Over the last few years, I have started to drink a lot less beer than I used to. Maybe it is because what it has started to do to my waistline lol. Either way, every now and then I do enjoy a good beer, especially when it is something new and different. That is how I came across this gem, forget that it has an 8% abv, how can you pass up a beer called Biggie S’mores?!?! This beer comes from a local Virginia Distillery based out of Charlottesville, and I am a huge supporter of local food & drink. The historical backstory of this brewery, from the name itself, to all of their beers is really great, especially if you into history. We are here to talk about drinks though, not history (you can check it yourself at threenotchdbrewing.com). When the weather is a bit cold out, I am really looking for a roasty, malty, darker beer like a porter, or in this case a stout. It has a smooth chocolate taste, and using 80 boxes of graham crackers per batch, the name does not disappoint. Get that fire lit, turn on your favorite tv show or movie, pop a bottle and ask yourself…..how ya livin Biggie S’mores! Cheers!!
This past week I happened to be covering a bar shift at Myron’s (yes this happens often, so come see me) for one of my bartenders. This couple came and sat at the bar, I asked if I could get them something to drink, and the girl immediately asked for a Manhattan. Now, when I first was maturing and making the switch from only beer to trying liquors, I went with the training wheels approach and started by drinking Manhattans to develop a taste/tolerance for bourbon. So when this woman ordered her Manhattan, it brought back those days, and suddenly gave me a craving for a really good one! As soon as I got home from work that night, I mixed up this little variation that I have been drinking every night since! Cheers!
- 1.5 oz Bourbon
- 1.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
- .25 oz Amaretto
- 3 dashs of Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters
In a mixing glass, add all of the above ingredients. Add ice. Stir until the outside of the glass becomes cold to the touch. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
I am always up for trying now only new foods, but the occasional diet as well (they only last about a week or so becomes I just love food, and want to eat what I want when I want), so I have paleo a try. This was actually one of my favorite dishes that I tried, and it was super simple. It’s literally just some shredded chicken drenched in buffalo sauce, some diced sweet potatoes, broccoli, onion, bacon, and then topped with some onion and scallion. Mix it all up and throw it in the oven for a bit and you are good to go!!!
Gina Chersevani, host of the Designated Drinker Show, discuss newcomers Chris Bassett and Candiace Dillard’s entrance to the hit show: Real Housewives of Potomac. Tune into Episode 30 of Gina’s show and see what she had to chat about here.
Chris Bassett’s Rickey cocktail at Trademark makes the Top 50 list in the Washington, D.C. area. PX, Vinoteca, Tryst and Sixth Engine also have spots on the list. Check out who else’s Rickey made the cut here.
Photo by Daniel Krieger
Dinner reviews are typically food-forward, but Chris’ mixology skills stole the show in the review for Ping Pong Dim Sum. Whiskey, tobacco liqueur, house-made chocolate bitters, and smoked water? Discover how these ingredients go together here.
Photo by Don Cooper
Yelpers got the chance to learn a thing or two about mixology at Trademark Drink + Eat with Chris Bassett himself. The yelpers were challenged to create the best cocktail out of the bunch, which would go on to be featured as a specialty cocktail on Trademark Drink + Eat‘s menu during restaurant week. Learn more about the grand experiment here.
In 2013, Chris had his sights set on “manning up” the cocktails at the dim sum restaurant, Ping Pong. He crafted cocktails like the Chinese Warm Winter Punch and the Emperor’s Cure, both which can be read about here.