Wine & Spirits

Shrubs turn fruit and vinegar into cocktails

Last fall I discovered shrubs, the fruit and vinegar syrups that were originally a Colonial-era way to preserve fruit but which can be used to create terrific cocktails.  Shrubs, or drinking vinegars, can be mixed with sparkling water for a non-alcoholic drink or with a compatible spirit (such as bourbon) for a great cocktail. In … more »

Local bartenders chosen for international competition

Apr 4th, 2014 | News, Wine & Spirits

By Jolene Ketzenberger Three Indiana bartenders will be participating in an upcoming international drinks competition, an event one calls “the World Series of bartending.” Joshua Gonzales, an owner at Thunderbird, Mike Madison, bartender at Twist Lounge, and Doug Spradley, bartender/assistant manager at Crazy Horse in Bloomington, all made the list of Midwest regional finalists who … more »

A little white wine advice

Feb 28th, 2014 | News, Wine & Spirits

So I’ve always claimed to be someone who just wants the red wine, please, but lately I’ve been buying and drinking white. I don’t know what’s up with that. Maybe I’m just sick of winter and pining for the porch wines of summer, but I decided I could use some suggestions — are there some whites … more »

What are you drinking on Valentine’s Day?

Feb 13th, 2014 | News, Wine & Spirits

By Lindy Brown “I only drink Champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it — unless I’m thirsty.” —  Mme. Lily … more »

Bacon + pizza + wine = dinner at Jockamo

Feb 12th, 2014 | News, Restaurants, Wine & Spirits

Now here’s a wine dinner that’s definitely not stuffy. Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza will be hosting a $30-per-person wine dinner Feb.24 at its Greenwood location at 401 Market Plaza. Pizza…wine. Sounds good, right? Did I mention the menu is called “An Ode to Bacon?” Jockamo will be sampling the wines of Goldschmidt Vineyards to complement … more »

A wintertime celebration drink

Jan 9th, 2014 | News, Wine & Spirits

In light of yesterday’s story in the IBJ about EatDrinkIndy, I asked Wilks & Wilson’s Zach Wilks, mixologist extraordinaire, if he would come up with a celebratory drink recipe for me. I gave him a list of the ingredients I had on hand, and 10 minutes later, I had the recipe for my Hot High … more »
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