Get Your Springtime Cocktail Fix with Bourbon Babes x DISPLAY: California

Photo by Yarcenia Garcia.
Photo by Yarcenia Garcia.

Have you made plans this weekend yet? If you are looking for something fun (and delicious) to do, stop by DISPLAY: California this Saturday, April 16, between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. and taste test one of our signature cocktails.

Try your hand at making the Burly Babe Punch and/or the Burly Babe Cold Toddy, featuring shrubs, switchels, and jams by Burly Beverages and INNA Jam. YUM!

Hope to see you there!

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Cask & Barrel: A Feast Made for The Babes

you want to eat all of this, i know

Since they opened in early 2015, Cask & Barrel has been on my “to try” list, so when they invited The Babes in for a bourbon-filled dinner, I was beyond stoked. Just a short bike or Lyft ride off the grid, I am now kicking myself for not making my way there sooner.

The instant reaction with every bite or sip we took was “OH MYYYY, THIS IS SO GOOD.” It came out of our mouths in all caps, I promise.

i love you, kansas city old fashioned. will you marry me?

Bar Manager Ryan’s Kansas City Old Fashioned is to die for. Typically, old fashioneds are too sweet and/or boozey for my taste, but Ryan puts his chemistry background to use here, perfectly melding citrus with bourbon and rye for a finish that goes down smooth.

In addition to cocktails, Cask & Barrel’s copy editor appeasing “Whisk(e)y” list now boasts over 100 types. Our scotch-leaning waiter Nick curated a whisk(e)y flight for us, and managed to convert at least one of The Babes to the scotch side. We tried Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky, Willett Pot Still Reserve, Glenkinchie 12-Year-Old Distiller’s Edition Scotch, and Highland Park 12-Year-Old Scotch. Yum!

corn dogs with proper posture

We were treated to many appetizers (including the adorably plated foie gras corn dogs you see above), which we assumed were dinner until a full spread of smoked, slow cooked meat; a bucket of crispy fried chicken; cornbread with ham hock butter (regular butter will never sate me again); mac & cheese; and a salad topped with cheddar cheese bread pudding croutons and apple pie vinaigrette (among other things) arrived.

i will crawl right off this plate and into your mouth

After we’d digested for a bit, dessert appeared. We managed to make room in our stomachs for it, though we devoured it too quickly to photograph. The chocolate fried pie, which is derived from a 200-year-old recipe, is drizzled with salted duck fat caramel and indulgently decadent. It was so delicious the only thing my blown away brain could say, repeatedly, was “WHAT IS UP WITH THIS PIE?!?” Again, it came out of my mouth in all caps.

We heard word there is a whiskey waffle in the works for brunch, so you can bet your bottom dollar we’ll be back for that, not to mention happy hour and many a friend, family, or date night.

cask and barrel crew and bourbon babes

Many thank yous to Chef Gabriel Glasier and Pastry Chef Kristel Flores for hosting The Babes. Cheers!

Glasses Up, Irish True: Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey Tasting!

My stomach churned with excitement as I entered the doors of Pour House for my first official whiskey tasting. Pour House is a familiar place for evening activities for me. However, this time, I took in a big gulp of air once I was inside. Both of us a little nervous about what to do, my fellow Bourbon Babe and I slowly walked our way through the tables to a gal in the back of the room near a sign that read “Tullamore D.E.W.”.

 We shyly asked her if this was the whiskey tasting event and, with a bubbly Irish accent, she exclaimed, “Why yes!” A native Irish citizen, this cheery whiskey fanatic was the West Coast ambassador for the label Tullamore D.E.W. and our hostess for the evening.

 She went on to share that the Tullamore D.E.W. distillery was founded in 1829, in a central Ireland town called Tullamore. One of the distillery family members, Daniel E. Williams, was responsible for bringing to the distillery the new “flavor” of mixing malted and unmalted barley together, branding Tullamore to be what it is today. As you can see in the name, Tullamore D.E.W. kept Daniel’s initials (D.E.W.). Remaining true to the dedication and flavor profiles Daniel brought to his Irish whiskey has made Tullamore D.E.W. the second largest Irish whiskey brand in the world today!

At our whiskey tasting we got to try four labels. Below we give you the run-down of the different varietals and a brief description of the flavors. You can find Tullamore D.E.W. at most BevMos, ranging in price from $24 to $65 per bottle.

Tullamore D.E.W. Tasting

Original Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey*

  • Flavors: citrus, green apple, spice, vanilla, marzipan, buttery
  • Notes: The spice comes from mixing barley and unmalted barley together

*Bourbon Babes’ favorite!

 Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Special Reserve

  • Flavors: red wine, nuttiness, spice, sherry, chocolate, praline, marzipan
  • Notes: This special reserve spends a portion of its life in a bourbon oak barrel and then in a sherry barrel

Tullamore D.E.W. 10 Year Single Malt

  • Flavors: earthiness, tropical fruits, pineapple, freshly cut grass, toasted wood, apricots, Christmas cake
  • Notes: This malt is fermented with actual pineapple chunks to bring out its sweet flavors

 Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix

  • Flavors: toffee, malty, leafy, vanilla, caramel sweetness, floral, oak tannins, oloroso sherry, spicy
  • Note: This is their featured Irish whiskey and it  explodes in your mouth! It will likely only be available until summer 2015 as it is a limited batch, so get it before it’s gone!