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Left Coast Libations

Posted on 23rd February, by DrinkGal in Reviews. No Comments


We had the pleasure of enjoying a cocktail made by Ted Munat at a LUPEC event this past weekend. Come to find out that Ted, in addition to being a talented Seattle barman is also a writer. We picked up a copy of his self-published book, Left Coast Libations and have a case to make as to why you should buy it too.

Ted penned the book with Michael Lazar, with a little help from over 50 West Coast bartenders. It’s cleverly divided into five cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, and then each city boasts it’s own roster of nationally known barkeeps. You can find your libation by bartender or by drink, and a brief history of the city’s boozy culture starts off every chapter.

Sure the cocktail world isn’t vast, but a true imbiber will know the …

National Margarita Day

Posted on 22nd February, by DrinkGal in Events. No Comments


February 22, 2011

Yes, it is officially Margarita Day, so grab some salt and your favorite tequila and imbibe!

There are several versions of how this cocktail came into existence, so many that we aren’t going to go into them here. All we know is that we are thankful for it, and we will drink them regardless of who invented it. If you like yours more tart, just leave out the simple syrup.

Classic Margarita

2 oz (a good) tequila
1 oz triple sec
1 oz fresh lime juice
½ oz simple syrup

Put all ingredients in a shaker over ice, shake and strain into an ice filled glass with a salted rim. For a frozen one, just blend it with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel.


Celebrate Washington Wine Month

Posted on 20th February, by DrinkGal in Ken's Wine Picks. No Comments


March is right around the corner, and it’s Washington Wine Month! There are so many great wines being produced, it would be impossible to try them all. In fact, with now over 700 wineries on record in the state, one would be hard pressed to try one wine from each winery in the course of a year, let alone in a month. I thought it would be a great time to highlight can’t-miss Washington wines. Some are old favorites, others may be more boutique or new. There is a solid selection of varying price points for you to choose from, so taste with confidence!

2007 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah, Walla Walla Valley ($45). You will notice a common thread throughout, beginning here. 2007 vintages from Washington should not be missed. The ideal growing season translated to some truly amazing wines, which …

National Drink Wine Day

Posted on 18th February, by DrinkGal in Events. No Comments


February 18, 2011

Yes, it is officially Drink Wine Day, so grab your favorite bottle of wine and drink up!


For the Love of Whiskey: Woodinville Whiskey Company

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


Sure, at first we were lured into a whiskey tasting by the fact that it was at respected Seattle watering hole Tavern Law and that we were going to get to meet the great Dave Pickerell (formerly of Makers Mark, currently of Whistle Pig), but there was more than a passing interest in the rumors about a new White Dog whiskey coming out of Woodinville.Not even a year into the spirits business (they opened July 2010), Woodinville Whiskey Company has already taken a medal at the New York International Spirits Competition, and have earned a following among local bartenders for their unique, unaged whiskey. For us, what started as a tasting of their Peabody Jones vodka and White Dog whiskey in delicious custom cocktails migrated into a wonderful conversation, and ended in an afternoon tour of their distillery the …

Party at The Penthouse with LUPEC!

Posted on 11th February, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments


We can’t think of a better way to help others than if we can do it by enjoying a cocktail! On Saturday, February 19th the ladies of LUPEC (Ladies United for the Protection of the Endangered Cocktail) Seattle chapter in collaboration with Rob Roy will be holding a cocktail party at The Penthouse in Seattle, to benefit Jubilee Women’s Center. Enjoy drinks & Seattle’s best view from 37 floors up!

Ticket includes 2 cocktails by Anu Apte of Rob Roy & Jenn Hegstrom of LUPEC Portland as well as light hors d’Oeuvres.  Additional drinks available at the cash bar.

Special guest Ted Munat of the recently published “Left Coast Libations” will be signing copies of his book. Kristina Barnes, owner of Inner Chapters Books will have books for cash or credit card sale $24.95+tax.  And who knows which other esteemed bartenders may be …

Ready for Valentines Day?

Posted on 10th February, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments


While we here at DrinkGal really subscribe to the notion that Valentines Day is a holiday designed to guilt, punish or sell diamonds, we know that a lot of you are under pressure to impress your loved one on February 14.  So in the spirit of (ahem) love, we found the perfect last-minute solution. New site FatCork.com teamed up with Seattle Chocolatier Theo Chocolate this rosy holiday to bring you unique pairings of Valentine’s Day favorites, Champagne and Chocolate.  Flowers are nice, but booze is better!

We tried out the pairings at a tasting this week, held at FatCork’s warehouse in Seattle. Theo brought three different chocolates to pair with three cuvees, and the result was a little square of heaven. Theo is the only organic, fair trade, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the U.S., and if you haven’t tried their chocolate …

Happy Chinese New Year!

Posted on 3rd February, by DrinkGal in Events. No Comments


Today begins the Year of the Rabbit, which the Chinese believe will bring calmer times as opposed to last year, which was the year of the Tiger. Starting today, there is a fifteen day celebration, and we believe any good celebration deserves a better drink.

Just so happens that we found a Chinese beer, Tsingtao, to crack open today if you are lager kind of mood. No, it’s not an in your face IPA that cult beer drinkers love, but in the spirit of the benevolent Rabbit, maybe it’s time to branch out, eh? You know you have some old fortune cookies in your silverware drawer (next to the chopsticks), just for such an occasion.

If beer isn’t your thing, maybe a China Clipper Cocktail? Yellow gin, vermouth, grapefruit and orange bitters, you’ll be digging out your red and gold and looking …