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What are we doing this weekend?

What are we doing this weekend?

Friday… Get your favorite mom out of the house and check out some live music. Seriously–we have the luxury of living in the midst of a vibrant arts community with more live music than you shake a drumstick at! If you plan your evening correctly, […]

Approachable: De-coding the Craft Cocktail, May 2017

Approachable: De-coding the Craft Cocktail, May 2017

Spirit of the Season: May 2017 She comes in all shapes and sizes. She inspires musicians to write songs, producers to make movies, and scientists to conduct studies. She has been compared to various members of the animal kingdom–bears, tigers, and elephants. Restaurants, boutiques, and […]

Approachable: De-coding the Craft Cocktail, April 2017

Approachable: De-coding the Craft Cocktail, April 2017

Photo by Liesa Cole

Spirit of the Season: January 2017

Bright lights come on, confetti is swept away, and leftovers are stored. Every outfit was a knockout, every joke was a hit, and every dish a triumph. Or perhaps not, but the page in the calendar turns anyway. So, the holiday hangover begins. The new year promises to bring challenges, which can be met with discontent or anticipation—the crucial difference between the two is perspective. Too often, well-meaning people make grand resolutions in January, only to abandon them by February. But, the most successful individuals favor authentic commitments with realistic plans to follow. Then, they have the audacity to achieve their own personal goals, ideals, and dreams.

This cocktail is the namesake of The Sunrise Ruby by Rumi and personifies how diligence can evoke grace and refreshment from unexpected ingredients, just like the beginning of a new year.

“The ruby and the sunrise are one. Be courageous and discipline yourself. . . Work. Keep digging your well. . . Water is there somewhere. Submit to a daily practice. Your loyalty to that is a ring on the door. Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who’s there.”

In poetry, cocktails, and life, the balance of unexpected ingredients can create surprising and fulfilling results.

Sunrise Ruby

1½ oz. 27 Springs gin

1 ½ oz. ruby red grapefruit juice

¾ oz. rosemary syrup*

3 oz. Trimtab IPA

lemon peel

rosemary sprig

Pour all liquid ingredients over ice into a Collins glass. Rub lemon peel around the rim of the glass, twist, and drop into the drink. Strip bottom half of rosemary sprig and use as garnish.

*This rosemary syrup is simple to make. Sneak into your neighbor’s yard, scissors in hand. Clip some fragrant rosemary sprigs and slip, unnoticed back into your kitchen. Keep some syrup in a mason jar in the fridge to liven up your lemonade, iced tea, or morning cocktail.

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

handful of fresh rosemary clippings

Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, whisking until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat, pour over rosemary sprigs, and allow to cool and steep for at least 30 minutes. Strain to remove rosemary sprigs and store in a sealable bottle in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

Approachable: De-coding the Craft Cocktail, December 2016

Approachable: De-coding the Craft Cocktail, December 2016

Photos by Liesa Cole Spirit of the season: December 2016 As the holiday season approaches, it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of the season and miss the most beautiful parts–obsessing over the perfect gifts, decorations, and parties.  Well-meaning revelers eat too much, spend too much, and worry too […]

Approachable: De-Coding the Craft Cocktail, March 2017

Approachable: De-Coding the Craft Cocktail, March 2017

Photo by Liesa Cole Spirit of the season: March 2017 “Beware the Ides of March,” the soothsayer cautioned Julius Caesar, in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. When the Bard dramatized Caesar’s dismissal of all warnings and subsequent assassination, he forever etched the date in […]

What are we doing this weekend?

What are we doing this weekend?

Magic City Art Connection

FIND ART. APRIL 28-30, 2017. LINN PARK. 10-6 FRI & SAT, 10-5 SUN

This weekend, we’ll be exploring Linn Park to see, sample, taste, and purchase all kinds of fresh goodness from some amazing artists. Magic City Art Connection showcases the talents of over 200 artists (local and national). And don’t forget about my favorite part, Corks & Chefs*, where we will get to see all our restaurant and beverage friends. We can’t wait to try what the chefs are cooking up and wash it all down with some great local spirits. So meet us downtown all weekend for live music, hands-on art for the kids, sculpture installations, and delicious local food and drink. Check out www.magiccityart.com for a comprehensive list of all artists, directions, and other info.

*Featured Local Restaurants for Corks & Chefs

SATURDAY

BarVino
SUNDAY

Avondale Brewing Company
Good People Brewing Company
Trim Tab Brewing Company
Fairhope Brewing Company