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Monday Booze News: It’s Baaaaaaaaccckkkkkk

Due to popular demand, and by that I mean the handful of you who have expressed interest in this column, the Monday Booze News has returned on a semi-weekly…monthly… basis. I had struggled to keep this up due to not a lot of interesting booze news going on and had decided to put this column to sleep for awhile, but OH BOY, the news that happened in the meantime! So here you go folks, the booze news you’ve been missing. Starting with…

Shooting for The Dinner Party Download

October Seventh Cocktail: Stir and Strain shoots Dinner Party Download // stirandstrain.comOne of the Pros of freelancing is that you can always take on work beyond the blog. I love getting the opportunity to work with companies that I respect and have followed for awhile. While sometimes I get to do that on here, many times there is a lot happening behind the scenes. One such project has been shooting the cocktail archives for The Dinner Party Download.

The Saint Cocktail: Stir and Strain shoots Dinner Party Download // stirandstrain.com

If you’re not familiar with DPD, they’re a one hour radio program usually broadcast on your local public radio station and their job is to help you win your next dinner party with news tidbits, interviews, etiquette questions, and, most importantly, cocktail recipes. They’ve been doing this for awhile, so you can spend some time browsing their recipes for something to make for your next dinner party (and get a little history lesson too!). This post includes a few of my favorite shots I’ve taken for them over the past couple of years.

Lowells Love Affair Cocktail: Stir and Strain shoots Dinner Party Download // stirandstrain.com
The Ivan Splash Cocktail: Stir and Strain shoots Dinner Party Download // stirandstrain.com
Davis Dromedary Cocktail: Stir and Strain shoots Dinner Party Download // stirandstrain.com
The Boardwalk Fizz Cocktail: Stir and Strain shoots Dinner Party Download // stirandstrain.com

It’s Saveur Nomination Season!

Saveur Blog Awards 2016 // stirandstrain.com

Well hello readers. It’s that time of year–time for the Saveur Blog Awards! This year they’ve added some new categories but I’m asking for your help with just one: cocktails. Unless of course besides our spiritous content you’re also a big fan of our photography, or our Instagram, or all of it. If you are a fan, and you feel like taking the steps to go to another website and fill in some information to let Saveur know you like us, then please visit their site here.

As always, thanks for reading!

Stir and Strain X LAWine Fest

Stir and Strain at the LAWine Fest 2016 // stirandstrain.comThis weekend we’re sending our wine-man-on-the-town Robin Watts to check out the 11th annual LAWine Fest here in Los Angeles to get the lowdown on what’s haute in the wine world. Robin will be posting on our Instagram with his must pours and give you guys a little behind the scenes action. If you’re not in Los Angeles this will be a great way to check out what’s up and coming in the wine world, and if you ARE in Los Angeles: JOIN US!! LAWine fest has a special code for Stir and Strain readers. Using the code FEST2016 on lawinefest.com, tickets can be purchases for the special rate of $45.00, instead of the $90.00 door price. Guys, that’s 50% off!

Here’s a little more info on the event:

  • L.A.’s largest and longest-running consumer wine tasting event, LAWineFest aims to make the world of wine fun and accessible for Angelenos. Founded in 2005 by renowned wine personality Dr. Joel M. Fisher, LAWineFest became a family business when daughter Sara Fisher Chapin began running the company in 2012. LAWineFest proudly supports local organizations while serving as the Southland’s signature celebration of wine.
  • Participants you will also have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with a wide variety of reasonably-priced artisan boutiques, gourmet foods, wine-related accessories and local lifestyle ‘must have’ products.
  • Wineries will be doing online sales and wine-club sign-ups, and non- wine exhibitors will be selling their wares directly at the event.
  • Offers a rare opportunity for true wine lovers to taste select small-batch pours from hard-to-find boutique wineries at a small, additional fee. This private area will include 25 winery gems and tickets for this will be limited to 400 people per day to provide a more personal experience for this exclusive tasting.
  • Not only does it balance fun, exploration and education, but with a portion of the event’s proceeds, LAWineFest proudly supports The Sunshine Kids for pediatric cancer. You can find more information about the history at LAWineFest

Stir and Strain at the LAWine Fest 2016 // stirandstrain.comLocation: Sunset Bronson Studios, 5901 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90028. The cross streets are Sunset Blvd and N. Bronson Avenue.
Dates and times: Saturday June 25th from 2pm-7pm and Sunday June 26th from 2pm-6pm.
Cost of Admission and Ticketing: Tickets are $90 per day (single, general admission), $120 per day (single, universal admission and includes boutique wine tasting), and $15 (designated drivers—no drinking).
What is included with ticket: General Admission covers tastings, commemorative glass, event program, main stage shows, bottled water and vendor samples.
Website | Ticketing site

 

Monday Booze News The Final Edition

Hey gurl, it's the last monday booze news // stirandstrain.comWell guys, it’s time we switched things up around here. Today marks the final installment of the Monday Booze News. But don’t fret! We’re just making room for some new adventures and who knows, maybe down the line we’ll bring this back on another day. Until then, here’s a few notable items for you to peruse.

Monday Booze News Memorial Day Edition!

Monday Booze News: Happy Memorial Day // stirandstrain.com

Paris Inspired Cocktails for Your Eyes

We don’t usually have much in the way of videos around here, but when we spotted these cocktail recipe videos from the London Cocktail Club inspired by the Coolest Bars in Paris, we just had to share. Check out J.J. Goodman’s fluidity behind the bar… if only I could toss a shaker around like that.

So let’s break out those mixing glasses and take a cocktail vacation to Paris!

Corpse Reviver 2 Cocktail

Chiclanto Cocktail

Baton Rouge Cocktail

French 75 Cocktail

Mon Fizz Cocktail

The Parisian Sunset

 

Do you have #bartenderenvy yet (He makes it look so easy!)? And pistachio cream for cocktails? Yes please! For more of J.J. Goodman’s cocktails and the London Cocktail Club, check out their YouTube page! And if  you’ve been inspired to take a trip to Paris (or another magical city) then make sure you’re prepared and bookmark some tips from The Times Insider City Guides.

This post was inspired by the Coolest Bars in Paris article found in The Sunday Times newly launched Travel Insider Site.  For more info on sponsored products, affiliate links, and gifted booze, please visit the About page.

Monday Booze News Frosê cocktails, ice cream cocktails, tiny cocktails...

Monday Booze News: spicer than a spicy mule // stirandstrain.com