Archive | September, 2013

Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin Ale

28 Sep

#Pumpkin #Ale

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Homemade Fresh Apple Cider (Unfermented)

28 Sep

Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

Hey this is a drink and it is not on the specified day.

Apples happened to be on sale so I decided it was time to try making cider. Below is an excellent home brewed apple cider perfect either warmed up or cold inspired by a recipe from Chaos in the Kitchen. For a really fantastic result go to an orchard and pick fresh fruit yourself.

Oh this will yield 8 cups finished cider so increase as required.

Homemade “Soft” Apple Cider

  • 8 gala or Fuji apples
  • 4 granny smith apples
  • 1 navel orange
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • water

Wash apples and orange very well and dry off. Remove stems and chop into large chunks. Toss fruit, spices and sugar into a large stock pot (10-12 quarts) and stir to coat well. Let fruit macerate for 1 hour. Cover with…

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Bourbon Barrels

28 Sep

Very cool!

Bourbon & Oak

We now have bourbon barrels for sale in our online store.

Our American Oak aging barrels are more than decorative barrels, although they do make a magnificent piece for your bar, they are something more entirely. These little whiskey barrels as some may refer to them will smooth, mellow and enhance your favorite whiskey, rum, and tequila in just a few weeks because of their small size. Small liquor barrels have much more surface area compared to their volume so you achieve years of aging in a very short time.

Made by Deep South Barrels and available for a special rate on our site.

Available in 1L, 2L, and 3L sizes.

Contact us about getting a custom barrel crafted

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Drink of the Week: Michelada

22 Sep

Drink - Play - Love

A nice, cold beer is a beautiful thing when bowling your way to a sad 125 at the newly-opened bowling alley at National on 10th in Calgary. But I have to say that a tequila-spiked, Mexican beer cocktail called the Michelada does a far better job of numbing the sour taste of bowling defeat.

The drink is but one Mexican-themed cocktail featured on the bowling alley menu. There’s also a margarita, a paloma (like a grapefruit margarita, but with fizz), and two cocktails made with mezcal, another agave spirit with a smoky flavour. Bartender Stephen Phipps took some liberties with the menu and created a couple of fun sips like the fan favourite Jesus Quintana (like a pisco sour, with chili bitters) and Orale! (rum, Mexican cola, lime and mole bitters). The drinks complement the Mexican street food eats and are priced to match ($10 to $12).

We spent a…

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Dank Summer Cocktails – Hot Melons Margarita

22 Sep

Interesting…

The Wandering Gourmand

Maybe it’s because of the weather, but the Gourmand household has been mixing up more cocktails than normal this summer.  We’re typically a beer and wine family.  If liquor is involved, we trend simple with a vodka tonic or scotch on the rocks.  But with all the downtime of “Gee it’s raining for the third f-ing time today” this summer, we’ve found ourselves becoming a bit more creative with our liquor cabinet and some of the fresh ingredients summer has delivered.  In the boredom between showers we’ve been inventing and recreating cocktails tried elsewhere.  This series is an offering of what we’ve been concocting.  Try one out and let us know what you think!  Made an improvement?  Let us know that, too!

The Story

“Dude!”  You might be wondering.  “The summer’s over.  It’s September.  What’s with another Dank Summer Cocktail post?”  As long as watermelons keep arriving in my weekly…

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Flavor Your Cocktails

22 Sep

Blue Lifestyle Blog

Flavor Your Cocktails

It’s a stirring time to be a consumer of cocktails. From detecting specific tastes in an end product to understanding the ways specific flavors fuse and coexist, mixology is focused on ingredients like never before. Understanding this, Salvatore Calabrese tempts taste buds with his new book, Cocktails by Flavor. First he lays the groundwork for mixology, going over basics, such as bar equipment, glassware and wine and spirits storage. Then comes an examination of the flavors behind brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, Scotch, whiskey and sake. Finally, recipes are presented with vibrant flavors, from bitters and vegetables to herbs and flowers. Cocktails by Flavor is formatted in a ring binder, making it extremely user friendly. Get your hands on more than 390 cocktail recipes in Salvatore Calabrese’s Cocktails by Flavor, available online and in stores for $15.

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Cuba Libre

22 Sep
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