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Cocktails Inspired by Bluewater Vodka

Posted on 28th April, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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John Lundin is the founder of the up and coming Bluewater Organic Vodka. While Bluewater is distilled in the mountains of Colorado, John calls Seattle home, is a lifelong sailor (hence the name Bluewater) and is dedicated to organic farming and conservation. His tasty vodka now graces the shelves in Washington, as well as Oregon and Kansas, and will be in California soon.

Small batch distilled in copper at 9,300 ft with just a hint of charcoal filtering, it’s a unique flavor lends itself to mixing. We know you are thirsty, so we thought we would share these lovely Bluewater vodka inspired cocktails, created by cocktail writer
Warren Bobrow. 

Cheers!
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The Sally Hemmings Cocktail. Named after Thomas Jefferson’s mistress, Sally Hemmings.  This one is reminiscent of the fire driven spirits that were home-derived from Thomas Jefferson’s still.  An early proponent of craft distillery methods, I …


You are free to move about the world – with booze

Posted on 27th April, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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If you are like us, your souvenirs aren’t snow globes or tacky t-shirts, they are usually of the boozy variety. Thanks to a few wackos, you can’t carry them on the plane anymore, and you always leave a little room in the checked bag for delicious liquid finds. But as you are carefully packing your bottle of Amontillado  that you found at this amazing place in Barcelona, you start to panic a little. Is your treasure going to make it back? Are your skivvies going to be floating in a sherry soup?

Enter the Jet Bag. It boasts that it will contain an entire broken or leaking bottle of a standard size, saving your unmentionables and you from curious looks from TSA. We put it to the test, sealing up a leaking bottle inside and leaving it overnight to see what …


You are free to move about the world – with booze

Posted on 27th April, by DrinkGal in Reviews. No Comments

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If you are like us, your souvenirs aren’t snow globes or tacky t-shirts, they are usually of the boozy variety. Thanks to a few wackos, you can’t carry them on the plane anymore, and you always leave a little room in the checked bag for delicious liquid finds. But as you are carefully packing your bottle of Amontillado  that you found at this amazing place in Barcelona, you start to panic a little. Is your treasure going to make it back? Are your skivvies going to be floating in a sherry soup?

Enter the Jet Bag. It boasts that it will contain an entire broken or leaking bottle of a standard size, saving your unmentionables and you from curious looks from TSA. We put it to the test, sealing up a leaking bottle inside and leaving it overnight to see what …


Ron de Jeremy

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

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We couldn’t make this up if we tried: Ron Jeremy made a rum. There might be a few of you who don’t know who Ron Jeremy is. Well, he’s a star… of the porn variety, and that’s all we have to say about that. We are here for the rum, crafted by Master Distiller Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez and aptly named Ron de Jeremy, not the porn, so let’s get our mind out of the gutter, shall we?

So, we received Ron de Jeremy in the mail, and we were a little surprised at the size of the bottle. Honestly, we thought it would be bigger. No matter, size isn’t everything, and the rum sample size was adequate enough to get a good taste. We didn’t have enough to mix into a cocktail, but usually straight up is the best way …


National Amaretto Day

Posted on 19th April, by DrinkGal in Events. No Comments

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April 19, 2011

Disaronno on the rocks? If you wish. Nutty, sweet, and popular with sour, we’re not sure why amaretto got it’s own day, but why not celebrate anyway?

Want to know why those Disaronno commercials bug you? We can’t answer that, but they bug us too. Sorry.

Don’t know how to drink it? How about a Godfather?

Godfather

1½ oz scotch
¾ oz amaretto

Stir ingredients with ice, strain into cocktail glass or serve over ice in old fashioned glass.

Cheers!


Novo Fogo Brazilian Cachaça

Posted on 19th April, by DrinkGal in Reviews. No Comments

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When most people think of cachaça, they think of Caipirinhas and very little else. As a bartender, for years we would have the same lonely bottle of cachaça sitting on the shelf for months, and when a patron would ask “what do you use that for?” I would pull it down and mix up a Caipirinha, explaining its fame (the national alcoholic drink of Brazil) and that cachaça is a cousin of rum, made from sugar cane instead of molasses.

Most cachaça has a smoky, gasoline-like quality that would be considered charming to some in a caipirinha, but one would be hard pressed to find another drink where the spirit would add anything that a good rum couldn’t do better. For the life of me I didn’t have another recipe to offer anyone interested in the Brazilian rum cousin.

Enter Novo Fogo, …


Spring Wine Roundup

Posted on 12th April, by DrinkGal in Ken's Wine Picks. No Comments

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Wine Tasting Event!

Save the date! Saturday April 16th has been designated for our Spring Tasting in conjunction with the Lakewood-Seward Park Community Club from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. This annual event is always a great way to kick off spring time. Cost is $25 at the door, or you can purchase your admission online at www.lspcc.org/winetasting.html, and receive a FREE raffle ticket for one of the many prizes. Grab your neighbors and friends and join us as we work our way from Prosecco to Zinfandel, and a little bit of everything else in between. Generally there are upwards of 50 wines to sample, with light snacks of cheese, crackers and coffee available as well. Leschi Market also offers a special 13% event discount on wine orders placed that night. We look forward to it, and we hope to see as many …


Booze in the Kitchen: The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook

Posted on 8th April, by DrinkGal in Reviews. No Comments

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Like Iron Chef with a bottle of whiskey, the Gourmand Award winning Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook can turn almost anything that could come out of your kitchen into a delicious barrel-aged treat.

Ironically, author Chef Albert W.A. Schmid isn’t a lifelong bourbon lover. Allergic to corn, he avoided bourbon for years, thinking that (as bourbon is mostly made of corn) a whiskey drinker he was never to be. In 2002, talking with the master distiller of Brown-Foreman, he discovered that the distilling process removed the allergen, and was delighted to discover that he could indeed sip the stuff to his hearts content.

Schmid was already a chef and a wine and spirits educator and had his first book under his belt, so he set about collecting recipes and educating himself about using bourbon in food. And now you can hold the fruits of …


National Beer Day

Posted on 7th April, by DrinkGal in Events. No Comments

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April 7, 2011

Yes, it is officially Beer Day, so grab a six pack and celebrate the worlds oldest fermented beverage!

Justin Smith let us know that indeed, there are many, many National Beer Day’s around the world, and several other beer holidays to celebrate! We are attaching his comments and lists for your perusal.

Cheers!
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There are actually several countries that have a National Beer Day. In the USA, our National Beer Day is on April 7th, but there are a lot of unofficial random beer drinking holidays in the US.

New Beer’s Eve – April 6th
National Beer Day – April 7th
National Homebrew Day – First Saturday in May
American Craft Beer Week – Starts on the 3rd Monday in May and goes for a week
International Beer Day – Aug. 5th
National Beer Lover’s Day – Sept. 7th
National Drink a Beer Day – Sept. 28th
American Beer …


Corrido Tequila

Posted on 5th April, by DrinkGal in Reviews. No Comments

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Last week, we were lucky enough to get to try the brand new line of Corrido Tequila at a luncheon at Chantanee in Bellevue. Just back from a trip to Las Vegas Tequila Fest 2010, we were still in the tequila spirit (so to speak) and ready to sample some award-winning tequila.

Our host, the lovely Yuri Kato (also the author of Japanese Cocktails), started us off with a history lesson. A “corrido”, she told us, is similar to a ballad. It is a Mexican musical style that is poetic, came into existence during the late 1800′s and was popularized during Prohibition along the U.S/Mexico border. These ballads often glamorized stories of tequila smugglers that would risk their lives bringing hooch to thirsty Americans in border towns. A guitar pick on a leather strap is slung around each bottle of Corrido: …