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April 15, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Lime shortage puts the squeeze on local bars and restaurants

A lime garnish? You won't see that anymore on your cocktail with this lime shortage. Photo by Genevieve Alvarez / The Seattle Times

A lime garnish? You won’t see that anymore on your cocktail with this lime shortage. Photo by Genevieve Alvarez / The Seattle Times

You may not be familiar with “limepocalypse” but if you eat out, and especially if you drink out, you felt it – through your wallet or through your taste buds. Something doesn’t taste right.

There is a  lime crisis, with bad weather and a disease killing citrus trees, which has  caused a shortage in Mexico, the world’s largest lime producer and exporter.

A case (175 limes) goes for around $110-$130, three times higher than what it cost in February.  And to make matters worse, bartenders complain that  due to the poor crop, the lime produces only a half-ounce of juice. (It’s an ounce per lime in a good year.)

In recent months, the price of limes has skyrocketed. In a story that’s stranger than fiction, the Mexican drug cartels now are hijacking lime trucks and selling limes on the black market.

If you don’t think this affects you, check your favorite watering hole or your local Mexican and Vietnamese restaurants. Some taco trucks now serve a wedge of lemon with carnitas tacos.

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April 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Elysian hires Murray Stenson for its new cocktail bar

Murray Stenson returns to the cocktail scene to the Elysian bar in downtown, set to open in May

Murray Stenson returns to the cocktail scene to the Elysian bar in downtown, set to open in May

 

Murray Stenson fans, you just have to wait one more month before you see the living legend behind the bar again.

In May, Stenson will be a part of what is  arguably the biggest cocktail bar opening in Seattle in 2014 –  The Elysian Bar at 1516 2nd Ave. (between Pike and Pine) in downtown.

The Elysian Brewing Co , one of the largest breweries in the state, is making a foray into craft cocktails. It’s late to this game, but they’re sparing no expense to play catch up, making some splashy hires.

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April 2, 2014 at 4:55 PM

The popular drink in Seattle bars that you can make at home

The popular Sherry Cocktail served at Canon.

The popular Sherry Cocktail served at Canon.

From the mid-to late 19th century, the Sherry Cobbler was one of the most popular cocktails  in America. It also made using  a  straw cool. This lost classic is making a comeback around Seattle. (Check out our story here.) It also happens to be very easy to make at your place.

Below is the  recipe from Bellocq in New Orleans, the bar that  helped make the Sherry Cobbler trendy two years ago.

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April 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Seattle area distilleries win big at the American Distilling Institute

Those whiskey and gin geeks from around the country are in Seattle this week, holed up at the convention center for  the 11th Annual American Distilling Institute conference. A good number of them were sober too, though many local distillers had a lot of reasons to celebrate. More than a dozen craft distilleries in Washington, from Woodinville Whiskey Co. to San Juan Island Distillery took home several medals at the award gala last night.
I was especially happy for Sidetrack Distillery in Kent, which won a gold medal for its “beet spirit.” I think it’s one of the most interesting products in our craft distillery movement. It has an earthy note, almost like tequila. You can even make a margarita with it.

Award list below. Winners from Washington state are in bold.

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March 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Pssst, here’s the inside scoop on where to land that Maker’s Mark Seahawks bottle

Photo courtesy of Maker's Mark

Photo courtesy of Maker’s Mark

We here at the AYCE blog like to think we provide a lot of services, but dudes, you can’t place an order for the limited edition Maker’s Mark Seahawks bottles through us. To the guy who requested three bottles and left me his credit card number, thanks, that will come in handy when I vacation in the Methow next month.

But as promised, we try to do our best. I have a source who has seen the Maker’s Mark delivery list, and your best chance of grabbing one of those Seahawks blue-and-green top bottles is at

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January 8, 2014 at 10:47 AM

What Would Pete Carroll Drink? Help us come up with coach’s cocktail

Doesn’t he remember that his boys beat the Saints 34-7 last month? Look at him, a bundle of nerves. Somebody, get this man a drink. Better yet, make him one. The request line is open. You get to play bartender. For our Weekend Plus cover story, we commissioned local bartenders to create drinks inspired by More

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January 8, 2014 at 5:28 AM

Hawktails recipe: Beastronessey

Beastronessey by Tommy Stearns of Suite 410 Bar in downtown Seattle 1 ounce Hennessey VS 1 ounce Patron Añejo 1/4 ounce Yellow Chartreuse 1/2 ounce apple juice 1/4 ounce maple syrup Shake and Strain into a bucket glass, add fresh ice and garnish with a Granny Smith apple twist.

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January 8, 2014 at 5:28 AM

Hawktails recipe: You Mad, Bro?

You Mad, Bro? by Casey Robison of Barrio Mint sprigs, tamped 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila 1/2 ounce Blue Curaçao 1/4 ounce agave syrup (2 to 1 ratio of agave to water) 1/4 ounce float of green chartreuse Shake and fine strain into a bucket glass, and fill with crushed ice Add 1oz soda water, and float the chartreuse on top.

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January 8, 2014 at 5:28 AM

Hawktails recipe: Russellmania

Russellmania by Jason Finn, former bartender and drummer for The Presidents of the United States of America 1 ounce Oola vodka 1/2 ounce Blue Curaçao 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice Garnish with lime wheel dipped in sugar and espresso grounds.  ”Chew on lime wheel, take shot. Man up.”

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January 8, 2014 at 5:28 AM

Hawktails recipe: Hauschka Sour

Hauschka Sour by Jeshua Madden of the Gerald 1 1/2 ounces Sun Liquor Gun Club gin 3/4 ounce lime 3/4 ounce  sour apple liqueur 1/2 ounce Art in the Age sage liqueur 1/4 ounce simple syrup 1 Egg white Sage leaf garnish Put all the ingredients into a mixing glass and shake hard for ten seconds without  ice. Then add the ice and shake…

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