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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I love bourbon and I love a great tiki bar! With Three Dots and a Dash... I got both! Located back in an alley at 435 N Clark in Chicago, Three Dots and a Dash can be a little tricky to find. You'll have to look down the alley to see tiki torches lighting the way. Once you get past the door guy, you'll go down a dark stairwell into a "holding area" with a hostess. Once they find a seat, we got there early and sat at the bar, you're brough into a world of kitschy tiki wonder. Their drink menu is more rum focused as you would guess but it's awesome!
I had the Bourbon Special:
Bourbon SpecialBonded bourbon Jamaican pot still rum 151 proof demerara rum Madeire Lemon Ginger Honel Islay mist
Tiki bars are the first think you think of when you want a bourbon drink and Chicago may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about tiki bars but hey... it works and it was an awesome time!
While down at the pier in Seattle we stopped by Copperworks Distilling Company for a quick tasting. Copperworks is an urban distillery offering a Washington Malt Vodka, Small Batch Gin, Cask Finished Gin and finally... a Single Malt Whiskey. Their Single Malt Whiskey is aged 33 months and surprisingly, it doesn't taste it. I would have assumed it was aged 4 years or more. It's smooth, has aromas of fresh leather and spices and a finish of tea and light citrus.
All of the stills are in plain site of the tasting room and at this time, tours are $15. I recommend doing the tasting of all 4 spirits for $10 (free if you buy a bottle).
The tasting turned me off at first since I'm not a huge vodka fan and normally can't stand gin but the Cask Finished Gin was actually awesome! The botanicals weren't overwhelming like cleaning products and it was really smooth going down.
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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 …