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.

 

 

#YelpGetsFreaky

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We had a wonderful time last night at the Yelp Gets Freaky party at the North Carolina Music factory.  So much so, that I wanted to share a few photos of the event with you guys.  Huge thanks to Nikki Wolfe and Yelp Charlotte for throwing an amazing event and letting us in on the boozy fun.

Also, huge thank you to Tonya with PopRock Photography for taking such great photos for us!

 

100 Things to do in Charlotte before you die.

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#11 Mix it up at Pisces.

Our very own Sarah Crosland has written a new book called “100 things to do in Charlotte before you die” and she showed a little love to Bob Peters at Pisces Sushi.  Bob is well known around these parts for his cocktail creations including my favorite, the “Pocket Fours” made with Tito’s Vodka.

Check out the video of Sarah talking about all things Charlotte below.

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Congratulations to Sarah on the new book and Congrats to Bob and Pisces for making the list!!!

You can find the book here.

National Vodka Day!

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October 4th signifies yet another “holiday” of sorts for spirits lovers…National Vodka Day.  Vodka has become a go-to spirit for young and old drinkers alike.  Whether it’s a vodka and Redbull or a dirty vodka martini, we can all agree that it is one of the most popular and profitable spirits in the world.  In honor of National Vodka day, I have chosen 4 different vodkas to feature here on boozinQC.  Each of the following products differ from the others in either main ingredient or distillation process.  Hopefully after reading, you can find a brand that peaks your interest.

 

1. Hangar 1

Fun fact: You can find this distillery in an old Navy Hangar in California, hence the name…Hangar 1

Aside from a really neat distillery location, grapes are the main ingredient and that sets Hangar 1 apart from other vodkas.  Made in small batches, this vodka is made from fresh (like picked the same day, fresh) viogniet grapes.  Hangar 1 is really popular among vets in the cocktail industry and you can find it at cocktail bars like Soul Gastrolounge.  This is the only vodka on the list that includes a line of flavors, you can find Mandarin Blossom, Maine Wild Blueberry, Buddha’s Hand Citron and Kaffir Lime.

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2. Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Fun Fact: Tito is a real guy and he lives in Austin, Texas.

There is a lot to love about Tito’s Handmade, whether it’s the story of Tito Beveridge and how he came to create one of the top selling vodkas in the country or how it’s made from corn and microdistilled in an old fashioned copper pot still.  It’s naturally sweet and can be enjoyed on the rocks or if you’re feeling adventurous, in lemonade (jk).  Ok, I’m not kidding..it’s really good with lemonade.

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3. Reyka Vodka

Fun Fact: Reyka is filtered through lava rocks, real lava rocks.

You can find the Reyka distillery in Borgarnes, Iceland located right outside of Reykjavik. There is plenty that sets Reyka apart from other vodkas in the world, the most notable is the rare Carter Head Still which is typically used to distill the other clear spirit; Gin.  Two other things I should note about Reyka: 1. They only use artic spring water to make their vodka and 2. They use geothermal energy from nearby volcanos to power their facilities.    Pretty neat if you think about it.

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4. American Harvest

Fun Fact: American Harvest is USDA certified Organic

Another small batch vodka, this one is made from winter wheat grown on a family owned farm in Idaho and it uses water from the Snake River plain to create a really great product.  From the farm to the wind power used to generate electricity to the recycled glass in the bottle, American Harvest is working as hard as it can to create a spirit with minimal impact on the environment.  Kudos!

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So there you have it.  Yay Vodka.  Cheers y’all!

 

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