If you haven’t already voted in Garden & Gun‘s Southern soda poll, this is your chance to ensure soft drink supremacy for your favorite regional pop once and for all. Though I admit to being partial to Cheerwine (so boringly mainstream, I know), I learned enough about Kentucky’s Ale-8 One (pronounce “A Late One”) while researching the article to carve out a little corner of my drinking heart for this under-the-radar soft drink. Ordinarily, we Southerners call everything “Coke” and then get more specific from there, as in: “What kind of Coke do you want?” “Mountain Dew. Thanks.” But given the recent fascination with our made-in-the-South sodas, it’s only right we start showing some respect and calling these beverages by their given names.
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From TastingTable today:
3 to 7 p.m.
Lone Star Showdown
Grab your boots and head to the Bell House for some Texas State Fair fun. The party (free entry) features a cook-off of the Tex-Mex classic, Velveeta-based queso, plus Texan draft beers, Ping-Pong tables, a giant Connect Four game, a belt-buckle contest and music by Texas expats Shoot the Jukebox. The Bell House, 149 Seventh St. (at Second Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-643-6510 or thebellhouseny.com
For the next three weekends—December 4+5, 10+11, and 18+19—Kings County Distillery will be open from 12:00pm to 7:00pm for sales, tastings, and tours. On offer: moonshine ($20 for 200ml bottles and $35 for 375ml bottles), as well as a limited amount of newly matured bourbon for sale. Tastings of both the moonshine and bourbon will be available for $5 per person. Informal distillery tours start at 1pm and run hourly until 5pm.
Garden & Gun recently posted pictures from their NYC Southern-Inspired Social here. The party, held at The New Traditionalists’ design studio above Balthazar, featured four signature cocktails from mixologist Jason Rowan of Embury Cocktails. Since they were delicious and potent and festive occasion–worthy enough for upcoming holiday parties, I thought I’d share them here, along with a handy guide to serving glasses.
fat wash·ing (verb): A technique for flavoring spirits with ingredients that have a high fat content (e.g., bacon): the fat is rendered, mixed with the alcohol, and then removed after a period of freezing.
Actually, this isn’t all that “new” but I’d never heard the term before today when I stumbled upon it in a backlog of emails from Tasting Table. Fat washing is apparently how science-savvy bartenders–excuse me, mixologists–create bacon-infused bourbon without the greasy residue. Genius.
Uncle Jessie’s ole’ cough syrup is taking New York City by storm. Read more here.
Below are some of my favorite shots from last weekend’s pig out in Madison Square Park (plus more pictures after the jump). But first, a couple of soundbites overheard at the festivities:
“Everytime he comes to New York, he loses something–his cell phone, his wallet, something. He’s about to lose his damn mind.”–Seasoned member of Ed Mitchell‘s BBQ team about a fellow pit crew member’s foibles during present and past festivals
Despite what the calendar police say, the passing of Memorial Day marks the start of summer–if not officially, then at least mentally. And you know what that means: steamy sidewalks, egregious toe exposure and, most importantly, lots of southern-made excuses to get out and about. Here are a few events to look forward to this month.
Saturday: Mississippi Picnic, East Meadow, Central Park (5th Avenue at 97th Street). On the menu: catfish, sun and sweet tea.
Saturday: The Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, Elmont, NY. Gates open at 8:30am.
Saturday: Rusty Knot Fishing Expedition with chef Sue Torres. Trip begins and ends at 425 West Street (nr. 11th). $100 includes snacks on board and at the restaurant, dishes made from the day’s catch, and an open bar. Click here to reserve tickets.
Saturday: David Allan Coe Concert, Williamsburg Music Hall. Doors open at 8PM. Show starts at 9PM. $25 advance/$25 door.
Sunday: Crawfish Festival, the Redhead (349 E. 13th St.). 1PM-10PM, $30.
June 12-13: 8th Annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party, Madison Square Park.
June 27: Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, Governors Island. Tickets start at $250 (steep, yes, but you get to spend the afternoon with Prince Harry).
TBD (but happening sometime in June) Palmetto Society Summer Kick-off Party.
If you know of any southern happenings in the city or surrounding area, please let us know by emailing email@example.com.