COCKTAIL TIDBITS BRITTANY KELLUM:  LEGENDS OF THE FALL

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COCKTAIL TIDBITS BRITTANY KELLUM: LEGENDS OF THE FALL

The weather in Charlotte is still a little confusing as we head into Spring... Well, actually, its just straight up cold therefore this smokey cocktail from Dogwood Southern Table is still a totally appropriate way to warm your spirits as we impatetiently wait on summer.  

LEGENDS OF THE FALL
3 oz. Alberta Dark Rye
House made Autumn Syrup (ginger, black pepper corn, cloves, allspice)
Orange bitters
Smoked Ceylon cinnamon

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COCKTAIL TIDBITS WITH BRIAN "THE HAMMER" LORUSSO:  THE SALTY DOG

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COCKTAIL TIDBITS WITH BRIAN "THE HAMMER" LORUSSO: THE SALTY DOG

Brian Lorusso from Dogwood Southern Table  in Charlotte, NC shows us how to make the Salty Dog.   The salt on the rim gives this classic cocktail a kick and is the major difference between a Salty Dog and a Greyhound. Brian adds grapefruit bitters and SanPellegrino Pompelmo to this cocktail to give it a distinct twist of his own. 

When choosing music for this video somehow I stumbled upon the song "Salty Dog Blues" one of the all-time bluegrass favorites. Curious, I did a little more research on the song and found that is usually associated with the Morris Brothers "Let Me Be Your Salty Dog," which later became the bluegrass standard "Salty Dog Blues."

The song was recorded in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in 1935 by the Morris Brothers. It was written by Zeke Morris, but both brothers actually arranged it. Wiley Morris explained in a article by Wayne Erbson that "I have a different definition of a salty dog than Zeke has. Back when we were kids down in Old Fort we would see a girl we liked and say "I'd like to be her salty dog." There also used to be a drink you could get up in Michigan. All you had to do was say "Let me have a Salty Dog," and they'd pour you one."

There were are a  number of renditions of this song to be found on the internet and the version chosen for the video is by one man and a guitar, Mississippi John Hurt.

So there you go, a little Carolina history to go with this Dogwood Southern Table customer favorite.

Recipe:
2 oz. Reyka Vodka
SanPellelligrino Pompelmo
Fresh Grapefruit Joice
Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt  

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COCKTAIL TIDBITS WITH BRITTANY KELLUM: THE QUEEN VIOLET

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COCKTAIL TIDBITS WITH BRITTANY KELLUM: THE QUEEN VIOLET

One of the best parts of sitting at the bar at Dogwood Southern Table is asking the bartender to make you something "different." What usually results, after a few questions about  the liquors you prefer, is a totally original cocktail that most likely isn't  on their already diversified and well thought out cocktail menu. The Queen Violet is one of those cocktails and in this video, Brittany Kellum makes this original cocktail for us, a cocktail that was named on the day we filmed.  

Want to try it? You'll have to stop on in, pop a squat at the bar and ask for it by name or better yet visit Dogwood on any Wednesday night for the Cocktail Lab where they serve a different $5 cocktail each week and you know how we feel about  those $5 cocktails... Be sure to follow their Instagram page where they reveal the Wednesday Cocktail Lab drink each week.  (@DogwoodSouthernTable) Cheers!

Recipe:
2 oz. Sutters Gin
1 oz Simple Syrup
Fresh Lemon Juice Dash of Lemon Bitters
1 oz Crème Yvette Violet Liquor

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