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Eventing: Summer Solstice (Fuck This Snow)

Oh the weather outside is… fuck is it STILL snowing?! This is now the 3rd nail appointment I’ve had canceled on me in the past 2 weeks due to the, ummm… 7 feet of snow we’ve gotten in New England? I’m starting to feel like Luke Skywalker riding a Taun Taun in Hoth for crying out loud (WHERE MY STAR WARS NERDS AT?!). ┬áBut I promised myself I wouldn’t bitch about the weather, much like I wouldn’t bitch about my nails but much like your parents, I lied to you.

Ironically, the cold weather doesn’t make me want a Hot Toddy or any of that delicious, decadent shit; It makes me want citrus, shaken fast and extremely refreshing. I’m applying sun tan lotion with one hand as I type with the other (not masturbating at all. promise) cause I am in complete denial of the weather and perhaps suffering a bit of cabin fever. I suddenly remembered I was saving this gem of an event from last year, titled ‘Summer Solstice’, where the people’s champion (and fantastic kisser), Ray Tremblay & cocktail slinger extraordinaire (kissing ability tbd), Ray Guerin celebrated the unholy union of Chartreuse and Angel’s Envy bourbon in the gorgeous Empire in Boston, MA.

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Ray Tremblay working hard on that eyebrow game while working equally hard on an Angel’s Envy cocktail titled ‘Angel Blossom Punch':
Angel’s Envy bourbon, sage infused Aperol, lemon juice, hibiscus-rose petal syrup, bubbly

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Ray Guerin, of Tavern Road in Boston tinkering with a delicious Chartreuse cocktail called ‘Pineapple Express':
Chartreuse, Batavia Arrack, smoked pineapple juice, lime, pineapple syrup

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I recall tasting them all but I was too busy rockin’ the shit out of the sweetest skinny tie so I didnt get the ratios to the cocktails but if you ask nicely, I can pass on the info somehow through my expansive network of spies (ie. I will txt them and ask). Some of the other cocktails from the event (in order of appearance here):

How Rhu$d:
Mezcal, rhubarb tea liqueur, strawberry-peppercorn infused agave, lemon, lime, bitters
Chonburi In The Summer:
Hendricks, cucumber water, lime, agave, sriracha, chili-cumin salt
Smoked Out In Paradise:
rum, chai tea smoked coconut cream, pineapple juice, cinnamon toasted coconut shavings

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Fun was had by all I’m sure. I also stuffed my face with unlimited sushi from Empire this night. Looking at these drinks now reallyyyy makes me wish I was doing this now but alas, this shovel aint gonna get to work by itself. Oh well! Time to fire up that sweet Nickelback/ICP playlist I’ve been working on.. See ya next time, lovelies and remember to stay safe!

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^ What’s so funny??!?

Eventing: Spotted Tiger Pop-Up

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In this first installment of Eventing, we visit The Spotted Tiger Pop Up hosted by the Siegfried & Roy of bartenders (get it?! …cause its 2 dudes and a tiger?! …nobody? I will die alone), Ran Duan and Daniel Lynch at Empire in Boston, MA.

The event was sponsored by Bacardi and featured a rum-based cocktail menu deigned by Ran and Dan, who went by the names Ran-Kwon & M.E.T.H.O.D. Dan respectively for the night. There was Bacardi rum everywhere. There was also sushi (served by Empire’s kitchen) but I didn’t get to taste any of that because life is unfair (aka ‘poor time management’ on my part), so you wont be seeing any of that here, kids.

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Drinks were poured into coconuts and pineapples all over the damn place by the crew @ Empire lead by these 2 darlings. No. That’s a lie. Technically they were poured in a very specific place behind the bar. I’m sorry I fooled you just now.

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You may already know about Ran Duan (I wrote about his bar, The Baldwin here) from kicking the crap out of Boston shakers with his patent pending 2-handed-gallop-shaking technique and Dan Lynch, previously of The Hawthorne, now bar manager over at the upcoming Liquid Art House.

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A fun, rum-fueled event by The Spotted Tiger. Looking forward to the next one.

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