Jon Taffer talks hockey and cocktails on Pregaming presented by New Amsterdam Vodka

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Stepping away from Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer takes over Pregaming presented by New Amsterdam Vodka.

Prior to the Stanley Cup final games, Jon Taffer took over Pregaming presented by New Amsterdam Vodka. While Taffer might be known for his bar expertise, he is a huge hockey fan. After shaking up a special cocktail, he asked all the questions that hockey fans want to hear.

Since New Amsterdam Vodka has a partnership with the NHL, this special program is more than just a hockey fan and hockey legends talking about the action on the ice. Taffer gets Scott Gomez and Bryan Trottier to talk about the current games as well as their own hockey experiences in previous Stanley Cup playoffs.

Anyone who has watched Bar Rescue understands that Taffer can elicit some amazing responses from his poignant questions. While his tone on these interviews is subtle, the guests do not have to worry about Taffer shutting them down.

For hockey fans, the programming is quite entertaining and educational. Whether it is learning about special stories or getting some insight on the current games, it is a fun program.

For cocktail fans, the pregaming cocktail is a simple lesson in mixology. Of course, the cocktail features New Amsterdam Vodka, but it also uses Taffer’s signature cocktail mixer.

The cocktail featured on both epsidoses is a version of a Moscow mule. Here’s how to make it.

New Amsterdam Mule


  • 1.5 oz NAV
  • 1.5 oz Taffer’s Margarita Mix
  • 1.5 oz Ginger Beer
  • Lime wedge


  • Pour NAV and Margarita mix together in a shaker.
  • Add ice and shake. Pour into a fresh glass filled with ice.
  • Top with ginger beer and squeeze of lime.
  • Stir.
  • Serve with lime wedge.

Taffer also served a Strawberry Mule version using Taffer’s Strawberry Margarita Mix. The ingredients are the same, except the mix is swapped.

Overall, this cocktail adheres to Taffer’s classic cocktail methodology. It is 1/3 spirit to 2/3 mixers. Overall, this cocktail is not too sweet, yet not too sour. It offers the perfect balance in very sip.

With such good hockey being played, the New Amsterdam Mule is the perfect cocktail to sip while watching all the action. Why not mix one up tonight.

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