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December 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Who needs a drink?
Surprise of surprises, I’m raising my hand. And I found a good excuse. Thursday is Repeal Day, marking 80 years of legal drinking. Cocktail geeks and dudes with ironic mustaches may not know much about history, but they all seem to know that Dec. 5, 1933 was when the US repealed the 18th Amendment, re-allowing the consumption of alcohol.
With the cocktail renaissance, many bars now celebrate Repeal Day by throwing parties and getting patrons to dress up in 1930s garb. Though Portland bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler has been the driving force behind the Repeal Day celebration — which has caught on nationwide — in Seattle, dozens of bars will extend happy hour, offer discount drinks and concoct other specials to mark the occasion. Below are some events:
November 27, 2013 at 12:33 PM
For the last three Christmases, if you were as crazy as me, you waited in line in front of Sun Liquor, a line that stretched three-blocks before this Capitol Hill bar even opened. All for a cup of Sun Liquor’s famous aged eggnog. (more…)
November 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM
I’m struck by how often I hear bartenders say their favorite cocktail menu is the one they put out in the fall. The palates here tend to favor big, bitter drinks and whiskey, they say. And this cold, damp weather is ideal for that flavor profile.
September 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM
Vessel, the influential bar that helped fuel the cocktail craze in Seattle, has closed. After their shift ended early this morning, bartenders and staff raised their glasses and then shut the doors and turned out the lights.
“It was not doing the volume that we were hoping it would do,” Co owner Clark Niemeyer said Saturday. “We talked (more…)
September 4, 2013 at 9:22 PM
If you are out and about on Capitol Hill this Thursday or Friday looking for a libation, head to Canon and ask Sean Michael Johnson– a.k.a. Seattle’s “Most Imaginative Bartender”– to make you a Julius Henry. He can use the practice.
It’s the cocktail that made him a finalist in “Bombay Sapphire’s Search for the Most Imaginative Bartender.” This Sunday he’s competing in the national contest at the U.S. Bartender’s Guild Summit in Las Vegas, where he will share the stage with 51 of the country’s top mixologists. The winner heads to the 3rd annual global finals.
His strategy for the timed competition in Vegas is to make the drink as much as possible beforehand, “so it becomes muscle memory,” that way he can concentrate on charming the judges. (more…)
August 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM
In March broVo’s rose geranium liqueur earned a bronze medal in the San Francisco Spirits Competition. At last month’s Beverly Hills World Spirits Competition broVo’s Douglas Fir liqueur snagged gold for “extraordinary taste.”
But broVo’s new line of seven amaros (or amari, to give it the proper Italian plural), have been wowing judges too. Each was crafted from a recipe contributed by a Seattle bartender. Amaro No. 4 (by Patrick Haight) won a silver medal at the San Francisco competition. In Beverly Hills, gold medals for “extraordinary taste” went to Amaro No.1 (by John Ueding) and Amaro No. 5 (by Sara Fisher), while Amaro No. 3 (by Sarah Wyan) took the bronze. The entire broVo Amaro line was awarded a bronze medal for packaging and design.
Amaro, in case you are wondering, is a bittersweet, aromatically complex Italian liqueur. In Italy people drink it straight, as a tonic or digestivo. In this country it is beloved by craft bartenders who mix them into cocktails. There are hundreds of amaros, which traditionally are made by injecting grape brandy with various flavorings, but broVo’s line started with rhubarb liqueur gone wrong. (more…)
August 8, 2013 at 6:00 AM
My barhopping excursions took me to a secret scotch society tasting, a marathon sampling of Singapore Slings off Bourbon Street and ended, as it does every week, at Zig Zag Café. As noted earlier with the revamped AYCE blog, I’ll use this forum to post tidbits and random thoughts about new bars, cocktails and other happenings in our drinking scene.
We’ll start with the acclaimed Zig Zag Café, which launched a new cocktail menu for the first time in 18 months. (more…)
August 1, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Here’s the cocktail to enjoy during the remaining days of summer – Tequila, grapefruit soda, a squeeze of lime, a pinch of salt. Some ice. Stir. It’s the Paloma, a cousin to the margarita, with the same sweet-and-sour DNA, only a bit bitter and a bit bubbly. Two years ago, the better bars around town were serving it. This summer, the Paloma has gone mainstream. (more…)
July 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM
Mark Sexauer would be an excellent pseudonym for the author of a cocktail tome titled “Aphrodisiacs with a Twist,” but it happens to be the author’s real name. When that same man has a cocktail shaker tattooed below the first knuckle on the middle finger of his left hand, well, you know he has stories to tell.
He’s not telling that particular story in print, but after tending bar for a decade, Sexauer is revealing professional secrets in what he calls a “fun, sexy, approachable” how-to bar manual for novices and professionals alike. Why? “There are so many unapproachable cocktail books out there,” he says. “They are very hard to follow for someone who’s never made a drink at home before.”
July 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM
Look at your calendar, folks. Note that it’s 7/11, which means Slurpees are free today at participating 7-Elevens in celebration of the company’s 86th birthday. Kennewick, we are looking at you.
Put your hands together (clap, clap, clap) for the 7-Eleven store in west of downtown Kennewick, which sells more slushy drinks than any other store in America. More than a 1,000 a day! What’s in the water in Kennewick? Literally. Do they not drink tap water to quench their thirst?
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