It’s most impressive to me when a drink achieves complexity in restraint. A prime example is Brian Catapang’s Microdose, served at Magnus on Water in Biddeford, Maine. The drink works from a simple concept—“salty watermelon on a patio”—executed with razor-sharp precision. Fresh watermelon juice is bolstered by the slight salinity of fino sherry, the fruit notes of pisco, the acid of lime and an added saline jolt from a tincture of habanero and dulse seaweed. Like all cocktails strive to be, it’s far greater than the sum of its parts.
The Maine Sunday Telegram has posted a roundup of beers and cocktails to go with pandemic-inspired names such as the Dr. Fauci.
If the stress of the pandemic is getting to you, or you just want to try something new that will make you smile, check out our guide to these specialty cocktails and beers below. Just don’t enjoy them in a crowd.
As reported earlier this week, Maine restaurants and bars can now move ahead with curbside cocktail takeout. Businesses are in the process of figuring out their plans and menus. No doubt many more venues will jump on board over the next week.
For right now here are the first few out of the gate with cocktails ready to order:
- Arcadia National Bar
- Bao Bao
- Black Cow
- Central Provisions
- Cocktail Mary
- Drifters Wife
- Liquid Riot
- Portland Hunt and Alpine Club
- Quiero Cafe
- Sagamore Hill
- Stroudwater Distillery
- Taco Escobarr
- The North Point
- Woodford F & B. To order call (207) 200-8503.
Local 188 plans to have cocktails ready for their Sunday brunch takeout on May 3rd.
State regulations regarding bars and restaurant selling food and drinks to go have been revised to allow for takeout cocktails effective immediately.
To participate in the new program establishments have to comply with some new guidelines which include:
- Cocktails must be part of a food order
- Drinks can’t be larger than 4.5 ounces of spirits
- Cocktails must be in a “tamper evident container”
- The containers have to be labelled with the name of establishment with date and time of production and the contents of cocktail including the proof the spirits used.
The Press Herald has published a report on an ongoing collaboration among breweries, distilleries and UMaine to produce hand sanitizer for Maine hospitals.
Breweries in southern Maine have been donating the base stock of fermented liquid – beer – and distillers have been refining it until the alcohol reaches the necessary potency. Chemical engineers at UMaine mix the alcohol with hydrogen peroxide and glycerol, and then the university distributes the final product to hospitals.
The Whisky Advocate. has published a brief write-up on Maine Craft Distilling’s Fifty Stone.
Along with Westland in Seattle, Maine Craft Distilling is one of the few American distilleries using locally sourced peat to make single malt whiskey. Peat is an abundant resource in many parts of the world, reflective of the local plant life and terroir. We look forward to more distilleries experimenting with local peat—the taste profiles should all be quite unique.
Tickets for the New England Cocktail Conference went on sale this morning. You can see the full program on the NECC website.
Ticketed events include:
Hunt & Alpine has landed on the Liquor.com list of the Best Bars in America.
Portland’s first craft-cocktail bar continues to shine with a deep cocktail list that spans from approachable to geeky. There’s a smoky spin on a Negroni made with Cynar, tequila, mezcal and Fernet Branca and the simple Green Eyes: a gin sour sharpened to a keen edge with a healthy splash of green Chartreuse.
Squirrel Farts has posted an article about and tasting notes on Aguardiente de Agave, the newest spirit from Liquid Riot Bottling Co.
Aguardiente de Agave is Liquid Riot Bottling Company’s latest spirit offering, releasing this Friday, November 20th, 2015 at the brewery/distillery/restaurant on Commercial Street in Portland. Roughly translated as “Agave Firewater,” this is an 80 proof spirit made from 100% organic blue agave syrup. So, it’s pretty much tequila.
Except you can’t call it tequila.
Aguardiente de Agave is being released noon tomorrow.