Welcome to Imbibe Magazine's between-issues look at liquid culture with drink recipes, news and more. From coffee to cocktails, Imbibe celebrates your world in a glass.
Friday, September 20, 2013
It’s been one busy week here at Imbibe! Feast—the food and drinks fest based in Portland, Oregon—kicked off last night with an epic party in which we—together with local consultant and bartender Kelley Swenson and some of the city’s top bartending talent—curated a cocktail experience that mixed more than 1,000 drinks for chefs, media and industry folk who are in town and ready for four days of food and drink revelry. Today’s Drink of the Week—the La Poire Shandy—was a party standout, combining pear vodka, fresh citrus and simple syrup with Widmer’s Krystal Pear beer, which they brewed specially for the festival (at home you can swap in your favorite hefeweizen). It’s the perfect season-straddling refresher to sip as summer fades into fall.
And for more shandies we love, click here.
La Poire Shandy
1 oz. pear vodka (Swenson uses Grey Goose La Poire)
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. rich simple syrup (2:1)
4 oz. hefeweizen
Dash of orange bitters (Swenson uses Angostura)
Tools: shaker, strainer
Garnish: slice of fresh pear
Combine all ingredients, except beer, and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled glass, top with beer and garnish.
Friday, August 30, 2013
It's not too early to start planning a sunny winter getaway! This November marks the third annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, which returns to the iconic laid back, coastal town on November 20—making it the perfect destination for the food and drink lover hungry for a sandy winter respite. As always, this event is set to host a fantastic range of food and drink from around the world with nearly 200 wines, beers and sprits on hand for sampling, as well as 70 of San Diego's best local restaurants and two days of cooking and wine tasting classes.
This year, Imbibe is excited to sponsor a special Pappy Van Winkle tasting and bartending seminar, which takes place on Thursday, November 21, from 2 - 4 PM. The rare tasting will include Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 year old, the #1 rated whiskey in the world with a 99 out of 100 rating from the World Spirits Championship, Pappy's 23 year old bourbon, the Van Winkle Family Reserve, as well as the Reserve Rye.
With a lineup that surely would have made ole' Pappy proud, the Van Winkle tasting will also include a hands-on bartending seminar with two of Southern California's most respected barkeeps, Nathan Stanton and Anthony Schmidt. Nationally recognized for their knowledge and expertise, these two gentlemen have been at the helm of several of the city's most progressive cocktail establishments including Craft & Commerce, Noble Experiment and El Dorado Cocktail Lounge. Each guest will have the rare opportunity to stand behind the bar while learning how to mix time-honored cocktails firsthand.
Just as the supply for Old Rip Van Winkle whiskeys are limited and small in number, this tasting event is confined to a select group of attendees.
Click here to purchase tickets and find more info about the festival.
Be sure to also check out our story on San Diego's beer and cocktail scene.