Patriotic cocktails for the 4th

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Y’all, you know what screams July 4th party to me? Peaches and Bourbon.

I got with Henry, bartender extraordinaire at Pint Central to create some cocktails that are easily made at home. For these cocktails we used 1792 Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Tito’s Handmade Vodka from Austin, TX.  Recipes are below!

The 15th State

1oz 1792 Bourbon

2oz Looza Peach concentrate (found at Healthy Home Market)

1/4oz of simple syrup

Splash of fresh lemon juice

Shake with ice and strain into ice filled glass

Garnish with Blueberries

Battle of Watermelon Creek

1 1/2oz of Tito’s Handmade Vodka

2 large watermelon cubes (lightly muddled to release juices)

1oz Simple Syrup

½oz Orange Juice

Splash of Lenny Boy Ginger Kombucha (gingerale can be used as a substitute)

Shake with ice and serve in ice filled glass

Garnish with fresh watermelon cube

The Workman’s Friend

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Y’all, a new bar is coming to Plaza Midwood and it’s an Irish Pub to boot. On the corner of Central Ave and Thomas St., you’ll find The Workman’s Friend.

From the owners of Dandelion Market, Connolly’s and Tyber Creek, comes a welcome addition to PM. With a full menu and full bar, you’ll see a modern take on Irish classics and lots of traditional Irish treats like Guiness, Magners Cider, Tullamore Dew and Bushmills Irish whiskey!

The bar with be open daily 3pm-til with brunch coming in the near future. Opening day is Monday, June 15th!!!

See y’all there!!!

Slainte’

Negroni Week 2015

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Y’all, it’s happening, Negroni Week is back. If you’re unfamiliar, let me explain. Bars all over the country get together to support a joint initiative by Campari and Imbibe Magazine to raise money for local charities through the sales of…you guessed it, Negronis! So far 2,676 bars are participating around the world and there are plenty more to come, I’m sure.

In North Carolina alone we have 19 bars taking part-2 in Charlotte and 13 in Asheville.

In Asheville, you can stop by The Imperial Life on Thursday night for Negroni Variations featuring the Botanist and Bombay Sapphire from 8-10 or if you’re local to Charlotte, you can stop by Pint Central for a barrel aged Negroni and a party on Saturday 6/6, all monies raised here goes to The Down’s Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte!

Click the link below to see if your local bar is included in the Negroni madness. If so, feel free to stop by and contribute your dollars while imbibing in a delicious beverage.

PARTICIPATING BARS

Mixology Lab w/ Bob

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There are plenty of reasons to love spring, the warm weather, the cocktails and the new fruits and herbs to go with them.

Won’t you join us on Saturday May 9th at Earl’s Grocery for a mixology class with Bob Peters? Bob will be teaching us how to make spring inspired herbal infusions and syrups to add to our patio cocktails. See y’all at 2:30pm, don’t be late!

Earl’s Grocery

1609 Elizabeth Ave. Charlotte, NC

Tour De Cure Fundraiser

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Hey guys, y’all know I love me some charity stuff, so I got together with Tilt on Trade to throw a party to raise some dollars for a good cause.

My coworkers are riding 10 miles for the Tour De Cure to raise awareness for the American Diabetes Association. Since I’m super unathletical (yes that’s a word), I’ll be cheering from the sidelines and donating cash to the cause.

For a $10 donation, we’ll have stupid cheap drinks and a damn good time.

See you guys Thursday night at Tilt!

Mixology Lab with Bob Peters

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At 2:30pm on Saturday, about 25 people descended upon Earl’s Grocery to get their whiskey learn on with Bob Peters. Once the lunch crowd realized just what was happening, our class size grew by 10, giving us a total of 35.

Bob gave us all a sample of Wild Turkey 81, Wild Turkey Rye and Russell’s Reserve. Then for a special treat, Bob showed the interested bunch how to make a Mint Julep using the Russell’s Reserve (the crowd favorite, obviously).

We had a very interactive group, with Bob at the helm, questions were being asked, flavor profiles were discussed and lots of whiskey was tasted.

Earl’s Mixology Lab happens once a month, I’ll try to keep y’all posted on the happenings so you can come sit at the cool kids table with me.