Last year, I was lucky enough to hang out for a few days with the amazing Richard Betts, during his CreativeLive wine course. Richard is a Master Sommelier and all around wine and spirit guru who published the very fun book, The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert, which as it sounds, is a scratch & sniff book for adults to discover what kind of wine they like.
My favorite thing about Richard’s writing is how very simple he makes finding the wine (and now whiskey) that YOU like, instead of talking about what he prefers best or what the “experts” have deemed the most fabulous. Drinking, like most things in life, is subjective, and Richard has developed a system to explain what is out there and guide you toward your preferred booze.
The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All will be released on October 6, but you can pre-order your copy via Amazon(or your favorite local bookseller) today.
(image c/o Richard Betts’ Twitter stream)
Happy (Inter)national Martini Day everyone!
While I’m not sure where National Martini Day originated, I’m very sure that any holiday that celebrates the classic martini is ok by me. Those of you who’d like to imbibe with me can join in on June 19!
Bluecoat is a fine American style, dry Gin that uses all organic botanicals. It pairs nicely with Carpano’s Dry Vermouth for a classic Martini (our recipe here) or, mix it up a bit for a Joy Division.
Joy Division Cocktail
Recipe c/o the Death & Co cocktail book, credited to Phil Ward, 2008
Looking for another modified martini, check these out.
The classic Martini, made infamous by James Bond’s Vesper style (shaken, not stirred), is celebrated each year on June 19. This is the “old standby” recipe, but we also recommend mixing it up a bit and experimenting with other versions.
Or shake it a up a little with these martini variations we rounded up last year.
In March, we attended a VERY fun Four Roses charity cocktail challenge, where San Francisco bartenders competed to win the title of best of the best. The event raised $300 for the San Francisco Food Bank.
Master bartender Eric Rickey from %ABV was recently named the San Francisco finalist in the Four Roses Charity Cocktail Challenge, with his Dead Italian Cocktail. Eric will compete with bartenders from 7 other cities for a chance to spend a day with Four Roses’ Master Distiller Jim Rutledge. You can vote on the winner by visiting the Four Roses Facebook page, watching each mixologist’s video and selecting your favorite.
Dead Italian Cocktail
Photos from our fun night with Hendrick’s Gin at the SF Fairmont Hotel last month. And yes, there was a giant, flying cucumber in the sky overhead and the San Francisco skyline was delightfully fog-free.
The giant flying cucumber is touring around for another month or so – more info at HendricksAir.com.
Giant flying cucumber – file under “Things you don’t see everyday.”
Later this week, a giant flying cucumber will be floating above San Francisco. The massive dirigible’s flight path will take it across the Golden Gate skies Thursday evening. We’ll be covering it from the top of a building – hopefully the fog will allow for a few photos!
The Flying Cucumber launches with a coast-to-coast trip from April to August, flying overhead Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, South Florida, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Ann Arbor, Indianapolis, and Chicago.
For a chance to win a ride aboard the airship, just snap a photo of the Flying Cucumber as it soars overhead and post it onto Twitter or Instagram using #HendricksGin & #CucumberChallenge. Don’t worry, if you unfortunately reside outside of the cucumber’s flight path, you can still enter to win a boggling array of other prizes by photographing any “unusual place” and posting it using the same hashtags!
Follow the misadventures and triumphs of Hendrick’s Air at HendricksAir.com, on Twitter @HendricksGin, on Instagram @HendricksGin, or on Facebook @HendricksGin (or check out the hashtags #FlyingCucumber & #HendricksGin).
It’s getting ever closer to summer and I’m starting to crave the fruity cocktails that go along with warmer weather. There’s something about berries in particular that always reminds me of lounging during the warmer months. This raspberry simple syrup is quick and easy and can be used in many, many tasty drinks.
I’ve been mildly obsessed with the mythos of Bénédictine liquor the last few weeks. First of all, anything that can trace its roots back 500 years is automatically interesting. Also, whenever you bill your liquor as a “secret Elixir” you’ve got my attention.
I stumbled upon a modified Manhattan recipe via One Martini that couples the herbal liquor with my favorite vermouth – Carpano Antica. It’s delicious.
Your origin story is important. There is single whiskey cocktail that inspired the creation of this blog. I’ll admit, the night was magical – it was on our honeymoon, on our last night in Hawaii (I know, so spoiled) and we were having cocktails at Honolulu’s amazing Pint+Jigger Gastropub and stumbled upon the Whiskey a ChoCho. In fact, this tasty rye cocktail inspired my first cocktail experiments involved testing out various ingredients to mimic this cocktail.
Here’s the closest we got to figuring it out:
Valentine’s Day is almost here and whether you’re single or deeply in love, Geeks with Drinks has scoured the web and gathered a round up of all of the boozy best recipes out there to help you celebrate.
What’s your favorite cocktail for Valentine’s Day?