Monday Booze News ON Sunday! Boozy Ice Spheres and probably too many videos!

Monday Booze News: Stop bruising your mint leaves // stirandstrain.com

ON Sunday! We got something extra nice tomorrow so check back in. But until then, here’s this week’s boozy news…

Monday Booze News RUM! TIKI! DRINKING INSTEAD OF GETTING A FLU SHOT!

Monday Booze News: the gin is in // stirandstrain.com

Monday Booze News drinking in Japan, a boozy Valentine's giveaway and science says imbibe to stay alive

Monday Booze News: drinking in Japan // stirandstrain.com

Monday Booze News George Costanza got a bar, the perfect age for whiskey, and I don't want to drink a cocktail that looks like hair

Monday Booze News: gimmie a spritzzzz // stirandstrain.com

Monday Booze News The work/life balance of parents in the spirits industry, durian wine, and bar sheds are on trend

Monday Booze News: finding balance as a parent in the spirits world // stirandstrain.com

Stir and Strain X Club 83 And the Good Thang Cocktail

Stir and Strain X Club 83: Good Thang Cocktail // stirandstrain.comI partnered with the brand to write this article but every word is mine.

When I first started cocktail blogging, connecting with other like minded people was a slow process. I mean, it took several years just to meet all the bartenders just in Los Angeles. And there are new ones popping up every week. But now meeting and chatting with bartenders all over the world has just become as easy as clicking a button (and I like easy).

To fill the gap, The Club 83 social network has stepped in. Want to find out what bartenders in France are up to? Or just somewhere else in the U.S.? Want to share your bar’s creations with other bartenders who will appreciate your skill and effort? You don’t need a website, just an internet connection.

Stir and Strain X Club 83: Good Thang Cocktail // stirandstrain.comFor their launch, The Club 83 has created a cocktail contest and yours truly is going to compete alongside all of you. For all the details on the contest, create a profile on The Club 83 and sign up to participate on the site. And just what IS the contest? The Flavour Vibes contest pairs your favorite song with a new cocktail of your creation. The winner will win a sampler pack of tasting syrups from the famed flavoring creator Maison Routin and their 1883 brand of syrups. Not your run of the mill flavors with such cool syrups as red bell pepper and orchid. Orchid!!

This week, with the sad news of David Bowie’s passing, I’ve been running through his back catalog and the song I always turn to when I need some cheering up is Hang On to Yourself. It’s got pep, it’s got rock and roll, and a touch of glam, ingredients for a good song, and a good drink.

This cocktail uses gin as the base (we are referencing a British song!) with peppy ginger and zingy Yuzu lemon syrups. To give the cocktail some depth and intrigue, some roasted cumin is added alongside a touch of lemon ginger bitters. It’s a glamorous cocktail with a slightly hard edge.

Good Thang Cocktail

1-1/2 ounces London Dry style gin, such as Beefeater
1/2 ounce 1883 Yuzu syrup
1/4 ounce 1883 Ginger syrup
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon roasted ground cumin
3 dashes lemon ginger bitters

In a mixing glass 2/3 filled with ice, add gin, yuzu syrup, ginger syrup, lemon juice and cumin. Stir for 30 seconds and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add dashes of bitters on top of cocktail and express oil from a strip of lemon zest. Garnish glass with spent zest.

So join me at The Club 83 and see what bartenders like yourself are up to, all around the world! And to participate in the Flavour Vibes Contest, go here, cheers!

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Monday Booze News- New Year New Tools // stirandstrain.com

Monday Booze News 2016 Cocktail trends, beer made from garbage, and helping you drink in the shower

 

Monday Booze News 2015 in review // stirandstrain.com

Monday Booze News We're going to go drink egg nog for two weeks

Monday Booze News: give me a break // stirandstrain.com

Hey everyone! We’re taking a break from Booze News for the next two weeks to go and drink all the Hot Toddies and Egg Nog we can stomach. And eat all the Christmas cookies too. We’ll still be hanging around these parts with a few last minute gift ideas and a recipe or two. And check back next Monday for an epic giveaway. EPIC.

Until then:

Monday Booze News Drink from the Death Star, Holiday Entertaining Tips, and now you can eat your Cosmo

Monday Booze News: This drink is on fire // stirandstrain.com