California Style

10 05 2011

This weekend, the lovely Moonpie took me to Old World Spirits down in Belmont for a tasting and cocktail lesson with the owner of the distillery. It was super fun – bike riding, taking the train, enjoying the sunshine, laughing a lot…and drinking!  We tried both of their absinthes (traditional and blue), their walnut liquor, an eux de vie, and their “California gin” Blade. Of course I loved the gin – citrusy and balanced, it makes a great martini. At the tasting they made the martini with absolutely no vermouth and using orange and lemon zest instead of the more traditional twist. It was tasty and refreshing, but I prefer it with a bit of Dolin dry. And that zest? A pain in the ass to drink around.

Next time I’ll stick with a twist.

Old World Spirits is open to the public for tastings on the last Friday of the month.




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10 05 2011


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