The best thing about the new Northside
Yacht Club has to be the quality of the drinks. Owners Jon Weiner and
Stuart MacKenzie, along with other staffers, have worked with our city’s
Queen of Cocktails, Molly Wellmann, and it shows.
Over the years, I’ve entertained in my
home with just about as many different types of parties as I could find
in books or online, and I thought I’d pretty much run the gamut until I
came across the idea of hosting a bourbon tasting while attending last
month’s Bourbon Classic in Louisville, Ky., led by John Shutt of
I don’t know about you, but when it comes
to flu shots, I’d rather skip the doctor and follow the advice of a
good bartender, like Rom Wells of The Rookwood in Mount Adams. He
prescribes a single barrel (preferably barrel proof) whiskey, lemon and
honey, with a whole star anise, cinnamon stick and clove in it, served
in a snifter. That sounds like a cure for the common winter blahs.
Hot days mean cold beer, right? That’s
what I used to think, too. Nowadays, I like summer cocktails that are lighter, more
creative and tastier than the old standby. Sure, they’re not as easy as
opening a frosty bottle, but they don’t have to be a major Tiki-type
Molly Wellmann's research into classic cocktails from the 1700s through the 1950s, as well as the great chefs she works with, inspire her craft cocktails made with her own handmade bitters, liqueurs, juices and simple syrups. Lately, the completely self-taught mixologist and bartender has been making the rounds at private parties and events all over town.