The thank you list of people who were generous, hospitable, kind, open, and honest is long indeed. I know this: These brands and these whiskies will forever be near and dear to me after the time I spent there.
4:30 AM Wake up. Perform the Triple-S. 5:00 Kiss my wife and baby goodbye. 5:01 Kyle [GM of Wingtip’s Bank of Wine & Spirits] picks me up and we drive to the airport. 5:30 Eat crappy breakfast food in the international terminal, even though we are only flying to PDX. I guess Oregon is another country.
We’re always looking for new ways to ratchet up our home bar techniques a notch. For presentation, we like the look of a gold cocktail pick skewering a brandied cherry in a rust-colored Manhattan. And for pure drama, we’re strong proponents of the saber, but we also enjoy the sound and fury of a three-prong ice pick shredding a berg of ice. More ideas after the jump.
We here at Wingtip strive to do things in a certain traditional way. We make Manhattans the way they have always been made. We make Old Fashioneds the old fashioned way. We drink beer from mugs and whisky from Glencairn glasses. So when I was tasked with putting the Tuxedo Cocktail #2 on the menu I dug deep into my brain to recall the recipe of this great Martini variation.
Edinburgh is a majestic city. While most of my time was spent at legendary distilleries, I kicked off my trip in Edinburgh, and boy was it amazing. We stayed in a hotel three blocks from the castle in old town. The streets are beyond cobblestone. They are old, and I mean older than our country, or at least they feel that way. Everywhere you look feels like you are in a postcard from the Middle Ages.
Tempranillo grapes were first planted in California in the 1700s by Spanish Missionaries. As a wine, Tempranillo is noted for berry fruit, minerality, and an earthy character. Depending on where it is grown and how it is produced, it can be light like Pinot Noir or big and dry like Cabernet. In late April, the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) held their annual tasting under the Spanish tiled roof of the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. There, guests sampled different expressions of Tempranillo–from California, sure, but also Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
“WhistlePig let me do a lot of bizarre things,” recalls Master Distiller Dave Pickerell while introducing the WhistlePig Old World Series to a table of guests at Wingtip on a recent Friday night. “Without knowing if it was going to be any good or not, we just loaded up a bunch of barrels. [Then] I went to the bartender community, because I believe in their pulse. The first round of responses was, The two sherry finishes are nice, but they’re not on par with the other three. So we set those aside [and] started to focus on the Sauternes, the Madeira, and the Port finishes.”
This week the club serves up a Negroni de Peru in honor of Negroni Week (June 1-7). This collaborative effort of Campari and Imbibe Magazine shines the spotlight on that most-balanced trifecta of cocktails, the Negroni (equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari). Of course, the one we’re serving up is a little different.
How does one break down a short trip to Vegas for a whisky show? 11:18 AM Order a cup of coffee and run into the West Coast Brand Ambassador for Macallan.
12:00 PM Head over to Delmonico’s with Jon Trainier, the west coast BA, for a steak lunch and some rare Glenmorangie.
1:45 PM Get the meat-sweats from devouring a massive bone-in rib eye. It was totally worth it.
Sometimes a cigar calls for a drink that keeps you warm: cognac, port, espresso. And on warm days, you might prefer a cigar-friendly drink to keep you cool like a Cuba Libre or a Cigar Lover’s “Martini.” Indeed, at some point in history, a brave soul tried combining cognac and port into a single cocktail. Our recipe:… Read more »