The 5 Spot is an awesome little music venue located in East Nashville. Known locally for it's great staff, moderately priced drinks and most importantly in Nashville... it's live music! And all is made even better if the Smokey White Devils are playin'!
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Located on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Tower the views are awesome and the drinks are poured. When touring Chicago, it's an easy choice to make... Do the observation deck for $23 on the 94th floor or... Get a drink on the 96th floor for a couple dollars less. I mean come on! Is there even a reason why you would wait?
For the bar, there was a decent selection of bourbons, whiskeys and those other liquors we don't talk about. The cocktail menu was good but didn't stand out. The service was fast but not overly friendly. Let's face it... they know they have you for the view.
With over 490 Whisk(e)ys, 24 tap beers, over 50 bottles beers, and awesome specialty cocktails, the whiskey bar is a true whiskey bar. We stumbled across this bar on our way to another and I'm soooo glad we did! We stopped in late afternoon on a Friday, the vibe was laid back, the bartenders were very engaging wanting to make sure you got a great drink.
Being from the south, I love a good Sazerac! It's such a simple drink but so hard to make right. When I saw the Lavender Sazerac on the menu I had to try it and it was great. The lavender was very slight and calming, not over overbearing. The wall of booze is a little overwhelming at first and... if you look close... you'll start to notice the system.
We stopped by late Saturday night too and the vibe was a little different, a little more clubby and younger but the staff was still awesome!
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Craving and Old Fashioned but wanting it to be a little more summery? Well... You're in luck! Peach Simple Syrup is here to help. If you're like me, simple syrup, although really easy, was something I shied away from for years. Once I really tried it I was like "Damn! What have I been missing out on and why haven't I tried this? Simple is in the damn name!" Once you start making it next step is to try other things. For this one, we're doing peach!
First, rinse and cut up 3-4 peaches, depending on how "Peachy" you want it. Put the peaches in a pot with 2 cups of water, 1 cup of brown sugar and 4-5 allspice berries. Bring it all to a boil and then let simmer for 15-25 minutes. When finished, mush the peaches up to get all of the juice out, strain and store in the fridge. It will last 2-3 weeks. I like to leave mine a little pulpy but that's a personal taste.
Now for the extra fun... Take the soft, sugary peaches and throw them over some ice cream t…
It's summertime and that mean's fresh peaches that this sentence means that I now have "Peaches" from the Presidents of the Unites States of America ringing inside my head. But I digress... Peaches means it's time to go down to the farmers market for a visit to the Peach Truck where a version of this recipe originally appeared.
Now that we have the delicious, yummy peaches it's time to slice them up and throw them into a jar with some other ingredient. I normally use 4-5 peaches per batch, it all just depends on how peachy you want it.
From there it's time for the sugar, I like to use brown sugar. Sure... you can use regular white sugar but it just doesn't blend as nicely in my opinion. then throw in a couple of star anise and 4-5 all spice berries. I then like to top it off with a little bit of honey.
next up... After trying several different versions, I like to use a nice a bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon. Not too expensive so that you …