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!!
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.
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
3721 Boston St., Canton
John Nye and head bartender Oscar Bernal from Driftwood Kitchen stopped by KCAL9 Tuesday to talk about their summer cocktails and food specials.
Driftwood Kitchen opened earlier this summer in Laguna Beach and focuses on California cuisine that’s inspired, yet prepared simply, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and the ocean that’s right in their backyard.
Here are some of the cocktails they shared:
SALAD BAR -Kale, red pepper, Sage Liquor, Lemon Sour
THE PASSIONATE ONE – Hendrick’s gin, aperol, st. germain, lemon sour, passion fruit puree, prosecco
UPSIDE-DOWN 42 “CADDY” – Contreau noir, don julio 1942 anejo tequila, lime juice
SEAWORTHY – Sailor jerry rum, strawberries, lemon sour, basil
HIGH TIDE – Dikel 8 rye, fresh pineapple, ginger, lemon sour, mint
Bet you could tell where we’ll be this weekend just by reading today’s headline.
That’s right, people. This Saturday and Sunday, UNIQUE LA’s Summer Market gets underway!
We’ve handpicked a few things from the 350 vendors that will be displaying their made in the USA wares (see above). Want to see more? Check out the show’s lookbook here.
As for the details, we got ‘em! And here you go:
Cost: $10 at the door (cash only), Kids 12 and under are free.
• The first 5000 ticket buyers each day get a limited edition cotton tote bag from our artist series
• Unlimited re-entry for both days
• Free drinks from JOIA All Natural Sodas, Honest Tea, GT’s Kombucha, Art in the Age and more!
• Free snacks from KIND Bars, Cookie Chips and LUNA!
• DIY craft projects all weekend long in The DIY Den!
• Free photo booth portraits and a print at the Oh Snap Studios Photo Booth
Where: The Penthouse at California Market Center, 110 East Ninth St.
Hours: 11am-6pm (both Saturday & Sunday)
Parking: There is secure, underground parking at the California Market Center for a $6 flat-rate during Unique LA. There are also numerous outdoor parking lots surrounding the building.
Hotel Partner: The Ace Hotel DTLA – use the code “UNIQUE” to get 10% off when you make your reservation, click here to read why we love the brand-new hotel!
Gather Journal + Space 15 Twenty invite you to celebrate the spring/summer desert-inspired “Caravan” edition of Gather Journal with sips, bites and tunes.
Thursday, August 7th 6-9pm
Gift bags for the first 20 arrivals
x Michele Outland + Fiorella Valdesolo
Photograph by Gentl and Hyers. Prop Styling by Theo Vamvounakis.
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1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
LA, CA 90028