October 22 – 23 2011
The 7th Annual Great American Distillers Festival is a gathering of small distillers from across the country who come to Oregon – the Mecca of craft distilling, to share their products, their passion and their expertise in handcrafting spirits. There will be tastings, seminars, a mixology contest for bartenders and more!
Happening during the second Portland Cocktail week, the Great American Distillers Festival will be happening at the Left Bank Annex on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 7pm.
For more information, visit www.distillersfestival.com
October 20- 24 2011
It’s the second year! Portland Cocktail Week is a celebration of the craft of bartending and fine spirits that takes place each October in Portland, Oregon.
From a Bartenders Run to Kick Cancer’s Ass to Yacht Rocking (with rum, of course) in Lola’s Room, there a little something for every imbiber out there! For more information, visit www.portlandcocktailweek.com. All ticket sales benefit the Oregon Bartenders Guild.
October 20, 2011
It’s National Brandied Fruit Day! What is brandied fruit? It’s pretty simple: fruit, sugar, and brandy.
The word brandy originally comes from the Dutch word brandewijn, which means burnt wine. Dutch traders introduced brandy to Northern Europe and well as France and Spain during the 16th century, and the name stuck.
Brandied Cherries (pictured left) is one of our favorite garnish on a good cocktail. Need a simple recipe for these treats? Here you go:
2 lb. fresh Bing cherries
2 c. brandy
1 c. water
1 c. sugar
Wash cherries and cut off half the stems; place in jar and cover with brandy. Cover jar, but do not seal. Let stand overnight.
Boil sugar and water together 10 minutes; skim surface and cool. Drain brandy from cherries and add to syrup; stir well and pour back into jar over cherries and seal tight. Let stand …
October 16 – 17, 2011
New York, NY
This is the first major international spirits competition with trade-only judges from top to bottom that consist of people who are buyers from the top retail stores, restaurant and bar owners, distributors and importers. Unlike other competitions, these judges have purchasing power and the ability to make a direct impact on brand sales.
The second major difference in this competition is that each submission will be not only placed in its product category but also its pricing category. Therefore a spirit will be judged in its category along with other spirits in its same price range. Each category will have its own pricing levels and are listed on the submission form. So for example a Whiskey that retails for $50 will be judged with other Whiskeys in that price range and not with Whiskies that …
The spirit that has the ability to make any beverage alcoholic. Whether it be from Poland, Russia or even Washington State, vodka is one of the most imbibed liquors out there. Easy to make, devoid of substantial flavors (unless imparted on purpose), it keeps new distilleries afloat while they work on whiskey, lends itself well to mixing and infusions, and has kept many a college girl tipsy for all four years.
If you are a straight-up-martini-shaken-not-stirred type, well…. the following recipes might not be for you. Sure, there are an infinite number of cocktails out there that you can make with vodka, but we are partial to the classics (and prefer gin martini’s with vermouth, thank you).
However you choose to celebrate today, please drink quality vodka. We are of the mind that bad vodka is one of the worst hangover inducing …
October 4, 2011
It’s National Vodka Day! A most versatile spirit, vodka can go in just about anything.
Want to know more about Vodka? Check out our History page and take some notes.
We thought we’d share a couple vodka recipes for you to celebrate with today: the underrated Cosmopolitan (ruined by Sex and the City) and a Greyhound. Craving sodium? Add salt to the rim of your Greyhound and you get a Salty Dog (not a joke).
1 ½ oz vodka
¾ oz triple sec
2 oz cranberry juice
juice of half a lime
Shake over ice in shaker, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
1 ½ oz vodka
fill with grapefruit juice
Pour all ingredients into ice filled glass.
Ten years ago if someone would have asked for a “nicer” tequila, most bars would only have a bottle or two, if anything, to offer. Most of us can claim a bad date with Jose Cuervo at least once in our youth, and many still have written off the spirit all together without trying the top shelf stuff they couldn’t previously afford. And a tequila cocktail? You mean there is something beside a margarita?
Tequila has come a long way, baby. Tequila bars are the new frontier, with more distillers, techniques and brands popping up every year, with nary a drowned worm to be found. The demand, especially in the United States, is growing exponentially and the good folks down south couldn’t be happier.
We have a special place in our heart for the agave distillate, and have always enjoyed the Don …
Today is International Sake Day! Break out the chopsticks, crack open a bottle of sake, and get to celebrating Japan’s most notable fermented beverage.
Sake is not a rice “wine” as most think. It is more akin to beer in the way that it is made, even though it packs a much stronger punch with an alcohol content of about 15%. Sake has been made in Japan for a very, very long time, with some of the most ancient texts mentioning the brew. It’s generally made from rice that is unsuitable for eating, and as sake has become more and more desired around the world, breweries are popping up in other countries.
Today is International Sake Day because it symbolizes the beginning of brewing year. We thought we would pass along some sake cocktail recipes, courtesy of TY KU to get your …