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NPR: Distillery Cats

Posted by Reese On September - 13 - 2014

This story made me smile and think about my two “mousers”*.  I love the idea of a distillery cat…but the thought of a constant flow of dead mice is a little off-putting.

*We have to use the quotes since they haven’t caught a mouse, but I’m certain that’d they’d very much like to try.  Although, I have to admit, the mouse might scare Pepper away.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/09/09/347093135/behind-every-good-whisky-is-a-trusty-distillery-cat

Pepper and Saffron Stalking a Baby Bunny

Pepper and Saffron Stalking a Baby Bunny

Homeopathic Cocktails

Posted by Reese On April - 1 - 2011

I’m not one who usually believes in the power of homeopathy.  However, after Jacob Grier’s scientific and meticulous examination of a homeopathic Negroni, I might just be a convert.  Amazing the power of dilution!

And, in case you need more proof of the power, watch this.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMGIbOGu8q0[/youtube]

Whiskey at Mount Vernon

Posted by Reese On February - 22 - 2011

I’m a day late in getting this one posted, but I think it’s still really fascinating.  Everyone knows (or at least should know) that George Washington was the first President of the United States.  As one of our founding fathers, a truly amazing military leader and successful businessman, there are lots of things to be impressed with in Washington’s history.  All those things aside, did you know he was also a prolific distiller and made some great rye whiskey?  I had heard the stories told, but had never really paid much attention.  At the time nearly everyone with a farm distilled.  It was a simple way to use extra grain, get some liquor for your personal consumption and maybe make some extra money on the side.  Washington took it to the next level, though.  He had a huge distillery and produced a massive amount of whiskey.

I got an email last week from Reason.tv pointing me to a video they’d produced about the historically accurate and operational distillery at Mount Vernon.  I’ll let their words and video speak for themselves, but I’d highly suggest checking it out.  It is pretty amazing the process they went through and the quantity they were able to produce.

Many know George Washington as a general and statesman, but few think of America’s first president as a preeminent entrepreneur, operating the most successful whiskey distillery in the late 18th century. At its height, Washington’s distillery produced over 11,000 gallons of liquor a year, supplying the surrounding area and becoming one of his most lucrative business ventures.

At Washington’s former plantation, Mount Vernon, a group of historic interpreters are looking to bring this story to a wider audience. Thanks to a fully functioning replica of Washington’s distillery (and special dispensation from the Virginia General Assembly), George Washington’s rye whiskey is once again being made and sold to the public.

In November, Reason.tv followed the entire process as Dave Pickerell, Master Distiller and former Vice President of Operations for Maker’s Mark, and Steve Bashore, Mount Vernon Distillery Manager, oversaw a two week production run while adhering as strictly as possible to 18th century means and methods. The result is an 80-proof reminder of the nation’s first president and the entrepreneurial ideals of colonial America.

White Russian

Posted by Reese On August - 9 - 2009

If you’re a fan of The Big Lebowski you’re already familiar with this week’s cocktail.  And, well, if not let’s do some familiarization.  This week I’m going to be mixing up White Russians.  The source of this drink seems a bit shaky.  Wikipedia references both an insert to the November 21st, 1965 edition of the Oakland Tribune and that the drink was created shortly after WWI.  No matter where it came from it looks tasty, so let’s get started.

White Russian (Joy of Mixology)
2 oz Vodka
1 oz Cream
1 oz Kahlua
1) Combine ingredients with ice in shaker
2) Shake and strain into an ice filled glass

Tales of the Cocktail

Posted by Reese On July - 5 - 2009

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post I spent a good portion of my week getting ready for Tales of the Cocktail, but I left it at that.  I can only assume that those of you reading CH who aren’t crazy cocktail geeks might be wondering what exactly Tales is.  To put it succinctly it’s a conference.  A cocktail conference to be exact, but, and I’m completely speculating here as it’s my first time to Tales, I think it’s something more than just a conference.  For Aaron and I it will be an opportunity to meet some of the people we’ve “conversed” with only digitally.  It’s a chance to try new drinks, ingredients and learn a ton.  But most of all it’s a chance of us to have a truly fantastic time in New Orleans.

Reese with a Much Needed Drink

It’s my intent to post during the week and give brief updates on what’s going on, but I certainly can’t make any promises.  We only spent a half day here today and already I’m a bit wiped out.  However, I’m also fat, dumb and happy as a result of some tasty cocktails, wonderful food and some amazing sights.  If I don’t get a chance to post during the week please be sure to take a look at the official Tales of the Cocktail Blog as Aaron and I will be writing a post about our impressions as first time attendees at Tales.

[Note] That is indeed a Hurricane from Pat O’Briens.  Despite it’s made-from-mix-ness it was still relatively tasty and quite refreshing after getting rained on.