Washington Gin Showcase Part 1

Booze Nerds

Hello and welcome to post #4 for Booze Nerds. However, before we get started, stop everything and go here first Help Murray Stenson. We booze nerds stand on the shoulders of giants. Murray has been a key player in creating the Seattle cocktail scene and more than that, in bringing back real cocktails nation-wide. Please donate and help out someone who is so important to our community!

Now on to the regularly scheduled post. We here at Booze Nerds are fortunate enough to live in the great Pacific Northwest where we’re seeing an explosion in the artisan distilling field. A lot of people talk about how the artisan distillers are just biding their time until they can produce aged spirits, and perhaps for some that’s true. But while we love a good aged whiskey as much as the next nerd, we also feel that there’s plenty to like about the lovely…

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Globe Bar Bitters

ASHLEY SANS ENNUI


While walking home from the train station I came across a box on the streets of Jersey City, which was hosting a little literature orgy for a group of hospitality and culinary pieces. One of the members was The Art of the Cocktail by Ben Reed. Before I found that treasure I had already planned on making my own bitters to begin experimenting with cocktails, so I happily accepted the timely gift.

I definitely needed to use this book as a guideline, since my previous cocktail concocting went as far as “Old English Mimosas” (in forty ounce serving portions, of course). I was never much of a cocktail drinker, always preferring a good beer or wine. However, there is a mood set and an emotion felt when you let the inside of your hands and fingertips be caressed by the delicate stem of glassware. Even more so when the balance…

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Apple Cider Margaritas

finishing school

Goal #53: Mix 40 new cocktails.

Note: This means pre-existing cocktails but new to me. Also,  if I’ve drank it before but haven’t made it myself, it counts.

For cocktail #25, I decided to go with this apple cider margarita recipe.  I bookmarked it several months ago with the intention of making it, but it hasn’t exactly been seasonally appropriate . . . until now. Unfortunately, I have no Grand Marnier, so I decided to swap in orange curacao. That was a mistake. This recipe is sweet sweet sweet, too sugary for even my sweet tooth, and I’m not sure that even with the Grand Marnier it would have worked. This drink needs something sour in it to cut through the sugar–you know that old rhyme about one part sour, two parts sweet, three parts strong and four parts weak? This is just sweet, sweet, strong and weak. Some alterations…

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Let’s Talk Cocktails

According to Keith

I love cocktails, I think they’re so enjoyable on so many levels. They’re creative and anyone can invent their own perfectly original cocktail, they’re pleasing on the eye and can be colourful and have many different kinds of garnishes. No matter what kind of mood you’re in or what the occasion or company you find yourself in, there is a cocktail with your name on it.

In this post I would like to teach you the basic science behind making a great cocktail and introduce you to a few of my favourite go to cocktails. Firstly let’s talk about what characteristics a basic cocktail should have:

– It should be made from good-quality, high-proof liquors.

– It should whet rather than dull the appetite. Thus, it should never be sweet or syrupy, or contain too much fruit juice, egg or cream.

– It should be dry, with sufficient alcoholic flavor…

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Need A New Fall Cocktail?

Glamour Owl

 

Apple cider is a big hit in the fall months and this warm drink features that wonderful, distinct taste. Just as the season is a transition between summer and winter, these flavors mark a smooth transition between the fruitier and warmer libations. This is so delicious it begs to be drunk often and makes a perfect fall cocktail. Tuaca is an Italian liqueur with deep roots and a wonderful citrus and vanilla hint and, when combined with hot apple cider, it is extremely comforting and soothing.
Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Tuaca
  • hot apple cider
  • whipped cream
  • cinnamon stick for garnish

Preparation:

  • Pour the Tuaca in an Irish coffee glass.
  • Fill with hot apple cider.
  • Top with whipped cream.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

You should totally cuddle up in your Glamour Owl Maniac Sweatshirt, a fire, and a movie or a book on the couch with this yummyness!

Cheers!

GO…

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