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10 Unusual Gin and Tonics You Need to Try Now

08/18/2014

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Who doesn’t love the classic Gin and Tonic? It’s simple, easy to make, and tastes phenomenal. But sometimes you might be in the mood for something a little different even though it’s hard to stray from those old favorites. Luckily, there’s a Gin and Tonic craze going on as bartenders everywhere have been jazzing up this cocktail, resulting in some rather unusual takes on this classic drink. We rounded up ten unconventional but awesome gin and tonics you need to try ASAP.

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10 Unusual Gin and Tonics You Need to Try Now 

Raise A Glass To Rhubarb With This End-Of-Summer Sipper

8/18/2014

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Some consider Labor Day to be the end of the summer, but here in L.A. it feels like the season is still going strong. Like, really, really strong. Blazing in fact. This weekend I found myself sweltering in my apartment with no sign of reprieve (or central air), so I decided to do what any logical person would do: make myself a cool, refreshing cocktail that sings of the summer and reminds me why we wait so anxiously for this season in the first place.

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Spike your Cocktails with Rum

08/16/2014

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Those fleeting summer days will be gone before we know it – but that doesn’t call for an end of the festivities. Squeeze every last drop of summer with a celebration in honor of National Rum Day today Saturday, August 16th and spike your cocktails with some aged white rum nearly 150 years in the making.

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Must Mix: National Rum Day Cocktails

Must Mix: National Rum Day Cocktails

08/16/2014
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Summer is quickly coming to an end, unfortunately, but you can still squeeze in some summer fun with cocktails made with rum, a spirit often associated with fun tropical drinks. Don’t let National Rum Day this August 16th pass by without trying one of these delicious rum cocktails!

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National Rum Day 2014 Drink Guide

08/16/2014

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“Of all the spirits in your home, rum is the most romantic” – James Beard, 1956

It’s National Rum Day! Summer may winding down, but there’s still time to celebrate one of the world’s oldest and most prolific spirits with these great rum-based cocktails!!

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National Rum Day 2014 Drink Guide 

MASON SHAKER COCKTAIL WORKSHOP

08/18/2014

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Learn how to craft the perfect cocktail as we mix (and taste!) our way through the book Shake: A New Prospective on Cocktails. In this 3 hour workshop, you will learn the tricks of the trade as we craft three signature cocktails with spirits provided by Art In The Age and Taqueria Feliz.

After the workshop, we’re sending you home with your own Mason Shaker Cocktail Kit ($50 value) which includes the signature Mason Shaker, muddler, and jigger, so you can perfect your entertaining skills for your next gathering.

The workshop will be held at Meadowsweet Mercantile on Saturday, August 23 from 6p – 9p.

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Great Baltimore cocktails: The Canton Hooch at Farmstead Grill

08/12/2014

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Maybe it’s the below-average temperatures this summer, or maybe I’m already looking forward to fall, but lately I’ve been intrigued by bars and restaurants using warm ingredients in unusually refreshing ways.

By warm, I don’t mean hot. I mean rich, comforting, spiced. Don’t call it a trend, but I’ve perceived a bit of a … well, a popular concept. That’s easy to do when you have companies like Art in the Age making liquors out of sage, root, rhubarb and gingersnap. The challenge is crafting the right recipe around a savory spirit. Enter the Canton Hooch, Farmstead Grill’s seasonally shape-shifting cocktail.

The brand-new (it opened in June) Canton Crossing restaurant is big on farm-to-table fare. Similarly, its cocktail program infuses fresh, thoughtful ingredients into unique concoctions.

Nearly all 11 Farmstead cocktails incorporate an unexpected ingredient. But for all the bells and whistles and creativity, I was most attracted to the Canton Hooch. No, not because I was secretly hoping I was going to be served some sort of locally sourced bathtub gin, as the name implies. But because of its simplicity: gingersnap liqueur shaken with fresh peach juice and spiced syrup.

The SNAP brand liqueur in the Hooch is a treat all its own, with a refined, sophisticated taste one doesn’t expect to get in a summer drink. Organic, it’s made with hearty blackstrap molasses and fresh ginger — no added sugar. That’s important to note, particularly if you’re used to ginger ales or beers that tend to have a processed, saccharine twang.

Instead, the ginger retains an earthy flavor. Alone, that doesn’t complete the refreshing cocktail you’re craving in August. So how smart of Farmstead to incorporate the sunshine of peach juice to mix it up? House-made spiced simple syrup provides even more lightness to balance the rooty base.

Travis Pedley, general manager, noted that fresh juices play a large role at Farmstead — you can get non-alcoholic mixed juices at the adjacent Farmstead Shack, a quick-order version of the restaurant.

Find me a way to smuggle out the Canton Hooch in a to-go cup. There might not be a more surprisingly light taste of summer around.

How to Make the Canton Hooch

2 parts SNAP

2 parts fresh peach juice

1 part ginger infused simple syrup

Combine ingredients in a pint or highball glass over ice and garnish with an orange wedge.

Where to Get the Canton Hooch

Farmstead Grill

3721 Boston St., Canton

410-762-2100

farmsteadgrill.com

$10

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Great Baltimore cocktails: The Canton Hooch at Farmstead Grill