Cedar Ridge Distilling: Whiskey

It’s Iowa and Corn Means Craft — Cedar Ridge Distilling: Whiskey

Warren Bobrow

Grandpa Melvin’s Hands  (Leica M8)

It takes more than great ingredients to make craft whiskey. It takes patience and time, that is for certain. But most importantly, after all the bills are paid- whiskey takes great passion. You cannot make quality whiskey in mere hours, although some manipulators of spirits say that they can. I unequivocally disagree and believe that craft spirits take on their own unique personalities according to the particular desire of the distiller. The production of craft spirits takes years to develop their own deeply textured flavors.

There is that little thing that they call the Angel’s Share. That’s the stuff that you cannot sell, because it has evaporated. Not generally a fine place to be if you are in the business of bottling expensive craft whiskey- or any craft spirit for that matter. Each drop costs something and it’s a shame when it evaporates to only be enjoyed by the: ‘Angels!’  Depending on many variables, this Angel’s Share can be pretty expensive or just about right.

READ MORE @ https://www.forbes.com/sites/warrenbobrow/2017/09/01/its-iowa-and-corn-means-craft-cedar-ridge-distilling-whiskey/#149b700b703c

Today- Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits!!

Please join my friend Brendan Edwards and myself for a tasting and book signing, TODAY! Saturday August 26, 2017 from 2 – 7 pm  at Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits Inc  3853 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY 12484

I’ll be conjuring up a lovely cocktail called “You’re Talking About Memories” with Royal Rose Simple Syrup of Saffron and Mezcal ~  Shaken, of course.

Brendan will have Mezcales De Leyenda Organic Mezcals and Tanteo Infused Tequilas – Jalapeño and Chipotle!

Cocktails, neat, education and an all around excellent, Agave filled Saturday afternoon!

For more information, go to:

http://www.mezcalesdeleyenda.com/

https://www.tanteotequila.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/119849275333021/?ti=cl

 

2017 Books And Bitters Recap!

Octavia guy and a closeup of the Octavia Books nameplate

For the first time, the annual partnership between Tales and Octavia Books was hosted in the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

2017 marks another successful year at the Books and Bitters Market, the annual event sponsored by Octavia Books. For eight years now, Tales of the Cocktail® has partnered with the local bookstore to showcase an impressive global selection of both cocktail books and bitters for Tales attendees to peruse through during the week of the cocktail festival.

This year, bitters were incredibly well-represented at the Bitters Market, which featured over 24 brands and sold over 600 bottles of bitters. The top five selling bitters at this year’s market were Peychaud’s, Mr. Bitters’ Variety Pack, Peychaud’s Barrel Aged, The Bittered Sling Gift Box, and Wild Hibiscus’s B’Lure Butterfly Pea Flower Extract.

The bookstore portion of the market offered close to 200 titles, representing some of the industry’s most well-respected authors and covering a wide variety of interests. The bookstore sold copies of nearly every title on offer this year, a sign of the continuing success of the partnership between Tales and Octavia Books. Not only were guests able to browse through the selection of books on offer, they also had the opportunity to meet the authors and get their book copies signed at the week-long “Shots of Inspiration” popup. Bitter makers were also present to discuss and offer tastings of their products.

“We were happy to to present nearly 200 cocktail titles – many fabulous new ones alongside some old favorites. And, they nearly all sold. The strong and continuing interest in the books – so many authors attending and the readers who purchased them in numbers – demonstrates a true commitment by mixologists and other Tales participants to understanding the art they practice.” – Tom Lowenburg of Octavia Books

The Top 10 Best-Sellers at the Books Market:

  1. Mezcal: The History, Craft, and Cocktails of the World’s Ultimate Artisanal Spirit – Emma Janzen
  2. Distilled Knowledge: The Science Behind Drinking’s Greatest Myths, Legends, and Unanswered Questions – Brian Hoefling
  3. Regarding Cocktails – Sasha Petraske
  4. Mr. Boston 75th Anniversary Official Bartenders Guide
  5. Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar Featuring the Original Formulae – David Wondrich
  6. Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters – Mark Bitterman
  7. Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits – Derek Sandhaus
  8. Zen & Tonic – Jules Aron
  9. The Craft Cocktail Compendium: Contemporary Interpretations and Inspired Twists on Time-Honored Classics – Warren Bobrow
  10. Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki – Martin & Rebecca Cate

Tasting and Book Signing in Stone Ridge NY!

Please join my friend Brendan Edwards and myself for a tasting and book signing, Saturday August 26, 2017 from 2 – 7 pm  at Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits Inc  3853 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY 12484

I’ll be conjuring up a lovely cocktail called “You’re Talking About Memories” with Royal Rose Simple Syrup of Saffron and Mezcal ~  Shaken, of course.

Brendan will have Mezcales De Leyenda Organic Mezcals and Tanteo Infused Tequilas – Jalapeño and Chipotle!

Cocktails, neat, education and an all around excellent, Agave filled Saturday afternoon!

For more information, go to:

http://www.mezcalesdeleyenda.com/

https://www.tanteotequila.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/119849275333021/?ti=cl

 

Partition Street Wine Shop

 

A Successful Tale

A Successful Tale 
We’re back from Tales of the Cocktail and we wanted to share with you photos from the event. Enjoy!

‘Meet the Distillers Happy Hour’  With Warren Bobrow mixing up the drinks, and our very own Draga Culic, helping pour — the guests were in for a treat this year.On Thursday, July 20th at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, the event circulated over 300 thirsty guests including mixologists, trade, media and distributors. We served three simple, but delicious cocktails. Our star cocktail of the evening, Pink Grazz, with Ramazzotti Apertivo Rosato with fruitations pink grapefruit, a splash of seltzer, topped with a grapefruit slice. The second cocktail, a Ramule, with Ramazzotti Amaro, ginger beer, topped with an orange slice. Lastly, our Mexicotti City, with Ramazzotti Sambuca and Mexican coke.

All in all, the event was a great success!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Meet the Distillers Happy Hour”
With Warren Bobrow mixing up the drinks, and our very own Draga Culic, helping pour — the guests were in for a treat this year.

On Thursday, July 20th at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, the event circulated over 300 thirsty guests including mixologists, trade, media and distributors. We served three simple, but delicious cocktails. Our star cocktail of the evening, Pink Grazz, with Ramazzotti Apertivo Rosato with fruitations pink grapefruit, a splash of seltzer, topped with a grapefruit slice. The second cocktail, a Ramule, with Ramazzotti Amaro, ginger beer, topped with an orange slice. Lastly, our Mexicotti City, with Ramazzotti Sambuca and Mexican coke.

All in all, the event was a great success!

A Moveable Feast: 4 Hearty Lessons from Food Book Fair

If the age-old phrase that “you are what you eat” manifests itself literally, I’d be one giant avocado rolling around the streets of New York City #deadsexy. All jokes aside, many of us don’t take the time out to recognize just how much food and the art of dining shape our collective identities, memories and social politics apart from the obvious physical implications food has on our waistlines. I got a quick reminder of just how significant each bite lends to food for thought when I accompanied the motley crew at Ace Hotel New York as they hosted this year’s Food Book Fair. Here are 4 hearty lessons I learned from foodies & bookworms alike:

1) “Come to the table with an empty stomach and leave with a full heart.” ~ Warren Bobrow aka “The Cocktail Whisper” 

On opening night of the Food Book Fair, Warren Bobrow discussed his latest book, The Craft Cocktail Compendium, which encompasses a mixture of contemporary apothecary cocktails and silent nods to Robert Louis Stevenson.  I later struck up a conversation with Warren about the power of authentic connections through food. Warren expressed that his favorite personal mantra is, “Come to the table with an empty stomach and leave with a full heart” because by doing so, one will, in a more disarming way, gain a better understanding and appreciation of others and the places they come from. Take a seat around the table so that everyone can share food, drinks and candid conversations about life and witness how much more enriched you feel afterwards.

Read More at; http://www.jetsetterproblems.com/moveable-feast-4-hearty-lessons-food-book-fair/

 

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