1. So Rick from Kaiser Penguin showed up in town this weekend. He and his friend Char joined us at Bourbon Friday night, and then we met him and Matt from A Jigger of Blog over at The Gibson. Good times were had by all and once again we had the pleasure of having Tiff as our bartender there.
As I’ve mentioned before – you’ve got to give The Gibson a shot if you haven’t yet.
We tried to go to Bar Pilar afterwards but it was just packed; we got to speak with Adam briefly but then hailed a cab and headed back to Virginia for pizza and relaxation.
One of my favorite moments of the weekend came Friday night, however. Owen was showing off some really cool liquors and cocktails all night, but at one point Chris (and I’ll explain about this in about a week or so) had Marshall and I buy a drink. He got his favorite, the cocktail a la louisiane, and I got a Sazerac. Chris had never had a Sazerac so he tried one and absolutely loved it. It’s always great to see someone try a new drink and see their eyes light up like that!
2. Repeal Day is up to $90 for a ticket and coming up soon – December 5th. Hope to see y’all there, I’m really excited about it.
3. Phil Greene asked us to post an announcement about the Holiday Cocktails seminar at Bourbon on December 9th. It is presented by the Museum of the American Cocktail and will feature the dynamic trio of Derek Brown (The Gibson), Justin Guthrie (Central Michel Richard), and Owen Thompson (Bourbon) as well as Phil Greene. $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and that includes light appetizers and sample sizes of the cocktails. I know Marshall will be there!
You can register here.
4. TDN – sponsored by Leblon Cachaca – was a heck of a time! There were a lot of good drinks made and while we wait for the recap (AHEM) I thought I’d share one of the drinks I came up with that people seemed to like.
1 ounce Leblon cachaca
1 ounce Carpano Antica
1 ounce Aperol
2 dashes Fee’s Rhubarb Bitters
Shake over ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
I have to admit that I wasn’t a big cachaca fan before Thursday night but I’ve definitely learned to enjoy some of the complexities of the spirit. Check out the TDN round up when it’s posted and look also for my Brazilian Frog – it’s an orange flavored drink that needs a bit of tweaking but I think turned out pretty well also.
5. A friend invited my brother and I over to watch football yesterday and asked that I bring some “tasty drinks”. I pieced something together and made it which ended up being a big hit. It was fairly improvised, but the basic recipe is here and we’ll be making both cold and hot versions of this for our Christmas party (we only made cold ones yesterday).
Apple Cider Heaven
2 ounces applejack
1 ounce Jameson’s
1/2 ounce St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram
2 dashes Fee’s aromatic bitters
4 ounces apple cider
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Alternatively, build over ice in a collins or pint glass using 50% more of each ingredient and stir, then serve.
That’s about enough for now, I think. This week is Thanksgiving so everybody think of what you want to give thanks for and have a good time with your friends and family! Remember: don’t drink and drive. Which means – don’t drive.