Category Archives: Spirits

Train tipple

We headed to DC this past weekend for the Rally to Restore Fear and/or Sanity and hit up the bar car on the way back last night.

Dewars and peanut m&ms are an amazing combination. Yes, that is Woodbridge Merlot in the background. No judging, please. We didn't leave enough time to wine shop prior to arriving at the station. It was surprisingly palatable.

I’m hopeful that our blogging class starting tonight will give me the kick in the pants that I need for some more regular posting.  Stay tuned!

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Moonshiner’s tv

Lucie and Jenny watch what master distiller Thomas Earl has dubbed moonshiner's tv, aka fermenting mash, which in this case happens to be apple cider on its way to becoming brandy.

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Friday fun – “I love Scotch”

Seems like a good morning to watch Will Ferrell doing his thing as Anchorman.

This one is also funny, though not as pertinent to this blog:

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Fashion’s Night Out

This past Friday I attended my first Fashion Week event.  The focus was more food and drink than it was fashion.

Finger Lakes Distilling was invited as one of the artisanal whiskeys.

Before the hoards. From left to right: Gable of Tutillhown, Brian from FLD and Noah (making sure the product is safe to serve).

Nastassia, Nils and Dave doing their thing behind the bar.

The very tasty (and cleverly named) cocktail prepared by team FCI. Between the bar and our table, we went through 21 bottles of rye in 3 hours.

Jeff, one of our hosts, stopping by to chat with Brian. He really dug the rye, the Glen Thunder and the cassis. Let's hope he writes about it!

Another thirsty guest.

No cabs to be found that night. We got a few stares on the bus.

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Free booze this week

Finger Lakes Distilling has two upcoming events at Union Square Wines & Spirits. From their website:

Event Date: Friday, July 30, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Description of tasting:
Join USQ and Finger Lakes Distillery’s Selena Shannon for a look at their Vintner’s Wild Berry Vodka! Master distiller Thomas Earl prides himself on the fine elixirs created on Seneca Lake, be they whiskey, gin, eau-de-vie, liqueurs or vodka. Marrying the skills of vintner and distiller, Thomas Earl has created one beauty of a vodka- Vintner’s Wild Berry Vodka starts with a grape neutral spirit distilled from the estate’s local grapes. The distillate is infused with pounds of native strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries before a final distillation to further refine and balance the vodka. This hand-crafted spirit might well pass for a vibrant eau-de-vie from the likes of Massenez or Riesetbauer but stop by and sip for yourself! Selena will be showing the Vintner’s Wild Berry Vodka both neat and in a summer cocktail just in time for the dog days of summer!

Admission to this tasting is free, and no reservations are required!

If you can’t make it Friday, stop by on Saturday:

Event Date: Saturday, July 31, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Description of tasting:
Few cocktails can capture the feeling of summer like the Gin & Tonic. The trinity of ingredients- the squeeze of lime, the bite of quinine, the juniper-fueled expression of spirit- encapsulate the essence of refreshment on a hot NYC day….anyone thirsty? Stop by the salon for USQ’s Summer Sereis: The G&T Invitational! Featured producers include Europe’s Bulldog Gin, Boudier Saffron Gin, and Old Raj Gin, domestic spirits from Farmer’s Organic Gin, Ransom Old Tom Gin, Death’s Door Gin, Aviation Gin, Junipero Gin, and the Finger Lakes Distillery’s Seneca Drums Gin!

Admission to this tasting is free, and no reservations are required!

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Asimov enjoys a McKenzie rye Manhattan

Granted, the Diner’s Journal post on July 16th focused primarily on vermouth, but it’s always exciting to get a mention in the New York Times!

ABC Kitchen Rye Whiskey Manhattan

  • 1 1/2 ounces McKenzie rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce Carpano Antica vermouth
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashion bitters
  • 1 teaspoon brandied cherry juice
  • 3 brandied cherries, for garnish.
Method
  • Combine ingredients in a glass shaker with ice. Stir for 30 seconds and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with cherries.

My favorite quote, “Of course, what makes this particular Manhattan so good is not merely the vermouth, but the combination of superb ingredients in it.”

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Local gin delivered to your door

Oh, yes.  Effective this week, FreshDirect is carrying Seneca Drums Gin!  Here’s what they have to say about it:

This tasty gin is one of our favorite elixirs from upstate NY’s Finger Lakes Distilling. Named for the lake above which their distillery operates, the Seneca Drums Gin starts as a base spirit derived from three local wine grape varieties, Niagara, Concord, and Catawba, before being infused with a proprietary recipe of botanicals that give this refreshing beverage its distinctive aromas and flavors. Boasting explosive aromas of juniper, citrus and spice, this gin has richly textured flavors of sweet sap, petrol, and mineral undertones that shine with tonic and lime. Great in gimlets and martinis as well, this spirit pairs well with summer hors d’oeuvres such as endive and tuna salad, or savory grilled shrimp cocktails.

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