Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 11: Great Wagon Road Distillery

In the News: Raylen Vineyards, Olde Mecklenberg Brewing, Walton’s Distillery, Mystery Brewing, Fortnight Brewing, JOLO Winery, Crude Bitters.

Meet the Maker: Oliver Mulligan from Great Wagon Road Distillery is in and we talk about his fantastic spirits. He gets high marks, especially from his Rua, which has basically made the distillery famous! We try several more, though. A lot of good stuff from Great Wagon Road!

Food for Drinkin’: Chef Tim Grandinetti sends a fantastic Irish-inspired sausage and pasta dish for us to try.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)Get Down with the Brown.
2oz Rua Single Malt Whiskey
3oz Molasses Black Pepper Sage Reduction¹
¾oz Roses Lime Juice
Top with Crude Rizzo Bitters
Rosemary Lemon Oil²
Two sage leaves (slapped)

¹Molasses, Black Pepper, Sage Reduction
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 cup molasses
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
3 cups water
1 tbsp coriander seed
2 fresh sage leaves
3 tbsp whole black pepper
Reduce on high heat by half. Refrigerate until cool

²Rosemary Lemon Oil
3 rosemary sprigs
Juice and zest ¼ lemon
1½ cup olive oil
Let set for 24 hours to meld flavors

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 2: Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Company

In the News: Durham Distillery, Old Nick’s Spirits, Gibbs Hundred Beer, Topo Organic Distillery, Old Mecklenberg Brewery, Shelton Vineyards, Great Wagon Road Distilling Company, Crude Bitters & Soda.

Meet the Maker: Eric Swaim, co-owner talks about the history of Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Company, including the origin of the name, where they’ve gone, where they’re wanting to go. Hoots is very ingrained in the community of Winston-Salem and the feelings are reciprocated. You’d be hard pressed to find a local restaurant in Winston-Salem and areas in close proximity that doesn’t carry at least one Hoots beer. Their beers are delicious. We’re proud to call Eric and Hoots friends of ours. We drink their CocoMorita and Golden Mild.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink): The Cherry Splash
3/4 oz. Seventy-Eight °C Spirits Limoncello1 oz. vanilla simple syrup
4  oz. black cherry juice
1 dash of key lime juice
Top with Hoots’ Golden Mild
Lemon zest, lime zest and wild Arabian cherry

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 1: Old Nick Spirits

Welcome to our inaugural podcast!
You can listen by clicking the embedded link at the bottom of the post.

Tim and Jordan introduce themselves, what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and what to expect from our podcasts.

In the News: Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company, Fortnight Brewing, Bombshell Brewing, Shelton Vineyards, Greensboro Distilling/Fainting Goat Spirits.

Meet the Maker: Matt and Zeb Williams of Old Nick Spirits of Lewisville, talk about their family’s whiskey history, their Presidential liquor and why their distillery is “America’s most famous forgotten distillery.”

Shake It Up (the art of the drink): Tim’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
1 1/2 oz Old Nick’s Carolina Whiskey
2 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Dark Agave Nectar
1/2 oz Cream of Coconut
1/2 oz Vanilla Extract
1/2 oz Rose’s Lime Juice
Splash of Pomegranate Juice
3 Dashes of Crude™ Vanilla Roasted Pineapple Bitters

Shake over ice. Strain into martini glass.


Sipping NC: The Art of the Drink Podcast is proudly recorded at Test Pattern Studios.