It’s that time of year again, when every type of pundit (good and bad) puts together his or her end-of-the-year picks. But this year (see last year’s People Have Spoken post if you missed it), I wanted to get some end-of-year cocktail, bar and spirit favs from those who don’t write about the stuff for a living, but just enjoy it. Thanks to the following five tipplers for weighing in with their spirit-minded thoughts on new and old bar and drink favorites around Seattle.
The hype is all about the food at Aragona, the newest endeavor by Spinasse and Artusi’s Jason Stratton and chef de cuisine Carrie Mashaney (who is currently kicking butt on Top Chef New Orleans) but I stopped in yesterday, during the calm before the opening night storm and got a sneak peek at the décor, which is off-the-hook cool and totally fresh.
After a few soft-opening dinners over the weekend, Spinasse and Artusi owner, Jason Stratton, is finally ready to launch Aragona. She opens to the public tonight at 5pm for dinner, with lunch service following in the coming weeks. Chef (and Top Chef contestant) Carrie Mashaney is helming the kitchen.
The Rob Roy Cocktail Advent Calendar may be the best part of the holidays, and I’m super excited that it’s back. If you somehow missed it in the past, here’s how it goes. Every day from the 1st of December until Christmas, Rob Roy (2332 Second Avenue) unveils a delicious seasonal drink. So, if you didn’t already know about it, you’ve missed a couple days, but there are many left!
When was the last time you sat down and had a nice, ice-cold Budweiser? Like 2007, right? According to this piece in USA Today, beer (and when they say beer, they mean the moderately priced, mass-produced, watery schlock that we all downed in college) is just not selling the way it used to.
It's high eggnog latte season, it's true. But I prefer more filling ways to warm up. If, like me, you can't seem to shake the chill--and the forecast is for frozen temps until Monday--here, a few ideas for how to warm up from the inside out.
When the Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers (that’s Forty-whiners) again on Sunday, December 8 (seahawks.com), show your support by stocking up on 12-packs of The 12th Can. Made by Ballard-based Hilliard’s Beer, the new 12th Can pale ale brew is specially formulated to increase touchdowns. Available at most grocery stores. hilliardsbeer.com
The most famous shopping day of the year, Black Friday (though Cyber Monday is gaining in popularity), is also one of nuttiest days of the year. And I can think of few activities that demand a drink when you're done like wading through a sea of shoppers for hours to find that one perfect deal. To help offset the shopping-till-you're-dropping stress, here are four drinks perfect for post-Black Friday. Be sure you have the ingredients, so you can come home from the stores, make a drink and put your feet up.
It all began a year ago last September. I was chatting with Sun Liquor barman Erik Chapman about his homemade eggnog for our December issue. I'd heard very good things about his boozy nog, which he makes the weekend of Thanksgiving and ages for a month. But I'd never tasted it; he only serves it on Christmas eve and Christmas day and for me, it's pretty hard to sneak away at those times.
The biggest feast of the year is only a week away--don’t leave your menu planning (and grocery shopping) until the last minute. And make sure you have the right drinks on the menu. Below I've suggested four cocktail recipes, two that will make perfect aperitifs before the big dinner, and two that are perfect for after the big meal has happened. The last recipe is a video.The Hanson Sparkler
True, it seems like the holiday season begins earlier and earlier each year. But that just means it’s time to start crafting your homemade liqueurs to give as gifts (starting early ensures flavor awesomeness as these sippers need some time to sit). What better present for a cocktail lover than a made-by-you liqueur: It tastes great, it shows you’ve actually taken the time to craft something delicious and if you’re lucky, the person you gifted will then break out two glasses and share.
Happy Razor Clam digging day! The season opens on Washington’s coast after noon on November 15 and continues through November 20, a short run that’s a fun tradition for many. Lazy me, I rely on the kindness of friends and family to give me raw material for fritters and chowder and don’t you think it’s high time some fancy chefs took that clam in some cool, creative direction that made them as exciting as kale?
This week is jam-packed with tasty tasting possibilities, including the first-ever Seattle-centric BREW. It somehow seems fitting that the provocatively titled Wine vs. Whiskey should fall on Friday, covering all the booze bases.