12.14.11 Party On (& Caramels for All)

Party 790 xxx
photo by gluttonforlife
What a week. Did I mention I am making my first personal appearance for Glutton for Life? My dear friend Peter, he of Best Made fame, asked to me to participate in one of three evenings he is hosting at the Warby Parker Holiday Spectacle Bazaar, a SoHo pop-up happening (for lack of a better word) featuring stuff to eat, drink, buy, see and learn. It was initially pitched to me as a hands-on workshop for a couple dozen people, where I could talk about whatever I wanted—oh, and there's a whiskey sponsor. So mixing cocktails seemed like a no-brainer. Then, to put my own little upstate spin on things, I decided to use foraged ingredients. This seemed to pique everyone's interest. Done deal. Then, I find out they're expecting upwards of 100 people. And I stop to consider that the dead of winter might not be the very best time to forage for ingredients. Um, time to regroup.
So I developed a punch recipe, using Stranahan's malt whiskey, apple cider, Earl Grey tea and Best Made Company's delicious New Hampshire maple syrup: Johnny Appleseed Punch. We'll serve that up to the masses. And I managed to find some wild ingredients I can work with now: black walnut, white pine and sumac. Using these (and the whiskey, of course), I'll be making 3 different cocktails for people to sample: The Nutty Professor, Pining for You, and Drunken Indian Lemonade. As you can imagine, I've been a little busy this week. I'm about to run and make 9 liters of my star-anise-flavored cider syrup for the punch.By the way, you're invited. Stop by and bring your friends!Best Made Company's Whiskey Workshopco-hosted by Glutton for LifeatWarby Parker's Holiday Spectacle BazaarTHURSDAY, DECEMBER 15th  6-8pm45 Grand Street in New York CityI'll be posting the punch and cocktail recipes tomorrow.And my holiday music recommendations on Friday, I promise.Oh, and if you've read this far, you're probably curious to know if you won one of the bags of caramels. Guess what? I decided you're all winners!! Everyone who posted a comment on last Thursday's giveaway post will receive a bag! This means I have to make a couple of new batches, but I'll do it gladly. My wonderful readers mean so much to me and I want to share something tangible with you. So send me your mailing address at gluttonforlife[at]gmail.com and I'll do my best to get your packages out early next week. (Note: Friends who are already on "the list" should NOT expect a second bag!) xoxo


Aren’t you the loveliest – and so wish I was going to be in the city for this whiskey tasting, the nutty professor sounds divine. Are black walnuts common upstate – I wonder only because there is a forest right behind me. off to wait for the postman! x
Nina on December 14, 2011 at 10:15 am —
Black walnuts are a native tree, and you can easily learn how to identify them. They are not everywhere, but it's not beyond the realm of possibility that you might find one in your area.
laura on December 14, 2011 at 10:31 am —
Damn! I didn't post on the caramel post because I keep posting on giveaways and not winning. I have bad blog giveaway karma, apparently.
Liz on December 14, 2011 at 11:29 am —
YAY! Thank you~ Wish I could see you in action, have a great time!
Suzinn on December 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm —
I've been wanting to do this for months, and honestly, the timing has naught to do with caramels. (ahem, they DO look marvelous.). No, this is simply to tell you what a bright spirit you are and what pleasure you give to me while I am having my tea and toast in the morning. Hope your back is feeling better? Very best wishes for the holidays!
Zanna on December 16, 2011 at 5:25 am —
Thanks, Zanna! Back is much better now, but must be religious about my stretches, morning and night! Warm wishes for a wonderful holiday to you, too!
laura on December 16, 2011 at 5:48 am —
I just sent you my mailing address, surprised by the email that I received. I never received this posting so I had no idea that I was going to be the recipient of your wonderful caramels and now I read that we are all the lucky winners. Your caramels will certainly bring an extra sweetness to our holidays. Thank you!
Nancy on December 17, 2011 at 10:53 am —
Dearest, I will bring you a bushel of quince and one of black walnuts next year. The squirrels here make high use of the walnuts. They are the plague upon my neighbor's driveway. Thank you for making me a winner today. Thrilled. xoxoxo Love, S
Suzi Banks Baum on December 19, 2011 at 3:16 am —
Hey, this is a gift not a trade! And anyway, my husband has forbidden more black walnuts to enter the premises (unless they're already out of their shells). xo
laura on December 19, 2011 at 3:38 am —