Posts Tagged ‘The Night Cap’

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Night Cap Bourbon Ready to Go!

May 31, 2013

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This message goes out to all the loyal Night Cappers who made it to the last Night Cap. We’re coming up on 3 months since you all left with a bottle of my mason jar bourbon, and guess what: it’s time to start tasting. Nobler Mark and I have dug into our stashes already and I can tell you, the 3 month age is really damn delicious. I recommend you take a little swig and see what you think before running all of the contents through a coffee filter, just in case you want more age. But I encourage you to enjoy the “young” bourbon now. It’s a nice change of pace from the heavier commercial options and I’ll tell you, nothing kicks off a weekend better than some homemade bourbon. Hope you enjoy and hit me up if you have any questions on how to specifically filter it.

Added bonus, I hope to have some news on the next Night Cap coming soon!

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Night Cap NYC #2: Back to Basics

March 11, 2013

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If you haven’t already, it’s time to get on the Night Cap train. We had another amazing night this past weekend and I’m already excited to get working on the next one. This time, we had the pleasure of using a friend’s amazing loft that we transferred into our own little liquor, wine, and beer lab. Thanks a ton to everyone who made it out and added to the enthusiasm of such a wonderful event.

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As for some of the highlights, we broke everyone out into three rotating stations of booze-filled amazingness. Adam walked everyone through our throw back production of bathtub gin (recipe card below) and served up a refreshing and delicious gin and juice. I brought the fire to the party in the form of live-charring of oak chips to describe the simple yet sophisticated way in which our favorite aged whiskeys (specifically bourbon) are made. Plus everyone walked away with a little mason jar bourbon project of their own!

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But the guests seemed to all agree, and not surprisingly, that Keith’s rendition of wine blending bringing a little France to NY or maybe a lot of NY to France, was one of the best moments of the night. Highlighting the concepts of wine blending by comparing left bank and right bank Bordeauxs as only the self-proclaimed wine-geek can do, I’m bummed myself I didn’t get a chance to see him in action. I did get to drink quite a bit of his blends thankfully, and they were damn delicious.

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In addition to all the alcohol fun, a special thank you to Emily Holbrook for putting together a really delicious spread of snacks for the night. Her oven roasted tomatoes and goat cheese crostini, spicy fried peanuts, and cheese straws were not only delicious, but they kept everyone (almost everyone) even keeled throughout all that drinking. She’s the best!

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So keep an eye out for our next scheduled event (hopefully details coming soon) and in the meantime check us out on Facebook and Twitter here and here!

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Wine Wins…

February 15, 2013

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Despite impressive arguments by myself and Mark, it looks like Adam and his wine won out for Valentines Day. Don’t tell him I told you this, but I actually had some wine, and no whiskey so it looks like I didn’t help my own cause. But anyway, I’m glad you all enjoyed our debate and hope you all had a great fake holiday.

As for some other news, the Night Cap NYC tickets are moving and there aren’t many left at this point. I know we’re still a few weeks out but if you want to make sure you can join us for another unforgettable tasting, grab your tickets today. Otherwise have a great weekend and enjoy the extra day (if you have it).

Night Cap NYC: Back to Basics

 

 

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Nobler Holiday Gift Guide – Simply Gather

December 19, 2012

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At the Nobler Experiment, we take our drinking seriously. Not in some obnoxious, holier than thou, drink this not that, type of serious. But rather, in the way we share in experiences over a mutual interest and curiosity in liquor, wine, and beer that keeps us gathering. So I couldn’t think of any better way to end this year’s Holiday Gift Guide with one of the easiest gift suggestions out there…

Purchasing gifts for everyone that you consider a friend, may not be so possible. And quite frankly, with all of the gifts we give and receive at this time of the year, they might go under appreciated anyway. So instead of wrapping paper and ribbon, go with a bar stool and a bourbon. Take a second to re-connect and share with each other the year that was, and the years that will be. It’s the least you can do this Holiday Season!

As for us, tomorrow night is our second annual Holiday Gathering which I’m pretty damn pumped for. Looking back (check out some of the pictures above), we’ve had a great year at the Nobler Experiment and next year even more is brewing (like what I did there?). We’ve got new batches of Cow Thieves on the way, a bunch more tours and tastings, and hopefully a few more Night Cap events early next year. For all of you out there who check in daily to see what we are up to, thanks a ton! If you want to be involved even more, and start making your way to our Gatherings, don’t forget to sign up to follow the Experiment above!

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The Applejack Rabbit

December 4, 2012

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One of the main goals of the Night Cap is to expose or re-introduce varieties of alcohol, whether that be beer, wine, or liquor, in a way that provides legitimate reasons to add to your own collection. Particularly on the liquor front, it is so easy to default to the basics when entering a liquor store, but when armed with cocktail recipes or ideas that taste as good as this Applejack Rabbit, you’ll be grabbing up bottles of Apple Brandy and whatever else we showcase guaranteed.

This is one of those cocktails that is way greater than the sum of its parts. Lemon juice, orange juice, and maple syrup pair with the Apple Brandy and all take on some crazy synergistic flavor profile that is insanely delicious; not to mention a little too drinkable if you know what I mean. But Apple Brandy, or as the French call it, Calvados, itself has a pretty interesting connection to the booze-fiending habits of our earliest American ancestors making this drink even more exciting.

As I’ve mentioned in a few previous posts, one of the more crude but effective methods for distillation utilizes Mother Nature in a way that seems part genius, part dumb luck. As the cold winters of the early American settlers kicked in to full ass-freezing gear, the temperatures dropped significantly. Just like in traditional distillation where we take advantage of the difference in boiling temperatures of alcohol and water, in “freeze distillation” we relish in the fact that alcohol also has a much lower freezing temperature point. This is why of course we can put our bottles of vodka in the freezer.

So as the temperatures dropped, the water component of the fermented juices (often apple) in barrels would begin to freeze. As ice freezes and it’s density drops, the barrel became increasing alcoholic down to the bottom. By chance or by intuition, tapping these barrels at the bottom rendered wonderfully strong barrel aged liquors, one of the more common, an Apple Brandy or sometimes referred to as Apple Jack.

We of course did not go through the freeze distillation process for our cocktails as our winter has not quite kicked into full gear (let’s go with that as the only excuse here…). Luckily there are a number of great Apple Brandy options out there. But we recommend sticking with Laird’s or a well rated French Calvados. Once it becomes more available, I’m looking forward to adding in the NY produced, Cornelius, to the mix as well.

The Applejack Rabbit is easy and delicious and goes great for any occasion. But don’t overlook the Apple Brandy as a sipping spirit as well. Great after a long winter’s day! Enjoy!

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The Night Cap is Finally Here!

November 30, 2012

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It’s finally here! After Sandy caused us to delay, this Saturday’s very first Night Cap is going to be quite the evening. Adam, Keith, and I are feverishly working to get the final touches in order but those who managed to get tickets are in for a good night and plenty of surprises. For those who couldn’t make it this time around, we’ll be setting up an email list shortly and you can follow along the fun at our twitter handle @NightCapNYC and at #NightCapNYC all tomorrow to see the sights first hand. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Tickets on Sale for The Night Cap NYC!

October 18, 2012

I am so pumped to share with you all the news of our newest endeavor, The Night Cap: Liquor, Wine, and Beer tasting series. In collaboration with Nobler Adam, and Keith Beavers from the Alphabet City Wine Co. we have created a late night event series that will be unlike your typical tasting experience. For us, it’s truly about curiosity. We simply enjoy the discovery, the interpretation, and the invention that comes with pursuing great alcohol. And now we get to share this all with you!

Tickets are available for the first Night Cap to be held at 12:30 AM, Sunday 11/4. This of course is actually Saturday night, in case there was any confusion. There is a limited number of tickets so make sure you buy yours soon!

Click here for your tickets!

I hope you will be able to join us for what will be a truly special night. But just in case you are unable to make it this time, send us an email at nightcapnyc@gmail.com or leave a comment on this posting to be added to our mailing list. In addition, don’t forget to follow us at @NightCapNYC for updates and musings.

Special thanks to Adam and Keith for all the hard work in turning our inspired idea into reality!

 

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