Russian Diplomacy and Spirits 101

Russian Diplomacy

For several years, once a year my father and step-mother hosted a child from the Republic of Belarus - one of the Soviet Republics. The church-sponsored trips allowed kids who had been exposed to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to come here for more advanced medical checkups than they would otherwise get. Since it was the same child each year, they got to know the parents quite well and even traveled to Belarus to visit them. A few years ago was the last time that Alexander could visit, so his parents arranged to come with him for the visit. I planned a trip home so I could finally meet them as well. Alexander's father could not really speak English, and as a typical American, I couldn't speak Russian, so we had some fun conversation through a darling young Belurus girl who acted as interpreter. (We also had some hilarious pantomime conversations without her.) The last night, he insisted on grilling a traditional pork dish with, of course, some good Russian Vodka. Both extended families gathered on the patio. The summer night was pleasant, the pork was outstanding, and the vodka flowed freely with the toasts. THAT was successful diplomacy!


This recipe comes from Ultimate Bar Book, Mittie Hellmich,Chronicle Books.  Men, this is a "girlie" drink, but if you haven't figured it out yet, men really need to know how to make a few girlie drinks...

3/4 oz. Djinn Spirits Vapor Infused Gin
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. Cointreau (or triple sec)
1 tsp sugar (we prefer a 1/2 tsp of castor sugar)
3 to 5 oz. chilled champagne

Shake all ingredients except the champagne over ice and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Carefully top with champagne.

Distillery News

Spirits 101 - New for Djinn Spirits, we are really excited to start offering classes in spirits education.  The first class will be taught Friday, March 28 at 6:00PM.  This 1-1/2 hour class will cover basics of fermentation and distillation, Classes and Types of spirits, and a little history and production basics of the different types.  The class will be $50 per person (must be at least 21.) As this is the first class, we are including a bottle of Beat 3 and a Glencairne nosing glass.

Want more??  The Country Tavern has graciously agreed to host an after-class "tasting lab". We'll just walk over for a flight of sample beverages we can taste, compare, and enjoy! Should be lots of fun.  This is optional and will be priced separately (TBD).

Class size is limited to 8 so please register in advance. Send us an email if you're interested.
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