech, judgement, and perception.
5) C – This part of the brain includes the hippocampus and septal area, which deals with emotions and memory.
6) A – The process of ethanol breakdown is called oxidation, which is enabled by an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase.
7) C – A 12 ounce can of beer would take an average of 1 hour to burn off.
8) B – The lungs exhale 5% of alcohol, which is detectable by a breathalyzer.
9) C – Alcohol does not, cannot, dissolve in the water within fat tissue.
10) A – Although alcohol increases blood flow temporarily, it actually causes your body to lose heat.
11) B – Alcohol increases blood flow to the skin, which temporarily gives a warming sensation, but decreases body heat.
12) C – These three factors affect how quickly alcohol absorbs into the blood stream.
13) B – Sexual behavior may increase, but performance declines.
14) B – This part of the brain controls fine movements.

Enjoy Fat Tuesday Drink Specials in Downtown Indianapolis!

Contact English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to hear about our delicious dinner and drink specials we offer at our Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant! We gladly accept wall-ins, reservations, and even carryout orders. From classic wings and beer, to prime rib, cocktails, stage entertainment, and more, we have exactly what you are looking for in both flavor and fun! With neighborhood prices and the kindliest service around, you will be fully-satisfied with every visit. We look forward to being friends!

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How to Clean Your Home With Vodka

Last year, we discussed the various suggested health and wellness benefits of vodka, including antiseptics, anesthetics, beauty aids, and treatment for minor ailments like bad breath, dandruff, headaches, toothaches, stress, and much more. Well as it turns out, vodka is more than a possible therapeutic and medicinal remedy, it is also an excellent cleaning agent!

That’s right; you can clean and sterilize glass, countertops, fixtures, and more using this simple, easily-accessible, store-bought cocktail base to keep your home sparkling clean. Continue reading to learn how!

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What Makes Vodka a Cleaner?

Vodka has a high alcohol content, usually between 30 and 40% by volume. This high alcohol content is what makes it an effective cleaning agent. Vodka can be used to clean all kinds of surfaces, such as countertops, plumbing and art fixtures, windows, floors, mirrors, and even clothing. It effectively eliminates dirt, grime, mold, mildew, adhesives, grease, and more.

Selecting a Vodka Brand

When it comes to choosing a vodka to clean your house with, you don’t require a fancy brand. Avoid expensive options, and instead, stick with a basic, generic brand of vodka. The quality of the liquor will not have any influence on its cleaning and sterilization power, so reserve the top shelf stuff for yourself and your guests! On the other hand, organic vodka comes highly recommended for cleaning since it does not contain any residual chemicals used to grow the grains, such as corn, rye, and wheat, or other foodstuffs, like potatoes, grapes, and soybeans.

Using Vodka to Clean

To prepare your vodka solution, all you need is a clean plastic spray bottle, which you can buy at your grocery store in the cleaning aisle, or at your local home improvement store. They are also available at your local dollar store! You will also need your conventional cleaning supplies, like rags, sponges, and rubber gloves. Fill your bottle up with your vodka of choice, and get ready to clean!

Mold and Mildew – Vodka will make bathroom mold and mildew removal a breeze. Just spray the affected area, wait 15 minutes, then scrub it clean. Rinse thoroughly to reveal the fruits of your labor!

Glass and Mirrors – To achieve that spotless, streak-free shine on mirrors and glass (including drinking glasses), mist the surface, then wipe clean with a microfiber rag or even some bunched up newspaper.

Clothing and Fabrics – To reduce or eliminate residual odors in clothing, upholstery, curtains and rugs, simply mist them with vodka and let them dry. Don’t worry; it doesn’t leave a scent behind!

Sticky Adhesives – To get rid of that leftover gunk or residue left behind from stickers or labels, generously spray the area with vodka, wait a few minutes, and then see how easy it is to scrub away.

Hardware and Fixtures – Remove fingerprints and oily marks from anything metal, such as faucets, doorknobs, and more, with a little spray of vodka. Just spray and wipe for full sterilization.

✨ Now pour yourself a vodka cocktail for all the cleaning you did!

Where to Find the Best Vodka Specials in Downtown Indianapolis

Call English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to hear about our fabulous Downtown Indianapolis drink specials we offer all week long. Visit us on Mondays for $4 EFFEN VODKA drinks and $6 MULES! Be sure to try our Dutch Mule made with Ketel One! Or come in on Wednesdays for $5 ABSOLUT DRINKS and $6 EFFEN MARTINIS, and Fridays for $5 KETTLE ONE drinks! Visit us on Saturdays for $4 EFFEN VODKA and $5 KETTLE ONE drinks! And you can’t forget about Sunday brunch that features our famous $5 BLOODY MARY’S! So, if you need a new place to wine and dine with your group, trust English Ivy’s bar and restaurant for phenomenal food, fun, and friendship!

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Recommended Grocery Store Wine and Cheese Pairings

What’s not to love about wine and cheese? All over the world you will find various kinds of cheese and wines being produced, and with modern-day importing and exporting, we are lucky to have our pick of many right here in the United States. That’s not to say that local North American wines and cheeses are not worth the choosing. We are also benefited by local wineries and cheese farms that grace us with their passion for quality craftsmanship and value. 

But you don’t have to be an enthusiast or connoisseur to create your own wine and cheese pairings at home. Your local grocery store right around the corner is all you need to build the perfect charcuterie tray for your next night in. There are several quick and easy wine and cheese combinations you can go with to ensure you are coupling the right flavors and aromas for the perfect pairing experience.

Continue below to review some recommendations for both grocery store wines and cheeses that perfectly complement each other, and available at Kroger, Trader Joe’s, or Fresh Market locations in Indianapolis!

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Red Wines and Cheese Pairings

When choosing a red wine, be sure to store it at 60 degrees Fahrenheit to allow the flavor to fully develop. And remove cheese trays from the refrigerator 30 to 40 minutes before serving to allow the cheeses to soften. Below are some easy red pairings to consider.

Cabernet Sauvignon:

🍷 SIMI Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – $20
🧀 Presidente Soft-Ripened Brie Cheese – $6

Merlot:

🍷 Beringer Merlot Founders’ Estate 2010 – $16
🧀 Tillamook Medium Sharp Cheddar Cheese – $5

Pinot Noir:

🍷 Francis Coppola Pinot Noir 2014 – $16
🧀 Red Apple Smoked Gruyere Cheese – $8

Chianti:

🍷 Castello Di Gabbiano Chianti 2014 – $11
🧀 Galbani Mozzarella Fresca Marinated – $6

White Wines and Cheese Pairings

When choosing a white wine, be sure to store and serve at 45 degrees Fahrenheit for that perfect flavorful finish. And remember to remove the cheeses from the refrigerator prior to guests arriving. This will ensure every bite is gentle and pleasing. Below are some easy white pairings to consider.

Chardonnay:

🍷 Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay 2014 – $8
🧀 Dofino Creamy Havarti – $6

White Zinfandel:

🍷 Barefoot White Zinfandel 2014 – $13
🧀 Boar’s Head Muenster Cheese – $4

Riesling:

🍷 Schmitt Sohne Riesling – $14
🧀 Castello Blue Cheese – $9

Sauvignon Blanc:

🍷 Yellow Tail Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – $15
🧀 Montchevre Chevre Goat Cheese – &5

Pinot Gris:

🍷 Chateau Ste Michelle Pinot Gris – $10
🧀 Private Selection Van Gogh Gouda Cheese – $7

Where to Wine and Dine in Downtown Indy

Call English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to hear about our fresh menus and specials we offer at our Downtown Indianapolis pub and eatery! Visit us on Mondays for ½ PRICE PREMIUM WINES, or Tuesdays for our $3 HOUSE WINES! We have a full bar stocked with all your favorites, including wine, premium liquors, beer, and more. To accompany your glass of wine, you can also order some delicious appetizers and entrees from our lunch and dinner menus! So, if you need a new place to wine and dine with your group, trust English Ivy’s bar and restaurant for phenomenal food, fun, and friendship!

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Tips for Cooking a Delicious Beef Roast

When you want to take credit for preparing the perfect beef pot roast, you have to learn what it takes to achieve it first. In today’s world, there are so many fancy gadgets, cooking methods, and recipes that can sometimes overshadow a perfectly good traditional cut of beef. But when it comes to beef, you really don’t need all the frills to ensure your main course comes out juicy and delicious. Instead, all you need to do is rely on some good, old-fashioned tips handed down by all those talented Grannies. With the right knowledge under your belt, you are fully-equipped to prepare the tastiest and most memorable roast beef your whole family will love.

Continue reading to cover some of the most important tips for cooking a succulent beef pot roast.

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Use a Good Butcher or Cut

The most important part of preparing a great beef roast is to start with the butcher. You want to concentrate on procuring your beef meat through a trusted, organic sheep farmer who will provide any custom cut for a fair price. Farm-to-table, locally-sourced foods have several benefits, one of which being some of the highest quality product around. Ask your provider to remove the bone for easier preparation. If you prefer to shop at your local grocery store, you have organic options, or you can simply opt for your favorite, trusted cut.

Let Your Roast Come to Room Temp

Another important tip is to let the meat rest before cooking so that it can reach room temperature. This supports more even cooking and balanced flavors. Once your meat is at room temperature, spend the first 10 to 20 minutes searing it on all sides using a cast iron skillet on high heat. This will properly seal in all the delicious juices and flavors of the meat while it cooks in the oven.

Get Your Cooking Time Right

When it comes time to put it in the oven, you want to roast it slowly at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The amount of time you roast your beef will depend on its weight. The rule of thumb to follow here is 13 to 13 minutes per pound for rare beef, 17 to 19 minutes for medium, and 22 to 25 for fully cooked. For instance, if your beef roast is three and half pounds, you will want to roast it for at least 45 minutes  for rare, and upwards of 90 minutes for well-done.

Let Your Roast Rest

Once you remove your roast from the oven, allow it to rest for 15 minutes to retain all the juices inside. The temperature of your meat is important, and will range depending on your personal preference. Be sure to check your meat with a meat thermometer to ensure it has achieved the proper internal temperature, which is around 145°F for medium rare and 160°F for medium.

Get Delicious, Homemade Beef Pot Roast in Downtown Indianapolis

Call English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to ask us about our Sunday dinner special, Grandma’s Beef Pot Roast Special! Our patrons continue to beg us for the recipe, but we promised Granny we’d keep it a family secret! Fortunately, all you have to do to enjoy this special dish is join us for dinner on Sunday nights! We are open from 10am-3pm, so come in and check out our menus full of delicious appetizers, cocktails, and more! With neighborhood prices and the nicest service around, you will enjoy every minute you spend at our Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant!

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Celebrate 2019 New Year’s Eve at English Ivy’s in Downtown Indianapolis!

This New Year’s Eve, celebrate with friends and family at English Ivy’s Eatery and Pub! We are open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with extended hours, which means you can come for dinner and drinks, and then stay for all the fun holiday festivities. You’ll love our convenient location in the beautiful Historic Saint Joseph Neighborhood, in Downtown Indianapolis!

Continue below to review our holiday business hours for New Year’s this year, as well as our brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, drink specials, events, directions, and more!

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🍾🌟 We’re Open Until 2AM New Year’s Eve! 🌟🍾

Brunch served Every Saturday and Sunday until 3PM. You can enjoy $5 Bloody Mary’s and $18 Champagne Bottle and Orange Juice Carafe packages! Aside from brunch, every day of the week we offer a full menu of starters, lunch items, dinner entrees and house specialties. Monday nights are Surf & Turf and 50 cent wings!

Tuesdays are designated BOGO days, which means buy one select app and get the 2nd app half off, or buy one burger and get the 2nd burger half off! In the middle of the week, visit us on Wednesdays for more wings specials, and Thursdays for pork, chicken, beef, and steak taco specials! Fridays are reserved for Prime Rib, making it an extra special dinner event.

Check out all of our dining room and bar menus, here.

New Year’s Eve Specials

On New Year’s Eve, enjoy these classic food and drink specials we have to offer:

BAR:
➲ $2 Domestics
➲ $3 Wells
➲ $3 House Wines

KITCHEN:
BOGO Tuesday!
➲ Buy One Select App & Get the 2nd App Half Off
➲ Buy One Burger & Get the 2nd Burger Half Off

New Year’s Day Specials

Come back to English Ivy’s on New Year’s day to enjoy these specials:’

BAR:
➲ $7 Patron
➲ $6 Effen Martinis
➲ $4 Margaritas
➲ $3 Corona Bottles
➲ $5 Absolut and Absolut Martinis

KITCHEN:
➲ 50 Cent Wing Night
➲ Chef’s Special

Bring in the 2020 New Year With English Ivy’s!

Contact us at 317-822-5070 to learn more about our menus, specials, events, and more. We gladly accept wall-ins, reservations, and even carryout orders. And as an added convenience, we have both lot and street parking available, so visiting us is never a hassle. With neighborhood prices and the kindliest service around, you will be fully- satisfied with every moment you spend at our Downtown Indiana bar and restaurant! We look forward to being friends!

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The 3 Basic Cocktails and How to Make Them

If you are hosting a holiday party this month, you should impress your guests with some fancy bartending skills. But you don’t have to put in a lot of studying and practice. All you really need is some basic bartending knowledge. A good place to start is by learning what the three basic cocktails are and how to make them. Continue below to get started!

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Classic Cocktails Leave a Lasting Impression

When it comes to the holiday season, everyone loves traditions. What better way to embrace holiday traditions than by serving some classic cocktails? Classic drinks, like martinis, daiquiris, and Old-Fashioned’s, are always a hit, as they are very universal. You can customize these basic cocktails in an endless array of flavors and themes, all of which will certainly leave a lasting impression on your friends and family. By knowing these basic cocktails, you can use your own personal tastes and creativity to build upon them and make them your own!

🍸 Martini

When it comes to constructing a great martini, all you need to do is know the basic recipe. From there, you can customize a martini into anything you want, from dirty martinis made with olive juice and lemon drop martinis that offer a citrus splash, to expresso martinis that give a good pick-me-up, and much more.

Recipe for Basic Martini:

2 Ounces Vodka or Gin
1.5 Ounces Dry Vermouth
2 Dashes Orange Bitters (optional)

Add all ingredients into a shaker. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into martini glass. Serve with a lemon peel or olive. You also have the option of stirring your martini, rather than giving it a good shake. But as Bond requests, “Shaken, not stirred.”

🍹 Daiquiri

Daiquiris are fun cocktails because they can be made frozen slushy or as a drink. As a refreshing drink that can be customized in thousands of ways, you can never go wrong serving up a tray of traditional daiquiris. You can also use their recipe as a base for shooters.

Basic Daiquiri Recipe:

2 Ounces White Rum
0.75 Ounces Simple Syrup
0.75 Ounces Lime Juice

Add all ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and then strain it into a chilled glass. Garnish your daquiri with a lemon twist. For frozen daquiris, add all ingredients into a blender with ice, and blend until you reach a slushy consistency.

🧉 Old-Fashioned

Old-fashioned cocktails are among the most revered classics, making it an important recipe to add to your bartending acumen. They are great to serve to guests because they appear fancy but in fact quite simple to make. Although bourbon is customary, you can use any base liquor.

Recipe for a Basic Old-Fashioned:

2 Ounces Bourbon (or any liquor)
1 Sugar Cube (or 1 tsp. maple syrup)
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1 Dash Water

Place a sugar cube inside your glass and saturate it with bitters. Then add a dash of water. Muddle the sugar cube until it is fully dissolved. Now fill the glass with ice and add the bourbon. Finish by garnishing it with an orange slice and a cocktail cherry on a toothpick.

Where to Get Classic Cocktails in Indianapolis This Holiday

English Ivy’s is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 11AM to 12 PM this year! Call 317-822-5070 to ask about our dinner and drink holiday specials we are offering this season. We offer a seasonal-inspired, multi-cuisine menu that is locally-sourced and curated by our chef. From classics like wings and burgers, to specialty entrees like prime rib and baked scallops, and everything in between, you will find exactly what your taste buds crave this holiday on our exclusive holiday menus. With neighborhood prices and the nicest service around, you will enjoy every minute you spend at our Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant!

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Easy Leftover Thanksgiving Day Turkey Ideas

The best part of Thanksgiving Day is that it keeps on giving and giving, even after the holiday has come and gone. We are talking about all the tasty leftovers, of course! But of all the typical leftover Thanksgiving dinner foods, turkey is by far the most universal, capable of being repurposed into a variety of delicious snacks, lunches, and more. To top it all off, turkey is healthy, making it a good choice for a meal, any time of day.

So rather than settling for the standard, cold turkey refrigerator grazing tradition this year, think about all the other goodies you can make with your leftover holiday bird. Continue reading for some easy recipes to get your own ideas flowing!

Downtown Indianapolis Eatery 317-822-5070
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Thanksgiving Day Tips to Get You Started

First and foremost, if you know you’re not going to be able to consume all your leftover turkey within 5 to 7 days, the best tip to follow is to freeze it in a freezer-acceptable bag or container. After 5 to 7 days, bacteria can begin to grow within the proteins of the meat, and therefore begins to reduce the quality, taste, texture, and more. By freezing your leftover turkey, you can extend its life and ensure it’s healthy to eat. Cooked turkey can be frozen safely for 2 to 6 months.

Thawing Frozen Turkey

If frozen, turkey needs to be completely thawed before it can be seasoned or cooked. There are three primary methods of thawing meat, safely: refrigeration, cold water, and microwaving. The safest and most recommended method is to thaw your meat in the refrigerator. Simply keep the turkey in its packaging and place it on a plate to thaw overnight. If you need a faster option, the next best method is to thaw frozen turkey in cold water.

Just place the meat in an enclosed waterproof plastic bag and submerge it in cold water, changing the water every half hour until the meat is entirely thawed. To thaw frozen meat in the microwave, you will need to understand your appliances defrost settings since make and models vary in operation and performance. Refer to the owners’ manual for instructions on how to defrost frozen meat in your particular make and model microwave. If you choose this method, it is important that you immediately cook the meat once it is thawed.

Turkey Ideas You Can Try

    🦃 Turkey Sandwiches and Wraps
    🦃 Turkey Casseroles
    🦃 BBQ Pulled Turkey
    🦃 Turkey Tacos
    🦃 Turkey Stew/Soup
    🦃 Turkey Gyros
    🦃 Turkey Samosas
    🦃 Turkey Salad (w/ Mayonnaise)
    🦃 Turkey Enchiladas
    🦃 Turkey Quesadillas
    🦃 Turkey Frittata
    🦃 Turkey Pot Pie
    🦃 Turkey Nachos
    🦃 Turkey Chili

Where to Get Tasty Eats in Downtown Indianapolis

Contact English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to ask about our dinner menus and holiday specials we are offering this season. We offer a seasonal-inspired, multi-cuisine menu that is locally-sourced and curated by our chef. From classics like wings and burgers, to specialty entrees like prime rib and baked scallops, and everything in between, you will find exactly what your taste buds crave this Thanksgiving on our exclusive holiday menus. With neighborhood prices and the nicest service around, you will enjoy every minute you spend at our Downtown Indianapolis bar and restaurant!

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