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Friday, October 30, 2009

Drink of the Week: Sleepy Hollow

For this Halloween edition of Drink of the Week, we thought we’d shake up a round of Sleepy Hollow cocktails to invoke the holiday spirits. This gin-based sipper is a killer of a cocktail.

Sleepy Hollow
2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/4 oz. apricot brandy
1/4 tsp. sugar or simple syrup
Mint sprig
Ice cubes
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail

Muddle mint in shaker. Add remaining ingredients, shake with ice and strain into a glass.

Adapted from cocktaildb.com

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Win This! An Autographed Copy of Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course

If you can’t tell your right bank Bordeaux from your left, you need a lesson from Kevin Zraly, founder of the New York-based Windows on the World wine school, from which more than 19,000 people have graduated since its inception 33 years ago. Zraly’s book, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course (Sterling Publishing), has sold more than 3 million copies, and just a few weeks ago, the much-anticipated and thoroughly updated 25th anniversary edition was released. Written in Zraly’s affable style, this book is organized in eight different “classes” covering everything from grape varietal basics to master lessons in taste and perception and is a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about wine.

And now, one lucky reader can win a signed, hardback copy of this anniversary edition—simply email us with the name of your all-time favorite wine by noon PST this Friday, October 30, and we’ll choose one winner at random to be announced this coming Monday, 11/2.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Win a Trip to Amsterdam & the Chance to Design Your Own Signature Liqueur!

Cocktail competitions are all the rage these days, and sometimes it’s hard to know which ones to enter and which ones to skip, so we’re very excited to announce one that you definitely won’t want to miss out on. Imbibe is thrilled to partner with Bols for the 2009 Bols Around the World Shaking Twenties Competition. The theme of this competition is the 20s, the era of Prohibition, when speakeasies thrived, providing a showcase for a new period of cocktail creativity. The Bols Around the World Shaking Twenties Competition is calling on bartenders across North America to create an original cocktail that captures the style of the Roaring 20s, using ingredients from today.

All entries will be judged by esteemed cocktail historian and author David Wondrich, and one lucky person will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Amsterdam to represent North America at a final live competition, where he or she will go head to head with five other talented bartenders representing Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and South America. A global panel of judges will then choose the grand prize winner who will win the opportunity to design and create his or her own signature Bols liqueur in Amsterdam with a Bols product developer—pretty fantastic!

The deadline for recipe entries is November 30, 2009. You must be a working bartender to qualify for entry, and cocktails must contain at least 3/4 ounce of any Bols liqueur. For a full overview of rules and prizes, and to submit your winning recipe, visit bolsaroundtheworld.com.

We can’t wait to see the recipes that start rolling in for this competition—with such a fun theme, there’s so much room for creative expression! So be sure to get your recipe in by November 30 for your chance to win, and best of luck!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Drink of the Week: Larry’s Beans Grand Bolivia

From bean to bag, there’s no doubt that Larry’s Coffee is committed to sustainability. Aside from purchasing organic, shade-grown coffees directly from fair-trade co-ops and roasting their beans in a solar- and wind-powered facility (with edible landscaping), they bag their coffee in compostable packaging and make all local deliveries in a converted school bus that runs on recycled vegetable oil. But on top of all of that, their coffee is also super-delicious. The single-origin Grand Bolivia coffee is slow-roasted and medium-bodied, with warming aromas of ground cinnamon and lots of rich, chocolaty flavors. Try it with a slice of warm coffee cake or a buttery maple scone.

$12 for 1 lb., larrysbeans.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The 2009 Mixmaster Competition

We're counting down just a few more days until it's time for the 2009 Mixmaster Competition at the Great American Distillers Festival. We look forward to this competition every year, because it always brings together a terrific group of bartenders and judges. Held in conjunction with the GADF this coming weekend, this competition will have 24 bartenders going head to head for a grand prize of $1,000 sponsored by House Spirits. Each competitor will have to make a signature cocktail using a base spirit from the festival, and then four competitors will go on to a final round where they'll be presented with a secret ingredient that they must use to create a final recipe. Judges include Imbibe publisher Karen Foley, The Cocktail Spirit star Robert Hess, bartenders Lucy Brennan and Neyah White, cocktail bloggers Charles and Ted Munat, and more.

We're so excited to see this year's outcome. Will the talented Suzanne Allard recoup her crown from 2007? Will there be any surprising upsets? If you'll be in Portland this weekend, come on down to the competition and see the results for yourself, and while you're at it, sample some delicious artisan spirits from around the country at the Distillers Festival. Entry to the competition is free with the purchase of a ticket to the festival. Admission is $10 for one day and includes three taster tickets, or a two-day pass is $16 and includes six taster tickets. You can purchase tickets onsite.

For a list of times, competitors and judges, check out the Oregon Bartenders Guild website here.

What: Mixmaster Competition at the Great American Distillers Festival
Where: Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside, Portland, OR
When: Saturday, October 24–Sunday, October 25

Friday, October 16, 2009

Drink of the Week: Urban Moonshine Maple Bitters

“I’m kind of a purist,” says Jovial King, creator of Urban Moonshine, a new line of organic bitters. “In creating my formulas, I wanted something that was medicinal, for digestive purposes, but with great aromatics and flavors that would contribute to a variety of cocktails.” And her maple bitters perfectly balance both worlds—ingredients like dandelion leaf, fennel seed and calamus root sooth the stomach, while orange peel, ginger root and Vermont maple syrup add flavoring components that brighten a cocktail, like in the Old Vermont, created by John Gertsen of Drink in Boston.
$11 for 2 oz., urbanmoonshine.com

Old Vermont
1 3/4 oz. gin (Gertsen recommends a London-dry style)
1/2 oz. Grade B maple syrup
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. fresh orange juice
2 dashes Urban Moonshine maple bitters
Ice cubes
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail

Shake all ingredients vigorously and strain into a chilled glass.

John Gertsen, Drink, Boston

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Upcoming Event: San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

With the rainy season starting to set in here in Portland, we're already looking for some upcoming winter escapes, so come November, we're always excited by the prospect of heading to San Diego for some warmth and sunshine during the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. Happening November 18–22, this event brings together 170 winemakers, 70 of San Diego’s top chefs, specialty food makers, authors, media personalities and celebrity chefs for a range of tastings, classes, demos and parties, all on the beautiful San Diego Bay. You're bound to taste something new, learn something you didn't know and meet some interesting people in the food and drink world—and again, what better place for that than sunshiney San Diego? Click here for more details and ticket info.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Drink of the Week: BrewDog Atlantic IPA

Like a siren song luring a ship captain, this IPA had us at first sip. From the venturesome Scottish brewers known for aging their beers in old whisky casks comes this strapping IPA (8.5% ABV) that was not only aged in barrels, but did so at sea, spending two months aboard a fishing boat in the North Atlantic. Gimmicky? Maybe, but this IPA lives up to the hype. Aromas of English hops and malt quickly unfold into layered flavors of toasty caramel, tobacco and a hint of salt, and finish with lingering barrel notes of vanilla, bourbon and spice. Try it with roasted veggies, mashed potatoes or chicken pot pie. It may be a bit pricey, but if you're in the mood for a little indulgence, this bold beer fits the bill perfectly.
$35 for 330 ml., bierkraft.com

Thursday, October 08, 2009

October’s Where to Drink Now: Domaine LA

One step into Jill Bernheimer’s freshly opened wine shop on Melrose Ave., and you’d hardly believe that just a few months ago it was a mini mart lined with industrial refrigerators filled with soft drinks. Today, the 25-door fridge is gone, as are the sodas—and the newly installed wooden shelves are home to Bernheimer’s well-appointed collection of wines from around the world. But don’t think that just because the paint has barely dried at Domaine LA that Bernheimer is a newbie to the wine scene: In 2007 she launched domaine547.com, a much-loved online retailer known for stocking hard-to-find, boutique-y wines, and today that site functions as the web retailer for the Domaine LA store front.

In opening a bricks-and-mortar location Bernheimer has also been able to expand inventory, growing from about 100 different bottles to nearly 250 today, with future plans calling for a collection of more than 500. Bernheimer’s selection circles the globe with most bottles in the $10–$40 range. A few of her favorites are the unctuous Verasol TN Tempranillo 2008, which is a steal at $8; a $10 blend of Grenache Blanc and Viognier from up-and-coming California winemaker Josh Klapper; and at the higher end, a $37 Sicilian-grown, 100-percent Frappato from Ariana Occhipinti, which Bernheimer says has the acidity to pair with a variety of dishes ranging from a simple pasta bolognese to duck confit.

Coordinates: 6801 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; 323-932-0280; domaine547.com

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Cook Eat Drink Live in New York, Nov. 6–8

One of our favorite fall events in New York is coming up November 6–8 at Chelsea's The Tunnel/La. VenueCook Eat Drink Live, the ultimate collection of food, drink and lifestyle under one roof, returns for a third year at a new venue.

Ready your palates for a three-day festival of flavors, featuring over 100 beers, wines, spirits, coffees and teas from around the world. There will be special food and drink pairings and demos to get you prepped for the holidays on the special Astor Center stage, with presenters like writer Kara Newman and New York's Apotheke bartender Orson Salicetti.

In addition to amazing drinks, Cook Eat Drink Live showcases delicious eats, from caviar to cheese to scrumptious desserts. Be sure to bring your appetite!

What: Cook Eat Drink Live
When: November 6–8
Where: The Tunner/La.Venue, 608 W 28th St., New York 10001 [map]

Friday, October 02, 2009

Drink of the Week: Westrey Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2007

It’s tough enough to find a bottle of wine that’s so versatile it goes with any type of cuisine, but finding such a wine for around $20 a bottle is an even taller order. And that’s one of the reasons we love Westrey’s 2007 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Delicate yet expressive, this light-ruby beauty offers up aromas of rose petals and fresh herbs, along with flavors of sweet strawberries and tangy raspberries. Blended from four different Willamette Valley vineyards, this unfiltered wine has lots of bright acidity and a lingering finish, both of which make it perfect with everything from grilled salmon to roasted pork loin to veggie pastas. $20, klwines.com