The perfect five-bottle bar: (1) Faultline bourbon, (2) Fernando de Castilla Antique amontillado sherry, (3) St. George Terroir gin, (4) Dolin Rouge vermouth, and (5) Campari
A few weeks ago, Dan’s sister Rachel asked for a cocktail lesson. Her reasoning was solid: cocktails are the perfect thing for a person who lives alone and will never finish a bottle of wine solo. And they’re fun! So true.
But Rachel’s request also came with a challenge. Because she’s starting from scratch and doesn’t want to spend a fortune stocking the bar, she wanted to pinpoint just five bottles that would give her lots of options—not to mention make her look like a cocktail genius.
The easy thing to do, of course, would have been to send her away to find vodka, gin, tequila, rum, and whiskey, along with the proportions for a sour. And hey—there’s nothing wrong with the basics. But that felt like a cop-out. I wanted to help her find her cocktail personality. And I wanted each of the five bottles to be worthy of drinking on their own.
So we embarked on an epic tasting journey.
Right, so, it’s been almost a year since we hosted a dinner. Time flies!
It’s been a crazy year. I got a new job. Six months later, that company got acquired and I had to get ANOTHER new job. We got engaged, and then we got married. And both of us now have pretty intense jobs at pretty intense tech companies.
So we haven’t had a whole lot of free time.
But we both miss Hearsay. It was fun to plan the menus together and test all the wine pairings (ahem, very important research!). Every group that joined us for a meal was unique and interesting, and it was pretty fantastic to watch friendships form between people who probably never would have met otherwise.
The question is, do you miss Hearsay too?
Leave a comment if you’d like us to get another dinner on the books. (Hint: we’re almost always willing to schedule something special if you come to us with a full group of 12.)
We’ve toyed with a few new ideas—three courses instead of six, cocktail parties with hors d’oeuvres instead of a sit-down dinner, brunch… if you have strong feelings about any of them, let us know.
Jeanne + Dan
We’re now taking reservations for our next dinner on Saturday, September 14! For this meal, we’ll blend the inspiration we’ve gathered over the summer with our excitement about our upcoming vacation to Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia, and northeastern Italy (Friuli and Venice). So expect twists on classic Italian dishes, unusual (but delicious!) orange wines, and maybe some Ottoman influence. It’s going to be a good one.
To reserve your seat, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers!
So, apologies for being more or less MIA since our May dinner
. I joined a new company in June, and we’ve been traveling a lot this summer.
The upside of all the madness? Lots of tasty adventures. We’re super excited to bring all of the inspiration we’re collecting to our dinners in the fall. If you aren’t on our mailing list, you should be… that’s the only way to get an invite. Sign up now!
Recently, we threw a cocktail party for about 30 friends. Hosting events like this is one of my very favorite things in the whole wide world. Now that we’ve arrived at the age where a lot of our friends have started having babies, seeing each other regularly can sometimes be a tricky business, requiring epic coordination of sitters and nannies and bedtimes. Getting 30 of my favorite people together at one time, in my living room, feels like a much bigger accomplishment than it did six or seven years ago. So when the stars align and it all comes together, I’m psyched. I want to make sure everybody has a fantastic time. And I definitely don’t want to miss my chance to catch up with everyone because I’m stuck behind the bar, slinging drinks all night.
The secret to making it happen: batch cocktails. Continue reading