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Portland Cocktail Week’s Portland Bartender Institute Class of 2013 Now Accepting Applications

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Portland Cocktail Week

BARTENDERS!

Portland Cocktail Week is on the horizon and applications for the Portland Bartender Institute Class of 2013 are now being accepted.

What is the Portland Bartender Institute? Portland Cocktail Week has an emphasis on education and they have developed three educational tracks for bartenders interested in attending Portland Cocktail Week. Yes, there will be booze and there will be fun, but it’s not all about partying. Those accepted into the Boarding School are required to attend all Portland Cocktail Week activities including assigned classes and events throughout the week. See the full post »



Beverage Kickstarter Spotlight: Pecaño – A Texas Pecan Liqueur

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Here at Mutineer HQ, we are all about cheering on beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to your glass. Kickstarter is a great resource for people to bring their ideas to life. One project we dig right now is from Pecaño out of Austin, TX.

During his time in Italy, Jeff Schmulen was inspired by the bittersweet liqueurs served, such as the black walnut liqueur. Upon his return, he decided to create his own, but with a decidedly Texan flare. He created Pecaño using all natural ingredients to make what he describes as a “profoundly textured, aromatic and flavorful spirit.” At Mutineer, we are intrigued by the possibilities for this liqueur and would love to see it brought to life.

Watch the video above, and check out Jeff’s project on Kickstarter. If the video doesn’t convince you, perhaps the recipes below will. There are only a couple of days left to back this project, so hurry!

Texas Manhattan

2 oz. your favorite bourbon

1 oz. Pecaño 

Dash of orange bitters 


Stir with ice 
and serve up with brandied cherry garnish. 



Lone Star Negroni
1 oz. Pecaño 

1 oz. gin 

1 oz. Campari


Stir with ice 
and serve up or on rocks with orange twist. 



Raincoat

2 oz. your favorite bourbon

1 oz. Pecaño 

Dash of almond syrup


Combine the ingredients and stir with ice and 
strain into a chilled Martini glass with a cinnamon stick.



Something to Check Out: Cocktail Challenge App

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Cocktail Challenge App

Looking to kill some time during class? Increase your cocktail knowledge? Challenge yourself or friends? Then you should look into the Cocktail Challenge app. Currently only available for iPhone, the app is free and it challenges you with trivia questions in multiple categories from cocktails to gin to rum to cocktails in TV & film and more. The app is free for several levels, but you have to pay to unlock all of the levels and while some may be easy (or easier), some are definitely very difficult.

As the creators are from the UK, measurements are in milliliters but can be toggled to ounces. If the game wasn’t enough, the app also includes recipes for all of our favorite cocktails.

Definitely an app worth checking out.

For more information on the app, visit the Gin Monkey website or the iTunes website.

To download, search for Cocktail Challenge in the App Store on your iPhone.
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Beverage Kickstarter Spotlight: Napa Valley Bitters Company

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Here at Mutineer HQ, we are all about cheering on beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to the beverage industry. Kickstarter is a great resource for these people to bring their ideas to life. One project we really dig right now is from Napa Valley Bitters Company.

Proprietor Ian Winget is hoping to reach his goal of $9,000 that will be used to buy supplies and equipment to begin the production of his bitters. The planned flavors are: Tamarind Lime Chili, Strawberry Rhubarb, Meyer Lemon Sage, Coffee Pecan, Key Lime, and Aromatic. I am personally looking forward to mixing the Meyer Lemon Sage Bitters with some sort of gin based cocktail. Check out this project and see if you are interested in backing the Napa Valley Bitters Company.



Spirits Spotlight: Herradura Colección de la Casa Port Cask Finish

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Herradura Coleccion de la Casa Bottle and Packaging

As we get closer to Cindo de Mayo … more tequila!

Casa Herradura’s Colección de la Casa is a limited edition line of tequila that deviates from what is considered normal and offers tequila connoisseurs something unique. Each year, the recipe is modified by changing one key element to what is their normal tequila. By altering just one of the five sources of tequila flavor – agave, water, fermentation, distillation, and maturation – the end result is entirely different.

For 2012, Casa Herradura has offered Colección de la Casa Port Cask. Just 2,000 cases of the Port cask finished reposado tequila will be offered, available nationally for $89.99. The tequila is first rested in medium-char American oak casks for eleven months, and prior to bottling it is finished in hand-selected vintage Port casks from the Douro Valley in Portugal for two additional months of aging. The Port cask contributes hints of port, plum and pepper, with undertones of dark chocolate.



Tequila Roundup: Three Tequilas We’re Into

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Tequila By The Numbers

With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, a day in which tequila sales will double, it’s time for us to take a look at a few of our favorite tequilas right now. See the full post »



Friday Cocktail: Twisted Brazilian

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Twisted Brazilian Cocktail

It’s Friday and you know what that means, it is time to put away those TPS reports and whip up a cocktail to kickoff the weekend.

This week our cocktail the Twisted Brazilian comes from Honey Salt restaurant out of Las Vegas. The drink was created by Bartender Leanne Albertoni and General Manager Steve Jerome and is based on the traditional Caipirinha from Brazil. They decided to shake things up a bit with grapefruit added for a twist on an old classic. Give it a try tonight and start your weekend off right!

2 grapefruits wedges + more to garnish
2 lime wedges + more to garnish
1.5 bar spoons sugar
1.5 Leblon Cachaca

Muddle the ingredients together, then shake hard with ice and pour over ice with 1 lime wedge and grapefruit wedge mixed in. Garnish with a lime wheel.



Beverage Kickstarter Spotlight: Strip and Go Bare

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As of August 4, Strip and Go Bare has yet to fulfill their obligations with their Kickstarter backers.

Here at Mutineer HQ, we like to encourage beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to the beverage industry. Kickstarter is a great resource for these people to bring their ideas to life. One project we are particularly stoked about is the Strip and Go Bare project.

Ben Keys and Emily Gu liked to make delicious homemade cocktails and were inspired to create Strip and Go Bare bottled cocktails with encouragement from friends. Their bottled cocktails are gluten-free, organic, and are made simply from vodka, water, and citrus juices. They need help upgrading their equipment in order to launch their brand this year. Check out their project and help bring Strip and Go Bare to the market.



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