This month I am celebrating Black History. In this space I’ll highlight a wine on Wednesday and a spirit or beer on Thursday produced by an African American. Please enjoy these posts in the spirit they have been written.
3 NBA Championship rings, an Ed. D, honorary US Deputy Marshall, Miami Beach reserve officer, and 3 rap albums, Shaquille O’neal clearly likes to try new things. His newest venture, Luv Shaq vodka. Shaq is partnering with Devotion Vodka of Philadelphia for this project. His new vodka will be gluten and sugar-free vodka and come in coconut flavor. Luv Shaq is expected to be released by the spring.
Is this something you’ll be buying once released?
Vodka Infusion class at Living Social HQ
I had the pleasure of attending this class, and finally meeting, Lady Erin of Bag Ladies Radio. <3 her!!! The class was amazing!! You all know I’ve done some infusions before but there is always room for ideas and improvement. Dan Searing from Room 11 walked us through how vodka is made and how to infuse it. Berry (Cranberry), Nut (Almond), Citrus (Clementine), and Herb (Wormwood) recipes were given. Best part of it all, outside of the actual tasting of the infusions, was that we all went home with a mason jar, spices and recipes to jumpstart our own infusions. How cool is that?!!
I’m starting with a blood orange infusion this weekend!
A good twitter friend asked me if I had any sangria recipes that would be great for the super bowl. Of course I do!! This got me to thinking that others may be interested in the recipes so I’m sharing a couple of them here. Enjoy!
This one is a little bit different since it uses beer but, with beer being such a popular drink for football in general, I figure putting it in a sangria-style punch just makes sense!
There are plenty of reasons to drink, and plenty of things to drink, but it’s the Super Bowl!! With the greasy, fatty foods that you will consume on Sunday…just make it easy on yourself, drink beer!
Anchor Steam Beer
Made in San Francisco so a perfect choice for the 49ers fans
Deep amber color, thick, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor. I’m just telling you what the website said. I can’t articulate beer flavors like I can with wine and liquor. Bear with me though, I’m working on it.
Brewed by The Brewer’s Art in Baltimore, MD
During the fermentation of the first batch of this Abbey-style dubbel, the yeast «died» and was «resurrected» by brewer Chris Cashell. Made with five types of barley malt and lots of sugar, this beer is quite strong and flavorful, without being too sweet.
It’s been a tradition for the past several years that in order for me to remember home, my Mother buys me a new Chicago calendar for Christmas. So, as I’m looking at January 25th on the calendar, it says Burns Night (SCT). I have no idea what that is…so to google I go!
Burns Night is a celebration in honor of the life of Robert Burns a famous poet from Scotland. Born in 1759 in Scotland he wrote about love, universal brotherhood and the human condition. Fans felt that he always wrote from the heart and his works are considered timeless. As a tribute to his memory, in 1796 a few years after his death, a few of his close friends got together and created a supper ritual which includes haggis, bagpipes, a reading of Burns’ poetry, singing Auld Lang Syne and scotch.
Scotch you say?? I’m celebrating too!! Minus the bagpipes though…
“To A Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady’s Bonnet at Church”
a 1786 Scots language poem by Robert Burns
And would some Power the small gift give us
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,
And foolish notion:
What airs in dress and gait would leave us,
And even devotion!
As for the scotch…get a single malt and sip it neat or pour in a little club soda over ice. Either way, enjoy! Slainte!!
To pair with your Christmas brunch this morning…or after Christmas brunch tomorrow…or whenever you eat waffles, because this is amazing with them!!
The King George
After work, I had a little time to kill before I needed to meet friends for dinner. What better way to spend that time then at a tasting? None, I know! I found out about the tasting because I follow Chat’s Liquors on twitter. It’s a wine and spirits shop in SE DC by the Eastern Market metro. The owner, Burnie Williams, you won’t find a store owner more knowledgeable than him. Trust me, you won’t.
As for the tasting, it was of Diep9 Genever. According to their website, each Diep9 genever batch is artfully distilled at De Moor, Belgium’s smallest active grain distillery, from high quality maltwine, a mash of milled grains such as rye, wheat, and malted barley. After fermentation, the grain mash is distilled for the first time in an authentic copper pot still.
The grain alcohol obtained from the primary distillation is then distilled for a second time in an authentic copper pot still with the addition of 9 botanicals, resulting in an herbal flavored malt spirit. Similarly, a second grain mash is distilled two consecutive times without the addition of any botanicals in order to obtain a grain neutral spirit.
The two spirits are then blended together and diluted with water to 35% Alc. by Vol. (70 PROOF) resulting in what is known as a genever.
It was explained to me that Genever is similiar in style to gin. Which makes sense due it to its botanical flavoring. Their esteemed mixologist, Anthony Rivera, was on hand to talk about the spirit and give us cocktail suggestions. I tasted the old genever, young genever, chocolate, vanilla, and red currant genevers. I ended with the cocktail, the Oude Fashioned. The recipe is below.
2 oz Diep9 old genever
1/2 oz simple syrup
3-4 dashes Angostura bitters
3-4 dashes orange bitters
Add genever, sugar, and bitters into an old-fashioned glass. Add ice. Stir 40 times. Garnish with an orange zest.
While tasting, I talked with a gentleman that was moving back to the area. We talked about the genever at first, then moved on to his ex-wife, vcrs, Criminal Minds, and the government. I killed all the time I need to, and went home with a bottle of red currant genever.
Perfect Shade of Lipstick
Served at Jack Rose in DC