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Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen Cocktail Show is nominated for a Taste Award!
Liquid Kitchen couldn’t help but get inspired by 50 Shades of Grey, especially now with the book series being adapted for the big screen! Because the book is set at the Portland’s Heathman Hotel, Liquid Kitchen created the 50 Shades of Gin drink for the Heathman Restaurant & Bar’s new cocktail menu. This sin’sual cocktail combines gin with fresh tangerine, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and a sprig of thyme.
50 Shades of Gin
Makes 1 cocktail
1/2 tangerine (cut crosswise – use 1/4 if large)
Squeeze tangerine and drop into a mixing glass. Measure in gin, lemon, simple syrup, and pomegranate juice. Fill with ice then cap and shake vigorously. Strain drink into a coupe or large martini glass. Garnish with a fresh thyme sprig.
*To make simple syrup: combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Store refrigerated.
Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen® for the Heathman Restaurant & Bar - www.LiquidKitchen.com
On my list of Yearly Must Go-To events is Tales of the Cocktail. Every July bar and spirits professionals worldwide head to New Orleans to learn more and celebrate the art of the drink. Everything from hot trends seminars, spirited dinners, mix-off competitions, tasting rooms, and boozy parties are all taken place during this 5-day spirited event.
There are always crazy events with fun themes!
I love seeing what’s hot in the beverage world and taste all the new, unique and small batch-crafted spirits and liqueurs. Lots of ideas to get inspired from… and a great place to see what’s trending: frozen drinks, slushies, carbonated, on-tap, unique garnishes, exotic presentations, bottled cocktails.
At the ABSOLUT Elyx House I attended an amazing Swedish brunch and tasted some fantastic cockails. Such as the Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the cocktail lightly smoked inside a copper pineapple cup with sandlewood incense. Afterwards I attended a seminar by Alex about Luxury & Innovation. He showed us some very cutting edge drink vessels insluding one that had inserts for wild flora such as pine tips and flowers that infuse your cockails – very inspirational and very cool!
One of my favorite events was “Las Vegas Invades Tales of the Cocktail,” this marquee event showcased the top bartending talent from Las Vegas, including the legendary Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim,The Comopolitan’s Mariena Mercer and Bellagio Hotel’s Ricardo Murcia. Team Sauza 901 shook up a carbonated cocktail featuring Sauza 901 tequila, grapefruit juice, fresh lime, serrano, lime, and sage syrup. Team Bacardi had Flora and Fauna cocktails: Bacardi Superior, aloe liqueur, kalamansi sour (see its trending!), ginger syrup, and cardamom bitters. So many great cocktails – I felt like I was in Vegas.
There were a LOT of cocktails to try over the week, take a peak of this post in Zagat narrowing down some of top drinks from this year’s Tales. And if you were at the right time and place, you may have even found yourself in the middle of a Harvey Wallbanger Disco Flash Mob!
And if you missed this year’s action, there is Tales 365.This new membership program offers exclusive, year-round access to Tales of the Cocktail® content, events and special discounts for bartenders and members of the cocktail industry. Founder Ann Tuennerman wanted to give dedicated cocktail professionals the opportunity to follow their passion for spirits every day of the year. “Now whether you live in New Orleans, New York, New Zealand or New Delhi, you can be a part of Tales of the Cocktail® 365 days a year.”
Tales 365 members will have access to videos from Tales of the Cocktail seminars (I’m especially excited about this!), “Shake Ups” – interactive Google hangouts with industry glitterati, spirited dinners and lots more benefits all specially geared toward spirits professionals including distillery tours, networking events, special discounts, and much more.
If spirits are your business, Tales 365 lets you experience the best of Tales of the Cocktail all year long.
It’s a bit early but keep your eyes peeled for next year’s Tales of the Cocktail (already set for July 15-19) – it’s worth the wait! -Kathy
CNN posted a piece covering 18 inspired cocktails made in the Philippines and 2 of them were created by the Liquid Kitchen! Both can be tasted at the Raffles Hotel in Makati. The Panutsa Old Fashioned incorporates a panutsa (regional palm sugar that is aged in coconut shells) syrup that adds an amazing rich flavor.
And the Luxury Makati Sling, an inspired variation of the classic Singapore Sling. The drink features gin, tropical flavors, a hint of cherry blossom, and is topped off with a luscious Angostura Foam and 24k edible gold!
If you ever find yourself headed to the Philippines, definitely try these drinks out! -Kathy