Well, despite the lack of posting here, we've been meeting each month since January. Unfortunately, one of our ladies signed up to blog about the last few month's activities, and then promptly took on a huge project at work and hasn't gotten to it. Hopefully she will, but in the meantime here's a quick recap:
February 2009 - Obscure Cocktail Ingredients
We gathered at my house, and tasted through a series of cocktails using obscure cocktail ingredients. We focused on Creme de Violette, Old Tom Gin and Genever, and tasted and discussed the following drinks: Violet Fizz, Arsenic & Old Lace, Martinez, Improved Holland Cocktail, and Amsterdam Cocktail. All were interesting, and the Martinez was the favorite.
The food menu included a couple of things with unusual ingredients, and some regular snacks. The most popular food recipe was the Mango Pomegranate Guacamole from Epicurious.
March 2009 - All Things Alaska
Our event coincided with the start of the Iditarod, and our lovely hostess, Shelley Temple, is a frequent visitor to Alaska. So we enjoyed the Damn the Weather and the Alaska Cocktail, along with some smoked salmon and other delicious snacks.
April 2009 - Modern Interpretations
Unfortunately, I missed this event at Boka, but heard it was a lot of fun. Hopefully one of the other ladies will blog about what happened!
May 2009 - Classic Cocktail Hour
Since we have only nine members, now and then we decide to meet up for an informal cocktail hour. Originally, Ginny Tonic was going to host a lavish affair at her place, but unfortunately her A/C went out, so we had to change our plans. We met up at Otom in the west loop of Chicago, and had some great drinks and snacks. My favorite drink was the Absinthe Flip that Gregory made for me, mostly because I'd never had an absinthe-based flip before, but all of the drinks were fantastic.
Our next gathering is next Thursday, June 25, at Stone Manhattan's place. Can't wait to see what she comes up with!