Craft Cocktail Series- Soul Gastrolounge


On Saturday September 27th, 15 people gathered around a bar, curious, thirsty and ready to learn.

Each attendee learned how to make three different classic cocktails and I don’t use the word classic lightly, each of these cocktails were made popular before 1950.   Check out the recipes and the photos below.  Huge thanks to Good Eats & Meets, Soul Gastrolounge and Andy Maurer for one hell of a Saturday afternoon.


Clover Club (1909)

Broker’s Gin

Simple Syrup

Raspberry Preserves

Egg White


De La Louisana (1937)

Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey

Dolin Sweet Vermouth


Absinthe (rinse)

Peychaud’s bitters


Queens Park Swizzle (1947)

Flor De Cana Gran Reserve 7Y

Lime Juice

Demerara Syrup

Mint Leaves

Peychaud’s Bitters

Angostura Bitters


Autumn has arrived!!


The Carolina humidity has subsided and the leaves are starting to change marking the start of my favorite season; fall!  This only means one thing, time to celebrate with a new twist on a classic cocktail.  So here it is, The Hot Apple Toddy.  So many people think that pumpkin is the flavor of fall, I disagree.  I actually believe that apples have way more to offer for fall cocktails, so head on over to your local farmers market and pick up some fresh apple cider and get to mixin’.  Recipe is below.

The Hot Apple Toddy

1 1/2 oz of Monkey Shoulder

1 tbsp of honey or agave nectar

Hot Apple Cider

1 Cinnamon Stick

2-3 whole cloves


Amazing Race Bar Crawl


When: October 4th-12pm Where: Downtown Charlotte What: We’ve put our own special twist on The Amazing Race, we’ve added costumes, and alcohol and it’s a blast.  Grab your team of 5 and get ready to go on an adventure to different bars in uptown Charlotte.  Winners get cool prizes and bragging rights and best of all, all proceeds benefit RAIN Charlotte.  Bonus: the race is sponsored by Three Olives Vodka, so expect lots of goodies and samples along the way!!!

You can sign up HERE and see pictures from years past!!!


Funk Fest Charlotte 2014


On September 12th and 13th, Funk Fest invaded Charlotte, with performers such as Outkast, LL Cool J, B.O.B, and Ice Cube.  New Amsterdam was lucky enough to be a major sponsor and we had a great time even with all the rain.  We took lots of pics and wanted to share them with everyone.  The link is below, take a look, then post your photo on Instagram or Twitter.  Be sure to use the tag #newamsterdamCLT so everyone can join in on the fun!!






National Bourbon Heritage Month


I’m a little late on this post but I figured it’s better late than never.  That being said, did you know that it’s National Bourbon Heritage Month here in the U.S.? No? Well let me tell you about it.  In 2007 Congress, yes, those guys in Washington declared September to be the month we celebrate bourbon.  It’s also my birth month, personally I think that those two reasons alone make September the greatest month of the year.  I’ve decided to celebrate by featuring a few bourbons that I think y’all might like.

1. Wild Turkey: You’ll almost always find 101 on most back bars in the south.  Made in Kentucky, Wild Turkey recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of Master Distiller, Jimmy Russell.  In honor of this great accomplishment, Wild Turkey released Diamond, a special blend of 13-16 year old barrels. Its a rare blend with limited availability and can be pricey, but it’s definitely worth the cash if you can find a bottle.


2. Lexington Bourbon Whiskey: Another Kentucky bourbon inspired by it’s home state’s love for horse racing, this 86 proof spirit boasts deep aromas of aged oak with a hint of vanilla.  My opinion; its a good sippin’ bourbon.  It’s smooth  and the hints of vanilla are prominent, great for someone who hasn’t yet gotten their whiskey legs.  You can find Lexington at Heist Brewery in NoDa and if you go on Whiskey Wednesday you can have a glass for $5.


3.  Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey: One of the few bourbons made outside of Kentucky, Hudson hails from New York, the first family of whiskies distilled there since Prohibition.  I am a huge fan of Hudson, it’s rich and sweet and really sets a standard for craft whiskeys.  Bonus, the bottle is cute as hell, not that the packaging trumps the quality of spirit, because it doesn’t.



There you have it, there’s still 2 weeks left in September, plenty of time to celebrate and sample all three.  Cheers.


Happy Hour Vitamins


I know most of you humans wonder how I’m able to drink like a college student and still function like an adult on a daily basis, the answer is simple, I am superwoman but I also rely heavily on Happy Hour Vitamins.  I take them on days when I know I’ll be drinking heavily and almost always wake up without a hangover.  Ask any of my friends, they’ll tell you the same.  Below is a little bit of information on the product. Check it out and then buy your Happy Hour Vitamins at


What are Happy Hour Vitamins

  • Daily multivitamin specially formulated to help people who enjoy drinking avoid hangovers, live & feel better

  • Can be taken daily for health, is effective after just one dose.

  • Easy as taking a serving before, while or after drinking to help you feel better the next day.

  • On days of epic drinking, we recommend a second dose before you go to sleep.

Why Happy Hour Vitamins Work

  • Milk thistle has been recognized as a liver
    tonic for centuries. Studies looking at Milk
    Thistle have found significant improvements
    in liver function.

  • B Vitamin deficiencies can be linked to
    alcohol consumption.

  • B Vitamins aid in energy and metabolism

  • Some of the worst effects of the alcohol
    withdrawal syndrome can be avoided
    with the help of the vitamin “thiamine.”

  • N-acteylcysteine can aid the body with some
    of the toxic by-products from the metabolism
    of ethanol.

  • Antioxidants can help the brain deal with
    the effects of alcohol.


No more Squirt


The end of summer is officially here and lucky for us we got to celebrate at Snug Harbor for one last Squirt party.  For those not familiar with Squirt…check out the photos below.  If you’re sad you missed it, have no fear, we’ve got some fun stuff planned with the Permanent Vacation boys coming up soon.

Photo Cred: Brian Twitty