Washington State is awesome! There are so many fantastic distillers here now, I sometimes feel like the luckiest drinker in the world. And there are a couple even in my neighborhood, including the small-in-size, giant-in-taste Old Ballard Liquor Co., which is focused on making traditional aquavits, lovely forgotten products like Cherry Bounce, and more. Recently, I was doubly-lucky, in that I got to write an article about the Old Ballard Liquor Co. for the smashing Seattle magazine. And then, I got to put up a bit more of my interview with Lexi, the super knowledgeable distiller owner, on the Seattle magazine blog. Read the article and the blog to learn more.
Hey friends, if you somehow missed it, the newest Starbucks CD is called The Cocktail Hour, and you need to get to your local and demand a copy (well, maybe just ask) today, unless you want your next cocktail party to fall flat. See, the CD features a host of sweet music that accompanies a well-made cocktail perfectly, songs that range from Ray Charles and Betty Carter singing Cocktails for Two to Eartha Kitt’s unmissable I Want To Be Evil. But the CD booklet is also gonna help your party along, as it is bubbling over with 11 drink recipes specially selected by me, and they go with the songs like gin goes with vermouth. The recipes include classics (like the Singapore Sling) and some newer mixes. Add the music and drinks together and your cocktail party is nearly set (in an awesome manner). Just grab some pals and go go go! So, head to a Starbucks and get your Cocktail Hour CD today!
Hey, happy Tuesday! Hope your weekend was dreamy. Of course, a dreamy weekend may mean you’re back at work wanting to think about anything but work. I am here to help! With a little round up of some recent blog posts I wrote for the suave Seattle magazine. These should provide the perfect counter to thinking about work (and maybe well help you get ready for next weekend, too).
I’m a big fan of the local distillery scene here in Washington State (as any regular readers – the three of you – already know). And one of my favorite distilleries here is the Sidetrack Distillery, in Kent. They make award-winning fruit liqueurs using fruit grown on their farm, a lovely Nocino made with walnuts grown on their farm, and other tasty items – all using ingredients from their farm. Their latest is a must-taste-to-believe-how-amazing-it-is Lemon Verbena liqueur. Which I wrote about for Seattle magazine. You need to know more about this liqueur, trust me, so go read my Sidetrack Lemon Verbena liqueur article now.
Holy awesomeness! If you didn’t know, I was recently lucky enough to be on the wonderful and wonderfully fun Happy Hour Radio here in Seattle (if you did miss it, you might want to follow me on the Twitter at @AJRathbun so you don’t miss the next one). It’s a swell show hosted by the friendly and knowledgeable (he’s like a sensei of a sommelier) Christopher Chan, which runs every Saturday from 11 AM to noon on 570 KVI AM. The episode I was on also featured Steve Metzler and Almudena de Llaguno from Classical Wines of Spain and Auction of Washington Wines Executive Director Aimee Sheridan – who were super great – and I made a Last Word in Kent and a Princess and talked up local spirits. So, not a show to miss, right? Lucky for you (we’re all lucky here), the show is archived and available, so you can listen to it whenever you want (maybe twice), or download it. Just go to this link: https://app.box.com/s/vgimk224vu4rmcogm8n2. You’ll love it! And here’s the line-up visually, if you want to picture us as you listen:
Hello! I recently wrote an article on refreshing (as heck) beer cocktails that combine Seattle-and-WA-made spirits, liqueurs, and beers. It’s called Warm-Weather Cocktails Made with Local Beer, Spirits and Liqueurs as you might expect, and was written for the mighty-fine Seattle magazine. If you like beer, cocktails, spirits, liqueurs, refreshing drinks, entertaining your friends, entertaining yourself, enjoying a righteous libation, or reading anything I write (there has to be at least one person out there who feels this way), then this beer cocktail article is for you.
* See all Seattle magazine articles by me
PS: I am also the hand model in the photo. Hah!
Hello Seattle and surroundings drinkers! Here’s little round up just for you, of bars in the area I’ve recently reviewed for the swell Seattle Magazine (just in case you missed them). Drink up at:
* See all Seattle magazine articles by me
Hello – it’s summertime, which means it’s the perfect time to sit on down with the old computer in one hand and a drink in the other and spend some time browsing some of my recent Seattle magazine posts you might have missed. Heck, you wouldn’t want to miss any of the below, right?
• 4 Drinks That Pair Perfectly with Summertime Books
• New Local Spirits and Liqueurs to Try this Summer
• 4 Drinks for Golfing
• 4 Drinks to Have While Missing the Sonics
• Seattle Happy Hours: A.J. Rathbun Picks Four of His Favorites
*See all Seattle magazine articles by me