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Boston Cocktail Summit: Making Your Own Vermouth

Last week I featured the Ward Eight cocktail after my trip up to Boston for the Boston Cocktail Summit, and I would be remiss not to share with you the other events I was able to attend during my day at the Summit. My second stop of the day was the “Making Your Own Vermouth” event, which was sponsored by Pernod Ricard and held at the beautiful Island Creek Oyster Bar.

I am always interested in learning more about cocktails; the history of cocktails, the wide variety of ingredients that are used, and of course how they taste! I was very excited to sit in on the seminar about Vermouth, an ingredient I don’t think to include very often. In a live demonstration, Eastern Standard Rosé Vermouth was made step by step during the seminar and I was amazed that the whole process (minus the cooling) could be completed in such a short period of time! 

During the demonstration we were given Vermouth to taste, as well as each of the ingredients included in the Vermouth to smell and examine and to look for in our samples. Personally, my favorite part of the seminar was the delicious cocktails that were served including Eastern Standard Vermouth and various spirits. Below is a recipe featuring Vermouth and Plymouth Gin courtesy of the seminar:

Vermouth Cocktails

The Rosé

  • 1 oz Plymouth Gin
  • 1 oz Rosé Vermouth
  • ½ oz honey syrup
  • ½ oz lime juice

Shake, strain up

As a parting gift we all received individual samples, as well as the ingredients and a recipe booklet in order to make our own. I will be sure to keep you posted on whether or not I am brave enough to attempt to recreate this Vermouth, but it does sound like a very fun winter activity!



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TOTC: Juniperlooza!!!

The view walking in!

Sorry for the delay, but I would be remiss not to share with you the last, but certainly not least, event that we attended while down in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail. After countless tastings and events from Wednesday afternoon through Saturday, I began to feel the exhaustion kicking in, and I questioned whether or not I would be able to make it to the Juniperlooza party Saturday night, sponsored by the Pernod Ricard Gin Portfolio. Luckily, I had my Tales Veteran counterpart, Stephanie, with me, giving me pep talks that yes, I could make it, and no, this was not a party I wanted to miss!

Juniperlooza Guide description of Live Talent

As we pulled up to the venue I saw food and drink trucks lining the perimeter of an outdoor patio, and I could hear the live music blasting from inside the venue (do we have any fans of Aloe Blacc out there, I can tell you he was AMAZING)! As I walked around I expected the same 3 or 4 cocktails to be served at each of the drink carts, but I was extremely wrong! There were 25 different cocktails, each made with one of the gins in the Pernod portfolio (Beefeater, Beefeater 24, and Plymouth) mixed up fresh, on site by 42 incredible bartenders (get ready for some name dropping folks) such as Jim Meehan, Tony Abou-Ganim, Lynnette Marrero, Erick Castro, Jason Littrell, Kenta Goto and many more!

I tried my best to sample each of the drinks, (keyword being sample), but have to report that I did not make it through all 25. I can tell you that some of my favorites included the Clover Shrub, created by Jim Meehan, the French 75 ‘Tony Style’, created by Tony Abou-Ganim, and of course, a classic Tom Collins.

Delicious Pernod Gins served at Juniperlooza

Tom Collins

  • 2 Parts Plymouth Gin
  • .75 Part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • .75 Part Simple Syrup
  • Cub Soda

Shake all ingredients with ice, except club soda. Pour over fresh ice into a highball glass. Top witih club soda. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

This was such an all around memorable event, from the performances, to the atmosphere of the venue, to the amazing cocktails themselves, and I cannot wait for next year 🙂  -KJ

Mr. Aloe Blacc performing live!

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National Martini Day!!!

A refreshing Hiram Walker Watermelon Martini – a modern Martini perfect for summer

Happy National Martini Day everybody! The Martini, traditionally served with just Gin and Vermouth in its earliest days, has transformed into a drink with an endless variety of flavors and spirits.  Adding ‘tini’ to the end of flavors and drink names has become a common occurrence, Pometinis, Appletinis, Mangotinis, the list goes on and on. Today is a day to recognize and celebrate (and drink!) the Martini any way your heart desires! I’ve included below a classic Gin Martini for those who appreciate the traditional way to enjoy the cocktail, as well as a fruity flavored Martini, and a Chocolaty Martini recipe for those looking to try something more modern!

The Plymouth Original:

  • 2 Parts Plymouth Gin
  • Splash of Dry Vermouth
  • 2 Drops of Orange Bitters

In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour the dry Vermouth and stir, making sure that the ice is coated. Strain off the excess Vermouth and add Plymouth Gin and the Orange Bitters. Stir until extremely chilled and strain into glass.

Watermelon Martini:

  • 1 1/2 parts ABSOLUT® Vodka
  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Watermelon Schnapps
  • 2 parts Cranberry Juice
  • 1 splash Pineapple Juice

Shake with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Chocolate Martini:

  • ¾ part Hiram Walker® Crème de Cacao White
  • ¾ part ABSOLUT® Vodka
  • Splash of Coffee

Shake, strain into a chilled martini glass.

No matter how you choose to drink your Martinis I hope you all enjoy! Have a great National Martini Day, and if you can’t get enough of Martinis, and really want to go all out this holiday, check out more recipes HERE!


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Pernod Ricard Events at Tales of the Cocktail

We’re just one day away from one of the biggest cocktail gatherings of the year. If you’re headed down to NOLA, keep this list of events handy so you can participate in some of the great drinking opportunities throughout the week presented by Pernod Ricard USA.

Pernod Ricard also will play host to two opening and closing parties that flank a plethora of other events at Tales of the Cocktail for 2011 – the Beefeater Welcome Reception on Wednesday and the Plymouth Bartender’s Breakfast on Saturday evening into early Sunday morning.

Here’s the rest of the handy list:

  • Absolut San Francisco Tasting Room
    2:30 PM to 4 PM, Wednesday
    The Iberville and Bienville Rooms, Hotel Monteleone
  • Absolut Bloody Mary Bar
    9 – 10:30 AM, Thursday & Friday
    Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar
  • Kahlua Coffee Bar
    8:30 – 10:30 AM, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat
    Hotel Monteleone Mezzanine
  • Irish Distillers Tasting Room
    2:30 PM to 4 PM, Thursday
    The Iberville and Bienville Rooms, Hotel Monteleone
  • Pernod Absinthe Green Hour
    3:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Thursday & Saturday
    Hotel Monteleone Mezzanine
  • Negroni with a Twist Party
    4:30 PM to 6 PM, Thursday
    Acadia Suite, The Royal Sonesta Hotel
  • Ricard Petanque
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Friday
    300 Block of Royal Street
  • The Spirited Award Ceremony sponsored by Pernod Ricard USA
    8:30 PM to 11:30 PM, Saturday
    Mahalia Jackson Theatre

A visit to Tales of the Cocktail on the web here or a download of the mobile application is the perfect way to keep a running tab (pun intended!) of all the week’s happenings.

I look forward to seeing many familiar and new faces in NOLA this week. Definitely feel free to shoot me an email so we can try to cross paths, or follow my action via Twitter at @stephaniejerzy.

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Harry Johnson’s Turf Cocktail

Earlier this month, cocktail historians Jared Brown and Anastatia Miller led a group of bartenders and industry professionals on an historic journey around NYC and the boroughs to explore the life and times of bartender and author, Harry Johnson. Beginning at the grave of Harry Johnson in Greenwood Cemetery, the tour made stops at Delmonico’s, Harry’s Bar in Hanover Square, and Keen’s Steakhouse—all relevant establishments to Harry’s career and life in New York.  Along the way, cocktails from Harry Johnson’s Bartenders’ Manual or How to Mix Drinks were enjoyed including the Turf Cocktail.

Turf Cocktail by Harry Johnson

3 dashes of orange bitters
3 dashes of Maraschino liqueur
2 dashes of Pernod Absinthe
2 oz Dry Vermouth
2 oz of Plymouth gin

Stir up well with a spoon, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a medium size olive and serve.

Envious of those who got to take the tour? Me too! But at least we can all enjoy the cocktail. Cheers!


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Tales of the Cocktail: That’s a Wrap!

IMG_5148It’s so hard to fit all of the excitement, events, booze, and news of Tales of the Cocktail into a few measly posts, but if I didn’t consolidate and summarize this all, I’d be writing about Tales year-round. And trust me, we don’t need that—they’ve already got a fine blog of their own: Tales blog.

So here’s the remainder of what I have to share with those of you who’ve taken an interest in my Tales travels—then, it’s a wrap!

Saturday was my last full day in New Orleans (I left Sunday morning at an ungodly hour) & I went out with a bang! The day started out with breakfast at Brennan’s—an amazing treat I’ve been looking forward to since…well, since last year when I had breakfast at Brennan’s. Amazing! Strawberries & cream, Eggs Portuguese, & their famous Bananas Foster. I probably didn’t have to eat another bite the whole day…but I sure did.

Later in the day I sat in on one of the funniest Tales sessions I’ve been to—The Three Amigos, with a panel that consisted of Wayne Collins, Jason Crowley, and Simon Ford (he was everywhere at Tales!). I heard fantastic things about their session last year and these boys didn’t disappoint.

Again, it was a case of excellent accents matched with interesting content. They covered who they consider to be the three most IMG_5261important bartenders of the 19th century—Jerry Thomas, Harry Johnson, and The Only William-William Schmidt, paying particular attention to the bartenders’ varying personalities, service styles, cocktails, and mustaches. Best of all, this session had some of my favorite freebies of the week. Two reprints from Mud Puddle Books & a new bar spoon. Nice!

The Spirit Awards, sponsored by Pernod Ricard, were later that evening at Harrah’s Casino—and it was a great way to end a week of worshipping cocktails. I was lucky enough to be seated at a great table this year (with Robert Hess and Dave Wondrich to name-drop a few) and thus got a wonderful view of the many deserved winners. Here’s the list of 2009 Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Award winners:

World’s Best Drinks Selection: Merchant Hotel, Belfast

Best American Cocktail Bar: Pegu Club, NYC

World’s Best Cocktail Bar: PDT, NYC

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar: Clover Club, Brooklyn

World’s Best Hotel Bar: Merchant Hotel, Belfast

American Bartender of the Year: Jim Meehan, PDT

International Bartender of the Year: Tony Conigliaro

Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book: The Essential Cocktail by Dale DeGroff

Best Cocktail Writing: Dave Wondrich

Best New Product: Bols Genever

IMG_5236World’s Best Cocktail Menu: Merchant Hotel, Belfast

Best American Brand Ambassador: Simon Ford, Plymouth Gin & Pernod Ricard

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Dorelli

Congratulations to all the winners!

Most celebrated afterward, at the Plymouth-sponsored Bartender’s Breakfast. The event, held at the remarkable LaTrobe’s on Royal, was packed with a line out the door! There were at least a dozen bars throughout the venue serving up quality cocktails to sleep-deprived cocktailians determined to stay up until their 7 AM flight. Again, it was a great party and a wonderful way to give one last toast to Tales. I had a fantastic time this year and I’m sure next year will bring more surprises, sessions, parties, friends and of course, cocktails. Cheers!

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