Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

The Elixir House would like to wish all our friends a Happy Thanksgiving! We are very thankful for your support and continued dedication to shopping our local, independent store. Enjoy your day and may it be filled with great food, friends and family!

Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

Thursday, November 22nd CLOSED
Friday, November 23rd 10am - 6pm
Saturday, November 24th 10am - 6pm
Sunday, November 25th 12pm - 5pm

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Great Lakes Wassail

Let every man take off his hat
And shout out to th'old apple tree
Old apple tree we wassail thee
And hoping thou will bear.

18th Century British farmers toasted the good health of apple trees to promote an abundant crop the next year. Cider-soaked bread was placed in the branches to ward off evil spirits. Villagers splashed the trees with cider while firing guns or beating pots and pans. 

Wassail, a tradition that dates back over a thousand years, is a potent libation of spiced wine or ale served from a wassail bowl that is typically served with rings of lemons and oranges. As a salute, "Wassail" appears in English literature as early as the eighth-century poem, Beowulf.  The anonymous Anglo-Norman Poet, who witnessed the Saxon toasting cry before the Battle of Hastings in 1066, makes mention of this early concoction, and Shakespeare alludes to a form of wassail, Lamb's Wool, which was an ale or dark beer whipped to form a surface froth in which floated roasted crab apples, in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A story told in Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain, written in 1135, purports to explain the origin of the toast:

The story of toasting 'wassail' begins when Renwein presented King Vortigern with a cup of wine and the salute 'Was hail.'

While Vortigern was being entertained at a royal banquet, the girl Renwein came out of an inner room carrying a golden goblet full of wine. She walked up to the King, curtsied low, and said "Lavert King, was hail!" When he saw the girl's face, Vortigern was greatly struck by her beauty and was filled with desire for her. He asked his interpreter what it was that the girl had said and what he ought to reply to her. "She called you Lord King and did you honour by drinking your health. What you should reply is 'drinc hail.'" Vortigern immediately said the words "drinc hail" and ordered Renwein to drink. Then he took the goblet from her hand, kissed her and drank in his turn. From that day to this, the tradition has endured in Britain that the one who drinks first at a banquet says "was hail" and he who drinks next says "drinc hail." 

The necessity of importing the wine and such spices as ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg from outside England made wassail rare and was reserved for the wealthy. When fine ales replaced the wine, more people could afford it, and recipes varied according to the means of each family.  The practice of floating crisps of bread in the wassail bowl gave rise to our use of "toast" as a drinking salutation.

We toast to our Michigan crops by creating the Great Lakes Wassail, using a sweet red Michigan wine and Journeyman Distillery's Road's End Rum and brandy.

Great Lakes Wassail 
1 bottle of sweet red Michigan wine
1/2 bottle of Journeyman Distillery's Road's End Rum
1/2 bottle of brandy
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cloves
6 allspice berries
3 inch stick cinnamon
1 cup superfine sugar
1/2 cup water

Combine the Wine, brandy, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice berries, cinnamon sticks, sugar and water in a large, heavy saucepan (without letting the mixture come to a boil). 

Strain the wine mixture, add the rum, and pour into a metal punch bowl. 

Serve in 8-ounce mugs or punch cups.

Friday, November 9, 2012

An Acoustic "Journey" Through Downtown Kalamazoo's ArtHop

"Hey!  It's the Elixir Fixer!" - I hear that statement come from many mouths these days.  This is quite often shrieked with delight that accompanies a big smile and a hug.  No one seems to ask how I chose that name, probably understanding I am a slinging elixir fixer and an elixir mixer that "cures what ails ya" with a fine crafted cocktail, a huge smile, and good karma.  Did you know I'm also an Elixir Picker?  Yep, I play acoustic guitar and banjo.  I moved to Chicago years ago to pursue a music career and I was lucky enough to have one of my compositions appear in the soundtrack of an independent film out of Detroit.  I chose my alter-ego name, Elixir Fixer, for two reasons, sometimes I tell the story.  Other times I don't.  I'm going to tell it now.

I chose this name a few years ago while living in Chicago.  I was a Freelance Mixologist for many years, working for distillers and distributors in the greater Chicago area and not necessarily behind a bar on a regular basis, hence, the first word:  "Traveling."  The second word, "Elixir" comes from two different meanings.  Growing up in Kalamazoo, home of The Upjohn Company Pharmaceuticals, it was only fitting I tip my hat to one of my hometown's major industries.  The Meriam-Webster dictionary defines elixir as, "a medicinal concoction, a sweetened liquid usually containing alcohol that is used in medication either for its medicinal ingredients or as a flavoring.  A perfect word, in my opinion, for my chosen career and one of Kalamazoo's industries.  I chose it for another reason as well.  I also use Elixir strings on my beautiful instruments.  Another tip of the hat to what I am very passionate about.  

I am constantly impressed by the phenomenal talent that is the heart, soul and passion of Kalamazoo and SW Michigan's live performances.  I have felt more alive and vibrant with the music scene in the last six months than I have for many years in the Chicago area.  I understand why as I have been revitalized by some of the most talented bands and singer/songwriters during their live performances.  I am one to go out on a regular basis and feast and feed on their magical talents.  They touch my heart and soul with every note played and sung like no other.  I feed on their creativity and like good karma, I always like to give it back in some way.  Lately I have been developing signature cocktails for the talented and passionate artists I feed energy from.  November's Art Hop and "AfterHop" events were no exception.

The artistic musical cocktail journey began at Webster's Prime Tasting Room in the Radisson Plaza Hotel located in Downtown Kalamazoo.  Yes, I am an Elixir Fixer, and I also wear several other hats.  I am the Michigan Brand Ambassador for Journeyman Distillery (Three Oaks, MI) and Webster's is a large supporter of Journeyman and all Michigan spirits, beer and wine.  Webster's is also a large supporter of local live musicians playing in their tasting room on a regular basis.  Webster's entertainment for November Art Hop included the Traveling Elixir Fixer featuring Journeyman Distillery and one of the most talented singer/songwriters I have ever crossed paths with that I am lucky to call, "dear friend", Megan Dooley.

Megan Dooley, lead singer and acoustic guitar player for the band, Top Heavy, was solo and acoustic.  The first time I met Megan was back in January 2012 during a "spirited" visit to Kalamazoo, preaching and teaching the gospel of fine crafted cocktails.  Megan had read a few of my blog postings on Eat, Drink and BE MICHIGAN and reached out to me on Facebook.  I happened to be in town during one of her performances to introduce myself and we hit it off on our first meeting.  We shared many of the same interests:  fine crafted cocktails, fabulous food (she also happens to be an accomplished chef and cooks for me regularly) and great music.  Her show was at O'Duffy's Pub, Kalamazoo's quintessential little Irish Pub gem tucked away in the Historic Vine Street Neighborhood.  I was blown away by her strong and sultry vocal talents, not to mention her accomplished guitar playing and songwriting talents.  The Dooley Deconstructed Top Heavy Highball has many different flavor components and whether constructed into a traditional highball style cocktail or whether it is enjoyed in its deconstructed form, it is a force to be reckoned with.  Megan is quite the performer and comfortable in different settings whether it be a solo acoustic evening or a live, action packed performance as a member of her amazingly talented band, Top Heavy.  Like Megan's music, the Dooley Deconstructed Top Heavy Highball cocktail includes full-bodied flavors of Journeyman Distillery's 4-grain Silver Cross Whiskey, the savory and spicy flavor of rosemary ginger ale and the hot, sweet and smoky flavors of a grilled smoked pineapple garnish.  Anyone who has seen Top Heavy or Megan's solo acoustic performances knows this pretty much sums up her musical style and talents in a cocktail nutshell.  

Megan's video for "Fair Weathered Friend" was captured by our mutual friend, Mary Quasarano, at a recent performance at O'Duffy's Pub.  This was her first live performance of this song she wrote in approximately ten minutes, something a songwriter knows deep down inside their hearts, is a great accomplishment.  This song is no exception to the "great song" rule.  Take a listen and understand what I'm talking about.  I was lucky enough to be present during this performance and I am lucky enough to call Megan a "dear friend."

I first met Carrie McFerrin in June of 2012 during a live theater performance at Fire Historic Arts Venue in the Washington Square neighborhood of Kalamazoo, and founded by Michelle Johnson and Denise Miller, two strong pillars in Kalamazoo's vibrant and strong authentic expression art scenes. Carrie performed as the opening act for Fire's "eLLe", a comedy/drama project series inspired by "The L Word"about romance, family, friends and hardships.

Carrie's songwriting and vocal talents are truly a work of art and Kalamazoo is very lucky to have this wonderful gal in their talented community. Carrie recently transplanted to the area from Warsaw, Indiana and came with her suitcase filled with country twang with an indie twist. Her signature cocktail, the McFerrin Margarita, has just what Carrie is all about, a twist of freshness in the form of lime juice that is delicately balanced with the earthy indie flavors of agave nectar, in sweet and spirit form, and the calming sense of country lavender wrapped in a warm welcoming blanket of blueberry, one of Michigan's famous fruits. Take a listen to Carrie's song, "Liquid Nitrogen" and you will understand what I'm talking about. 

Desi Taylor is one of the sweetest artists I've met.  She's young and vibrant, with everlasting beauty, just like a daisy.  A good reason why I chose the pre-prohibition classic style "Daisy" cocktail to represent her music and personality. 

Her percussive style of guitar playing coupled with her strong and smooth vocal talents was best shown in her cocktail, the Desi Daisy.  The cocktail has a sweet, powerful punch with the organic molasses based colonial-style Road's End Rum from Journeyman Distillery, appropriately balanced with the sweetened flavor profiles of pineapple juice and house made pomegranate grenadine that is cut with the right amount of fresh lime juice and topped with the sweet effervescent bubbles of Sprite.  Listen and watch Desi's video and you will understand my signature creation tribute to a rising performer, the Desi Daisy.  

Bryan Warren is a singer/songwriter coming to Kalamazoo from Northern Indiana. A self-described musician, artist, vocalist, free spirit, creator, lover and performer, Bryan is all of that and then some. An accomplished performer, Bryan lights up the stage with a bit of rugged determination that is filled with artistic passion and performance. Daring, bold, different and walks on the wild side, the "BW Long Arm of the Scofflaw" cocktail is a perfect pairing with Bryan's music style. Beginning with Journeyman Distillery's W.R. White Rye Whiskey, a touch of Amaretto, Fresh Lemon Juice, Ginger Honey Syrup and garnished with a lemon twist and poached pear slice that is poached in pear brandy, hazelnut liqueur, cinnamon and allspice. This cocktail has layers of dimension and shine and dances on the wild side, just like Bryan's performance. 

Bryan Warren

Kzoo Music Scene, LLC was created and founded in April 2011 by Chris Falk. Kzoo Music Scene as a musician support company, that provides the musicians and music venues of Kalamazoo a substantial resource to gain recognition, gain exposure, collaborate and promote their music and events. They strive to support the music community and continue to see that music thrives in Kalamazoo promotion, sponsoring, and creation of musician opportunities. 

Chris Falk was born and raised in the birthplace of Jazz: New Orleans. From an early age he was interested in music and the arts. Growing up in New Orleans he was exposed to all sorts of music and attended many music events such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival which brings in hundreds of music artists every year. Chris works tirelessly at his passion to elevate the music scene in Kalamazoo. The Kzoo Music Scene Sling is a perfect example of how hard Chris works. Beginning with the Americana heavily wheated organic corn backbone of Journeyman Distillery's Featherbone Bourbon (a tribute to Chris's passionate love for whiskey), an orchard filled spiced apple simple syrup is added and is appropriately balanced with fresh and tangy fresh lemon juice. This cocktail has a little punch and pizzazz with a healthy splash of ginger ale. It is just like what Chris does for the Kalamazoo live music scene with Kzoo Music Scene.

This was one enchanting evening filled with acoustic performances from some of Kalamazoo's top singer/songwriters that was brought to you by Kzoo Music Scene and complimented with Kalamazoo's own Elixir Fixer/Mixer/Picker's elixir creations.  There was magic in the air that fateful night and I look forward to the next.  CHEERS!
The Traveling Elixir Fixer at Old Dog Tavern's Elixir Bar

The Spirit of Giving Artisan Market Event

We hope you can join us and our "mother" store The Rusty Rabbit 
in SW Michigan's Harbor Country 
at Journeyman Distillery for this fabulous event!
Vintage and Classic Cocktail and Barware

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mad Men Cityscape Event

On Sunday, October 21, 2012, the American Culinary Federation of SW Michigan gathered together for a fundraiser event, "Mad Men" seven-course dinner, at the CityScape Event space in Downtown Kalamazoo.  Seven of the most talented chefs in SW Michigan, each presenting their own specialty course paired with the Traveling Elixir Fixer's signature cocktail creations.  See the video for an amazing recap of this fabulous event filled with wonderful friends, exquisite epicurean edibles and tantalizing elixirs.  Net-Proceeds benefited the following culinary programs: Education For Employment in the Culinary Arts, Kalamazoo County; Calhoun Area Career Center, Battle Creek; Van Buren Technology Institute, Lawrence; Michigan Career and Technical Institute, Plainwell; and the Branch Area Careers Center, Coldwater.

Andy Dominianni, Channel 3 News Anchor, Emcee. Entertainment by Lana Hawkins and Steve Kammerling. Angie Jackson, Mixologist.

Featured chefs: Kenneth Taylor, Fetzer Center; Jane Norton, MCTI; Howie Peak, Greenleaf Hospitality Group; Jared Dellario, Casa Bolero; Eric Gillish, The Union; Clayton Holt, Gull Lake Country Club; and Allen Worman, Mangia Mangia.  Chief Mixologist Angie Jackson, the "Traveling Elixir Fixer."

The American Culinary Federation of SW Michigan's mission is to produce Culinary Professionals, by mentoring and tutoring, stagings and job shadows, apprenticeships and scholarships. With various incentives, from time to time, for any of its membership who achieve any of the various levels of certification as set forth by the American Culinary Federation.  The Federation also promotes the culinary arts and promotes and acknowledges professionalism in all culinarians.  They also promote and support the production and use of true foods and drinks; fair trade and local, fresh and organic, sustainable, whole, and unadulterated.  They support comaraderie and fellowship among culinarians and to initiate and engage in joint and cooperative efforts as well as promote and support community and regional programs in the culinary arts whether elementary, secondary, post-secondary, or non-traditional.  Membership is provided with regular opportunities for continuing education and for professional development.

Special thanks and a tip of my elixir hat to my dear friends, Laura Henderson and Brittany Bauman, She Films and Photography, for creating such a beautiful video and photos of this amazing event.  CHEERS TO YOU ALL!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Friday, November 2 at Old Dog Tavern - 
An Acoustic Night with Signature Cocktails,
Singer/Songwriters, and the Traveling Elixir Fixer
in Kalamazoo, MI

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Decanters for your seasonal "Witches Brew" concoctions

Be sure to like our Facebook page for more photos of our fabulous vintage classic cocktail and barware pieces that arrive weekly to our "house" - - CHEERS!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New at the Elixir House

Vintage Cut Crystal Decanter with 4 Matching Double Old Fashioned Glasses

Beautiful cut crystal decanter (Royal Crystal Rock, Cristallo Al Piambo - 24% Leaded Crystal) with matching Double Old Fashioned glasses - set of 4 glasses and decanter in excellent condition without chips or scratches. - $65.00

Frosted Goblet Set 

Frosted goblet set with a beautifully detailed bronze leaf pattern and a cut glass 1" Stem - set of 12 glasses - $48.00

Vintage Scotch Whisky Pitchers and Old Fashioned Glass Set

Two vintage Buchanan's Blended Scotch Whisky "Black & White Scottie" water pitchers, approximately 10" tall, each holds approximately 32 oz. of water - $20.98/ea

Set of Old Fashioned glasses circa 1940 with cocktail recipes design.  Set of 6 glasses, excellent condition - $18.00

Be sure to see our Facebook Fan Page for more photos - all items in store can be shipped.  Feel free to call us for further information. Click here for store information.  Cheers!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Traveling Elixir Show

The Traveling Elixir Show
Make a date for The Traveling Elixir Fixer to visit!  

Perfect for friendly gatherings at home

The Traveling Elixir Fixer invites you to enter the world of cocktail mixing! You'll mash, muddle, mix, blend, shake and stir your way through the classic pre-prohibition approach to cocktail mixing, using seasonal local ingredients. Angie will demonstrate the techniques that are used to create these tantalizing elixirs, and will share recipes for homemade syrups and mixers that will allow you to create beautifully crafted cocktails at home without spending a small fortune.  She will also share the history and folklore of the cocktails, and of the spirits that are used to create them. Angie will show you the correct way to mix drinks with the proper bar tools, as well as how to serve a signature drink for a crowd and how to stage a drink area. You will discuss basic bar equipment, new and inventive ideas for garnishing, and how to make your own fresh mixers. You will sample classic, seasonally-fresh pre-prohibition cocktails. Classes run for two hours, are all inclusive, and can include up to 12 students. Contact The Traveling Elixir Fixer for more information. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Role Reversals, Combat Corduroy, and ELIXIRS

Anyone who crosses my path has to know one thing about me: I love whiskey so much that I dedicate every Wednesday to a sampling of what many call, “sunlight held together by water.” One particular Wednesday, I was enjoying a fine crafted interpretation of a PURE MICHIGAN un-aged white whiskey, W. R. White Rye Whiskey from Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, MI, at my favorite little tucked away Irish gem, O’Duffy’s Pub in the Historic  Vine Street Neighborhood of Kalamazoo. While sipping on this delightful distilled spirit, a local Kalamazoo jam band began to play. Combat Corduroy, a classic indie jam band, says their interests include jamming, having a good time and chilling with great people. That particular Wednesday's performance was no exception.

The Traveling Elixir Fixer and Combat Corduroy
Combat Corduroy works its way into the ears and minds of the music culture. From the beginning of the band, through the growth, to the present, Combat Corduroy has been and will continue to play the best damn tunes this side of the Mississippi. The band consists of lead singer/guitarist Logan Castle, trained in blues and birthed in rock, bassist Brandon Jennings, funk with a sultry taste of classical cello, lead guitar Andrew Watkins, Metallica meets Phish, and on drums Jon Petro, the reincarnation of John Bonham. These four brothers have come together to make rock that makes your ears tingle.

I love a good role reversal and that particular Wednesday night's escapades at O'Duffy's Pub was a perfect trading places scenario. I quite often use the phrase, ".... got ELIXIRED." I use this statement when I have blanketed the area in liquid creations that had the masses feeling better than ever (including non-alcoholic elixirs), curing what ails ya, so to speak. I make people happy. These talented musicians ELIXIRED me with their performance, passion to their craft and their incredible souls that had nothing but love for all. Great food and drinks, fantastic friends (both old and new) and fabulous entertainment. Under normal circumstances, I would use a Michigan spirit (supporting all local: local venue, local talent and LOCAL SPIRITS). The band has requested Maker's Mark as their base spirit and we all know how I feel about that beautiful bourbon - break the RULES and design a beautiful liquid accompaniment using one of my favorite spirits. They deserve it. CHEERS!

The Combat Elixir

1 ½ oz. Makers Mark Bourbon
½ oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Peach Nectar
½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
4 Fresh Peach Slices (Garnish)
Mint Sprig (Optional Garnish)

Muddle 2 peach slices with lemon juice and bitters in a sturdy double old fashioned glass. Add remaining ingredients. Fill glass with ice and stir well. Add more ice and stir again. Garnish with additional peach slice and mint (optional).

Monday, July 9, 2012

Fresh and Funky "Soulfuel" Culinary Interpretations Meet Liquid Art

Smoky Chipotle Bloody Mary Mix
Join us this week as we are celebrating a new day, new menu items and LIQUID. Fuel will now be OPEN on Thursdays from 5pm - 9pm. The Traveling Elixir Fixer will be on hand this weekend pairing LIQUID CHEER with the "SoulFuel" culinary talents at Fuel. 

Smoky Chipotle and Jamaican Jerk fresh from the vine Bloody Mary mixes will be available Saturday and Sunday and are also available in pint and quart sizes for take-out purchase.

Reservations Accepted:

Fuel is an outpost hot spot, chill spot, home to healthy living. To culinary wellness. Head-bob hip with honest food. Local food. Comfort food. And foods of the world. Robust and imaginative. Deeply flavorful. With textures and colors that go pop to the eye. Go pop to the tongue. Great tooth and mouthfeel. Beautiful plates but more. Plant-based. Grain-based. Eco-responsible and nutritious. In a socially-conscious and aesthetically inspiring environment. With local art and artists. Poets and musicians. Guest chefs and djs. Tables of Understanding. And we have a chair with your name on it.

Fuel is a funky 18-seat completely vegetarian eatery set inside a vintage filling station at the busy corner of South Burdick and East Alcott Streets in the southside neighborhood of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Mambo Italiano - Muddled Orange, Basil, Ginger Honey Syrup and topped with Seltzer

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Hillbilly Fillies and Fizzes comes to Old Dog Tavern

Hillbilly Fillies and Fizzes:  
A Celebration of the 
Pioneering Women in Country Music and Cocktails
Monday, May 14, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Kalamazoo, MI

The Elixir Show comes to Old Dog Tavern for cocktails and a celebration of the Hillbilly Fillies! Mixologist Angie Jackson, the Traveling Elixir Fixer, will hang her hat with us for a spell and create signature cocktails inspired by the ladies who pioneered the trail of country music. 

Just like music, cocktails have structure, balance, layers of enjoyment, rhythm and harmony components, and quite often evoke fond memories. Angie has created five cocktails for you to sample, and you will take home the recipes that are inspired by the musical stylings of The Carter Family, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. 

Join us for an evening filled with whiskey, women, history and song. Angie will demonstrate how to create these tantalizing elixirs that will include the “Wildwood Flower Power Elixir” featuring Michigan’s own W.R. White Rye Whiskey (Journeyman Distillery, Three Oaks, MI), the smoky flavorings of blended scotch whisky in the “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, true Americana with the bourbon-based “Wayfaring Stranger”, Delilah’s Slap ‘n Tickle with white rye whiskey and orange/honey/sage syrup and we will finish the evening with “Walking After Midnight Fizz”, featuring Jack Daniels and Ginger Blackberry syrup. Angie will share everything you ever wanted to know about cocktail entertaining at home, including inside tricks used in the Chicago beverage industry. 

$30.00/person - call Old Dog Tavern at (269) 381-5677 or email: to reserve your spot.

Cocktails featured during the class will be available for purchase afterwards as a special signature drink menu for the evening. Pass this along to friends who want to experience a multi-sensory event filled with liquid "art." CHEERS!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Highballs and High Heels:  
A Girl’s Guide to Old Man Drinks
Webster's Prime Restaurant
100 West Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI
May 18, 2012

Ladies!  Forget shopping and those Cosmos!  Mixologist Angie Jackson, the Traveling Elixir Fixer, has designed a class for you gals that is dedicated to classic cocktails, otherwise known as “old man drinks.”  Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, Highballs, and Sidecars have become highly fashionable in the cocktail scene.  Grab your girlfriends and head over to learn about these prohibition-era classic cocktails.  Angie has tweaked these classic recipes and twisted them to become more user-friendly for those who may have feared these libations in the past.  You will sample and take home the recipes for twists on these classic cocktails including the Sidecar, Whiskey Sour, Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Gin Rickey, and a few other surprises to ensure a memorable cocktail gathering with the girls and cocktails. Contact Alex Tipton, Webster's Event Coordinator, to reserve your spot (269.226.3144)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Strawberry Fields Forever

1 3/4 oz. Beefeater Gin
1 oz. Strawberry/Wild Hibiscus/Rose Syrup
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Green Chartreuse (for glass rinse)
Wild Hibiscus Flower (garnish)

Combine gin, syrup and juice in a mixing glass. Add ice to Boston Shaker, shake ingredients for 10 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass rinsed with Green Chartreuse. Garnish with Wild Hibiscus Flower.

Strawberry/Wild Hibiscus/Rose Syrup
1 pint Strawberries
2 oz. Wild Hibiscus Syrup
1 oz. Rose Syrup
1/2 cup fine sugar
6 tbls. water
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

Bring water and strawberries (rinsed and cut into halves) to a boil in a medium, non-reactive saucepan, adding sugar and stirring well to dissolve. Once dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool. In a blender, blend stawberries until smooth. Add wild hibiscus and rose syrups, lemon juice and stir well. Fine strain into a bottle and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Strawberry Fields Forever was featured during the Magical Botanical Mixology Tour: Gin Cocktail Class held at Cooking Fools in Wicker Park, Chicago.

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Magical Botanical Mixology Tour: Gin Cocktails

The Magical Botanical Mixology Tour:
Gin Cocktails
1916 W. North Ave., Chicago
Sunday, February 19, 2012
3:00 - 5:30pm 
$50.00 per person

The magical botanical mixology tour is waiting to take you  away to a world filled with botanicals, English Gin and Beatles music! Join resident Mixologist Angie Jackson and Lynn House, Chief Mixologist for Blackbird Restaurant, for an afternoon filled with gin-based cocktails that are all inspired by Beatles songs. You will sample these cocktails and take home the recipes, all while enjoying an afternoon  filled with friends, food, music and the story behind why Angie and Lynn chose to create these cocktails inspired by Beatles songs. The cocktails include Strawberry Fields Forever, Blackbird, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Lady Madonna and Get Back.

Call Cooking Fools at 773.276.5565 
to reserve a spot today!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Releasing the Serpent: Scotch Tasting and Cocktails

Releasing the Serpent: 
Scotch Tasting and Cocktails
1916 W. North Ave., Chicago
Sunday, January 29, 2012
3:00 - 5:30pm 
$50.00 per person

Join us for an afternoon filled with Scotland’s most famous monster…Scotch.  Our resident Mixologist Angie Jackson and Lynn House, Chief Mixologist for Blackbird Restaurant, will walk you through the Highland and Lowland of Scotland’s whisky. You will savor delicious offerings from across the pond and enjoy rare sips of the country’s most prized single malts. You will also enjoy scotch in cocktail form, including the Rob Roy, Blood and Sand, and the Mark Twain as Angie and Lynn demonstrate these classic cocktails. Kilts welcomed. Appetizers will be provided by the chefs at Cooking Fools.

Call Cooking Fools at 773.276.5565 
to reserve a spot today!

Highballs and High Heels: A Girl's Guide to Old Man Drinks

Highballs and High Heels:
A Girl's Guide to Old Man Drinks
1916 W. North Ave., Chicago
Sunday, January 15, 2012
3:00 - 5:30pm  

Ladies, forget about Cosmos and shopping, and join us for an afternoon of exciting cocktails.  Our resident Mixologist Angie Jackson and Lynn House, Chief Mixologist for Blackbird Restaurant, have designed a class for you gals that is dedicated to classic cocktails, otherwise known as “old man drinks.”  Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, Highballs, and Sidecars have become highly fashionable in the cocktail scene.  Grab your girlfriends and head over to Cooking Fools to learn about these prohibition-era classic cocktails.  Angie and Lynn have tweaked these classic recipes and twisted them to become more user-friendly for those who may have feared these libations in the past.  You will sample and take home the recipes for an Elderflower Sidecar, Ginger Vanilla Whiskey Sour, Blueberry Lavender Rickey, The 42nd Street - a play on a Manhattan, and the Contessa, a softer version of the classic Negroni.

Call Cooking Fools at 773.276.5565 
to reserve a spot today!