Archive for September, 2013

Newsletter 42: Ilegal Mezcal

Posted in Newsletters on September 28, 2013 by becca

THANK YOU to all members who made it out to our September meeting! Thank you to our hosts, Chapter One: the Modern Local, who lent us the Red Room for the evening and provided great drinks and awesome food! And thank you to both Marco Ramos and Gilbert Marquez from Illegal Mezcal who shared a hilarious slide show and lead us through “a taste of Mexico” featuring not only their wonderful mezcal but also raicilla, bacanora, sotol and Tapatio Tequila!

Special guests, Dave Lieberman, food writer for OC Weekly and Delilah Snell, Master Food Preserver, owner of The Road Less Traveled and founder of Patchwork Edible dazzled us with a special presentations on citrus and food preservation. I for one expect to see an explosion of finger lime cocktails at Orange Counties craft bars! Here are the specially prepared hand outs from their presentations: Citrus Guide and Preserves Guide!

The recipes from the meeting:

“Agua Fresca” Punch
by Drew Tripp
Ilegal Joven infused with Tuscan Cantelope and Vanilla Bean
Lime Juice
Simple Syrup

Monkey Party
by Drew Tripp
1oz Ilegal Joven
1oz Looza Banana
1/2oz Stroh 80
1/2oz Simple Syrup
1 bar spoon St. Elizabeths Allspice Dram
1 Egg White
Method: Hard shake dry for 20 seconds. Add ice. Shake hard for 20 more seconds.

Ilegal Cocktail
by Gilbert Marquez
2 oz Ilegal Joven
1 oz Lime
1 oz Nopal Syrup*
1 barspoon Habanero Preserve
Sal de Hoja de Elote Cernada Rim**

*Nopal Syrup: Equal parts Mexican Flat Cactus Puree and Simple Syrup
**Sal: 3 parts kosher salt, 1 part charred corn husk

Our next meeting will be Monday, October 7th at 7pm with Travis Tidwell from International Beverage Co. As we’re moving into the holiday season, there’s no better time for Scotch whiskies! Ever had  Bunnahabhain, Deanston, Tobermory, Ledaig, Black Bottle or Scottish Leader? Well, you’re in for a treat!

We will be visiting a first time host in Fullerton for this meeting, as always RSVP swiftly to secure a spot before we reach capacity.

To help maintain quality of service, presentation, space, food and drink we must insist on RSVP’s and we are limiting the accepted RSVP’s to 35. So get your RSVP in early and send it to info@bartenderscabinet.com if you’re planning on attending, let us know if something comes up so we can make your spot available to someone else if you can’t make it. See you then! The meeting location will be emailed upon RSVP to the first 35 responders.

Newsletter 41: Heaven Hill

Posted in Newsletters on September 1, 2013 by becca

The August meeting was a blast, as all members who made it out can attest to! Our hosts, The Playground, provided amazing drinks and one of the BEST meals in OCBC history! Also, a big thank you to Andie Brokaw of Heaven Hill for leading us through the wonderful line-up and Brady Weise for the inspiring presentation on Beer Cocktails.

Brady Weise

Brady Weise

If you missed it, definitely check out Brady’s series on “Malt Family of Cocktails” here:

The Malt Family of Cocktails: The Four Elements of Beer

The Malt Family of Cocktails: Definitions and Uses of Malt in Cocktails

A packed house at The Playground

A packed house at The Playground

The recipes from the meeting:

Sweet Tea Punch
by Jarred Dooley
75 oz Evan Williams Single barrel
24 oz Lemon Juice
24 oz Honey Syrup (2:1)
72 oz Brewed Black Tea
30 dash Fee Bros. Old Fashioned Bitters

The Director
by Jarred Dooley
2 oz Old Fitzgerald
1 oz Calisaya
Stirred
Generous Fernet wash left in glass
Bucket / Rocks

American
by Brady Weise
1.5 oz Bourbon
.75 Lime Cordial
.5 Lime Juice
1.5 oz Kolsch

Our September meeting will be Monday, September 9th (a week delayed due to Labor Day) at 7pm with Marco Ramos and Gilbert Marquez from Illegal Mezcal.  They will lead us through “a taste of Mexico” featuring some spirits that many of us will be trying for the 1st time! We will also be joined by special guests, our own Dave Lieberman and Delilah Snell with a special presentation on citrus and preservation.

We will be visiting another first time host in Santa Ana for this meeting, as always RSVP swiftly to secure a spot before we reach capacity.

To help maintain quality of service, presentation, space, food and drink we must insist on RSVP’s and we are limiting the accepted RSVP’s to 45. So get your RSVP in early and send it to info@bartenderscabinet.com if you’re planning on attending, let us know if something comes up so we can make your spot available to someone else if you can’t make it. See you then! The meeting location will be emailed upon RSVP to the first 45 responders.