Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tasting Sunday 12-18-2011
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.