Category: Beer & Cocktails

beers and cocktail concoctions

Sneak Peek: Uproar Brewing Company, Downtown San Jose

There’s not a lot happening in downtown San Jose. Unfortunately it seems like more venues are closing up shop than opening. Even with the “uprising” of the “art district” SoFa — there’s nary a decent place to hang out for any significant amount of time. But bumming around the desolate downtown, I came across a glimmer of hope on First Street when I saw that construction is nearly completed on a new pub, Uproar Brewing.

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Winery Review: Re:Find Distillery

It’s no secret that I like my wine, but when drinking hard liquor or making a cocktail, vodka is my spirit of choice. I was introduced to Re:Find Distillery when co-owner Monica Villicana kindly sent me a sample of her Re:Find Barrel Finished Vodka. (Click the link to read the full review. SPOILER ALERT: It’s awesome). So, when I made my pass through Paso Robles, home to Re:Find Distillery, I had to pop in and see this operation from the inside.

Monica and Alex Villicana, co-owners of Re:Find Distillery

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Re:Find Barrel Finished Vodka Cocktail Recipe

After tasting Re:Find Barrel Finished Vodka I wanted to craft my own signature cocktail using the product. It’s not fancy, but it’s a mix of flavors that I particularly enjoy and that I think go well together. I hope you enjoy it as well. Cheers!

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Re:Find Barrel Finished Vodka Cocktail Recipe

Trying to keep my cocktail light, I use diet juice and soda. You can certainly replace these ingredients with equal portions of the non-diet versions.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces Re:Find Barrel Aged Vodka
  • 3 ounces Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 can Zevia Black Cherry soda
  • 1/4 lime
  • 3 to 4 cubes ice (optional)

Instructions

  • In a whiskey glass, use a shot glass to pour one shot Re:Find Barrel Aged Vodka and two Shots cranberry juice into the whiskey glass.
  • Add ice cubes if desired.
  • Top with 1/2 can of Zevia Black Cherry soda and use a spoon to stir and combine ingredients.
  • Squeeze the juice of 1/4 of a lime into the drink. Stir again to combine.
  • Drop the remaining lime into the glass if desired.
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If you haven’t read my product review for Re:Find Distillery Barrel Aged Vodka, please do so.

Product Review: Re:Find Barrel Finished Vodka

Re:Find Barrel Finished Vodka

Yes, I am predominantly a wine girl (in case you couldn’t tell). But when in the mood for a cocktail, vodka is my go-to hard liquor of choice. To be honest, I’m not as well-versed in vodkas as I am with wines. I only recently discovered Hangar 1 when it was on sale, and with its smooth texture and almost fruity finish, it quickly became my new favorite. And then I realized why — Hangar 1 distills a combination of grapes and grain, so the vodka has a wine-like quality about it. But when Monica Villicana, Re:Find proprietor and wife to chief distiller and co-proprietor Alex Villicana, sent me a bottle of their barrel aged finished vodka, I knew I was about to find my new, new favorite.

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Event: Los Gatos Wine Walk Fall 2016

One of the cool things about living in SF’s South Bay Area is that it seems like very little city down here, from Sunnyvale to Saratoga, has it’s own Wine Walk. It’s an event where wineries from all over California set up in local shops and pour samples of their latest releases. The most popular, by far, is the Los Gatos Wine Walk. Whether their spring or fall event, tickets sell out sometimes weeks before the actual event. Well, I finally got my ticket to this year’s fall walk. With 40 different wineries pouring anywhere from 1 to 5 wines each, it’d be hard for me to recap the whole event. But I did make it to all 40, tasting and talking at each station, and I’ve chosen my top 4 of those 40 wineries here.

This is purely based on my opinion and tasting notes from the event.

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