Monday, November 24, 2014

O.M.G. I Need - Coupe Stack

Gastronomista OMG I NEED - Coupe Stack
Sometimes I come across amazing things, and they just *can't* wait for a gift guide to share, and this is one of those times.  To display the urgency and complete infatuation I have for these kinds of cocktailing finds, I've decided that Gastronomista needs a new series - O.M.G. I Need.

To kick off this series, please let me introduce you to your new favorite drinking accessory and party trick, The Coupe Stack.

I Can't Take You Anywhere - A Cocktail

Gastronomista - I Can't Take You Anywhere, A Cocktail

I have to be honest, I cannot for the life of me recall how this cocktail received its name.  Likely a joke about how I tend to spill whatever I'm eating or drinking all over myself, despite being the lady that I am.  Either way, one night, here at Gastro HQ, the recipe was created, the name was given, and well, here we are.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

White Pike - Mix Up Your Day

For those of you who have been reading Gastronomista for a few years, you know that I'm a big fan of White Pike whiskey.  The first time I saw the bottle was at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic in 2013, and I was immediately drawn to the bold design of the bottle - it's one of the few bottles on the shelf that looks definitively of the moment and not designed to look nostalgic in a predictable way.

White Pike Whiskey

Since then, I've gotten to know the brand a bit better, and have used it in many cocktails here at Gastronomista HQ.  I've always loved the black and white promo materials that the brand has produced, but I'm really excited to share with you a *first* look at some of their new graphics that they've been working on!! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Louis XIII

Former cellar master George Clot said, “When you discover Louis XIII, you become a different man,” and in my case, it made me a different woman.  Time stopped, and for the rest of eternity, everything will be compared to Louis XIII. 

Read about it on Coolhunting >>

Friday, October 24, 2014

Apothic Dark Sour


Apothic Dark Sour

Fall is upon us, and so are cozy blankets, crackling fires, and for me, goblets of big, fruity red wines.  I love a red wine that has lots of different flavors from fruit to tannin to chocolate!

Lucky for me, I was recently invited to try Apothic Dark, the new limited edition wine from Apothic, who you might remember from this summer's Orange & Chile Apothic Rose Spritz.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tanqueray No. Ten Imperial Shaker

A proper hostess knows how to keep all of her guests fed, entertained, and most importantly, knows how to ensure that all of the guests have full cocktail coupes (at least that's what my grandmother taught me).  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gastronomista's Garden of Eden Cocktail on Glass Backwards

Gastronomista Glass Backwards Garden of Eden

I am thrilled to share with you my recipe for the Garden of Eden cocktail that I created for the Glass Backwards series! 

New Zealand Wines

I have had a recent obsession with New Zealand wines - first with the bright and zippy Sauvignon Blancs, and more recently, with the Pinot Noirs coming from the idyllic island.  I'm pretty much dying to visit New Zealand - hopping from region to region tasting how the grapes change from coast to coast.  With gorgeous beaches and epic mountain ranges surrounded by vineyards that make amazing wine, I'm starting to think that maybe I should just retire early as a kiwi and live the good life.

Until then, here are some of my favorite New Zealand wines as of late:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Absolut Vodka - Ethos & Execution


gastronomista andy warhol absolut vodka
Portrait of a Bottle - Andy Warhol - 1985
In today’s cocktail scene, vodka has a bad rap.  Vodka is often joked about amongst bartenders for “paying the bills”, and is not even served in some cocktail bars.  Despite what the naysayers say, Vodka is the backbone of the spirits industry, dominating over a third of the sales in 2013 (DISCUS).

Friday, October 3, 2014

Empire Oyster - A Hedonistic Oyster Feast

Gastronomista Thrillist Empire Oyster

Last weekend I was invited to the Empire Oyster event at the Maritime Hotel - a hedonistic feast of all you can eat oysters for New York’s Oyster Week.  The event was hosted by Thrillist, and featured restaurants such as the BLT Fish Shack, The Blue Water Grill, Crave Fishbar, Soju Haus, The Liberty NYC, and The Monarch Room.

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