GSN Week in Review: Oct. 23-29, 2011 – Halloween Edition

Editorial:  Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone!  Be careful on the roads tonight, there are lots of kids out there!

Cheers!

Blair

Quote of the Week: “The spirits guys have demonstrated the importance of building brands. And, when necessary, renovating brands” through flavors, line extensions, packaging, repositioning, advertising and rebranding bartenders as “mixologists”.” – Tom Long

Winners of the week: Dean MacGregor, Dan Bovey, Ryan Maybee, Great American Distillers Festival, Raul Faria, Alex Valencia, John Ferretti, Cody Childers, Tyler Nelson, Todd Hudson

Trends: Gin, Bar Design

Upcoming events: 3rd Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party, The Holiday Spirits Bazaar, Kale & Nori “Bittered Sling Bistro” Cocktail Competition Series

New Spirits of note:  Dripping Springs Texas Orange Vodka

Cocktail of the week: Tomato Tomatoe (Lydia Reissmueller, PDT)
Glass: Coupe
Garnish: Mint sprig picked to a cherry tomato as if it was part of the vine
Method: Muddle the tomatoes, then add the rest of the ingredients. Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled coupe.
2oz Siete Leguas Blanco Tequila
½oz Green Chartreuse
¼oz Martinique Sugar Cane Syrup
3 cherry tomatoes
Comment: However you pronounce or spell the juicy red fruit that bursts with flavor come high summer, tomatoes have an affinity for Tequila, which PDT alum Lydia Reissmueller demonstrates admirably in her savory sour spiced with Chartreuse.

Cool barware: Luddite Melamine Serving Tray

Bars of the week:  PKNY, Canon

Book of the week:  The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender’s Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy By Jim Meehan

Interview of the Week: Brad Thomas Parsons (Author of Bitters)

Video of the Week

Photo of the week

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