Charlotte Events

Drink up, Charlotte!

Hi people! Sorry it’s been a while. The craziness of the holidays has put me a little behind on blogging. But I’m back at it to talk about a Charlotte favorite: handcrafted cocktails.

A few weeks ago, I attended the Art of the Modern Cocktail Party, the kick-off event for the winter edition of the Cheers to the Queen City Cocktail Tour.


In case you aren’t familiar with the tour, here’s a quick run down. Now until March 15, with an official passbook in hand, you’ll be able to order a special cocktail for only $5 each from the participating 25 restaurants/bars. In a city full of delicious but often pricey handcrafted cocktails, who could pass up that deal? (Buy your passbook here.)

To get the three-month-long party started, we enjoyed six cocktails paired with tasty bites from three restaurants: Bistro La Bon (the gracious host), Passion 8, and Vivace. I was too busy drooling over the dishes to snap food photos, but I did happen to capture the oysters. Yum.

Rappahannock oysters with juniper, green apple mignotte, and pickled cucumber. (Vivace)

Here are the drinks we sipped on and a few of the paired dishes. Side note: Chef Majid of Bistro La Bon made his menu day-of after returning from a trip to Spain, so I don’t have those dishes listed. But trust me… They were excellent.

(Descriptions courtesy of the night’s drink menu. Photos by yours truly.)

Pirate’s Toddy: Kraken Black Spiced Rum, Cinnamon-Ginger Syrup, Vanilla, Black Walnut Bitters, Walnut Butter Foam. Food: Raspberry & Brie Wrapped in Phyllo. (Passion 8)
LaBon Bramble: Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, Lemon Juice, Honey, Egg White, Fresh Blackberry Puree. (Bistro La Bon)
Apple Swizzle: Method + Standard Apple Spice Vodka, St. Germaine, Lemon Juice, Prosecco. Food: Pea & Sausage Arrancini with Basil Apple Aioli.  (Passion 8) 

P.S. Chef Luca from Passion 8 prepared another incredible dish: Risotto with Black Truffle in a Parmigiana Wheel. Need this back in my life ASAP.

Arancia Rossa: Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila, Blood Orange Puree, Rosemary Simple Syrup, Garnished with a Rosemary Sprig. (Vivace)
St. Mirtillo: Hendrick’s Gin, St. Germaine, Cointreau, Sour Mix, Cranberry Juice, Garnished with Fresh Cranberries. (Vivace)
Continental Drift: Reyka Vodka, Ligonberry Simple Syrup, Luxardo Cranberry Bitters, Topped with Prosecco. (Bistro La Bon)
Chocolate Manhattan: Bird Dog Chocolate Flavored Whiskey, Madeiro Orange Bitters, Orange Zest. (Bistro La Bon)

Excited?? Hope I see some of you out there while I’m making use of my own passbook. Share your faves on social media using the hashtag #QCcheers. Happy drinking!

Liberate Your Palate:


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