August 8, 2012

What I’m Drinking: The Alexander

If you read this blog much in the last six months (and if you haven’t, where you been pal?), you know I recently taught a cocktail class called Locatails at the swellest spot, the Pantry at Delancey. It was on two nights, a Friday and a Saturday, and all my students were the tops, and the cocktails we made were delicious I believe (all using local spirits, by the way), and fun was had hopefully by each and every person in the room. It was definitely had by me. Actually, I was having so much fun that I nearly forgot (as I tend to in classes—they’re too much fun) to snap any snaps of the drinks. Eh gads. Luckily, two of my students, Sarah and Emily, took some photos, and sent me an awesome one of the Alexander:

If you don’t know, the Alexander is the emperor of sweet drinks, the top dessert drink perhaps ever, and one that too many people have forgotten about. Its gin-chocolate-cream combination isn’t going to be atop too many health food fanatics’ top ten lists, but anyone who loves a smooth, rich, lovely-tasting cocktail will sure adore it. But don’t take my word for it, try the below recipe (which is from Good Spirits), and if you don’t fall in love with the drink, well, I’ll drink it for you.

 Ice cubes 1 ounce gin (I suggest Voyager gin, or another juniper-forward brand)

1 ounce crème de cacao

1 ounce heavy cream

1 strawberry slice, for garnish

1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the gin, crème de cacao, and cream. Shake well.

2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the strawberry slice.

April 27, 2012

Have a Locatails Summer with Me and The Pantry at Delancey

Gather round Seattlities (and anyone who might want to have a Seattle summer vacation–which isn’t a bad idea, as summer in Seattle is mighty fine, with stretches of blue sky and temperate weather that’s almost unbeatable in my mind, and which leads to those living here being even more friendly than normal, as well as leading to an overall oh yeah atmosphere). I’m teaching up another cocktail class (on the 20th and 21st of July, same class twice) at the effervescent and ebullient Pantry at Delancey, where the drinks are delicious, the snacks are snacktastic, and the staff is stellar. The class this summer is, perhaps, even more special than previous, because I’m coining a new term for it: Locatails. No, wait, that’s not why the class is going to be so un-missable. Though it is the next term that will go from person to person like a spirited plague, and it means having drinks made with local spirits and liqueurs and mixers. Which is a wonderful thing. A wonderful thing. And that’s why the class is going to be unmissable.

Specifically, in this cocktail soirée we’ll make four cocktails that both match up with a dinner menu (appetizer, first course, second course, dessert) and that utilize a host of Seattle area spirits and liqueurs, including ones created with love by Sound Spirits, Side Track Distillery, Woodinville Whiskey Company, Bainbridge Organic Distillery, and Pacific Distillery, and also include other local products such as Deluxe Foods Cocktail Syrup.  The four drinks include two classics, the Oriental and the Alexander, and two newer models, the Rebecca and the Earl of 15th Avenue, mixes assured to transform a stale everyday occasion into a celebratory drink-a-rific wingding. But beyond just making this four-course imbibable banquet, we’ll talk about the individual distilleries involved and what makes each stand out from the crowd, some spirited histories that translate into smashing cocktail talk, and a variety of home-bartending skills, including shaking, stirring, straining, and garnishing. So, sign up today! Cause it’ll probably sell out by tomorrow.

December 14, 2011

Italian Holiday Cocktails in New York City

I just flew back from NYC (and boy are my arms tired. And yeah, I said that) a bit ago, after having the happening-est time teaching a class at the Institute for Culinary Education, and just have to jaw about it for minute (or a post). The focus of the class was Italian Holiday Cocktails, with four fantastico recipes being made by me and a class of fourteen cocktail-loving folks from the City of New York. The lineup of drinks was culled almost completely from Ginger Bliss and the Violet Fizz (which makes, if I may say so, a wonderful holiday gift) and included Spagliato, La Rana de Oro (or the Golden Frog), Ti Penso Sempre, and the historic Hanky Panky (the first in that list is actually from Champagne Cocktails, which also makes a heckuva gift). I meant to take pics of all of them, but was having too much fun, so I only have images for La Rana de Oro:

And a blurry shot of Ti Penso Sempre:

But wow, what a tasty night! And what a fantastic class, up for shaking, stirring, twisting, and laughing at my jokes and listening to my Italian stories. It was a sweet time, and if any attendees happen to read this post, thanks again for being so awesome to hang out with. Oh, wait, I have a great pic of the class, too–don’t they look fun:

PS: If this is making you want to take a class with me, the fine folks at the Delancey Pantry have added a second iteration of my Italian Winter Cocktails class there (which was mentioned in this post), on Saturday, February 11. You should sign up.

November 30, 2011

Come to the Delancey Pantry and have an Italian Winter Cocktail Party with Me

Whew, that’s a long title. But I wanted to make sure to get it all in there, so you didn’t just skip over this post like the others (I kid, I kid. I hope). The title really says it all: I’m hosting a class at the amazing Delancey Pantry, and the focus/menu/tippliciousness is an Italian Winter Cocktail one. What does that mean? Sign up for the class and find out, cutie. I can tell you a little more. First, the Delancey Pantry is the coziest spot for sitting around a table drinking and making drinks that you can think of, or that I can think of (it’s behind the pizza awesomeness of the Delancey itself, in Ballard, WA). Second, the four drinks we’ll be making are: Sicilian Sling, Negroni, Hanky Panky, and the Cynartown. Third, the Pantry is at: 1417 NW 70th Street, Seattle, WA. Fourth, the class takes place on Friday, February 10th, 2012 at 7 pm. So, c’mon, sign up today and be a part of it all, Italian style.


PS: Even if you don’t sign up, check out the Delancey Pantry website. Isn’t it lovely? It was done by Mr. Sam T. Schick, who should probably redo your website, too.

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