In a previous post, we talked about essential bar tools you can buy. But when setting up your home bar, and especially when getting prepared to host a happening party, there are a couple mixers that I suggest you make, instead of buy. Partially because it’s fun, but also because what you buy is rarely as tasty as what you can make (at least for the below). Also, when hosting a soirée of any kind, having an ingredient you made in the drinks you serve is cool.
Better hook some tickets soon to the feel-good cookout of the summer. The season’s first installment of Salmon Enchanted Evening sold out, with more than 450 folks feasting on one of the beautifully put together meals wrangled by Tom Douglas and his crackerjack crew.
Okay, no one likes getting a good cocktail in a bar more than me (well, a few people do). With a happy bartender making me well-crafted drinks, or pouring me a well-poured beer or glass of wine, I’m a happy person. But I also like to make nice imbibables at home--and I’m guessing you do, too. It can be hard to know how to start, however. Making sure you have the core drink-making tools is key. While the below aren’t the only tools, they’ll sure come in handy.
Where do the grandmasters of cocktail culture collide with the best and brightest in the spirits industry over phenomenal libations? Tales of the Cocktail, of course!
It is the highlight of the bartender circuit. Held annually in New Orleans, the week features seminars, parties and cocktailing galore in this boozy 24-hour playground. It can be a liver workout—trust me!
Wow. Just WOW!
The Capitol Hill Block Party delivered the full-on sensory overload I was expecting--it was my first time, be gentle.
When I told friends I was going, they served up some stern warnings: Yeah, good luck with that massive clustercuss. Or, words to that effect.
As we bask in a nearly unprecedented stretch of amazing weather (it feels like we’ve had pretty swell temps since May and that we missed “June-uaray” altogether), it’s best to have a good handle on some fine outdoor cocktail spots. While the backyard is nice, sometimes you want to get out and let someone else do the shaking. Also, these are great spots to take out-of-town visitors who must experience Seattle’s wonderful summer.
Have you heard?
Our Boys of Summer are streaking. Yup, the Seattle Mariners have won eight in a row and are poised to--knock on wood--make it number nine today at a deliciously sunny day game.
Yet, as much as I enjoy cheering those victories, going to The Safe’s always fun, W or L.
While I think any time may be a good time to try out new spirits or liqueurs, mid-summer is definitely one of the best. Why? Summer, even for us older folks, is a school’s out kind of occasion—a period to try new things and go on adventures. With that in mind, start your summer drink adventure by getting your hands on one of these newly released bottles.
I’m a firm believer in having a drink for every occasion, and for creating drinks to celebrate certain milestones like movie releases, sporting team victories and more. Because of that, I’ve decided that every good drinker in Seattle needs to have cocktails this week that would go nicely if you were hanging out with robots, reading about robots or watching the awesome new movie Pacific Rim, which pits giant robots against giant monsters and comes out on Friday, July 12.