October 5, 2015

Ladies Love Whiskey and Upcoming Book Events

The DISTILLED IN MAINE tour continues! I have book events scheduled through the end of the year, and as you can probably imagine, they're pretty exciting, as they come with the promise of alcohol! I think a lot more people would excel in the study of American history if it always came with a few cocktails. 

I've already one under my belt, which went great, at Maine Historical Society, with Steve and Johanna of Vena's Fizz House serving up a delicious gin and grapefruit cocktail they dubbed The Meadow. 

This Friday, I'll be at the Yarmouth History Center at 7pm, giving a talk about the history of alcohol in Maine. The specific cocktails are still being worked out, but they're sure to use Maine-made spirits and be delicious. Samples of Cold River spirits from Maine Distilleries will also be provided. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for members. 

In a few weeks, I'll be headed down to Kennebunkport to present a workshop with Joel Souza, the bar manager at David's KPT, in partnership with Table, the culinary event program of the Kennebunkport Resort Collection. 

I attended a Table tequila mixology workshop back in the spring, led by Joel and a Casamigos rep. We learned about how tequila is made and how to make four tequila-based cocktails. It was a great time - a nice mix of education and delicious drinks, so I'm excited to be part of providing that same experience for a group. 

I'll be presenting findings from my book's research about the Kennebunks and their history with alcohol, while Joel mixes up related cocktails, on Saturday October 24th at 3pm. Tickets are $35 and include an hour-and-a-half workshop with four cocktails. A $50 ticket includes a signed copy of Distilled in Maine.

Finally, at the end of the month (on the 27th), the ladies of the Portland Spirits Society are headed to Liquid Riot Bottling Company to nerd out over some whiskey. We'll be learning from Liquid Riot staff about the ingredients used to make whiskey and how they affect the resulting spirits' flavors. We'll sample both Liquid Riot's whiskeys (they have at least 2 that I know of) and some national brands for comparison. 

Get your tickets soon - I'm thrilled to say that all of the PSS ticketed events have sold out - you ladies are thirsty for whiskey! Tickets to this event include four tasting pours of whiskey and all the knowledge that Liquid Riot staff drops on us - plus the company of other women with such superb tastes as yourself. 

Photo courtesy of Liquid Riot/Instagram