Friday, August 24, 2012

Wandering Wino: Sourpuss Edition

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Normally I don’t pay much attention to those emails that proclaim that “Today is National [insert obscure food or drink here] Day!!” But when I saw, “Did you know that August 25th is National Whiskey Sour Day?” my interest was piqued, because the humble whiskey sour was one of my favorite training-wheel drinks as I transitioned from Bacardi and Cokes drunk out of paper cups in the back row of Sarratt during my misspent youth. The fact that the email offered a recipe that actually makes the sour mix from scratch instead of using one of those syrupy bottled mixes compelled me to share this news with you, dear Bitesters.

Wild Turkey Whiskey Sour 101 (or The Sergeant Whiskey Sowers)
1 1/2 ounces Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon

1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice

1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice

1/2 ounce honey

1 fresh cherry

1 ounce Wild Turkey American Honey

Dollop of egg white

Slice cherry from top to bottom five times around pit, and soak in a cup of Wild Turkey American Honey. Combine Wild Turkey Bourbon, grapefruit juice, lime juice and honey in a cocktail shaker. Froth egg white and add a dollop to the mixture. Shake and serve over ice. Garnish with Wild Turkey American Honey-soaked cherry.

Recipe and photo provided by Campari America.

Go forth and pucker to celebrate this weekend. Now the rest of the Wandering Wino news:

The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills has two tastings coming up in the next week or so, one from a notable French producer and the second from one of my favorite tequilas. Check them out!

Jean Thomas Doublet of Doublet Family Vineyards
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 5:30-7 p.m.

Trés Agaves Margarita and Tequila Tasting
Saturday, Sept. 1, 3-5 p.m.

Midtown Wine and Spirits is also hosting two tastings, but they are doing them at the same time tomorrow.

Double In Store Tasting
Saturday, Aug. 25

Join us Saturday, Aug. 25, for our double dose of tastings just for you! Not only do we have the renowned winemaker of Penalolen and Domus Aurea, Jean-Paul Lacaze, but we also have Greg Lynn of Shmaltz Brewing here in Nashville as well!

Penalolen Wine Tasting

Wines Being Tasted:
Penalolen Sauvignon Blanc - $12.99
Peanalolen Cabernet Frabc - $15.99
Penalolen Cabernet Sauvignon - $17.99

Where: Midtown Wine & Spirits
When: Saturday, Aug. 25
2:30-6:30 p.m.

How Much: Complimentary

Shmaltz Beer Tasting

Brews Being Tasted:
Coney Island Blockhead
Coney Island Barrel Aged Blockhead
Coney Island Sword Swallower
Coney Island Freaktoberfest
Hebrew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

Where: Midtown Wine & Spirits
When: Saturday, Aug. 25
4 to 7 p.m.
How Much: Complimentary

And if you’re a fan of the He’Brew and Coney Island beers from Shmaltz Brewing Co., you can meet the head mensch himself this Sunday at the Gordon Jewish Community Center in West Meade. Food trucks will be on hand, as well.

Coming up this Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, the Jewish Federation of Nashville will present Craft Brew Revue featuring a special book reading and signing with Jeremy Cowan, proprietor of Shmaltz Brewing Co. (handcrafters of HE'BREW Beer® and Coney Island Craft Lagers®). Cowan will read passages from his debut small business memoir, Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah. Craft Brew Revue will have 10 select breweries onsite as well as some delicious food trucks.

The event costs $40, and will be held at The GJCC at 801 Percy Warner Blvd, Nashville, TN. Selections from the HE'BREW Beer® and Coney Island Craft Lagers® line-ups will be available for purchase at Craft Brew Revue.

Finally, Woodland Wine Merchant has a free tasting tomorrow from 3 to 5 p.m. where they’ll be popping the cork on three delicious and affordable Italian wines. Drop by to taste a sample of Foradori Teroldego Rotaliano, Tami Frappato or Occhipinti "SP68.” Actually, it doesn’t have to be an either/or sorta thing. Try all three!

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