What Are We Drinking Now? Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino

Fleur is beating the heat with a Cocchi Spritz. Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino This, my friends, is what you'd call a shoo-in. Once you experience the ease and delight that is a Cocchi Spritz, your summer drinking plans will be set. Ingredients • Ice • One Traverse City Premium Cocktail Cherry • 2 ounces Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino • 3-6 dashes Strong Water Black Walnut bitters • Strong Water Club Soda to top Savory and sultry tones of butterscotch, sarsaparilla, dried fig, rhubarb candy, and Seville orange will dance with effervescence. Savor & enjoy. Cocchi Storico Vermouth [...]

By | 2022-06-17T21:35:52+00:00 June 17th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Leopold’s Summer Gin & Kiku Masamune Sake

Marshall is constructing a gorgeously refreshing summer cocktail! Leopold's Summer Gin & Kiku Masamune Dry Cup Sake With the days growing warmer and longer — except for this weekend when they'll be colder and snowier — I find myself wanting drinks that are more refreshing. One of my go-to cocktails for this time of year is a light, easy-going sipper I call a Spring Rain. For this recipe, I use Leopold's Summer Gin, Kiku Masamune Dry Cup Sake, Strongwater Lavender Bitters, and club soda. Leopold's Summer Gin is an annual release that beautifully embodies the season. This floral gin [...]

By | 2022-05-25T19:20:00+00:00 May 20th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Fleur’s Dry Martini January

Fleur's Dry Martini January FLIGHT OF THREE, featuring: Bear Creek Distillery Rye Vodka Leopold Bros Silver Tree Vodka St. George Terroir Gin Proudly a creature of whims, I've never been much for depriving my feral little heart of its cravings, making my January a very dry-martini one. And what could be better than one martini? Why, three, of course! This dynamite little lineup reminded me that life is too short, too beautiful, and, at times, too heartbreaking not to delight in every single little happiness. Our three featured martinis: 1. Smoked Rye Gimlet 2. Salty Dickens 3. Dirty Bleu [...]

By | 2022-01-26T20:26:53+00:00 January 25th, 2022|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Bear Creek Distillery’s Silver Rum

Fleur is sharing some of her most beloved flavors with all of us. Bear Creek Distillery Silver Rum - Straight Outta Denver A gorgeous fall has graced us with its brisk air, chilly nights, and sudden rain storms. Such a lovely setting deserves an equally lovely libation. During what is my most-loved of all the seasons, my heart yearns for the familiar flavors of my childhood. This little window into my soul will reveal what are some of my most treasured ingredients: fresh mint and lemon, tamarind, pomegranate molasses, and rose water. All of which will be gently held [...]

By | 2021-10-12T19:07:52+00:00 October 11th, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Brand Weissburgunder Pfalz 2019

Fleur is drinking Weissburgunder two ways. Brand Weissburgunder Pfalz 2019 What does a hot (that's sweaty-hot) girl do with a liter of natural German Weissburgunder? After being reunited with this luscious limestone-driven heartthrob, I was torn... Should I indulge in a decadent Monday night charcuterie dinner? Or would I create a spritely stone fruit Sangria blanca? You know me...Why not both??? Tart plum, white peach, kumquat, and delicate notes of Seville orange are laced together by this wine's tingling acidity and finish of wet stone — piquancy that matches perfectly with Cypress Grove's "Little Giant" bloomy-rind goat cheese, Divina [...]

By | 2021-06-24T20:00:24+00:00 June 24th, 2021|

Sweet-Savory Scallops and Camembert

A spoonful of sugar makes more than the medicine go down; it makes everything taste better. But sweetness can be a bugaboo to tasty wine pairings. When a dish is sweet — as here with the peach chutney or the milk of the cheese — but the wine is dry, in the way most wines are, then it's the wine that will taste like medicine. The best partners to sweetness in a food are a bit of sweetness in the wine or a marked fruitiness (as is the case with all three wines this week) wrapped tightly with acidity. [...]

By | 2021-09-20T19:17:51+00:00 August 24th, 2019|