Happy Cucumber Day, Y’all!

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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!

Cheers, y’all!

 

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Soul Gastrolounge Takeover

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What are y’all doin’ Thursday?

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.

See y’all Thursday!!

2014: A recap in cocktails

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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

Amaretto

Pineapple Juice

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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

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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

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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

Lime

Ginger

Dandelion

Burdock

Sasparilla

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Halloween in the Queen City

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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 Tavern where 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.

 

 

Craft Cocktail Series- Soul Gastrolounge

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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

B&B

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

The Presidential Sweet

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July 4th is perfect for cookouts, fireworks and cocktails.  Andy from Soul has created a fantastic summer cocktail to celebrate Independence Day.  

 

Here’s the recipe:

Layered like the American Flag

Campari and Cranberry

Blue curacao, lemon cordial (lemon juice, agave, orange blossom water)

Hangar One Vodka

If making this cocktail isn’t for you, head over to Soul Gastrolounge in Plaza midwood and have the guys make one for you.