Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 24: Westbend Winery & Brewery

Proudly recorded from Test Pattern Studios.

In the News: Burial Beer Company, Old Nick Williams Spirits, Homebrewers’ Clubhouse,

Meet the Maker: It wasn’t that long ago that Westbend Winery & Brewery was closing up their winery and brewery. But, they’re now back with a vengeance and we have Ethan Brown, the wine master and head brewer of the new-and-improved company. We tasted two of their beers and a bottle of wine.

Food for Drinkin’: Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar is our food sponsor!

Mix It Up (the art of the drink): Widowmaker

2½oz Covington Vodka
4oz Cranberry Puree*
Rim glass with Cabernet Molasses**

*Cranberry Puree
1½ Cups Dried Cranberries
¼ Cup Black Peppercorns
1 tbsp Thyme
1 qt Water
Reduce for 30 minutes
Puree and Strain Mix

**Cabernet Molasses
2½ Cups Cabernet Red Wine
1 Cup Sugar
Reduce for 10-15 minutes

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 15: Covington Vodka

Proudly recorded from Test Pattern Studios.

In the News: Olde Mecklenburg Brewing, Sanctuary Vineyards, Morgan Ridge Vineyards, Mystery Brewing Company.

Meet the Maker: Covington Vodka owner Jimbo Eason sits down with Tim and Jordan and talks about why he chose sweet potatoes to make his vodka with and the history of the distillery. Because it’s sweet potatoes and not regular potatoes like traditional vodka, Covington’s Sweet Potato Vodka is “Gluten Free and Putin Free.” And, it’s the “Best Yam Vodka on Earth!”

Food for Drinkin’: Chef Tim Grandinetti sends us some delicious Bison Meat Loaf with tobacco onion straws and creamed spinach from Spring House Restaurant Kitchen & Bar.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)Snow Hill Paradise
2oz Covington Swt Potato Vodka
2½oz Basil Mango Juice*
½oz lemon vanilla syrup**
Top with tiki two two bitters

*Basil Mango Juice
1 mango char grilled
2 cups mango juice
5 basil leaves
Strain and chill

**Lemon Vanilla Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 whole lemon sliced