August 2, 2013

What I’m Drinking: The Alexander, Sound Spirits Style

The Alexander, if for some insane reason you don’t know it already, is the emperor of sweet cocktails, dessert drinks, and the year 1914. If you pretend you don’t like sweeter drinks, cause it makes you feel macho, or what-have-you, then A: I feel sorry for you, B: get off your high horse, C: try this anyway, cause you’ll love it. If you aren’t afraid to admit you like pie, as well as a dessert-y drink, then you will already love the Alexander, naturally. But dig this – it’s now even better, thanks to the fine folks at Sound Spirits here in Seattle. Because they recently came out with a new crème de cacao that knocks the socks off most commercially available varieties. It’s under their “Depth” line of liqueurs, and that moniker sums it up nicely: pure chocolate aroma, deep chocolate taste, some sweetness, but not too much. It’s also made with chocolate nibs that are added in the distilling process, and said nibs are from local Theo’s Chocolates. All great things! But even better is how great the classic Alexander tastes when made with Sound Spirits Depth Crème de Cacao and Sound Spirits Ebb + Flow gin. But don’t take my word for it. Try it why dontcha (using this recipe from Good Spirits).


The Alexander

Ice cubes

1 ounce Sound Spirits Ebb + Flow gin

1 ounce Sound Spirits Depth Crème de Cacao

1 ounce cream

Strawberry slices for garnish

1. Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice cubes. Add the gin, cream de cacao, and cream. Shake well.

2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a strawberry slice, or two if you’re still waiting on dessert.

November 29, 2011

Getting High Spirited with Local Distilleries and Seattle Magazine


Even if you don’t live in Seattle, the general Seattle area, in the western part of Washington State, Washington State, the Pacific Northwest, or even the United States, if you like good liquors and liqueurs and cocktails then you’ll probably want to read my Seattle Magazine article on the host of new local-ish distilleries. I don’t want to say too much (cause when you go read it, you’re going to get a lot of me anyway), but A: though it’s good online, pick up a real, in-your-hands, copy of the issue if you can because the layout and photos and such are fantastic in mag form (even more than the online version, which is also awesome), and B: reading through the article again makes me even happier to live out here. Thanks to all the distillers for talking to me and taking me around, it was one tasty article to write. Oh, also, I have an accompanying article about 12 specific new Seattle bottles-of-booze I thought were worth sipping—ones tasted while writing (sometimes tasted for the 2nd or 32nd time) the main distillery article. You should check those out, and the new liquors and liqueurs coming out all the time, by golly. If you don’t live here, come on by to visit and then check ‘em out. We’ll be glad to see you.

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