Sunday, August 3, 2014

Willett Distillery- Real Whiskey Makers

When I see passion, it always interests me, when I see passion, heart, soul, and custody I pulls my heart. This thing nearly brought a tear to my eye.

I have never tried this Whiskey, and on my little tour of KY a decade ago, these guys did not show up on the radar. This little video took me from not knowing, to really wanting in a matter of 3 minutes. Check it out:

Nice video Josh! Thank you for sharing.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Uprising of the Costa Rican Beer Lovers…

Since moving to Costa Rica, great beer has been an issue. I am sure I have wrote about it before in the few posts I have here, but I am very happy to say that things are changing.

Initially when I got here, I had no problem drinking one of Florida Ice & Farm's monopolized birras, in fact I still dont, however I am a beer lover; having 5 different types of vanilla ice cream is not the best scenario for an ice cream lover.

Years ago there was a place called K&S in Curridibat. The place was rundown and looked like a well lit strip-club without the strippers. The beer was was defiantly more interesting then the average Imperial and the like, but was not what I was looking for. I didn't return before they shut their doors for good as a brew pub. I have heard that some of their beers are still available, but I have not seen them.

Once, on a trip to Limon in a Maxi Restaurant at the end of the road in Manzanillo, I asked for tap beer, as I normally do, expecting Imperial. The waiter asked me if I wanted to have a red beer that they had on tap, I asked where it was from and he said, "Some crazy gringos make it." So I got it. For the first time in Costa Rica I tasted a full bodied beer with real flavor. Unfortunately that was the only time I was able to have that beer- whether they still exist or not, I have no idea, but I do remember that first sip well.

Eight years later, and we have seen everything changing. We have microbreeries, home brew stores, and gastro pubs. It's great!

In an attempt to start writing more and to document some of the great things that are happening here in Costa Rica (and elsewhere) I started yet ANOTHER blog:

One of my main goals is to provide a resource for English speaking beer lovers when the tour Costa Rica. Like I said, there is some really cool stuff going on, and I want to make sure that those interested will be able to participate.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Straw-lini - Strawberry Bellini Breakfast Cocktail


Breakfast cocktails are great, but somewhat limited. Perhaps it is social stigmas, or maybe there are just not enough people drinking in the morning. Nevertheless, few drinkers can argue that in the right circumstances there is nothing better than a fresh fruit cocktail in the AM (especially if you don't like tomato juice).

I am proud to boast that I have had THE Bellini at Harry's Bar in Venice. It was a real treat (thanks Tom J). Since then I have done my ghetto interpretation from time to time with the ingredients available. One year I even made them for New Year's eve if I recall correctly.

In Costa Rica, there are times of the year where Strawberries are plentiful and cheap (or fresas as they are called here). Strawberries are a perfect compliment to the dry sparkling wine.

I prepare the strawberry puree by putting washed ripe berries in my NutriBullet and blasting them for 30 seconds or so. Next give it a little taste and if it seems too tart or not sweet enough add a little table sugar (or simple syrup if you keep that around) and blast it again. I prefer to put then puree through a colander, but I have done it both ways. Prepare ahead of time and chill.

As for the sparking wine, the original recipe uses Prosecco, which is a dry Italian sparking wine, but any dry or extra dry sparkling wine will do just fine

General rule: 2 parts wine to 1 part puree
6 oz Dry Sparkling Wine
3 oz Strawberry Puree
Serve in a Champagne flute