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6th Annual Midtown Cocktail Week, August 21st-25th

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Midtown Cocktail Week

Midtown Business Association, in partnership with Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sacramento365.com, Mutineer Magazine, Bols and The Citizen Hotel, is proud to present the 6th Annual Midtown Cocktail Week from August 21st through August 25th, 2013. Midtown Cocktail Week (MCW) is a week-long celebration uniting local bartenders, fine spirits, fresh products and artisan cocktails. MCW was founded in 2008 by local cocktail enthusiasts Erick Castro and Joe Anthony Savala in order to celebrate Sacramento’s artisan cocktail movement.

MCW will feature nightly events at various restaurants throughout Sacramento including Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co, Blackbird, Grange and Red Rabbit with a cocktail competition at LowBrau Wednesday night to kick things off. For an official schedule of events, click here. All events are 21 years of age and older.

Education courses will occur all day Thursday and Friday. Highlights include a presentation from David Wondrich and the Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart. For a complete list of courses, click here. A special home bartending class is scheduled for Saturday at noon. To register, visit here.

MCW encourages responsible drinking. During Midtown Cocktail Week, guests can use the code MIDTOWNCOCKTAIL on the Uber app for a free ride home (up to $30.00).

During all MCW events and classes, guests are encouraged to use the hashtag #MCWSac through photos and messages on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. See the full post »



Talking With Clint Rogers, 2012 Luxardo Cocktail Cup Champion

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Clint Rogers

Photo by Anthony Tahlier

Mutineer caught up with the reigning Luxardo Cocktail Cup Champion, Chicago’s Clint Rogers, to talk about his experience during the cocktail competition’s inaugural year. Clint offers up some advice to competitors, and being that he will be a finals judge in San Francisco this year, it would be wise to heed it!

How did you hear about the Luxardo Cocktail Cup last year?
A fellow bartender and CAP at Tales of the Cocktail told me about it. I beat him. He doesn’t tell me about competitions anymore.

Where did your inspiration come from for your Goat Town Swizzle?
I really love Fernet in tiki drinks. Chicago and the Bucktown neighborhood are big Fernet enthusiasts. I am a big fan of Luxardo’s Fernet and really wanted to incorporate that into the beverage. Bucktown was named after goats (Male goats being bucks) and I carried the idea a little further by making an herbal ice which works well with the minty Fernet and is meant to invoke the idea of goat food…also known as grass.

What was your experience like with the 2012 Luxardo Cocktail Cup and how did it feel to be crowned the first Luxardo Cocktail Cup Champion?
I had a blast at the competition but by far the best part was meeting some new bartenders who I have remained close with.

Any advice for people submitting cocktails for the 2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup?
First, obviously make something delicious. Second, really think about how the cocktail can tell a story. Read those rules thoroughly…the judges do. You will win if you do.

Click here to enter the Luxardo Cocktail Cup.



Cocktail Friday: Martinez

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It’s Friday and you know what that means, it is time to put away those TPS reports and belly up to the bar for a cocktail. For some of you, that means breaking out your Boston shaker and recipe books, but if you are looking for a great recipe to try then look no further than the Mutineer’s Cocktail Friday.

This week we are featuring a classic cocktail that is considered one of the OG’s of the cocktail world. The Martinez first appeared in Jerry Thomas’s Bartender Guide in the 1880s and is thought (although it is widely disputed) to be the precursor to both the Martini and the Manhattan. This recipe comes to us from Martini (formerly Martini & Rossi) and highlights one their most iconic products, sweet vermouth.

If you haven’t tried a Martinez yet, I highly recommend shaking one (or two) up today to celebrate the weekend. Here is Martini’s version of the Martinez cocktail.

Martinez
1 oz. Genèver (or substitute gin if Genèver is unavailable)
2 oz. MARTINI Sweet Vermouth
1 dash oranges bitters
2 dashes maraschino liqueur

Stir with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.



Beverage Kickstarter Spotlight: Geek Out Geek Bar

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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 table. Kickstarter is a great resource for people to bring their ideas to life. One project I dig right now is from Geek Out Geek Bar out of Chicago, Il.

I’ll admit it, I am an RPG playing, Tolkien loving, Doctor Who obsessed geek. Midnight Lord of the Rings extended version movie marathon? Yes, please! So, when I found the Geek Out Geek Bar project on Kickstarter I knew I had to share it here.

This project is about creating a space where geeks can roll 40 sided dice in comfort and read menus by the light of a sonic screwdriver, all while eating incredible food and drinking fine beverage. If you’re interested in supporting this campaign check out the project here.



TOTC Wrap Up: Aperitivo Italiano

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(L to R) Alejandra Pena, Luca Cordiglieri, William Perbellini, Jacopo Falleni, Francesco Lafranconi, Francesco Turro, Davide Perbellini, Mauro Mahjoub, Roberto Bava, Antonio Guarda, Matteo Luxardo, Orietta Maria, Varnelli, Leonardo Vena, Pasquale Provinzano, Rosistella Provinzano, Pasquale Vena

If you missed out on the Spirit of Italy’s lively “Aperitivo Italiano” happy hour at Tales of the Cocktail, you can be assured that it was an event to remember. Italy’s premier bartenders wowed the crowd as they crafted delicious cocktails using exciting Italian aperitifs, liqueurs, and amari. The iconic Italian brands featured in these cocktails were Amaro Lucano, Cocchi, Luxardo, Moccia, Nardini, Pallini, Toschi, and Varnelli. Each bartender crafted their own sensational cocktail showcasing the versatility and mixability of each of these fine brands.

20130717_mutineer-300 The atmosphere in the Fleur de Lis suite at the Royal Sonesta in New Orleans was electric with the aperitif-style cocktails enriched by the Venetian Carnevale spirit. The experience was rounded out with live Italian music, aperitif themed bites, and to top it off guests were offered handmade masks from Venice, Italy.

Hundreds of thirsty Tales of the Cocktail attendees stopped by the suite during the hour and a half event to learn about the brands and to try the seven cocktails being offered.

The evening was a huge success with The Spirit of Italy making their mark on Tales goers with Italian-style reverie and delicious aperitivo.

If you are interested in trying some of the cocktails featured at Aperitivo Italiano, you can view the cocktail recipe booklet here.



Cocktail Friday: Garden of Good and Evil

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It’s Friday and you know what that means, it is time to put away those TPS reports and belly up to the bar for a cocktail. For some of you, that means breaking out your Boston shaker and recipe books, but if you are looking for a great new recipe to try then look no further than the Mutineer’s Cocktail Friday.

This week we have a recipe from Sahil Meta bartender at Boston’s Estragon tapas bar, and finalist in the 2012 Luxardo Cocktail Cup. In this cocktail, Sahil combines smokey, fresh, and sweet for a complex and delicious cocktail. Check it out, and start your weekend off right.

Garden of Good and Evil
1.5 oz mescal (Del Maguey, Vida)
1 oz falernum (Velvet)
0.25 oz Angostura bitters
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
3 slices of cucumber

Muddle two slices of cucumber with the remaining ingredients. Shake with ice and double strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice and prepared with a half-rim of celery salt. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.



Vodka Heist?

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You may have heard about the recent vodka heist in Miami, where 1 million dollars in vodka was taken by some well informed thieve. Here at Mutineer HQ, we got to chatting about what fine beverage we’d risk a trip to the big house for. Here is what we came up with. See the full post »



Aperitivo Italiano Cocktail Spotlight: Royal Fizzbov

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Our last cocktail in our series highlighting cocktails featured at Spirit of Italy’s Aperitivo Italiano is the Royal Fizzbov featuring Zabov Liqueur, an incredibly unique liqueur made with sugar, fresh milk, fresh eggs and Italian brandy. Add this to some gin, key lime mix, Prosecco and ginger beer and you have yourself a Royal Fizzbov.

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Try this cocktail and the rest we’ve featured today at Aperitivo Italiano at Tales of the Cocktail.

Royal Fizzbov
3⁄4 oz. (22ml) Zabov Liqueur
1 1⁄2 oz. (45ml) Gin
1 oz. (30ml) Key Lime Mix (lime juice/condensed milk 1:2)
Fill up with Prosecco and Ginger Beer (2:1)

Method: Shake first four ingredients with ice then strain into a Fizz tumbler and fill up with sparkling wine and ginger beer.

Garnish: Crystallized ginger and Luxardo cocktail cherry.

Glass: Fizz tumbler.



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