Who knew there was a day dedicated to the cucumber? I didn’t, but I’ll gladly celebrate!
Bars all over the city are celebrating with Hendrick’s Gin. The fellas at 204 North are celebrating by featuring a cocktail they call A Walk In The Garden, made with Hendricks’s Gin, Cucumber, honey, elderflower and soda water! Looking for something a bit different, Soul Gastrolounge will feature a Hendrick’s Gin cucumber shaved ice! I hear other bars like Murphy’s and Sip are participating too.
Where ever you decide to celebrate, do it responsibly!
Coming to hang with Trevor and I at Soul Gastrolounge at 5:30? Neat, do it! Trevor said he wanted to come visit, so we’re makin’ him earn his keep. He’ll be behind the bar at Soul mixin’ up cocktails and spreading the Reyka Vodka gospel.
Come early and snag a drink and maybe hang out and eat too.
If you haven’t met Trevor yet, check out the video below, he’s pretty talented with ice.
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
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.
Pure Intentions Cold Brew
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.
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.
I like to pretend that I love Halloween because I can watch Hocus Pocus and eat all the candy I want, don’t get me wrong, I like doing those things but I also like getting dressed up and partaking in what I call “adult trick-or-treating”. Judging by all the neat things going on this weekend, I’m not the only one.
Check out my recommendations of things to do around the QC this spooky weekend.
Music, Monsters and Mayhem: Featuring acts like Coolio and Tone Loc and over $5,000 in cash and prizes for the costume contest, I’d say that this has fun written all over it. Lots of crazy drink specials and tickets get you into all the bars in the Music Factory.
If you’re looking for something a bit different, check out Solstice Tavernwhere they’ll have $5 Cabo Diablo or the Freak Show at Soul Gastrolounge,where you can find stilt walkers, the bearded lady, Solerno Cotton candy and lots of Aperol cocktails on the menu.
If you’ll be in LKN, you can find live music from Blue Monday and Skyy Vodka specials at The Rusty Rudder. After the costume contest at Rudder, mosey across the street to On The Roxx, DJ Bob will be spinning all night and there will be plenty of Cabo Diablo to go around.
If you’re not too hungover from Friday night, Cabo Fish Taco in NoDa will be celebrating Day of The Dead all weekend long with $7 Espolon Margaritas.
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.
Thursday, July 24th is National Tequila Day. We’re celebrating the best way we know how, by drinking lots of tequila. Mosey your way to Soul Gastrolounge and have a Tequila Mockingbird cocktail made with Casamigos Tequila or if you’re over by the music factory, stop into Texicali for Espolon and 1800 giveaways!!!