Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A New Bar That Only Serves Dark Spirits, Neat

Copper & Oak, situated on the Lower East Side, boasts a back bar of more than 600 different brown spirits.
But guests will find no cocktails on the menu and mixers are limited to a choice of soda water or ginger ale, all of which are served in a separate glasses if ordered.
“We are not against cocktails, we are just pro-spirits,” Joel Cuellar, “spirits sommelier”, told the New York Daily News. “If someone wants a whisky and ginger ale, I won’t refuse, but I will serve it in separate glasses.” Melita Kiely, The Spirits Business

This is very exciting news. As many of you know, I love my whiskeys neat, so as soon as Copper & Oak opens, I'm going to head down there and have them pour me a stiff drink.

That said, as a ginger lover, I do like that they'll allow a ginger ale mixer. It's still August, and sometimes you need some ice and bubbles in your Bourbon.

I'm not sure when it's officially open yet, but we'll look into it and report back!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Lushing in the Great Outdoors (of the City)

In the summer, whiskey lovers already have to put up with weird looks when we're the only ones drinking Bourbon, neat while everyone else is sipping on refreshing, herb-garnished, clear, sparkling cocktails.

We don't also want to have to deal with drinking our beloved whiskey in a hot, stuff bar when the weather outside is lovely.

For a mostly vertical city, New York actually has a surprising number of fun outdoor spots, whether you just want a quick post-work happy hour drink, or a fancier cocktail during an elegant night out.

One of our favorites blogs for all things food and drinks, Serious Eats, has put together a great guide to drinking outdoors this summer.

For Cocktails with View in Brooklyn, check out the Ides at the Wythe Hotel:
"At night, the Wythe Hotel's sixth-floor bar can get, well, sceney. (Bouncer, rope to wait behind; you can imagine the rest.) But in the earlier hours, when things are a bit lower-key, it's a stunningly beautiful place to have a drink. Even from within the bar itself, picture windows give you a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline. Head out to the terrace for a walk around, and you'll see across half of Brooklyn, up and down the East River, and more."

[Photograph: Chris LehaultSerious Eats]
To feel like you're escaping the city, head over to Maison Premiere:
"It's hard to find another word: Maison Premiere's back garden is magical. With elegant greenery and wrought-iron tables, tiny lights twinkling overhead, it's hard to imagine anywhere better. Arrive for an early brunch, and you'll likely snag a seat without too much of a wait."
[Photograph: Rabi AbonourSerious Eats]
If you have a big group, go to Lavender Lake:
"For many of us, Gowanus is a bit of a trek. But once you experience Lavender Lake, you'll understand that it's worth it. Walk through the spacious venue, past the long, stately bar, and you're met with a double-level patio with enough room for any group. Equally pleasant by day (opens at 4 p.m. weeknights, 2 p.m. weekends) and night. It's a popular spot, but we've never seen it too busy to be enjoyable."

For the rest of the list, head over to Serious Eats

Friday, June 6, 2014

Whiskey Ice Cream? Nom.

{All photos by Rebecca Palmer of Lifescapes Photography, Baltimore Post Examiner}

I was perusing world of whiskey-related news when I came across one of the most delicious looking things I've ever seen: Bourbon flavored ice cream.

Pam Desmond, of the Baltimore Post Examiner, was texted a photo of this magical thing by her sister, which of course led her to go looking for it.

She says Steve’s Ice Cream is available at Fresh Market, Whole Foods, and other natural and gourmet food markets, which is definitely going to be my next stop after work. 

To read more about how delicious it is, check out Pam's blog post.

Friday, May 30, 2014

You're Invited! Women Who Whiskey: Gentlemen Edition

You are cordially invited to this spring's first Women Who Whiskey: Gentlemen Edition! 

Monday, June 2, 6-9pm

10 Delancey Street 

To enjoy a whiskey and good company in a delightful bar with an outdoor patio and a great cocktail list! 

Please join your favorite Women Who Whiskey, and a few select gentlemen guests, for a drink! 

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Who Wants To Go In On Liters and Liters of Barrel-Aged Cocktails With Me?

{via Bourbon & Banter}

There's nothing I love more than a properly made barrel-aged cocktail. A few bars serve them in the city, but only a couple I've been too - Elsa (a delightful cocktail bar in Alphabet City) and Maysville (Char No. 4's sister restaurant)- really do it right.

Barrel-aged cocktails have all the richness of a freshly mixed cocktail, but a much deeper, more mellow undertone that comes from giving all the ingredients time to hang out and get to know each other.

Bourbon & Banter outlines the process of barrel aging at home, and even provides a great recipe to try:

Barrel Aged Vice Presidential Manhattan
  • 2 Bottles Jefferson’s Bourbon
  • 4 oz. Sweet Vermouth (I used Dolin)
  • 1.2 oz. Blood Orange Bitters  (I used Fee Brothers)
  • .8 oz. Orange Bitters (I used Peychaud’s)
  • 4 oz. Maraschino Liqueur (I used Maraska)

However, this is no small or quick feat. As they say,

"A caveat: when barrel aging cocktails, you are undertaking a real liquor investment and you will need a lot of booze. So make sure you are making a cocktail that you will like to either drink copious amounts of yourself, or you are comfortable dishing out to all of your friends. It is also a time investment, as I recommend allowing your cocktail to age for at least 4-6 weeks. Yes: you must wait a month or more for your drink."
That said, I'd love to try it. Maybe this fall, when it starts to get chilly again. To read more about the process of barrel aging cocktails, check out the rest of the post here.

Anyone want to go in on a few liters of barrel-aged Manhattan with me?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

What Does It Mean to Drink Like a Woman?


"I wonder how men will respond to women’s incursion into the whiskey market. Traditionally we’ve seen male flight. As an activity, occupation, or product is increasingly associated with women, men leave. In a society where women keep infiltrating more and more of men’s domains, this is a bad long-term strategy for maintaining dominance (see, for example, the feminization of education). As I ask in my forthcoming sociology of gender textbook: What will happen when women are sipping from all the bottles?"

Read more here.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Women in Whiskey History


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“Women bootleggers ranged from the pretty faces to the shot callers. They included one-time bootleggers looking to make quick cash and rich women financing ships hauling $100,000 worth of smuggled whiskey. Women were so good that, at one point, agents believed female bootleggers outsold the men five sales to one.”
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“Much like aqua vitae was used for treatments from the 1500s to 1700s in Europe, whiskey was the chosen remedy for coughs, runny noses, rashes, chills, fevers, and just about everything else. American pregnant women dosed up on whiskey to ease the pain of childbirth and to relax after labor.”
For more about the secret history of the fairer sex and your favorite drink, check out  6 Ways Women Made Whiskey What It Is, on Esquire. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jack Rose Saloon: Women Who Whiskey in Washington!

Women Who Whiskey has finally arrived in Washington, DC!

The Jack Rose Saloon
{via Yelp}

wWw had its inaugural event at The Jack Rose Saloon, a raucous reference library of whiskies from around the world, featuring some choice local selections as well.  

We tested out Jack Rose’s Whiskey Cellar, a more intimate space that’s out the back, down the emergency exit stairwell, past a nice fellow with a clipboard named Yvan, and through a Japanese-style sliding door into an Adirondack style drawing room.

True to wWw form, we got into a bit of trouble, and, in typical wWw fashion, we managed to charm our way out of trouble.

The event was a bigger hit than even I had expected, and we managed to test Jack Rose’s policy on limiting the number of people allowed in the special Whiskey Cellar.  That venue is only open on Friday and Saturday nights, and on Saturday nights a reservation is mandatory.  (The Cellar normally doesn't take large groups, but made an exception for this smooth talker.)  Still, it's an atmospheric, intimate spot with a speakeasy vibe and a warm glow that goes perfectly with a whiskey neat. 

Drinks were much appreciated by these friends/coworkers,
who toasted to Friday nights and probably tried to bill
the whiskey as an "expense".

As opposed to the upstairs main room, where large crowds have bartenders zipping around the whisky shelves like an Oxford librarian and flipping cocktails with athletic speed and precision, the Cellar has one bartender who carefully crafts each cocktail, and he’s in no rush.  

Our Manhattans and Old Fashions took some time, but when they came we were very happy with the results.

Celebrating birthdays, engagements, weddings, and life!

Jack Rose’s selection is extensive and changes frequently, so it’s best to discuss your order with the bartenders and have them point you in the right direction.

I have to find more of
this nectar of the God-like
I ended up drinking a Barterhouse 20-Year Old Bourbon (Orphan Barrel), a lovely, sweet, spicy, charred-oak whiskey, NEAT (a friend ordered it up and that turned the whiskey from “somewhat delicate and complex” to “meh” right quick.

wWw is now in the District! Washingtoniennes/Distrixes, keep an eye out for future events.

Women of DC who like whiskey (and friends of!), here is my card
Women who like whiskey, and people who like those women who whiskey (teetotalers, gentleman, etc.), you've got a new community right here.

It's was a pleasure hosting the inaugural Women Who Whiskey (Washington, DC Chapter) event. Here's looking to a many more!



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Women Who Whiskey: Revival Bar

So we didn't actually get to celebrate spring at Revival Bar. 

If I had done my homework, I would have learned that their beautiful backyard patio was under construction. But I didn't, so we ended up inside.  

In the end it was a great opportunity to check out how they'd remodeled the entire place, including a huge upstairs space. 

The theme seemed to be modern rustic wood cabin, and with the lingering smell of cedar, it really felt like we were out of the city and drinking our whiskey in the wild (almost). 

Although the downstairs area around the bar got a little crowded,
 upstairs was very spacious and comfortable. 

Our event had a great turnout, including a hearty showing of ladies from my work! Work hard, play hard, ladies! 

If you see women holding wine instead of whiskey it's because there was an irresistible happy hour deal on wine. Don't worry, we had some whiskey after! 

 I wanted to try to cocktails (my litmus test for a bar is how they make a Manhattan), but they were inexplicably out of Vermouth! So instead I had a Bulleit Rye neat, a safe go-to. 

They had a great selection of whiskey, and a very friendly bartender who graciously kept me entertained while I waited for the ladies. 

And this is Tommy, the delightful gentleman manning the door. He had us in stitches with his hilarious stories of car chases gone awry (he used to be a police officer) and rescue scenarios. 

Near Union Square, Revival Bar is extremely central, and a great place to grab a casual drink after work. 

I highly recommend it, and can't wait to go back to check out the backyard patio! 

 129 East 15th Street 
(between 3rd Ave and Irving Place)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

You're Invited! wWw DC: Jack Rose Dining Saloon

You are cordially invited to join your favorite whiskey-drinking ladies for a special 
Women Who Whiskey: D.C. Edition

Jack Rose Dining Saloon, in the Whiskey Room 
2007 18th St. NW, Washington D.C.

Friday, March 28, 7 pm - 9 pm

To enjoy some delicious cocktails with your favorite whiskey-loving ladies! 

Cocktail attire please! 

Looking forward to seeing you there,

You're Invited! wWw NY: Cheers to Spring!

You are cordially invited to toast to Spring's very belated arrival! 

Friday, March 28, 6 pm - 9 pm

Revival Bar, 129 East 15th Street (between 3rd Ave and Irving Place)

To celebrate the end of the cold (fingers crossed) with a stiff drink in a beautiful backyard garden with your favorite whiskey-loving ladies! 

Come with warm weather optimism, but bring a sweater, just in case. 

Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Distiller: A New Whiskey App!

There's a new app that's all about whiskey! 


The Baltimore Post-Examiner gives a great review:
"Distiller is a new app designed to help you choose your next bottle of whiskey. 
Other apps give you tasting notes and ratings, but Distiller looks at your personal ratings, as well as expert ratings and flavor profiles, and suggests your next whiskey purchase.
It has some fun features.  When looking for a new bottle, it asks where you will be enjoying it: by the fireplace, poker night, outdoors, etc.  Sadly, there is not an option for “in front of the TV watching House of Cards,” because that’s my real answer (although you can choose the couch on the iPad version).  I haven’t played around with it enough to detect a pattern in how the recommendations change based on location, but it’s still fun.
For each recommendation you request, you can specify a region (American, Scotch, Irish, World), a price range, how adventurous you would like to get, and whether you’re looking for a gift, something new, something for your collection, etc. 
As you rate whiskeys and add your favorites to your “Top Shelf,” Distiller learns your preferences."

I haven't tried it yet--unfortunately I haven't been doing a lot of whiskey drinking since I downloaded it yesterday--but I've heard good things, and I'm excited to see how it works!

Especially the feature that gets to know what you like and makes recommendations. I often stick with my tried and true, and this will be a good incentive to drink outside the box!

Have you tried it? Let us know what you think! 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Women Who Whiskey: Birthday Happy Hour Edition

You are cordially invited to join your favorite whiskey-drinking ladies for a special 
Women Who Whiskey: Birthday Edition Happy Hour!

We'll be combining two of my favorite things--whiskey and happy hour--for a wWw celebration on the evening of my 29th birthday!

Women Who Whiskey: Birthday Edition Happy Hour
The Whiskey Ward (121 Essex between Rivington and Delancey - one block from the F and J trains)
Tuesday, January 28th 6:30 - 9pm

Please come join us for a drink after work! Bar allowing, we'll have snacks and cupcakes.

Looking forward to celebrating my birthday with you, I hope to see you all! 

Call or text me with any RSVP changes or questions: Julia 617.599.0660