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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Cherry sherry Manhattans for a crowd

bottled cocktailsRecently, 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.

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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.