Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tasting Sunday 12-18-2011

If you know us well, you know that we are always up for a tasting.  You can imagine my excitement when I found a set of single-hop IPAs from Mikkeller.  Luckily we have a few friends who like drinking beer so we decided to have a beer tasting.  After wrangling schedules from Aaron and Monica, Ryan, and Diane we finally settled on a date and time.  Ryan also chipped in a few from his collection: Alpha Klaus - Christmas Porter and another one that was a special anniversary brew that I can't recall right now.

Next we whipped up a twist on one of our current favorite cocktails - the Albino Old-Fashioned.  It's really easy - take a sugar cube, and drown in Agnostura Bitters.  Put the sugar cube in the bottom of your cocktail shaker, add a bit of seltzer and muddle.  Add 2oz of white whiskey and shake.  Strain into a rocks glass with the biggest pieces of ice you can find (use one of these if you're hard core).  Garnish with a beautiful wide lemon twist and one of these fantastic Luxardo Cherries.  One note about the lemon twist - it is actually named because you should twist it over the drink before putting it in the glass, not because it's shaped in a cute spiral.

This night however, we mixed it up a bit.  We substituted our standby Death's Door for some Silver white whiskey and subbed out the agnostura for some Fee Brothers Cherry bitters.  It made quite a lovely cocktail, but not as complex without any agnostura.  Next time, I think we'll split the bitters between both :-)

For Dinner, Lisa made one of our favorites - simple spinach salad with chevre (<3 capriole) and a soft poached egg dressed with a simple vinaigrette.

For the main course, Lisa not only redeemed herself with the spicy squash risotto, she knocked it out of the park.  I would highly recommend trying this one at home (scanned from Jamie Oliver's Naked Chef).

Usually I pass on the whole "oooooooh cupcake" thing.  My lady bakes from scratch and most cupcake stores make things that taste straight out of a box with boring buttercream icing.  Those aren't worth the calories.  Geri and Kathy brought over a beautiful selection of Parcha Sweets for dinner I wasn't expecting much.  Turns out that those folks over in Broadripple actually know how to bake.  They cranked out some Lisa quality cupcakes including smores complete with a graham cracker crust and wonderful toasted marshmallow goo in the middle of the top.  Every cupcake had a tiny burst of yum in the middle.  It was a great evening.

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