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In this issue: Do the Twist, More Fall Classes, Featured Cocktail: Ames Addiction, Eating Ann Arbor - Jerusalem Garden

It's time to do the twist!

   Our much loved classic cocktails are classic for a reason - they have great structure and formulas that just work. Modern bartenders take advantage of that base by starting with the classics, then updating them to take advantage of the many new ingredients in the marketplace. Join the fun at my September 28 Classic Cocktail/Modern Twist class. We'll explore creative updates on four classic cocktails - the Daiquiri, Mahattan, 20th Century and Old Fashioned - making both the classic baseline cocktail and one or more modern updates of each. 
   This is a great "bring a friend" class - while there's a lot for Tammy's Tastings regulars in this class, it'll provide a great grounding in the basics for newer craft cocktail explorers as well. 

More Fall Classes

October 12 - The Big Easy - New Orleans and craft cocktail history go hand in hand. I'll share stories from my recent trip as we explore the past, present and future of drinking in the Big Easy.
October 26 - Spooky Sips - No gimmicky drinks with dry ice or fake eyeballs, this class will feature a variety of real craft cocktails with seasonally appropriate names. Come in costume and win prizes!

November 9 - Along the Bourbon Trail - Learn all about America's distinctive spirit, and how it shaped and was shaped by the history of our nation. You'll taste a variety of bourbons on their own and in cocktails.

Featured Cocktail - Ames Addiction

   Most of us associate rum with fruity punches, tiki drinks like the Mai Tai, or cooling summer highballs like the Mojito. But many aged rums have complexity and depth that match whiskeys like bourbon or rye. Which means that rum can be fantastic in stirred drinks as well. The Ames Addiction was the perfect start to the Yo-ho-ho class, but it would fit in equally well for the upcoming Classic Cocktail/Modern Twist class, as it's just a rum and ginger twist away from a classic Manhattan.

Ames Addiction
1 1/2 oz aged rum
3/4 oz ginger liqueur (such as Domaine de Canton or King's)
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
Garnish: orange peel
Combine ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Stir well and strain into ice-filled old fashioned glass. Garnish. 

Eating Ann Arbor - Jerusalem Garden

   This Ann Arbor classic restaurant has a new home, and I finally had time to go in and check it out. Located on Liberty right around the corner from its old location, it occupies the space that was previously home to vegetarian favorite Seva. (You know you've lived in Ann Arbor a long time when you give directions by telling people what used to be there.)
   The new space is light, airy, and oh-so-spacious compared to the previous digs! You won't have to worry about spreading your arms if you need to stretch while you are eating. And with plenty of larger tables, it's much more friendly for dining with a group. 
   J-Garden fans will be happy to know that the menu has remained much the same. There are a few new additions (including french fries), but all the classics remain. The Chicken Shawarma sandwich is my personal favorite with all those great pickles and garlic sauce. My friend got the falafel platter, which comes with your choice of one or two sides. The hummus is still just as fantastic as before, but the thing that blew me away when I stole a bite were the falafel themselves. Too often falafel are dense and dry - but these falafel were perfect - bright green inside, intensely flavored, and - most important - lightly handled, so the center remains tender underneath the crispy browned exterior. 
   With a new restaurant opening every month, it's easy to forget about our more established destinations. But Jerusalem Garden remains a great place for a fast and inexpensive lunch or dinner.
~ In Other News ~

Lots o' Links
Fun stuff from my Facebook page
- Life cycle of the modern chef
- Cute and funny video of people trying absinthe for the first time
- Delicious recipe for homemade pita bread
- When cotton candy is art

Now Booking Fall & Holiday Events
I have openings through the fall and winter for private bartending, tasting events, personal cheffing and more! As we look ahead to the holiday season, think about Tammy's Tastings. Tasting events and classes make for delightfully different year-end thanks you parties for staff and clients. And a private bartender or personal chef takes every party to the next level! I'd love to work with you to craft your perfect food and drink experience. Contact me to book!
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