After a few years bartending and 10 in the restaurant industry, as well as pursuits in art and music I finally found something to truly focus on which unites the skills I’ve acquired. The language of computers which allow one to deliver experiences and information has truly brought more simplicity and focus to life.
I’ve been busy starting a business, organizing my wedding, and working at Artusi, but I hope to be making some new posts here soon. Stay tuned for a series of tasting notes of featured Italian Amari and various other Liquors. I’ll be making some campari drinks at my friend Patrick’s blog A Night Bakery in a video post on how to make Parisian Macarons, which will also be featured on my Fiance’s blog Macaron Porn. And there will be exciting developments and an Andy Warhol Cocktail event by upcoming Turquoise and Mustard, all of which will be revealed.
With this cold rainy weather and impending holidays, I think it would be good to get down on some hot cocktails. Who wants a icy cold drink when your fingers are numb?
Here are a few I came up with recently after stopping by Clear Creek Distillary in PDX and tasting their delicious grappa, brandy, and single malt whiskey. I’m also working on one with Rye and Ramazzotti ~ the Ramatoddy ~ which I’ll post once I get the recipe right.
Black Berry and Brandy
- 1.75 oz Clear Creek Pot Still Brandy
- .5 oz Black Berry Shrub *see recipe below
- .25 oz Cinnamon Nutmeg Syrup
- .25oz Lemon Juice
- 2.5oz Hot Water
Brandy + Cynar
- 1.5 oz Clear Creek Oregon Pot Still Brandy
- 1/2 oz Cynar
- 1/4 oz Lemon
- 3 oz Hot water
- 1/2 Cinnamon Nutmeg Syrup *see recipe
- - Fill wine glass or snifter with hot water to prime glass, add hot water to 2 cocktail tins let rest and pour out, then add all ingredients to one.
- - Transfer mixture back and forth between tins 3 times to mix.
- - Pour out hot water from glass, then pour in mixture from tin.
- and Bam! you’ve got yourself a delicious cold weather drink.
- make a 2 to 1 Simple Syrup with brown Sugar
- while syrup is still hot add 1 tsp of cinnamon and nutmeg, put pan back on heat source and stir with a whisk for a minute.
- pour infused syrup into a shallow container and chill in the refrigerator for about an hour so that it thickens.
- Strain syrup through mesh or a shinwa to remove any goopy bits.
- Rinse berries under water, and add to sauce pan on medium-low heat.
- Add 1/2 cup of Apple cider Vinegar
- Add 1 cup of cold water
- Add 1/2 cup of fine Sugar
- Stir frequently and let heat for about an hour while gradually lowering the heat to a simmer (if the liquid starts to dry add small amounts of Water.
- When it tastes right, pour into shallow container and let sit in refrigerator until it thickens.
- Strain through mesh and keep in sealed bottle for use.
I just came across my old Soundcloud account I forgot about and stumbled across recordings from a band I was in called Trieste with Preston Hillman and Benny Phanichkul. I played bass and sang (like Sting in the Police!) but hadn’t discovered how to really sing yet, but I really like the musical arrangement of this track. It has the first inklings of Preston’s Yamaha analogue monophonic synthesizer and vocal loopings that would eventually lead into Tumble Dry.
When I saw Lidell in PDX I was really wondering what he was doing up at the table of his, this is, I suppose, a glimpse. Oh my goodness, so good.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Paul Klee, and Kandinsky and they ways in which a painting can evoke or synthesize with music, and this painting by Tasha Amini really struck me today. I like that it is both figurative and abstract while capturing a kind of movement evoking sound and light.
Tasha Amini – Untitled – Contemporary Art.
I stumbled across this digital composition made of scanned drawings I made. Its a sort of mash-up industrial landscape of downtown seattle.
Also, I’ve added a new page of cartoons that I plan to update as I find and make more.
1.5 oz Casadores Reposado
.75 oz Cynar
.25 oz Muscovado Syrup
.25 oz Lemon
Been really into Cynar apparently. This was an attempt to make a warmer flavored more accessible cocktail. It’s reminiscent of the brown derby #2, with a more caramel and agave tone.
But instead, while searching for his website, came across another Markus Popp. who happened to collect some images of Cassette Tapes. They are beautiful iterations of one object which took me back to the early 90′s, playing tapes like Fine Young Cannibals and Ace of Base.
What was once a tool to propagate sound, is now a fascinating relic.
I just finished this painting and I’m really happy with it. It was commisioned by my friend Aleksandra for her mother’s birthday. The subject matter is dear to me as Freddie has perhaps the most incredible voice to have been recorded. It’s actually the second time I’ve painted him as well. In 2009 I painted this:
BTW!! If you have an idea, or a portrait you’d like to commission contact me and lets set it up!
I got the opportunity to talk a bit about bartending, it was a good chance to reflect on why i enjoy it so much. Check it out here.