Hendrick’s Gin Cocktail Academy

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Y’all, cocktail academy is back!!! For those able to join us last year, you know that this was an incredible treat. This year we are providing the same great instruction with a new Hendrick’s Gin Brand Ambassador, Fred Parent (who happens to be a native Carolinian).

Check us out in Charlotte on August 4th at Dandelion Market @ 6/8pm and in Asheville on August 5th at Top of the Monk @ 3/5pm.

If you’re interested in the classes, be sure RSVP to boozinqc@gmail.com with your name and times, spaces will fill up fast!!

Click on the fliers below for all the deets.

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National Scotch Day

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I know what you’re thinking, you just celebrated National Tequila Day and you’re a little pickled from imbibing a bit too much, well, Dr. Boozin QC is here and I feel that the only remedy for your ailments is to partake in a dram of ultra amazing scotch with me!

In honor of this most appropriate holiday, I have picked my 3 favorite Scotch Whiskies to share with you, read on below to see why they’re my favorite.

Monkey Shoulder

New to the party, Monkey Shoulder is a triple malt – a blend of 3 Speyside Single Malt Whiskies and it’s really approachable, It’s sweeter with a bit of heat on the finish, lots of vanilla and zero peat. Perfect for those ready to venture into Scotch for the first time.

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The Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask

Finished in second fill rum barrels, The Balvenie 14 has a wonderful vanilla and toffee flavor that you would expect from the rum. The finish is smooth and light, for me this is a whisky meant to be enjoyed after dinner and with a dessert.

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Glenfiddich 15 year

The oldest of the Single Malts mentioned here, you’ll find a slightly sweet and rich flavor. Matured in three different types of oak and then married together in a Solera Vat, this whisky delivers notes of pear, dried fruit and a hint of spice. I’m a fan!

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National Tequila Day

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Guys, did you know that tomorrow (7/24) is National Tequila Day?

Since it’s technically a National Holiday, I’m sure your boss won’t mind you imbibing a bit during your lunch break, right?

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy all of that agave goodness, look no further than Cabo Fish Taco. The good folks over in Noda will have $7 Espolon Tequila shots and $8 Espolon Three Amigos Margaritas! You should stop by and celebrate, tell them I sent you!!

Salud!

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!!!

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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