Friday, December 19, 2014

Gift Guide 2014 - Scotch

We are down to the wire for holiday shopping ladies and gentlemen, and if you're anything like me, you're waiting until the last possible minute before you run to the liquor store to buy gifts for everyone you love.  In my opinion, you can never go wrong giving someone a bottle of scotch.  Never.  Especially if the recipient is a lover of things delicious, savory, and boozy.  This year I've tasted some amazing scotch, and herewith, are some of my holiday selections for 2014:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wild Turkey Behind the Barrel

Just a Lady and a Big Turkey
Earlier this fall I was invited to Kentucky to be one of two journalists to check out Wild Turkey's new Behind the Barrel program.  The program hosted 30 bartenders selected from over 400 applicants, and flew them to Kentucky for 3 days to have a unique behind the scenes look at how Wild Turkey is made.

Let me begin this post with the basic fact that I love Wild Turkey.  Wild Turkey was the first bourbon I ever had, and after a few trips along the American Whiskey Trail, I have always found their approach to be refreshingly honest.  You can read the story I wrote this Spring, The American Whiskey Trail: Booming More Than Ever for more of my notes on many of the changes happening on the Whiskey Trail right now.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Coffee Gift Guide - and a Nespresso VertuoLine Giveaway!

In honor of today's Gift Guide, I'd like to quote my best friend who so eloquently says, "I like myself on caffeine".  And I do.  I like myself on caffeine very much.  In fact, it's the only way I ever get anything done.  But coffee is so much more than a vehicle to help us all get our work done, it is a ritual, and there is an art to making a great cup of coffee from the beans to the mug it's served in.  I've rounded up some of my favorite coffee gifts to the coffee lover in your life - for the people who like the ritual of a morning brew, to the coffee cocktail aficionados, to the people who need their caffeine quickly (ahem, me). 


Friday, December 12, 2014

Riedel Vodka Tasting Glass Set Giveaway!

You Guys!  I have so many great giveaways coming your way!  I can barely even CONTAIN my excitement!!!  Stay tuned!

Today I have an awesome giveaway, just in time for happy hour!  I have a set of 8 Riedel Lead Crystal Vodka Tasting Glasses designed in collaboration with Ultimat Vodka, and a Bar Tool Roll full of bar tools!  These glasses are perfect for someone who loves vodka, and have been designed to heighten the experience of both nosing and tasting vodka. 


Ultimat is a complex vodka, the only vodka made from wheat, rye, and potatoes, giving it a distinctive smoothness that is fantastic for sipping and mixing.  Riedel is an 11 generation family business that specializes in glassware that are both traditional and innovative.  Most recently they have been partnering with different creatives such as winemakers, beer makers, distillers, and even coffee producers to create different shapes of glasses to enhance the drinking experience of a particular product.  I, myself have done side by side tastings using different shaped glasses, and I can attest that it does improve the aromas and flavors of the liquid.  If you love vodka, you will be amazed with how the flavors change in these glasses!



I'm hosting this giveaway on Instagram again - but if you don't use Instagram, just leave a comment on the post below, and I'll enter you into the contest. 

Here are the deets:

: : : THE GIVEAWAY : : :

8 Riedel Vodka Tasting Glasses & An Ultimat Bar Tool Roll

: : : HOW TO ENTER : : :


1. Leave a comment on the Instagram post answering: your favorite way to drink vodka.

2.  Follow @xxGastronomista on Instagram

*Extra entry* Tweet #TheUltimatRiedelGiveaway @xxGastronomista

*Extra entry* Tag a friend in your entry

The contest closes Monday Morning December 15 at 10 am EST. Winner will be selected randomly and will be DM'd that day.

Thank you for Ultimat for hosting this giveaway - and GOOD LUCK! 

*MUST BE 21 TO ENTER

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wonka Vision - A Raspberry Chipotle Chocolate Old Fashioned

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Gastronomista Wonka Vision - A Spicy Chocolate Old Fashioned

This cocktail was inspired by the Tabasco Smoke Chipotle Dark Chocolate Ice Cream created by Denise Woodward from Chez Us.  Denise was on the Tabasco Tastemakers trip with me in March.  She was an absolute delight to get to know, as were so many of the other bloggers.  But her Chipotle Chocolate ice cream had my mouth watering and got me thinking about a smoky chocolate cocktail.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday 2014 Gift Guide - Copper

One of this year's biggest trends is copper, from copper bar tools, to copper pineapples, to copper jewels - and I could not be more thrilled!  To kick off this year's holiday gift guides, I've pulled some of my favorite copper accoutrements for your bar and for you!  Enjoy!



Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Spirit of Gin Book Giveaway! - CLOSED

Happy Weekend!  I've got a series of great Giveaways for you this holiday season, and I'm kicking it off with a signed copy of The Spirit of Gin - A Stirring Miscellany of the New Gin Revival by Matt Teacher.



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Introducing the Gastronomista Collection on Print All Over Me

 
I'm so excited to share with you a project I've been working on a for a while now, a collection of cocktail patterns just in time for holiday,  Cocktails, Shots, and Polka Dots through Print All Over Me.

Inspiration came one evening while out for cocktails, of course.  I was sipping a martini prepared by Jack Hubbard, who was wearing a fabulous mushroom shirt that I was instantly wishing I could find as a dress.  Without even thinking, I blurted "I want to design a Cocktail Polka Dot Dress", and without missing a beat, Mr. Hubbard named the collection, Cocktails, Shots, and Polka Dots.  Genius, I say!

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I will be rolling out different styles and different patterns over time, so please check back frequently.  If you have any cocktail-attire requests, please leave a comment below!

I'm really excited about these patterns, and I hope you are too.

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Thank you for supporting Gastronomista - I love working on this blog, and all of your positive feedback makes all the hard work worth it.



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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.

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