Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Agave Extravaganza. . .

http://www.ministryofrum.com/events/sf2010.phpIf you were there, you know this, the Agave Extravaganza was an amazing hit..
Over 150 agave spirits to try (Tequila, Mezcal and Sotol) , excellent food and wonderful people having a great time raising money and awareness for the Breast Cancer Angels!!
Hi-Time Wine Cellars doing good deeds, exposing splendid product/producers and having as much safe merriment as we can. It is impossible to describe how good it was (here are some pictures...), so suffice it to say, see you at the next tasting!
The next Hi-Time 'spirits' tasting is in late August and it will be glorious rum. Trust me this will be another incredible event for another great cause. Also the Chili cook off is in August
By the way, Hi-Time has wine tastings every week, beer tastings once a month and Sake tastings every 2 months which are really awesome also. (i am not just saying that because i work there-- go to one and see for yourself-- here is the Schedule.).
If you are looking for a rum tasting before i will be at San Francisco Bay Ministry of Rum Festival 2010, -- which is always a great time.
If you are looking for a tequila tasting before our next one... i will be at the Spirits of Mexico 2010 also.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Brandy Witch

A new dink..

Brandy Witch

60ml Brandy
20ml Strega
20ml Triple Sec
2 Dashes Absinthe
2 Dashes Boker's Bitters

Stir until Well Chilled
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with Luxardo Cherry

i made this drink as part of an ongoing experiment i am conducting. i am taste testing multiple orange liqueurs comparatively. Ultimately i will review them here on my blog and tell you what i find out. For a snippet-- i have been very surprised,
For this drink i used Baco Spanish Brandy-- lightly spicy, strong wood tones, and a creamy mouth-feel; the absinthe was Kubler (i tried it with 2 others but they were overkill); the Triple Sec i preferred (tried 3) was Hiram Walker (see what i mean? Surprise!).. The Boker's really tied all the flavors together-- Enjoy.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tennessee Waltz

So let's start with George Dickel #8:

George Dickel is a legend in Tennessee Whisky and rightfully so. The nose is very sweet with strong hints of caramel, corn, wood, sweet charcoal- kind of reminds me of barbecuing corn with butter on it with the juice dripping down to splatter on the charcoal-- yeah that's the smell. The taste is mild, woody, minor spice, some sweetness with a little smokiness-- simple flavors, light bodied taste—very easy drinking. Flavors are similar to the nose but more acute or focused. The finale is clean and dry with little rye showing up and a wood tones galore that fall away fairly quick, making for a medium length finish.

Now let's look at Prichard’s Sweet Lucy:

Prichard’s Sweet Lucy is a bourbon-based liqueur blended with the flavors of Apricot and Orange-- Sweet Lucy is a tasty little jewel. The scents are focused on the fruit, but there is lovely bourbon in the background. The flavor starts with apricot jam, building to reveal sweet spices and bourbon tones that resolve on orange marmalade. The finish is long, sugared and zesty.

Tennessee Waltz

Build on cracked ice in a double rocks glass;

2 Parts Dickel
1 part Sweet Lucy
garnish with the zest of an orange with oils expressed

Listen to Eva sing it..

Friday, June 4, 2010

A Fundraiser with tequila?? Oh yeah!!



What could be better???
A fundraiser for Breast Cancer Angels, featuring: 'well' over 100 Agave Spirits (think tequila, mezcal, sotol.. you get it..)- with qualified representatives to answer questions..., along with Wonderful food by RASTA Taco..., and a discount ordering guide for the spirits (and snacks) that were tried...

There will be Raffles, goodies, swag and swagger come on out and join the fun.

What is an amazing way to spend a Saturday Evening--all that and only $50!

So, Saturday, June 19th, from 5PM til 9PM at Halecrest Clubhouse, 3107 Killybrooke Lane, Costa Mesa California, 92626...
Make a plan to join us and MAKE A RESERVATION (we want there to be enough food...). This of course is sponsored by the most wonderful Liquor Store / Wine Shop in the World ... Hi-Time Wine Cellars so you know it will be AWESOME!!!
For info or to RSVP call Trayce or forrest (me) at Hi-Time 800.331.3005, 949.650.8463

To see more info on facebook go here...

Or to RSVP online go here . . ..