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  • It’s Time to Start Planning for Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans

    7673209562_e7688a4983_b Every July, spirits professionals, mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts descend on New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, the premier gathering of the spirits community. From July 16-20 thousands of attendees will rub shoulders and bend Read More

    Every July, spirits professionals, mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts descend on New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, the premier gathering of the spirits community. From July 16-20 thousands of attendees will rub shoulders and bend elbows with liquor luminaries while participating in educational seminars, tastings, cocktail-themed “Spirited Dinners” at some of the Big Easy’s greatest restaurants and the Spirited Awards ceremony which recognizes the best of the best bartenders, liquor emporiums and brand ambassadors.

    Tasting rooms sponsored by distillers and distributors are hosted at the flagship Hotel Monteleone and other locations around the French Quarter, and pop-up bars appear around just about every corner in and around the Monteleone. So if you go more than a few minutes without a drink in your mitt, it’s your own damn fault. Mixologists don’t sleep much under normal circumstances, but when multitudes of them get together to learn from each other and enjoy a little (lot!) of fellowship, expect non-stop action around the clock.

    Some larger distributors also host lavish night-time parties to show off their wares, so Tales is always an excellent opportunity to discover your next new favorite spirit or cocktail. Nationally-known bartenders often work the rooms at these parties and are enthusiastic to meet their fans and talk about their favorite topics, which usually involve drinking.

    Now I’m not gonna lie to you … late July in New Orleans can be pretty nasty heat and humidity-wise. But that just means that hotel rooms are cheap and casual lightweight clothing is encouraged at most events. Do try hard to stay hydrated, though. If you drop into the Walgreens on Bourbon Street by Friday, I can almost guarantee that the shelves will be devoid of Pedialyte and coconut water, the two secret weapons of the parched Tales attendee.

    Ticket packages are quite reasonable considering the fun that you will have, and are available at several different levels at the festival website. Music City is usually quite well-represented by a cadre of locals, and there’s even a Facebook group dedicated to planning meet-ups to drink up.

    So go online, (oh wait, you already are online) and buy your tickets to Tales, make a hotel and flight reservation and join that Facebook group ASAP. You will not regret it!


  • Thirst is the Mother of Invention – and Deception

    Booze tampons We’re about to enter into some prime drinking occasions, DNC readers. The Kentucky Derby will run for the roses on May 3, and Nashville’s own equine boozefest occurs a week later on May 10 with the Read More

    We’re about to enter into some prime drinking occasions, DNC readers. The Kentucky Derby will run for the roses on May 3, and Nashville’s own equine boozefest occurs a week later on May 10 with the running of the Iroquois Steeplechase. Both events are glass-free, so booze smuggling requires a little extra ingenuity in cases like these.

    Enter The Booze Tube Tampon. $14 buys you 5 plastic tubes disguised as feminine hygiene products that are almost certain to escape detection by any security guard patting you down as you enter the gates at the track. A caveat, though. At 7 1/4″ long, these faux `pons are a little bit longer than the real deal. If you get questioned, be prepared with with a good scowl and a snarl in response, and I’ll bet you get ushered right inside.

    I would imagine that you probably wouldn’t even be questioned if you stashed several of these babies in your purse. Be prepared, right? It goes without saying that you should probably have at least one woman in your posse if this is your preferred alcohol delivery device, so try to add a little bit of diversity to the sausage-fest that some corn hole slinging Steeplechase tailgaters have been known to turn into. Ladies make everything better anyway.

    It won’t be too much longer before the Titans kick off preseason next summer, so these would also be an excellent way to escape the ever escalating beer prices at LP Field. Not that we’re necessarily advocating taking money away from the team, but if this beer scam at the Seahawks’ stadium is any indication, there’s the possibility that they’ve been gigging us for awhile.


  • Wet Your Whistle with Whistle Pig Rye and a Special Dinner

    WhistlePig-10yr-frame Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey has rightfully earned a cult status among whiskey lovers across the US, but until recently was not available in the Nashville market. Well, that’s finally changed! Whistle Pig is a 100-proof, Read More

    Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey has rightfully earned a cult status among whiskey lovers across the US, but until recently was not available in the Nashville market. Well, that’s finally changed!

    Whistle Pig is a 100-proof, straight rye whiskey, aged for at least ten years through a unique double-barrel process at the distillery in Shoreham, Vermont. Owner Raj Bhakta and Master Distiller Dave Pickerell have created a product that “embodies the perfect combination of proof, purity, and age — hitting the sweet spot in all three categories,” and you should be looking out for it on liquor store and bar shelves. If you see it, buy it!

    To celebrate the arrival to Nashville, Whistle Pig is throwing a launch party dinner/tasting at The Farm House downtown on Tuesday April 22. Bhakta and Pickerell will be in attendance, and Farm House chef Trey Cioccia has planed a four-course dinner to pair with Whistle Pig products and cocktails. (We’ve even heard that there may be an opportunity to taste The Boss Hog, and extremely rare 12-year old barrel-street rye product that you probably won’t find anywhere else in the state.)

    Since The Farm House was already planning to participate in the Dining Out for Life charity event that evening, they have graciously set aside their private dining room for the event and will donate a portion of the dinner’s proceeds to Nashville Cares.

    Here is the menu and the details of the dinner:

    Course 1

    two-year aged ham over red fife toast topped with smoked blueberries and house made mustard and garnished with shaved, house cured egg yolks

    Course 2

    pickled shrimp over a salad of pea tendrils, radicchio, blood orange and green tomato with cheese curds and dehydrated olive

    Course 3

    roasted lamb loin over house made ricotta, gnocchi with a spring pea and mushroom ragout

    Dessert
    TN stack cake
    ode to the mint julep

    Dinner will begin with a cocktail at 6:30 and service start before 7, there will be a tasting of Whistle Pig with each course and a specialty cocktail with dessert.

    Tickets are $50 + applicable tax and 20% gratuity.

    Please call the restaurant or email: info@thefarmhousetn.com to guarantee your seat.

    Hope to see you there!


  • So You Want Some Pappy Van Winkle …

    PVW Sure, we’d all like to get our hands on a bottle of the virtually unattainable elixir of the gods, Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. In truth, it’s only released once a year now instead of twice, and the Read More

    Sure, we’d all like to get our hands on a bottle of the virtually unattainable elixir of the gods, Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. In truth, it’s only released once a year now instead of twice, and the allocation per market is painfully small. Pappy is indeed some delicious stuff, and if you get a chance to buy some, do it! (And call me immediately.)

    But we need to face facts about how difficult it is to do. Fortunately if you’re really determined, we here at Drink Music City have discovered a handy-dandy guide to the hunt for Pappy. Check it out here, and then come back to this page. Go ahead, we’ll wait.

    Sorry to depress you, but maybe with the flash of acceptance you’re finally ready to consider some genuinely fantastic alternatives. Our friends at Esquire magazine have put together what they’re calling “The Idiot’s Guide to Not Drinking Pappy Van Winkle.” Not that you’re an idiot or anything…seriously, call me if you happen to find a bottle of PVW.

    But until that happens, what do you think of these proposed alternatives? What’s your favorite Pappy analog?


  • Black Magic Rum Puts You Under a Spell

    Black Magic Trust me, spring is actually coming. Even though the mercury in the thermometer seems to be jumping up and down like a teenager on a trampoline, the time will soon arrive when you’ll want to stop Read More

    Trust me, spring is actually coming. Even though the mercury in the thermometer seems to be jumping up and down like a teenager on a trampoline, the time will soon arrive when you’ll want to stop wearing socks and get outside for some serious porch-sitting and drinking.

    Black Magic Rum, the latest release from Sazerac may be just the impetus to get your wooly butt outdoors for some fun. Even the label on the bottle screams “fun,” with a picture of an old pirate ship named the “Sea Czar” (rearrange the letters to get “Sazerac”) and the advice “Time flies when you’re having rum.” But it’s what’s inside the bottle which will really get you going.

    A dark spiced rum, Black Magic drinks smoothly straight up or as the key component in a cocktail. A quick caveat: there’s also an aftershave named “Black Magic Bay Rum,” and while it does smell delightful, it really isn’t worth drinking unless you’re really hard up. The real deal has a lovely aroma that will send you straight to the beach in your mind. Essences of coconut and butter waft up from a snifter, and it’s a perfect pairing with a nice spicy cigar or some tropical fruit dishes like scallops topped with mango chutney.

    In a cocktail, Black Magic plays well with citrus or just cut with a little cola or soda water. The classic “Dark & Stormy” cocktail demands a particular brand of rum (Gosling’s if you are concerned about trademark issues), but a variation made with Black Magic is quite delicious. Try this recipe for a springtime treat:

    Black Magic Stormy Sea
    INGREDIENTS
    Ice
    1/4 lime, cut into two thick slices, one for garnish, one to squeeze into the drink
    2 1/2 oz. Black Magic Spiced Rum (Yeah, that seems like a lot, but don’t skimp. Pirates wouldn’t!)
    3 oz. Barrit’s ginger beer (Gosling’s makes one just for this purpose)
    4 drops Bittermens Boston Bittahs (A lovely citrusy and floral addition to any tropical cocktail)

    PROCEDURE
    Fill a highball glass with ice. Squeeze one of the lime slices over the ice. Add the Black Magic rum. Add the ginger beer and bitters and stir. Garnish the edge of the glass with the other lime slice. Repeat until the winter blues are eliminated.

    For another fun variation of the Dark and Stormy, Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker fame is whipping up a delicious “Pork and Stormy” at his Nashville barbecue joint. He uses his excellent Peg Leg Porker Tennessee Bourbon as the base of the cocktail, and it pairs wonderfully with a plate of his smoky barbecue nachos. Especially if enjoyed on the large front patio of the restaurant. Again, trust me!