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In this issue: Wander the Bourbon Trail, Upcoming Fall Classes, Featured Cocktail - Kill-Devil Punch, Singing the Praises of Bad Coffee

Wander the Bourbon Trail

Take the Bourbon Trail with Tammy's Tastings on November 9. In my Along the Bourbon Trail class you'll learn all about America's distinctive spirit, and how it shaped and was shaped by the history of our nation. Bourbon is a spirit of stories, and I'll share them as you taste a variety of bourbons on their own and in cocktails.

Upcoming Fall Classes

November 30 - Repeal Day Celebration - December 5, 1933 marked the end of Prohibition. Come celebrate with Tammy’s Tastings as we dust off some of the lesser known cocktails of that era and talk about how Prohibition impacted global cocktail culture of the time. This class will feature special guest speaker Anne Cahalan. Anne is a Detroit history buff and tour guide and will talk about the people and places that made Detroit an important part of the Prohibition story.

December 14 - Holiday Cocktails - Spice up your holiday entertaining with some seasonal cocktails. You’ll create your own house champagne cocktail, explore hot toddies and spiced wine, and sample some unusual and delicious egg nogs!

Featured Cocktail - Kill-Devil Punch

With a name like that, this was a perfect drink to kick off my Spooky Sips class on Halloween. But a punch bowl filled with raspberry, rum, and pineapple flavors is the perfect way to kick off pretty much any occasion, so keep this punch in mind for fall and winter entertaining!

This recipe from Death & Co in NYC is designed with a busy bar in mind, where they need to be able to whip up a variety of punches on the fly. That means they use ice to chill the punch quickly and then strain it for service before serving immediately. At home, if you have the time, you may want to prepare a batch in advance and chill it down in your refrigerator. To do so, just skip the stirring with ice and instead add 5 oz of cold water to the recipe below.

Kill-Devil Punch
12 white sugar cubes
15 raspberries
3 oz club soda
6 oz aged rum (preferably Jamaican, such as Appleton Reserve or Myers)
3 oz lime juice
3 oz pineapple juice
3 oz sparkling wine
Garnish: raspberries
Combine sugar cubes, raspberries and club soda in a pitcher. Muddle until sugar is broken up. Add remaining ingredients except sparkling wine and fill pitcher ¾ full with ice cubes. Stir until cold, then strain into punch bowl over large block of ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish. Serves 4-6.
~ In Other News ~

Lots o' Links
Fun stuff from my Facebook page
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What does "bottled in bond" mean, and why should you buy it?
- Obstacles to greater transparency in Scotch whisky labeling
- A look at the changing face of craft beer
- The joys of bad coffee - sometimes it's not about what's *in* the cup

Tour with Tammy's Tastings?
I had so much fun in New Orleans, all I could think about was inviting you along to join me on my travels. If you'd be interested in traveling with Tammy's Tastings to the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky or to New Orleans, contact me for more information. Tours are in the planning stages now, and I want your input!

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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