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    Kathy Casey is widely regarded as the original bar-chef, and Liquid Kitchen, the beverage consulting agency she founded, stands as a pioneer in bringing the principles of the kitchen into the bar. Liquid Kitchen has something to offer everyone, from exciting recipes for home cocktail enthusiasts to full services for global brands, suppliers and operators.

SmashBerry Cocktail Featuring Monin Blueberry Puree

Monin SmashBerry Cocktail

This Smashberry Cocktail was such a hit at this years Vibe Conference, we decided to share the recipe! Featuring Monin Blueberry Puree, Sipsmith Gin, fresh thyme, lemon, and Monin Pure Cane Syrup. It is a knockout of a drink, handcrafted over crushed ice. Enjoy!

 

SmashBerry

Makes 1 Drink

1 sprig fresh thyme
1/2 ounce Monin Blueberry Puree
2 ounces Sipsmith Gin
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4 ounce Monin Pure Cane or simple syrup
Garnish: Gingered Blueberries (recipe follows), fresh thyme sprig

Bend and drop the thyme into a pint glass. Measure in the Monin Blueberry Puree, gin, lemon and Pure Cane. Fill with ice, cap and shake well. Then fill an old fashioned glass with crushed ice, strain cocktail over ice and express the lemon peel over the top of drink. Garnish with thyme and Gingered Blueberries.

Gingered Blueberries

Makes 4 cups

4 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup Monin Pure Cane or simple syrup
3/4 cup Monin Ginger Syrup
1/2 cup Monin Blueberry Puree

Place blueberries in a deep, heat proof bowl. Meanwhile: bring the syrups and puree to barely a simmer then pour over the berries. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate. Let sit for a minimum of 24 hours before using. Store refrigerated for up to 5 days.

 

Kathy Casey shake things up in this Vibe video, featured at the event!

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2017 Flavor Trends

Cheers-logoFrom Ginger to Grapefruit – Find out what flavor trends are making an impact in 2017 from top industry leaders. Check out Kathy’s latest interview with Melissa Dowling at Cheers Magazine to read more about the trends and what’s next in the beverage world.

Coffee is still a top contender and this Café Manhattan using Espresso Infused Vermouth will have you falling for the robust flavor of coffee all over again. Cheers to 2017!

Cafe Manhattan

Café Manhattan

Makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces Gentleman Jack Whiskey

1 ounce Espresso Infused Vermouth (recipe follows)

1 dash Cherry-Angostura Bitters (recipe follows)

Garnish: wide orange peel

 

In a pint mixing glass or stirring pitcher, measure in whiskey, vermouth and bitters. Fill 3/4 full of ice and stir swiftly for 20 seconds. Strain cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass. Express orange peel oil over top of drink, twist peel, and garnish.

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MISS SPEED RACK NORTHWEST SEASON 6: JACYARA DE OLIVEIRA!

Winner JACYARA DE OLIVEIRA, Simon Ford and Natasha Mesa. Photo Credit: Ninethirty, Seattle WA.

Winner JACYARA DE OLIVEIRA, Simon Ford and Natasha Mesa. Photo Credit: Ninethirty, Seattle WA.

Speed Rack Northwest Season 6 was amazing, and the ladies have definitely upped their game even more this year!

Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix. Speed Rack Founders.

Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix. Speed Rack Founders. Photo Credit: Ninethirty, Seattle WA.

Founded in 2011 by New York bartenders Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero, Speed Rack is a cocktail competition that celebrates women in the industry while simultaneously raising money for breast cancer research. Back for my 4th year as a panel judge, I am honored to be a part of this fun filled event alongside Charlotte Voicey from William Grant & Sons Distillers, Paul Clarke from Imbibe Magazine, and Tan Vinh from Seattle Times.

Speed Rack NW Season 6 Judges: From Left: Paul Clarke, Kathy Casey, Tan Vinh and Charlotte Voicey. Photo Credit: Ninethirty, Seattle WA.

Speed Rack NW Season 6 Judges: From Left: Paul Clarke, Kathy Casey, Tan Vinh and Charlotte Voicey. Photo Credit: Ninethirty, Seattle WA

The competition was tight between the four final competitors; Jacyara de Oliveira, Natasha Mesa, Aubry Robinson and Megan Radke.

Host Simon Ford. Photo Credit: Ninethirty, Seattle WA.

Host Simon Ford. Photo Credit: Ninethirty, Seattle WA.

 

Final 8 Competitors: Speed Rack NW Season 6 From Left: Halley Connelly, Aubry Robinson, Natasha Mesa, Megan Radke, Brianna Wilske, Renee Valencia, Jacyara de Oliveira and Mindy Kucan. Photo Credit: Ninethirty, Seattle, WA.

Final 8 Competitors: Speed Rack NW Season 6 From Left: Halley Connelly, Aubry Robinson, Natasha Mesa, Megan Radke, Brianna Wilske, Renee Valencia, Jacyara de Oliveira and Mindy Kucan

Congratulations to Jacyara (bartender at Rob Roy, Seattle WA) for winning the Miss Speed Rack NW title in the final round against Natasha – it was a very close race. Great big shout out to all the ladies who competed this year. You were all amazing and we are looking forward to seeing the Wild Card winner announcement, coming soon! #SpeedRackNW #BackTheRack. – Kathy Casey

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