Tabasco asked Jim Kearns at Peels in New York City to create a range of drinks employing various hot sauces made by the Louisiana company. He came up with the Spicy Cinna-Blast (bourbon, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, Buffalo Trace White Dog, cinnamon bark syrup and Tabasco Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce); Hidalgo's Confession (Tequila Don Julio Blanco, lime juice, simple syrup, Al Wadi Pomegranate Molasses, Tabasco Habanero Sauce); and New Year's Revelation (Champagne, Demerara syrup, Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters, orange bitters, Tabasco Green Jalapeño Sauce).
Ketel One Vodka is offering a novel bartender-focused promotion: in December, New York residents are being offered the chance to reserve a "Mobile Mixologist," in which bartenders arrive for at-home gatherings with everything needed to host a holiday party, including personally crafted cocktails, a catering staff to serve food and a fleet of chauffeured SUVs to get their guests home safely. New York mixologists Eryn Reese from Mayahuel and Leo Robitschek from Eleven Madison Park take part.
The brainchild of an urban-exploring Chicagoan fond of the card game euchre (a popular Midwest pastime), the Drink Deck is a full set of playing cards, each adorned with a picture of a Portland, Ore., watering hole, which includes contact info with a redeemable discount value of ten bucks at each bar. Thatch Tiki Bar, Teardrop Lounge, and My Father's Place are among the bars featured. Check out the concept at http://thedrinkdeck.com/about/.
At PS 7’s in Washington, D.C., Gina Chersevani and local chefs are offering monthly classes on food and drink. This week it’s “Cookies and Milk;” in January, Chersevani and chef Peter Smith take on “fire” and “ice” in a cocktail. February brings “Love Potion #9” and aphrodisiacs; March means “Beer + a shot = Cocktails; ” and in April, they take on bacon.