A Crafty Hour Recap


I just spent the last 3 hours with a table full of women, wrapping wreaths, painting sparrows and drinking Sailor Jerry and it was fantastic!

We teamed up with the super sweet and super creative Stephanie from Crowned Sparrow Company to make Sailor Jerry inspired wreaths and jewelry. Our beautiful attendees got to be creative with colors and paints and everyone made something really unique! I’m super proud of how the event turned out and can’t wait to do it again (be on the look out for one in June- hint hint).

Check out a couple of the photos below to see the amazing time we had. HUGE thanks to Heist Brewery for hosting us and letting us throw felt everywhere!


Pins & Pinups 2015


Guys, I’ve been MIA lately and I apologize a bit for that but for good reason…I’ve been drinking. Oops.

Anyway, Charlotte has been really stinkin’ busy with all kinds of events and on Monday, the Queen City hosted Pins & Pinups with Playboy and Sailor Jerry.

12 teams competed to win a trip to Pensacola for a chance to whip up on other cities for the title of Best Bar Bowling Team in the U.S. (I don’t really know if that’s the actual title, but you get the idea).

Congrats to Tilt On Trade for winning 2nd year in a row!!! That beast of a team bowled a whopping 573 all while pounding their share of Sailor Jerry pickleback shots!!

Thanks to Playboy and Sailor Jerry for showing the QC some love, check out the pictures of the shenanigans HERE!!

A Peculiar Recap


Guys, if you missed our Hendrick’s Gin Cocktail Academies last week, I feel for ya, We had such a fantastic time learnin’ and boozin!

Charlotte and Asheville were so good to us and we had such a great turnout, Three CHEERS to Dandelion Market and Top of the Monk for hosting us!

Click HERE to see some video love from Sarah Crosland and Charlotte Five!

Below is a photo or a few of our Asheville sessions by the magnificent Kipper Schauer!


Thanks again to all of our media friends, industry folks and imbibers for coming out to support our unusual gin! We love y’all!

Sailor Jerry Birthday Video


My very talented homies at RHBCreative, have done me a solid and captured our Sailor Jerry Birthday Bash on film and now we have it to show to you guys.

I’d like to Thank Snug Harbor, Charlotte Tattoo Company, Johnny V and Natty Boh for helping us throw one hell of a party for Norman “SJ” Collins.

Thanks to Stranger Day for letting us use your tunes in the video.

Cheers y’all!!!

Overboard 2: The Recap


I said this last year but I’m saying it again, Overboard is the best party of the year.  Hands down.

The Permanent Vacation dudes know how to throw a party, complete with a photo booth, a beach ball drop and Sailor Jerry Pina Coladas in Pineapples, it was hands down the best way to ring in 2015.

Thanks to Neighborhood Theatre, Permanent Vacation and Natty Boh for letting me and Sailor Jerry be a part of the fun.

Here is the link for the whole album.  Huge thanks to Brian BT Twitty for capturing all the fun!!

2014: A recap in cocktails


2014 has been such a great year for us, not just for me and boozinQC but also for the Queen City.  We’ve had some pretty great cocktails come out of some of our favorite bars this year and I want to take a moment to highlight my favorites.

The Stow Away

Made by Stefan from Heist Brewery, this Sailor Jerry Tiki cocktail is sweet, fruity and perfect for warmer weather.

Sailor Jerry Rum

Strawberry Puree


Pineapple Juice


The Scotchie Pippen

This cocktail has been etched into my memory since the day I had it.  Created by Andy Maurer at Soul for a tasting event with Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador, David Allaridice.  It’s not readily available now but I’m sure the fellas at Soul could make a great substitute.

Glenfiddich 12yr

Pure Intentions Cold Brew

Orange Bitters

Glenfiddich infused whipped cream garnish


Roasted Jalapeno Margarita

While margaritas aren’t normally my go-to cocktail, my friend Krissie adores them.  When we tried this gem from 1900 Mexican Grill, we were both surprised by how refreshing it was.

Espolon tequila

Watermelon Puree

Roasted Jalapenos

Fresh Lime


The Root Daiquiri

You wont find this in Charlotte, but it’s close.  Sovereign Remedies in Asheville is home to this incredible drink.  With fresh ingredients, it is damn tasty.

Flor De Cana rum







Hendrick’s Gin Cocktail Academy


These past few weeks have been full of exciting new events in Charlotte (and Asheville), and I have been lucky enough to witness all of them.  One of my absolute favorite events though has to be the Hendrick’s Gin Cocktail Academy.  We brought in brand Ambassador Kris Von Dopek and set out to teach people about Hendrick’s and we did just that.  On Monday we visited Asheville, where Kris was able to meet some really great bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts alike.  We took over Cucina 24 on Wall Street and got our learn on with some pretty fantastic people.  We ended our night at Sovereign Remedies…seriously if you’re ever in Asheville…you MUST visit this unique spot on Market St.  Anywho, we had several fantastic Hendrick’s Gin cocktails paired with some really remarkable food.  We even had Philipe, who was the most precious tap-dancing door guy I’ve ever seen.  All in all, Asheville was a huge success.  Pictures from our event at Sovereign Remedies will be up soon, I’ll be sure to update you guys as soon as I have them posted.

Moving on to Tuesday, Kris and crew headed back down the mountain to Charlotte where we had not 1, but 2 Cocktail Academies at Dandelion Market.  Hendricks took over the upstairs and we created a boozy classroom for Kris to teach everyone about our most peculiar gin.  Our second class was so full, some had to stand.  Word has it that Charlotte had the largest attendance in the country.  Kudos to the Queen City, I love to see everyone get excited about making cocktails. Below is the link to the pictures, feel free to browse and see what our academy was all about.  Huge thanks to Richard at Good Eats and Meets for taking photos!!


Thanks to Kris and Regina for visiting us down here in NC, we hope you guys come back very soon!!!

Hendricks Gin Cocktail Academy