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Tales after Tales: Bus Dodging and Smuggling Rum

Posted on 26th July, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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Yes, Tales might be over, but the boys aren’t quite yet!  One last trip to the French Quarter…
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If you have been following the adventures of Unnamed Bar Owner and Crume at Tales you may have picked up on some of the great knowledge we have been gaining between drunken antics.  Truth be told we had found ourselves in the middle of more knowledge then we knew what to do with.  I’m starting to realize that I may not just come away with a bunch information rattling around in my head, but also gain a new reading list and a notebook full of questions.  For example: in my first seminar you may recall that they were playing with liquid nitrogen.  The third seminar went into this even further.The seminar was called The History, Science and Creativity behind Essential Oils and Extracts.  …


So Fresh, So Cool

Posted on 25th July, by DrinkGal in Ken's Wine Picks. No Comments

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Now that summer has finally arrived, how do you plan to keep cool? Barbecues, picnics, and lazy weeknights at home all call for something crisply chilled, right? The regular standbys are there and will continue to be there. Over the next month or so, I challenge readers to venture outside the box and try different varietals. More off the beaten path and more obscure, these are sure to please. Trust me, it can be quite rewarding to show up with a chilled bottle of “how do you pronounce that?” when it becomes the hit of the evening! If nothing else, it’s a great icebreaker and definite conversation piece.

How do you define refreshing? Over time, in terms of wine, I have found the perfect combo residing in higher acidity levels and lower alcohol content. The higher acidity lends itself to that …


Tales from Tales: The First Two Seminars

Posted on 25th July, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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Insider has been hijacked for the weekend while the boys are at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans! We will back to business as usual on Monday… now, back to the French Quarter…
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Crume and I planned to go to different seminars so that we would have more to report back on from Tales.  We looked online at our options and realized with the amount of cool events to attend, the problem was definitely going to be choosing.  If I had my way Tales would run for a month so I could see them all.

The first day I had two seminars that I was pretty excited about.  The first was called From Convicts to Cocktailians: The Release of Australian Flavor.  This was moderated by Simon McGoram (Aus. Bartender Magazine), David Spanton (4bar.com.au), Matthew Bax (Tippling Club) and Jacob Briars (42BELOW). …


Tales from Tales: Welcome Reception

Posted on 23rd July, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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Insider has been hijacked for the weekend while the boys are at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans! We will back to business as usual on Monday… now, back to the French Quarter…
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So Crume and I sat in our room in the French Quarter planning our strategy.  The accommodations were described as “historic”.  While the building is beautiful, I would interpret this more as “cramped with A/C and plumbing barely working.”  As I tried to lay out a plan Crume mumbled something about not planning, but channeling Hunter S. Thompson.  “Okay, so let’s just deal with tonight” I say and we agree to head to the Welcome Reception for TOTC at the Contemporary Arts Center.

It turns out that this was a little walk west of the French Quarter which would have been nice for an evening stroll, other than …


The Guilt Free* Margarita: Drink Skinny

Posted on 21st July, by DrinkGal in Reviews. No Comments

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Before we get started, we would like to say the following: We love margaritas. Simple, tasty, limey, salty. There is so much to love in a margarita, and yet, it seems so often that a really GOOD margarita is hard to find.

To make matters worse, it seems to be nearly impossible to find a good pre-made Margarita mix. This is the same problem Drink Skinny owners Christy and Steven Cegelski faced upon returning from a particularly boozy trip to Mexico, where they had discovered the delicious cocktail for themselves. Not being bartenders or in the spirit industry themselves, they searched high and low, trying mix after mix, and found that nothing they could buy matched the fresh taste that they fell in love with. Not to mention all the mixers they found were loaded in calories and The Big Bad …


Tales of the Cocktail is upon us!

Posted on 20th July, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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Every year for the past 8 years, imbibing enthusiasts, geeks, bartenders and writers alike have gathered in the birthplace of the cocktail, New Orleans, for a long weekend of celebrating a truly American innovation: the cocktail.

This year, we are lucky enough to have two gentlemen in attendance at Tales of the Cocktail on our behalf, and as the party starts tomorrow (7/21) we are hereby giving them this space for the duration to keep us the inside scoop about events, happenings, and everything else they might happen to remember about the weekend.

With no further ado, we give you the first pre-festivities update on this years Tales of the Cocktail. Cheers!
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Is there Drinking Culture in the South outside of NOLA?

Most of you don’t know me, so I’ll make this brief.  I am a dear friend of DrinkGal that she has referred …


Tales of the Cocktail is upon us!

Posted on 20th July, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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Every year for the past 8 years, imbibing enthusiasts, geeks, bartenders and writers alike have gathered in the birthplace of the cocktail, New Orleans, for a long weekend of celebrating a truly American innovation: the cocktail.

This year, we are lucky enough to have two gentlemen in attendance at Tales of the Cocktail on our behalf, and as the party starts tomorrow (7/21) we are hereby giving them this space for the duration to keep us the inside scoop about events, happenings, and everything else they might happen to remember about the weekend.

With no further ado, we give you the first pre-festivities update on this years Tales of the Cocktail. Cheers!
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Is there Drinking Culture in the South outside of NOLA?

Most of you don’t know me, so I’ll make this brief.  I am a dear friend of DrinkGal that she has referred …


Introducing: Batch #1 Cask Strength Laphroig

Posted on 15th July, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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Scotch enthusiasts rejoice!

Laphroaig has just announced that due to the changes in regulation put forth by the Scotch Whisky Association, they will henceforth be bottling cask strength Laphroaig in batches, and displaying the batch number and bottling date on each bottle.

What does this mean for you? Well, if you don’t drink Scotch, nothing. But if you happen to be a fan of peaty, aromatic (read: stinky) Scotch, then you are already lining up at the nearest liquor store to buy yourself a bottle. Collectors will be drooling over bottlings from specific batches, as each one will be unique in its own right, and subtle nuances will be the topic over a dram wherever the purists enjoy their libations.

Best news? Batch #1 of Cask Strength Laphroiag is already on the shelves. It’s the first of it’s kind for Laphroiag, and if …


Introducing: Batch #1 Cask Strength Laphroig

Posted on 15th July, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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Scotch enthusiasts rejoice!

Laphroaig has just announced that due to the changes in regulation put forth by the Scotch Whisky Association, they will henceforth be bottling cask strength Laphroaig in batches, and displaying the batch number and bottling date on each bottle.

What does this mean for you? Well, if you don’t drink Scotch, nothing. But if you happen to be a fan of peaty, aromatic (read: stinky) Scotch, then you are already lining up at the nearest liquor store to buy yourself a bottle. Collectors will be drooling over bottlings from specific batches, as each one will be unique in its own right, and subtle nuances will be the topic over a dram wherever the purists enjoy their libations.

Best news? Batch #1 of Cask Strength Laphroiag is already on the shelves. It’s the first of it’s kind for Laphroiag, and if …


Go French on Bastille Day

Posted on 13th July, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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Bastille Day is July 14 every year, marking the day the fortress at Bastille was stormed during the French Revolution. It’s a big deal in France, but tomorrow you can have a very French day here in Seattle if you are so inclined. Here are some ideas that will keep you wining and dining like a Parisian all day (and night) long.

You can start at Le Panier down in Pike Place Market  for your croissant and coffee. We know, we know, it’s not very cocktail-ish of us, but feel free to bring down some Cognac to slip into that latte, eh? The smell of this place alone has us on our knees every time we walk by, not to mention loosening our belts.

For lunch, mosey on down to Le Pichet for a plate of Charcuterie and a glass of Chenin …