Posts Tagged ‘Blue Coat Gin’

FEELING MELON-CHOLY

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Celebrating National Watermelon Day

Photo by Christopher Hirsheimer & Melissa Hamilton

We’ve been alerted to the fact that today is National Watermelon Day.

Now we’re not sure just who’s proclaimed this; we know for sure it’s not a Federal holiday that closes down our nation’s legislative bodies, but who can complain about another excuse in the middle of summer to enjoy watermelon? Not us!

Of course at INSIDE F&B we think every day should be enjoy what you like to eat and drink day, but today, in honor of the watermelon, we bring you some refreshing cocktail recipes using Cachaça, Blue Coat Gin, and Bols Genever. We’re pairing these with a tempting grilled watermelon and Manouri recipe from Chef Michael Psilakis’ book “How to Roast a Lamb.”

Karpouzi Kai Manouri Stin Schara (Grilled Watermelon & Grilled Manouri)

12 ounces manouri, very cold
1 ½ pounds seedless watermelon, in two 1-inch-thick, center-cut slices
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
20 leaves fresh mint
20 picked sprigs dill
Sea salt

Preheat a charcoal or gas grill until hot.

Cut the Manouri into two 1-inch-thick circles.
Trim the rind from the watermelon rounds and cut into large pie-shaped wedges, about 5 inches on the longer sides.
Brush the watermelon and the manouri with a little olive oil and season with kosher salt and pepper.
Grill the watermelon wedges and the manouri rounds just until slightly char-marked on both sides.
Transfer to a platter and cut the manouri into wedges about the same size as the watermelon.

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SMALL SPIRITS ARE A BIG DEAL

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

A Micro Spirits Odyssey presented by Hush Cocktails

Manhattan is about to be awash in an unprecedented celebration of small batch spirits.

The Micro Spirits Odyssey, created by Hush Cocktails (www.hushcocktails.com) expressly for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic (www.manhattancocktailclassic.com), is a daylong event co-hosted by Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli of Butter (www.butterrestaurant.com) comprised of a series of seminars and spirits tastings paired with the perfect small bites to honor the small artisan producers and welcomes the imbibers who love them.

Erin Williams of Hush explains why it came together, “What we at Hush Cocktails love about this event is that it is aimed at promoting the ‘underdog’ – that small producer who gets shut out of other events because they may not have the marketing budget that allows them to participate and get the exposure they deserve. The Micro Spirits Odyssey is being hosted in an elegant space, with exquisite cocktails and culinary pairings which is a luxury many of these small batch micro distilleries could not afford to produce on their budgets like many of the more prominent and established brands are able to do. As a small business ourselves, we understand the importance of support from our peers, and we wanted to extend that support to the folks who make our job possible- the creators and producers of spirits. Every big brand and company that exists today started out small, and with the support of our fellow boozehounds and connoisseurs alike making this event a success, we hope to create a community that can help build and shape our passions to evolve with success, and of course, a simply marvelous time!”

You can’t help but marvel at the lineup of seminars which will enable you to explore various aspects of the growing artisan distillery movement (see schedule below) and you’ll be wowed by the offerings of participating spirits producers (see list below) who will be pouring tastes in “Ground Control” as customized cocktails are offered by Hush Cocktails and guest bartenders: Eryn Reece of Mayahuel, Yael Vengroff of Pegu Club, Frankie Marshall of Clover Club,

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