The weekend flew by so quickly! It was filled with wine, music and a little dancing. Of course, work was also thrown into the mix! And now it’s back to a busy Monday filled with thick clouds, rain and chilly temps.
The other evening I tasted (at the encouragement of a friend) Tom Bulleit’s 10-Year-Old Bourbon. This blend of 68% corn, 28% rye and 4% barley was aged in charred American White Oak for 10 years. I am not well versed when it comes to Bourbon, but this was delicious! I drank it straight up. The color was beautiful dark amber with heady aromas of soft spices, oak and vanilla. On the palate it was smooth and rich with flavors of oak, caramel, vanilla, citrus and spice. The finish was long with spices and vanilla lingering. 91.2 proof. Price: $55
About a week ago, I wrote about having drinks with friends at Jean-George. One of the drinks that I mentioned was Passion Chili Whiskey Fizz made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon and Passion-Chili. Since I didn’t get to taste it that particular evening, we decided to go back last night so that I could sample it.
With the first sip, the chili hit the back of my throat with quite a shock. I was not expecting it to be so spicy. After clearing my palate, I took a “gentler” sip. Although the chili seemed to dominate, I was able to pick up a little of the vanilla flavor in the bourbon, which offset the spiciness. I have not been able to find out what the ingredients are in the passion-chili, but I’ll keep researching it! This is a drink with a real kick to it! And speaking of kick…
We decided to stay for dinner. We ordered the Maine Lobster roasted in the shell with oregano and chili, with a side dish of sautéed local corn with manchego, chilies and lime. I think that the chef is having a love affair with chili. The lobster was excellent and done to perfection. The presentation was beautiful. The corn was succulent and sweet. And, I loved the combination of flavors.
Although some of the dishes on the menu have chili in it, there is much more to choose from for those with a more conservative palate!
Have a wonderful Thursday!
Thunder in the distance and threatening skies couldn’t keep me home last night. I met some friends for a quick bite and a drink at Jean-Georges’ Restaurant.
We wanted to shake things up a little bit and order some fun drinks. I opted for the Vodka Thyme Lemonade. My friends had Ginger Margaritas and Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Passion-Chili. It was festive and quite enjoyable.
The drinks at Jean-George are always interesting. He enhances the classic cocktail with seasonal ingredients and interesting house-made syrups. Some of the cocktail recipes can be found on line. Others remain a mystery, such as the Maker’s Mark Bourbon cocktail. The cocktail menu is very eclectic and inviting! http://www.jean-georges.com
Happy Monday Morning!
It was a busy weekend, filled with lots of sports events and a great excuse to pause and take it all in.
Although I’m not a big fan of bourbon, I really enjoyed sipping mint juleps while watching the Kentucky Derby festivities on Saturday. Makers Mark, a wheat based bourbon, was the main ingredient. I was told that wheat based bourbon as opposed to rye based bourbon, is better to use in a mint julep. It is milder, less spicy and allows the mint to “shine through”. It was very good!
A late Sunday afternoon “toes in the sand” walk was just what I needed to round out the weekend.
I’ll be opening another vintage wine this week…stay tuned!
Have a productive week!