The perfect five-bottle bar

the perfect five bottle bar

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.

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Tonight’s menu and cocktail pairings

It’s just a few hours before our early spring cocktail pairings dinner. If you’re coming, we’re super excited to share this meal with you—and if you’re not… well… here’s what you’re missing. Sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss out next time!

1
Radish, Brown Butter, Kumquat, Spring Herbs, Caviar
St. George Spirits Terroir Gin
or Chilled Spring Herb Tea 

2
Celeriac, Coconut, Mango, Pink Peppercorn, Vanilla
Barbancourt White Rhum, Coconut Water, Ginger
or Coconut Water, Ginger, Blackstrap Bitters 

3
Sea Scallop, Yuba, Fiddlehead Fern, Curry
Krogstad Aquavit, Meyer Lemon, Celery, Garam Masala
or Earl Grey Tea, Meyer Lemon, Celery, Garam Masala 

4
Beef Short Rib, Vietnamese Caramel, Charred Vegetables
Knob Creek Bourbon, Punt e Mes, Ginger, Candied Kumquat
or Chilled Pu-erh Tea, Ginger, Candied Kumquat 

5
Bitter Chocolate Cheesecake, Candied Orange, Pistachio
Housemade Horchata with Zaya Aged Rum
or Housemade Horchata

Reservations now open for 3/31 cocktail pairings dinner

Reservations are now open for our next dinner!

The festivities will take place on Saturday, March 31 at 7pm. This dinner will be five courses paired with our own handcrafted cocktails, designed to showcase the best of the season.

This dinner will be $85 per person (inclusive of cocktail pairings).

To snag your spot before they’re gone, drop us an email ASAP at reservations@hearsaysupperclub.com with the names of all the people in your party, as well as any serious food allergies we should be aware of.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday in the Hearsay liquor lab

Our cocktail pairings dinner coming up on Saturday–so it’s game on in the Hearsay liquor lab this week.

Green Lady
2 ounces St. George Spirits Dry Rye gin
2 ounces Cointreau
2 ounces green Chartreuse
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce tangerine juice

Shake and strain into coupes. Garnish each glass with 3 fresh tarragon leaves.

Throw a killer cocktail party—without missing the party

In the original 1950 version of Father of the Bride, Spencer Tracy throws a huge party at his home to celebrate his daughter’s engagement. He dutifully mans the bar, serving up cocktails made to order all night. As soon as he gets a break, he comes out to greet his guests–but the party is over and everyone is heading home.

That’s my cocktail party nightmare. When I invite people over, it’s because I want to see them and catch up! I’ve thrown maybe a hundred cocktail parties in my time, and I’d like to think I’ve learned a few things along the way… so here are my five keys to throwing a fabulous, stylish cocktail hour for 20+ that you can actually participate in. Continue reading