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.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cointreau + Eye Swoon Rooftop Soirée

Photo by Winnie Au
I was recently invited to the most gorgeous rooftop soirée hosted by Athena Calderone of the lifestyle blog Eye Swoon and Cointreau liqueur.  The event was hosted at Ms. Calderone's Dumbo rooftop that overlooks the Manhattan skyline, and delicious edibles were provided by Franny's of Brooklyn.  Chef John Adler put together a lovely menu of seasonal, elevated-yet-rustic cuisine.  For those of you who have not yet visited Franny's - run, don't walk, to this gem of a neighborhood eatery.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1964 and 1966 - and A Distillery Tour

Gastronomista The Glenlivet Winchester Collection
The Glenlivet Winchester Collection - Vintage 1964

Welcome back to part 2 of my trip to Speyside with The Glenlivet!

So you're probably reeling with anticipation wondering what was this special whisky that I went all the way to Scotland to taste?

I had the privilege to be one of the first to taste The Glenlivet 1964 Vintage and the 1966 Vintage the first two releases of the The Winchester Collection, a series of 50 year old single malts named after master distiller Alan Winchester

Friday, September 19, 2014

Speyside Scotland with The Glenlivet

Last month I was invited on a gorgeous trip to Aberdeen Scotland to visit The Glenlivet distillery, and to taste an exclusive product launching in October.   

Going in, I knew that this trip was going to be a special one.  I was one of three journalists from the United States invited to be one of the first to taste this new whisky!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Summertime Champagne Punch

Gastronomista Summertime Champagne Punch

A good friend of mine recently reached out to me to ask for a punch recipe I made last month, so I figure I would share it here as well!

I got this recipe from somewhere, but of course, I did not save the link and now have no idea who to credit for this delicious recipe.  As always, I recommend buying provisions for at least two rounds of punch.  For some reason the punch bowl always goes dry much sooner than I anticipate!  Plan ahead and keep your guests happy!

Summertime Champagne Punch

12 oz Fruit Punch
10 oz Frozen Strawberries
2 C Fresh Strawberries
1 Package of Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
24 oz Ginger Ale
3 C Water
1 Bottle of Champagne (can substitute sparkling white wine or prosecco)
1 Lemon
1 Large Ice Block

Freeze your ice block the day before.  Extra points for freezing strawberries or lemon slices into your ice block!  (Note: I used cubes because I foolishly did not plan ahead)

Add ice block to punch bowl.  Add all of the ingredients, and stir gently.  Slice the Strawberries and Lemons into thin slices and float on the top of the punch.


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