Win an Invitation to a Barrel Aged Cocktail Party

IMG_2498Barrel aging cocktails is fun, it appeals to my sense of chemistry and play, the same way baking does.   It started off in Portland at Clyde Commons as a kind of quirky new take on traditional cocktails like the Manhattan.  Well it is no longer so quirky or limited to the adventurous bartenders who work at speak easy artisanal bars in Portland or Williamsburg, those days have past and now you don’t even need your own barrel you can simply go to the store and buy a bottle that has already been made and aged for you. Barrel aged cocktails are ready for their close-up.IMG_2499Sorry I couldn’t resist that.  If you’re feeling adventuresome,  but not too energetic not to worry now there are make-at-home kits all nicely packaged, they even come with booze.IMG_1203The above one is sold with un-aged Rye for making your own whiskey, but hey once you have the barrel nothing is stopping you from becoming a crazed professor or mixology right in your very own home.

Win an invitation to Barrel Aged Cocktails with the Urban Food Guy:

A few days ago I asked for your input as to what barrel aged cocktail I should make next.   So far a few of you have chimed in (thanks for that), but I sure would love to hear from more of you.   To inspire you I am going to make you an offer: the first 15 readers to make a comment telling me which of the 3 listed I should make will get an invite to a cocktail party at our place when the cocktail (or cocktails if I decide to make 2) has reached maturation (about 6 weeks give or take).  Leave your comments here or here.

The Rules:

1. I’d love to hear from everyone, but for you to come to a cocktail party you need to be visiting NYC or live close enough that you will be actually able to attend.

2. You have a week.  Contest ends April 5th.



About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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2 Responses to Win an Invitation to a Barrel Aged Cocktail Party

  1. natantheise says:

    Can’t turn this down, hopefully I’ll still be in town when this happens!!

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