May 15th, 2012 — 4:34pm
Thomas Mint Julep
- 5-10 small, tender mint leaves
- Additional small bundle of mint sprigs, for garnish
- 1 white sugar cube
- 1/4oz simple syrup
- 2oz Cognac
- 1/2oz Jamaican or other aged rum
- Powdered sugar, for garnish
Place the sugar cube and tender mint leaves in a silver or metal julep cup. Press gently to break the cube and release the essential oils in the mint, while keeping the leaves intact. DO NOT MUDDLE. Add Cognac, simple syrup and crushed or shaved ice. Swizzle until the cup is frosted. Add short straw and pack a bit more ice on top of the cup. Drizzle the rum over the top. Gently clap mint sprigs to release their aroma and press stems into the ice to create a bouquet shaped garnish. Dust with powdered sugar.
As the weather turns warm, Southerners and cocktail nerds renew the age-old debate over what to put in a Julep and how to serve it. We’re currently featuring this version from famed 19th century barman Jerry Thomas, but that doesn’t stop us from knocking back a Julep made from Bourbon for comparison’s sake. And we’ll happily sip a Georgia Julep with Cognac and peach brandy, or a Prescription Julep with Cognace and Rye. After sampling a few of each, it’s doubtful we’ll be in any condition to make a meaningful contribution to the Julep debate, but we will always insist on a few essentials: a frosted cup; mint that is never over-muddled; and crushed or shaved ice. If you only have cubed ice, use a tin, a towel, a heavy muddler and some elbow grease to turn it into crushed ice!
Max Seaman, The Varnish, GM
May 15th, 2012 — 1:07pm
Contributed by Alia Akkam
Speakeasy-style joints complete with secret entrances and unlisted phone numbers may be old hat, but there’s now a new breed of even-more-intimate establishments opening across the country.
The best part? You can find these watering holes inside some of your favorite pre-existing bars.
THE VARNISH, LOS ANGELES, 213 622 9999:
After devouring a hearty French dip sandwich at Cole’s in downtown LA, walk past the red booths to Eric Alperin’s cocktail den. You’ll most likely have to wait for a seat, but his list of expertly mixed standards is worth it.
What to Drink: Holland Cobbler (genever, Curaçao, raspberry, lemon juice, grated nutmeg)
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May 14th, 2012 — 3:49pm
In 2009, after writing together for 2+ years, filmmaker Adam Stilwell and guitarist Adam Cotton decided to turn their overflowing well of songs into a massive narrative, based on Stilwell’s dark stories and Cotton’s bottomless wealth of musical ambition. In a year’s time, the two-man show grew into a twenty-person production. Friends lent there talents and one by one joined the band, creating a one of a kind creative collective that performed rock operas such as “TheLandofTheNewGhosts” and “TheBigDrowningHeart” , and most recently, “TheDarkWoods” in the strange corners of Los Angeles.
Planets pride themselves on being a band in which not all instruments are musical. Dancers, actors, puppeteers, zombies and robots come together with a do it yourself attitude and an eye on arts and crafts. Inspired by adventurous bands like The Who and Pink Floyd, Disney’s early fairytales and televised narrative mysteries such as Lost, Twin Peaks and The Twilight Zone, a Planets show can be described as a big rock show in the form of a junior high stage play.
Catch the wonders of Planets every Saturday in June. No Cover. And No telescopes.
Dave Freeman, 213 Music Director
May 10th, 2012 — 4:29pm
Friday, May 11th
Casey’s Irish Pub – Gods of Macho
They wear pink. And they fucking rock! It’s true, some dudes can wear pink and still kick your ass. Don’t worry, The Gods of Macho won’t literally beat you up but they will wear pink. And might call upon the power of Satan to give them the power to to rock harder than any other band, in the world! I was just thinking, what would Lemmy from Motorhead look like in pink? Anyways, about The Gods of Macho…They are a hard rock band from Los Angeles who play it loud and heavy. And it’s the perfect chaser to your shots of Jameson. It doesn’t matter if you likes glam punk, metal, even did the humpty dance once or twice in your lifetime, you will love The Gods of Macho. I guarantee it. And if you’re not sold at the end of the show I won’t refund you anything. It’s FREE all month! Get used to it!
Caña Rum Bar – Native Wayne
Tonight Grammy-winning reggae luminary Wayne Hobson, also known as Native Wayne to his Indie 103 fans, will be behind the wheels of steel bringing us the good vibes via an eclectic set of classic reggae, dancehall, afrobeat, and whatever else he deems worthy of your listening pleasure. It’s Friday night, so if you’d like to ensure yourself a table or bring more than three guests, reservations are necessary. Right near the beach… Boyyyyyyyyyy!
Las Perlas – Kapsoul Records
What does Jazz, Funk, Soul, Rare Groove Disco have in common with Tequila? Las Perlas!!!! That’s right Kapsoul Records presents every Friday at Las Perlas with DJ Kap, Ohmae & Chikaramanga. Come in and get drunk…. Or stay sober depending on what you’re in to.
Saturday, May 12th
Casey’s Irish Pub – Animal Raps
A good friend of mine called me and said, “Dude, you have to check out this guy who raps in a bear suit!”. So, like a good friend I listened to “the guy in a bear suit.” And I have to say, the dude has rhymes! He calls himself Animal Raps. And he raps about animals! Duh! Check out Animal Raps every Saturday at Casey’s with a special guest each week. No Cover. Just rhymes, and a bear suit.
Las Perlas – DJ Darren Revell
Las Perlas welcomes DJ Darren Revell from 103′s Big Sonic Heaven tonight. Darren will be spinning everything from Post Punk to New Wave to Eighties so grab your head bands and leg warmers and get on down here. We’ll see you then!
Caña Rum Bar – Music Selector Jose Galvan
Its time for you to stop living and start winning! What better way to do that than to join us @ Caña Rum Bar for Jose Galvan. Tonight and every Saturday night Jose joins us playing Latin Alternative, Funky Beats and Caribbean Rhythms. We will also be serving some of the most delicious rum cocktails ever to have touched your tongue. Get in here and get some!