Drink.Think is coming to Chicago on Tues, April 23!

Drink.Think is  heading to Chicago!

Mark your calendar – the next Drink.Think event will be Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Tavernita, 151 W. Erie St., in Chicago, IL.

….If you’ve never attended this gathering of beverage writers before, here’s a look at recent Drink.Thinks in New York and San Francisco. We have a lot of fun, so come out and join us!

…If you’re a writer with something to say about wine, spirits, beer, coffee, or any other potable, email me (kara AT karanewman DOT com) and let’s talk. I’m already lining up writers, and have some open spots though they won’t last long.

Hope to see you there!

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Photos & cocktail recipes from San Francisco Drink.Think

Thanks again to all those who came out Feb 5 for the national launch of Drink.Think in San Francisco. We had a great time at Cantina, including some outstanding drinks and dazzling readings from some of the Bay area’s top drink writers. Just take a look at the photos below (all taken by the talented Julia Dio).

All of the writers were amazing. Poems about botrytis? Check! Tequila-fueled travel writing? Check and check! But clearly we had two “fan favorites”:  Camper English reading a hilarious poem (written about a certain speakeasy from a Yelper’s point of view), called “Who Do I Have To F-ck To Get A Drink Around Here?” and Virginia Miller‘s personal essay, written just for the event, about growing up in a dry household – and still developing a love for alcohol. For both of these, you just had to be there.

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It was great to see so many people turn out to support their favorite writers.

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And the drinks!  Cantina created for us two truly fabulous cocktails (That’s the 1796 Nightcap on the left, in the coupe glass, made with Santa Teresa 1796 Rum, and the Marmalade Cooler on the right, made with Karlsson’s Gold Vodka). The recipes are published below – please do give these a try at home.

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 1796 NIGHTCAP

Created by Shaher Misif, Cantina, for Drink.Think

Stirred, boozy, and sophisticated.

1.5 oz. Santa Teresa 1796 Rum

.75 oz. Cocchi Americano

1 barspoon Averna Amaro

2 dashes rosewater

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir 40 times, and strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with orange twist.

MARMALADE COOLER 

Created by Duggan McDonnell, Cantina, for Drink.Think

Light and refreshing, served tall with a straw.

1 small barspoon marmalade

1.5 ounce Karlsson’s Gold Vodka

1 ounce fresh lime juice

.5 ounce Pineapple Gomme syrup

1 ounce ginger beer

Angostura bitters

In a shaker, combine marmalade, vodka, lime juice and syrup. Shake with ice, and strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer and douse with bitters. Garnish with an orange slice.

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You’re invited to the SF launch of Drink.Think 2/5 at Cantina!

Drink.Think is going national! Come out to hear drink and food writers read from their work about beverages, enjoy complimentary samples of Karlsson’s Gold vodka and Santa Teresa 1796 rum, and otherwise celebrate our favorite literary muse – booze!

Date & Time:  Tuesday, February 5, 2013.  The bar will be open starting at 6pm – the reading starts at 7pm.

Location:  Cantina, 580 Sutter St at Mason St, San Francisco, CA

Admission: FREE admission and pours of Karlsson’s/Santa Teresa. Drink specials and other beverages will be available for purchase.

Featured Readers:  Curated by wine and spirits writer Kara Newman, participants include:

  • Camper English, cocktail/spirits writer for San Francisco Chronicle, Details.com andFine Cooking
  • Courtney Humiston, columnist, 7×7 Magazine and founding editor, TableToGrave.com
  • Duggan McDonnell, writer, bartender and boozy entrepreneur
  • Gayle Keck, food and travel writer
  • Virginia Miller, food and drink correspondent, San Francisco Bay Guardian and blogger, ThePerfectSpotSF.com
  • Jill Robinson, travel writer, San Francisco ChronicleAmerican Way and more
  • Michael Shapiro, freelance travel writer, National Geographic Traveler and Islands magazine
  • Stevie Stacionis, wine writer and Director of Communication at Corkbuzz Wine Studio
  • Liza B. Zimmerman, editor-at-large Cheers and contributing editor to Wine Business Monthly
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Meet the sponsor: Karlsson’s Gold vodka

karlssons-gold-bottle3As you may already know, Drink.Think is a FREE event. That’s right, no cover charge, no 2-drink minimum (though we’d love it if you’d order drinks from the bar at Cantina!) But to help defray some of the expenses associated with the event, I usually take on a carefully-selected sponsor or two for the event.

And I’d like to introduce you to one of those kind sponsors today:  Karlsson’s Gold vodka.

The “farm to bar” story behind Karlsson’s begins in a small part of Sweden known as Cape Bjäre. Here, in 2001 local potato farmers were in jeopardy of losing their family farms to the golf clubs and resorts that were taking over the picturesque region.  Peter Ekelund, a Swedish entrepreneur who owns a farm in the area, suggested they create a co-operative to help clean, sort and process their unique Virgin New Potato crop, also known as “Farmer’s Gold.”  Later, Ekelund took this initiative a step further when he enlisted a Master Blender to turn those potatoes into vodka, using a traditional approach designed to maximize the spirit’s character and natural flavor.

Come out to Drink.Think on Tuesday, February 5. We’ll be pouring samples courtesy of Karlsson’s Gold Vodka!

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Featured writer: Stevie Stacionis

StevieStevie Stacionis is a wine writer with a passion for fresh ingredients and inspiring stories.

Stevie spent seven years learning the joy of food and wine service in the front of the house at various restaurants in Minneapolis and Los Angeles before moving to New York City to work in print and online publishing and wine retail. Today, she’s at home in San Francisco, where plenty of fresh citrus, avocados and hoodies rule.

In addition to wine copywriting and recipe editing, Stevie has contributed to various Modern Luxury publications including Angeleno and Manhattan magazines as well as the San Francisco Chronicle, FoodNetwork.com and Wine Enthusiast. She regularly blogs about Weird Wine Grapes over on Serious Drinks.

Stevie is studying for her Advanced diploma through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and she’s one proud parent of a little show called A Drink with Friends.

Come hear to Cantina on Tuesday, Feb 5, to hear Stevie read from her work.

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Meet the sponsor: Santa Teresa rum

Santa Teresa Rum 1796As you may already know, Drink.Think is a FREE event. That’s right, no cover charge, no 2-drink minimum (though we’d love it if you’d order drinks from the bar at Cantina!) But to help defray some of the expenses associated with the event, I usually take on a carefully-selected sponsor or two for the event.

And I’d like to introduce you to one of those kind sponsors today:  Santa Teresa rum.

Santa Teresa is Venezuela’s oldest producer of award-winning blended and aged rums and its rum-making heritage extends for more than 200 years.  Independently owned and operated by the fifth generation of the Vollmer family, the company is committed to producing best-of-class rums in a way that sustains the social fabric of its local communities.  Hacienda Santa Teresa, the estate where the company’s rums are produced, is located in the Aragua Valley, Venezuela’s most revered area for cultivating sugarcane.  Master Distiller Néstor Ortega takes a very traditional approach to his craft and believes there are no shortcuts to creating quality rums.

Come out to Drink.Think on Tuesday, February 5. We’ll be pouring samples courtesy of Santa Teresa rum!

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Featured writer: Michael Shapiro

This week’s Drink.Think featured writer, Michael Shapiro, has raised pints of ale with the legendary Welsh writer Jan Morris while on assignment for National Geographic Traveler. He’s drunk fermented mare’s milk with nomads while cycling through Mongolia for the Washington Post. And he once missed a plane home because his new best friends at Herradura in Jalisco were opening top-shelf bottles of tequila. He lives, writes, plays poker and drinks in Sonoma County. Visit his website at www.michaelshapiro.net.

I can’t wait to hear what this adventurous drinker has to share with us at Drink.Think! You too? Come out to Cantina on Tuesday, February 5 to hear from Mike and other talented tipplers. Full event details here.

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