March 18, 2014

Single Malt Whiskey, Washington State Style

best whiskeys seattle magazineIf you live in Washington State, you (like me) should feel pretty happy about the distillery explosion over the last few years, cause it’s delivering a host of dandy local spirits and liqueurs. The list includes a number of single malt whiskies, and recently I was lucky enough to talk to a bunch of distillers making said whiskey, and write about it for Seattle magazine. And now I’m passing that luck on to you, since the Washington State Distillers Embrace American Single Malt Whiskey article (and a few single-malt picks) is just a click away.

 

March 11, 2014

Seattle Magazine Cocktail Catch Up

It’s that time here on the Spiked Punch blog, where I unroll my latest blog posts for the Seattle magazine, in case you missed any and wanted to catch up (which would certainly make me happy and maybe you too). While some of these are attached to a particular time, the drinks within are good year round. Promise.

•    Four Drinks to Make for Your 2014 Oscars Party

•    Talking Vodka, Bacon Bloody Marys and Beyond with Reyka Vodka’s Daniel Brancusi

•    Four Delicious Drinks Perfect for Valentine’s Day

•    Five Fantastic First Date Bars

•    Super Seahawks Super Bowl Drinks

•    New Locally Made Spirits, Liqueurs and More

•    Super Small Seattle Bars

•    New Year’s Cocktail and Spirit Resolutions

January 7, 2014

Seattle Magazine Cocktail Issue Cocktail Catch Up

drinks-of-the-momentHello Seattle cocktail lovers, visitors to Seattle, those who are thinking about a visit to Seattle, and anyone interested in cocktails. Recently, I was lucky enough to work on the lovely Seattle magazine’s end of the year issue, which was amazing and had a huge cocktail-and-bar-and-spirit focus. In case you missed it, or weren’t here to read it, some of the articles are now online for your reading pleasure, including:

• What’s Shaking Now: Drinks of the Moment

• The Superstar Bartender: Erik Carlson

• Best New Bars in Seattle (Plus One Standout in Tacoma)

• Top Shelf Advice: Where the Bartenders Go to Drink

• Entertaining with a Well-Styled Bar Cart

*Read all A.J. Seattle magazine articles

November 19, 2013

Seattle Magazine Bar-Hopping: Anchor’s Down, Montana, Rocco’s

roccosCalling all bar lovers from near and far (but especially near). It’s time to round up the latest bars I’ve profiled in my monthly Seattle magazine Bar Hop column. You should read the below, pick which best matches you and your mood today, and go have a drink. But don’t forget – tip your bartender people. They work hard. Bars to hop:

•     Anchor’s Down

•     Montana

•     Rocco’s

– See all A.J. Seattle magazine articles

October 22, 2013

It’s Cider Season – Apple Up!

Hey friends and drinkers of all varieties and shapes and sizes. I know I ramble on mainly about cocktails on this blog, but hey, I’m an equal-opportunity drinker, and also love the cider (and other non-cocktail drinks, but here it’s apple season), and, for that matter, cider cocktails. I wrote about both recently for Seattle magazine, and thought, hey, you might want to cider up, too! So check out:

•     Seattle’s Thriving Hard Cider Scene

•     Two Cider Cocktail Recipes

August 13, 2013

Seattle Magazine Cocktail Catch-Up

Hello to all those near and far – c’mon down to check out the most recent posts and pieces I’ve concocted for those fine folks at the Seattle magazine. Some are locally-minded, but many are helpful even if you aren’t here. And all, if I can say so without sounding too pompous, are gonna be fun to read. Really! Try ‘em and find out.

•   New Spirits to Sip

•   Four Drinks to Have with Robots

•   Hangover Helpers

•   Craft Cocktail Bars are Shaking Things Up

*See all my Seattle magazine pieces

August 6, 2013

Bar Hopping: Radiator Whiskey, Von Trapp’s, Bar Cotto

Waiting around Seattle twiddling your thumbs and wondering what you should do? Get off the couch friend and go check out one of the below new bars (after reading the corresponding Bar Hop review that I did for the Seattle magazine itself to make sure that said bar fits you and your mood. At least one will. Guess which one?)

•   Radiator Whiskey
•   Von Trapp’s
•   Bar Cotto

July 9, 2013

Seattle Magazine Cocktail Catch-Up

Howdee! Are you ready for some Seattle magazine miraculousness? I sure am. If you missed any of the below stuff I’ve recently written for that August publication, it’s now time for you to catch up. Don’t miss another second!

•   4 Cocktails for the 4th of July

•   Five Fantastically Comfortable Seattle Bar Stools

•   Four Refreshing Garden-Inspired Cocktails

•   Late Spring Bar News

•   Four Drink Experts on the Future of Cocktails

*See all my Seattle magazine pieces

Rathbun on Film

Cocktail to Cocktail Hour Series Four, Episode Five, The GizmoNovember 04, 2013
A special Cocktail to Cocktail Hour holiday episode hosted by A.J. Rathbun where very special guest Jeremy Holt stops by to teach us how to make the Gizmo, a...
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Cocktail to Cocktail Hour Series Four, Episode Four, The TrilbyNovember 03, 2013
The Cocktail to Cocktail Hour hosted by A.J. Rathbun has a very special guest in this episode; Alastair Edwards stops by with a drinking problem, solved by t...
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Cocktail to Cocktail Hour, V4, Three, Horse's NeckOctober 06, 2013
In this Cocktail to Cocktail Hour, you'll learn to make the refreshing Horse's Neck from special guest star Mark Butler, and hear host A.J. Rathbun and Mark ...
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Cocktail to Cocktail Hour V4, Two, Aperol SpritzSeptember 24, 2013
The Cocktail to Cocktail Hour hosted by A.J. Rathbun has a very special guest in this episode, who teaches you how to make the Aperol Spritz, with Aperol and...
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