Xmas Eve Martinis
Saturday, December 24, 2016 / 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This week in lieu of our usual visitor on the tasting bar, Eric is bringing one of his holiday traditions to work with him, and will be showcasing a few different versions of the Martini on the bar from 1-5. A commonly misunderstood cocktail with much more diversity than is generally known, the Martini is much closer cousins with the Manhattan than you might think. This tasting is free, so drop by and taste the evolution of this classic cocktail, featuring the following spirits (and other ingredients):
- Boyd & Blair Vodka (Pennsylvania) $31.99 – Distilled in a single copper pot still by two guys from locally-sourced potatoes. Pure in character and smooth in taste.
- Baltimore Whiskey Company Shot Tower Gin (Maryland / Baltimore) $36.99 – A floral and citrus-forward gin formulated to be a gin for all cocktails, as well as something smooth yet interesting enough to sip on its own, if one were so inclined.
- Rittenhouse Rye Bottled-in-Bond (Kentucky) $27.99 – This spicy rye recalls the earliest Pennsylvania-style rye whiskeys, and is named for Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square.
- Casa Mariol Vermut Negre (Spain) $21.99 – One of our shop favorites in the “oddities” department, this black walnut Vermouth from Spain is perfectly situated to parse the line between Martinez and Manhattan.
- Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry (France) $9.99/375 ml & $12.99/750ml – The dry and floral fortified wine responsible for turning boring old vodka or gin into an expressive cocktail. Just remember: 2 ingredients is not a recipe, it's an emergency.
- Luxardo Cherries $19.99 – Pure decadence. I dare you to put one of these in your mouth and not make a happy face.