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Single Brothers – Winston Salem

It’s been too damn long since I’ve posted a blog entry about my ginger beer travels. Which is a shame, because I am have been able to visit some fine cities, and more importantly, some fine watering holes across the purple mountain majesties and amber waves of grain.

So, I’ll catch everyone up to speed, one bar at a time. I’ll start off with Single Brothers in Winston-Salem, which is a great watering hole with some fantastic cocktails:

There are a lot of great selections choose from, but I have to give the nod to cocktails made with one of the local spirits: Junior Johnson’s moonshine.

A delicious concoction with Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon ... memory is failing on the name, but it was made with lemon juice, mint and Blenheim's Ginger Ale ... I think that's it.

Piedmont Distillers makes two kinds of hooch, Catdaddy and Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon. Both are fantastic spirits (Midnight Moon is a white whiskey, Catdaddy is spiced).

And yes, for full disclosure, we here at Barritt’s are doing some work with them on some signature cocktails for the fine state of North Carolina. They make great stuff, and we are happy to work with them and get some good on the cocktail menu. We will certainly update on any cocktails we have. In the meantime, get yer ass over to Single Brothers and enjoy a fine cocktail as the sun sets in a beautiful part of the South.

Until next time, ginger beer lovers …

Barritt’s Bermuda Getaway – Last year’s winners

We have started receiving some entries into this year’s Barritt’s Bermuda Getaway, and I realized that I should probably do a sensible thing here: post last year’s winners! Without further ado …

The Consumer Winner: Lawrence Spies from Texas.

The Cocktail: “Storm Warning.”

The Ingredients: 3-4 oz Barritt’s Ginger Beer, 2 oz. Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, 2 oz. Domaine du Canton with a garnish of a lime or lemon wedge.

The Instructions: fill tall glass with ice and add 2 oz. Golsing’s, 2 oz. Domaine du Canton, and top with Barritt’s Ginger Beer. Serve in highball glass.

The Retailer Winner: Sam McDaniel from Illinois. He is the Beverage Specialist at the Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park, IL.

The Drink: “Sake Blossom”

The Ingredients: 2 oz. of Barritt’s Ginger Beer, 1 oz Clement Creole Shrubb Clementine Orange Liqueur, 1 oz sparkling cava, 1 oz. junmai gingo sake, .5 oz lemongrass simple syrup, 1 strawberry diced, 1 orange blossom (garnish)

The Instructions: muddle diced strawberry, lemongrass simple syrup and sake in a shaker. Strain into champagne flute. Add Barritt’s, Cava and Clement Creole Shrubb Clementine Orange Liqueur slowly to the champagne flute. Serve in champagne flute

Both of these cocktails were fabulous, and our independent panel of judges deemed these two the best out of some great cocktail recipes.

I think it’s important to note that there’s no particular rhyme or reason to the cocktail winners: one is simple, one is complex. They were just two quality cocktails that our judges deemed the best.

So best of luck to everyone in 2011! Please be sure to enter here: http://www.barrittsgingerbeer.bm/recipe_contest/

Barritt’s Bermuda Getaway

The second annual Barritt’s Bermuda Getaway has just been launched, and we are excited to get some great, original cocktail recipes that use Barritt’s Ginger Beer.

The contest is simple: come up with a cocktail using Barritt’s Ginger Beer. Submit it here: http://www.barrittsgingerbeer.bm/recipe_contest/

Please identify yourself as a retailer or a consumer. We have separate categories for everyone in an effort to be fair and recognize everyone. You must be 21 years old to enter and living in the United States.

Then an independent panel of judges with excellent palettes (and high tolerances of alcohol) will pick the winners. We will be introducing everyone to the judges soon.

The contest ends in mid April. There is no limit to the number of recipes you can submit, so go buck wild, if that’s your thing. Just submit quality recipes that are drinkable.

And please, PLEASE, use quality ingredients that are somewhat recognizable and are able to be purchased at quality food and liquor stores. You’re not going to win if you use a Himalayan herb that can only be picked by a blind Sherpa in mid-May. So please tone it down on the esoteric.

With that said, best of luck to everyone! We had some great recipes submitted last year and we expect more great ones to come. I’ll be submitting last year’s winners shortly.

Providence

Waterfire in Providence

My ginger beer travels have brought me to a lot of great places, but it’s always nice returning to places where you used to live. One of those places for me is Providence, RI.

Providence is an interesting capital city in a state that has often been perceived as corrupt.

Once upon a time, Providence was down in the dumps before it was reborn with the forceful pushes of a former mayor who went to prison on RICO charges. The locals are a tight-knit community. And yes, there’s the sense that every Rhodie knows they live in the smallest state, but makes up for it with an outsized personality.  Newport is a fantastic summer spot that is well known amongst the well-heeled (often searching for the well-endowed),but the beaches along the Long Island Sound are the well-kept secret. Needless to say, I’m a fan of Rhode Island. Especially Providence.

NE Chowder at Hemenway's. If you ask me to write 'chowda' I'll stab you in the eye

One aspect of Providence seems to stand out above other New England cities: the food. Although the food has gotten much better in cities like Boston and Portland (two other former residences of this mildly annoying brand manager), the food in Providence is rooted in immigrants with Italian, Jewish and Portugese roots. All three ethnic groups know how to use a spice rack, and it’s evident those skills have been passed on through generations. It also helps having Johnson & Wales in your backyard. If you’re interested in Italian food while you’re in Providence, be sure to visit Federal Hill. There are too many spots to count, and it’s fun to simply walk up and down the main strip on a sunny weekend afternoon.

On the East Side (where Brown and RISD are located), it’s worth stopping in the seafood restaurant Hemenway’s. The chowder is incredible. There’s bacon in there somewhere, and it makes it all worth while. The tuna sashimi is also fantabulous.

When you leave Hemenway’s, a quick stroll down the street brings you to a great hangout, The Wild Colonial.

Proper DnS

The Wild Colonial is a great spot to relax and have a few drinks with friends at any time of day or night. The beer list is solid all the way around. On top of a great beer list and chill atmosphere in a cavernous space, they make a proper Dark ‘n Stormy with Barritt’s and Gosling’s rum. If memory serves correct (and a lot of time it doesn’t), last winter one of the bartenders told me he likes to have a DnS after his shift. Whatever works.

Another spot worth while is the Renaissance Providence Hotel, which is owned by Marriott. I know. A Marriott. Sounds exciting, right? Well actually, when you check out the pictures you’ll see why it’s a destination. The hotel is a major reclamation project of a Masonic Temple that was left for dead when funds ran out during the Great Depression. It was only until 2007 when this hotel opened.

During all those decades in between, the Temple was vandalized and covered in spray paint. Instead of whitewashing this history, the hotel chose to keep pictures and portions of the graffiti alive in the hotel as well as in the stylish basement bar and restaurant, Temple Downtown. The food and the cocktails are creative and delicious, so it’s worth the trek up the hill to this hotel, bar and restaurant.

Philly’s Franklin Fountain. must. turn. away. cheesy need to use ‘ph’ for other 2 words. You know, because it’s Philadelphia. Get it?

A little while back I stopped into Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia’s Olde City.

The place should be near and dear to any day mixologist: its design resembles a back-in-the-day apothecary with a strong commitment to the eclectic. It’s a place where the label “soda jerk” is a high compliment and the staff can whip up a number of different concoctions with ice cream, homemade syrups and other delectable goodies. Franklin Fountain was also on ‘Man v Food’ when Adam Richman visited Philadelphia.

"Abba Zabba, you're my only friend"

Franklin Fountain also has a number of hard-to-find sodas and candies like Bubble Up, Blenheim’s Ginger Ale, Beaman’s gum and other gems.

The place is great and the service is really friendly. Needless to say, it’s a nice break from Olde City, which is fun, but often littered with drunk coeds and shady thirtysomething men on Friday and Saturday nights. In my opinion, enjoy Olde City’s charm but leave when Franklin Fountain closes shop – midnight.

Barritt’s at Eli Zabar’s

Barritt's bottles now at Eli Zabar's

The holidays are right around the corner … and luckily this post has nothing to do with the holidays.

The last thing you need right now is another reminder that you are running out of time and you need to buy everyone gifts. As the Rolling Stones fatefully sang, “time waits for no one,” and as the eleventh hour quickly approaches, someone is going to end up with a horrible gift you purchased at CVS 15 minutes prior to the holiday party.

So on a completely unrelated note, please stop by Eli Zabar’s grocery store on the Upper East Side of Manhattan! They now have Barritt’s.

The Racer Chacer … um … Wowza

So about a week or so ago our friend at the rumconnection.com asked if we were interested in putting the Racer Chacer in a video. Actually, we heard only a few words: cocktail, Barritt’s, Pusser’s, Key West and bikini. That’s it. Boom.

Big thank you to the good people at Conch Republic for selecting Barritt’s and the Racer Chacer. And big thanks to Pusser’s for working with us. They’re great people.

And of course, muchas gracias to rumconnection.com. They’re great and always looking out for us. We always appreciate their help. If you’re a rum enthusiast, you need to check out their site often.