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Catoctin and Kimpton – Cocktail Combo.

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Visited the Lorien Hotel (a Kimpton) in Alexandria for an evening where friends of ours from different lands and lives unknowingly were working on the same project – a tasting of Catoctin Creek’s locally distilled and bottled rye and brandy’s paired with Chef’s choice hors d’oeuvres from the Lorein.  Our friends Becky and Scott Harris have created a high level distillery in Purcellville, VA and Steph Vogel, another amazing person-friend runs the Lorien. The perfect cocktail storm.

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Serious mixing and choosing

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Yes, that one.

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All enjoy.

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Good Stuff.

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Becky explains the science.

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“The barrels are this big! ” Scott

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Wild Boar Rumpus

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How to make wild boar ragù.

Start with a superb epicurious recipe. Get some wild boar (shoulder is best but chops will work as well).

Make sure to seriously brown the boar (stew is flavored best that way) in cast iron (with the clarified onion). Deglaze the skillet with the red wine and use all of the crispy carbon bits when you switch pans.

Switch to copper braising pot for a long stew (notice the carmelization).

Heat tomato to a simmer before adding spices and herbs.

Use fresh herbs. The savory smell in the kitchen is now amazing.

Let the fat render. Cooking time should be 4-6 hours simmering with the lid ajar for two hours, and the lid on once most of the liquid is gone.

During the simmering have an Old Fashioned or three. Walk by the Shenandoah with the dogs.

Serve on fresh fettucini with sharp aged asiago grated over.

Eat with friends, wine, cocktails, cheesy scallops to start, some avocado salad. Adjourn to the bar. Let the dogs in. Laugh. Drink.

50 Cocktails or 50 Years?

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50th Birthdays require cocktails

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Best birthday card

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A Scot Toddy (John Stanton of Sable Chicago)

I am not Your Valentine (carbonated)

I am not Your Valentine (carbonated)

See no Evil

See no Evil

Birthday Cake by Cyn

Birthday Cake by Cyn

Just What the Dr Ordered

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Cyn and Ant

Cyn and Ant

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Amy, Eli and Mogli

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Berryville Passage

To Berryville

To Berryville

And Beyond

And Beyond

Absinthe Hour

Absinthe Hour

Birthday Phase 2 Complete

Birthday Phase 2 Complete

2016: The Bar

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