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Friday Cocktail Hour with Shaun the Bartender; The Cuban Martini

Memorial Day 2013Holiday weekends are a fantastic way to connect with friends and family that we seem to lose touch with during the regular work weeks.  While we will be enjoying the company of loved ones, we will not forget what this holiday, Memorial Day is set aside for.   The remembrance of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. – wikipediea

The purchase of new and cleaning of old grills has been on many lists for this week as folks gear up for backyard barbecues.   Next weekend is a long weekend that will showcase grilling styles, with great foods, brews, wines and cocktails.  Have you finalized your menu yet?  Even if you have, there is always room for an addition or two.  And while you are going over details for next weekend, here is a bit of a tropical “mood smoother”, to make the journey just a tad more enjoyable.

Cuban Martini

Cuban Martini

Cuban Martini

  • 2 oz. Rum (Your Choice of what kind)
  • 1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
  • 1 Tsp Sugar or 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup 

Method:  In a mixing glass with ice, pour in the rum and dry vermouth.  Add the sugar.  Cap off with a tin and shake vigorously.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Take a lemon rind and twist it over the glass to allow the oils from the rind disperse onto the drink.  Rub the twist on the rim before dropping into the drink.

By the way, this drink is not for those who are trying to mask the flavor of the booze.  This is for those true imbibers who appreciate the flavor of a good spirit with a cocktail.

I do recommend that you take a moment and watch Shaun concoct this little beauty right here.  Also, pop over to his site and hit the follow button.  There is a new cocktail every day for your imbibing and entertaining pleasure.

You can also find Shaun the Bartender on Facebook and Twitter

Watch Shaun whip up a Cuban Martini

Raise a Glass with Ginger; Beer and the Picnic Menu

Ginger Johnson of Women Enjoying Beer

Ginger Johnson of Women Enjoying Beer

Long holiday weekends in America are too few and far between, in my humble opinion. So it’s with enthusiasm that I look forward to Memorial Day, just a week+ away.

The first thing to remember for me is the holiday is one that commands respect. It’s “a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day…” (thanks Wikipedia). So whatever you do, be sure to take a moment, make a toast, and encourage others to celebrate the land of the free.

Beer plays a staring role in holiday menus because of its diversity and enormous range of available flavors, which you can pair with all sorts of delicious foods. Sometimes we only make certain foods for certain holidays. Maybe potato salad is one you only make for picnics, potlucks, and neighborhood parties. It’s a classic dish, year round – and makes a lot of appearances in particular in the summertime. (Caution: be sure to keep it cool to avoid dangerous spoilage and illness.)

Elysian Super Fuzz Blood Orange Pale

Elysian Super Fuzz Blood Orange Pale

Have you tried boiling those potatoes in beer? Use a refreshing well-balanced beer like Elysian Brewing’s Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale. The potatoes will absorb some of that delicious flavor, giving a fresh take and snap to the finished salad. Don’t want to fill the pot with beer first? Then simply add a healthy cup or two – or one 12 ounce bottle – to the pot and turn on the heat.

All salads have their own signature by their maker. I like to add coarsely chopped green olives or capers, chopped boiled eggs, and freshly minced herbs like parsley and cilantro. A bit of bacon, previously cooked to crispy and then chopped, adds a delicious salty element to the salad. For a dressing…well, with all the great flavors already going on, I like to use a healthy splash of red wine vinegar (so easy to make yourself at home), a good drizzle of flavorful olive oil, and a bit of cracked black pepper, salting to taste only if needed. If you use green olives or capers, you can use a bit of their juice in lieu of some of the vinegar.

Pairing this summer beer potato salad is a breeze too: simple serve some of the beer you used in cooking! If you’ve forgone that step, then pick a variety of beers to offer to guests. Potatoes are an excellent medium for many reasons. And after all, everyone’s taste buds are different. Serve it up with a smile and everyone is satisfied.

Cheers –

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It’s a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day… (thanks Wikipedia). So whatever you do, be sure to take a moment, make a toast, and encourage others to celebrate the land of the free.

Events: 5th Annual Seattle Beer Week May 10 – 19

Suggest visiting: Elysian Brewing (one of 3 locations), Pike Brewing, and the Seattle Beer Authority beer store

If you have questions about the beer industry, food pairings, speaking engagements and events, you can find Ginger at WomenEnjoyingBeer.com or Ginger@WomenEnjoyingBeer.com

Backyard Entertaining; It’s Grilling Time!

Memorial Day 2013The grill has been warming up and we are looking towards a fabulous three day weekend to show off our “Master of the Grill” prowess.  Having friends and family assemble in one space is a joy to the heart, fulfilling to the soul and when everyone brings a favorite dish or two to the party, it completes the long awaited fellowship.

Grilling in the BackyardSummer time gatherings, potlucks and backyard barbecues are so fabulous because anything goes.  When friends bring their own favs, the table is filled with an eclectic combination of tasty cuisine.

Of course a sultry summer day calls for a cocktail, spritzer or cold brew to assist in the cool down process.  A ready made pitcher or “punch” is always a great option and plenty of ice is a must!

Ultimate Cheeseburger Photo: Grandparents Magazine

Ultimate Cheeseburger
Photo: Grandparents Magazine

Ultimate Cheeseburger by Andrew Schloss and David Joachim, featured on Grandparents Magazine.  Our first recipe for this post is basic.  As you have read so many times you have probably lost count, sharing recipes that you can twist and tweak to match your own flavor are our favs to share.   If you are looking for a bit of a “kick” add a tangy or sweet bbq sauce or any other flavor that matches your mood.  Offer a variety of cheeses for your guests to dress the burger.  One rule of thumb we always follow at our backyard gatherings, is to serve a selection ( three or more very different flavors ) of cheeses for your guests.  Another great option to your “dressing” table are Compound Butters, this gives your guests many different flavors to try.  Shopping list for Ultimate Cheeseburger; freshly ground beef chuck, salt, pepper, cheese ( choose a few ), butter and soft rolls.

 

How to Grill Pizza Photo: The Kitchn

How to Grill Pizza
Photo: The Kitchn

How to Grill Pizza by The Kitchn. Are you looking to wow your friends and fam by throwing something on the grill just a bit out of the ordinary?  If so, this recipe just might be for your backyard menu.  Again, beginning with a very simple and basic recipe.  Follow the directions in The Kitchn’s post, or stop by your local pizzeria and pick up fresh dough from their kitchen.  Your pizza sauce can be basic tomato and basil, sweet, spicy by kicking it up a bit with a few roasted peppers, or perhaps using a light touch of bbq sauce.  Toppings should be kept light, cheese ( again, your choice ) a few greens and a bit of meat, or not.

 

Korean Grilled Chicken Photo:  Chow.com

Korean Grilled Chicken
Photo: Chow.com

Korean Grilled Chicken by Chow.com.  A friend of mine used to throw an annual summer barbecue and his grilled chicken was out of this world.  Despite many requests for his recipe, he staunchly refused to share. :) I went on the hunt for something similar, I have come across this recipe by Chow.com.  This is filled with flavor and your guests will return year after year just to eat your chicken.  Shopping list; chicken thighs, garlic, scallions, ginger, soy sauce, Korean malt syrup, granulated sugar, toasted sesame oil, ground black pepper and toasted sesame seeds.

More great grilling recipes and side dishes are coming all week.  Be sure and tune in!

Having friends and family assemble in one space is a joy to the heart, fulfilling to the soul and when everyone brings a favorite dish or two to the party, it completes the fellowship.

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