Seven Grand DTLA Whiskey Society: Smooth Ambler w/ John Foster & Bar Jacklope Opening Monday, 1/27 @ 7pm

January 21st, 2014 — 11:19am

Smooth Ambler Vert
In our continuing efforts to champion the craft distilling movement in the U.S., we are hosting John Foster from Smooth Ambler on Monday, January 27th at 7pm. John will educate and taste us on the full line of whiskies they offer. A Welcome Punch will be served at 6:30pm, so come early and get cozy with your neighbors. Latecomers will not be seated but can wait at the bar and enjoy Smooth Ambler drink specials with their paid-up membership card.

Monday the 27th will also be the opening of Bar Jacklope, a new sipping lounge and tasting library in the back of Seven Grand. Bar Jackalope will be where you can explore the world of whiskies, 5 nights a week, and deepen your understanding of the whiskies you learn about through the Whiskey Society.

RSVP now on the below to meet John and learn more about this amazing West Virginia Distillery:

Register Here!

Memberships for the 7GWS can be purchased at the bar, dues are $120 per year and allow you to bring a guest to any event. First-timers can pay a $15 fee.

I’m doing another event at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City next weekend, for all Samuel Beckett fans out there, check this link: Beckett and Jameson at the Kirk Douglas Theater 

Check out the great distillery video about Smooth Ambler below. Don’t miss out on this one.

Pedro, still sipping Four Roses 7G Single Barrel. Can’t get enough of the good stuff.

Pedro Shanahan
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar
Co-curator, Whiskey Society

Smooth Ambler, A West Virginia Distillery: A Greenhouse Film from Southern Foodways on Vimeo.

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Our travels to Ireland: 7G Boys Tour Ireland!

Seven Grand DTLA Whiskey Society: Balcones Whiskey w/ Chip Tate, Tuesday, 1/21, 7pm

January 16th, 2014 — 5:07pm

This coming Tuesday January 21st, at 7pm, we will be hosting Balcones Whiskey from Waco, Texas. Master Distiller Chip Tate will taste and educate us on his full line of Craft Distilled spirits. We hope to champion the growing Craft Distillery movement in America, and Chip is on the cutting edge! Balcones is making some of the most unique whiskies on the market.

Latecomers will not be seated, but can wait at the bar (and receive Balcones drink specials with their paid-up membership card,) to meet Chip after the event. A Welcome Punch will be served at 6:30pm, so come early and get a good seat.

Don’t miss this chance to meet a whiskey legend in the making! RSVP now on the link below:

Register Here!

For more information on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society in Los Angeles, hit the link beneath my signature. Memberships are $120 a year, and allow you to bring a guest to any event. Last year we hosted more than 30 events!

Feel free to forward this email to friends- first timers can pay a $15 fee to check it out, but seating preference will be given to paid-up members.

We hope to see you Tuesday!

Big love and Thanks from all of us here at Seven Grand L.A.

Pedro, currently sipping Four Roses Seven Grand Single Barrel. Cask Strength. Yes.

Pedro Shanahan
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar L.A.
Co-Curator, Whiskey Society

For more Info on 7GWS:

To learn more about Private Tastings:

Our tour to Ireland last year:
Seven Grand Bouys hit Ireland!

Check out this cool video about Balcones Distilery!

Balcones Whiskey Distillery from Dark Rye on Vimeo.

Seven Grand San Diego Whiskey Society Featuring Jon Trainer with Glenmorangie, Fri, 1/17 @ 6pm!

January 16th, 2014 — 11:13am

Glenorangie Vert
This Friday the 17th at 6pm we will have Jon Trainer with Glenmorangie.  Jon will be here to display, taste, and educate us on what in my opinion some of the greatest whiskies available.  Jon is the brand ambassador for Glenmorangie and if we all keep our fingers crossed we shall be offered Jim Murray’s 2014 #1 whiskey!!  I know it has been quite some time since we have all gotten together and I wanted to start the New Year off with something special.  I look forward to seeing all of you this Friday for a mouth watering tasting.

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If you have any questions about the event or how to register my contact information is below.  We provide annual memberships for $120 or charge a $15 fee per tasting.  For questions in regard to setting up a private tasting contact me.


Josh Judd
Seven Grand Whiskey Bars
Currently sipping on Ardbog…
Phone:  858-361-4423

Spirit Guide: Possible Stories of the Origins of the Margarita (Compiled by Raul Yrastorza of Las Perlas)

January 15th, 2014 — 3:34pm

Spiced Daisy

Barman “Willie” from Mexico City, 1934 in the employ of the Melguizo Family

Marguerite Hemery lived in the Rio Grande Valley since the 1930s and went to a restaurant in Matamoros called Los Dos Republicas. She was friends with the owner and, as the story goes, his bartender composed a special drink for her.

W.J Tarling 1936

In 1937 the “Café Royal Cocktail Book” was published

(The Picador is one of the 15 Tequila based drinks in the Café Royal Cocktail Book, published in 1937.

If the ingredients to this drink look familiar, that’s because the ingredients are the same as the drink we commonly call the Margarita. Same ingredients, but different name leaves numerous questions begging to be answered.

Or, bearing in mind that that the Café Royal Cocktail Book was published in 1937, is it possible that the Margarita was actually created in London under the name Picador in the early 1930′s and changed name after reaching the U.S.A?

The original drink which would become the Margarita – THE PICADOR- was invented in England. The PICADOR calls for ¼ fresh lime (or lemon juice, ¼ Cointreau, ½ oz tequila Shaken (basic margarita recipe)

Danny Negrete, 1936

According to Salvador Negrete, the son of Daniel Negrete, the family story goes that Daniel opened a bar at the Garci Crispo hotel with his brother, David. The day before David’s marriage, Daniel presented the margarita as a wedding present to Margarita, his sister-in-law.
It was a combination of one-third Triple Sec, one-third tequila and one-third squeezed Mexican lime juice. The drink was not blended and was served with hand-crushed ice.
Ratios: 1:1:1 (33% tequila, 33% Triple Sec, And 33% fresh lime juice).

Danny Herrera, 1938

In Ensenada, Mexico, Danny Herrera, a renowned Mexican bartender who worked at the Riviera del Pacifico Hotel and Casino was completely in love with Marjorie King, an American actress who hated taking tequila pure. Tequila was also the only liquor that her body could tolerate. Thus, with the intention of wooing her, Herrera used his ingenuity to bring together flavors to meet Marjorie’s tastes, until he finally found one of the world’s most famous drinks.

Rita De La Rosa, 1938

According to Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix, a beautiful showgirl in 1938 named Rita De La Rosa was a bartender and improvised the cocktail.

Don Carlos Orozco, October 1941

He concocted the perfect mixture of equal parts tequila, Damiana (Cointreau is used now) and lime, served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass for Margarita Henkel, daughter of the German Ambassador to Mexico at Hussong’s Cantina

Enrique Bastate Gutierrez, early 1940s

Gutierrez, who lived in Tijuana, Mexico, boasted to have created the Margarita as a homage to actress Rita Hayworth, whose real name was Margarita Cansino.  Other versions of the story claim the Margarita was indeed named after the actress, but in the 1930s, before she adopted her screen name. As a teenager, Margarita Cansino worked as a dancer at the Foreign Club, in Tijuana, where she supposedly inspired a bartender.

Francisco “Pancho” Morales, 4 July 1942

A bartender, Pancho Morales invented the margarita on July 4, 1942, at a Ciudad Juárez bar named Tommy’s Place. Supposedly, a woman requested a Magnolia (brandy, Cointreau, and an egg yolk topped with Champagne). Morales was a little fuzzy on the recipe; he improvised and his ersatz creation was a big hit.

Santos Cruz, 1948

According to the promotional flyer for the legendary Balinese Room in Galveston, Texas, head bartender Santos Cruz created the Margarita for singer Peggy (Margaret) Lee in 1948. The Balinese Room was opened in 1941 and was Texas’s finest nightclub with A/C, casino gambling, superb food and drinks, and stellar entertainment until the Texas Rangers finally shut it down in 1957.

Margaret Sames, December 1948

Sames, who created the drink at her Acapulco bar, gave the reason of being “close with a lot of famous hotel and restaurant people” in introducing the margarita.  Sames used one part Cointreau, two parts tequila and one part lime juice for her margarita. Knowing that most people drank tequila preceded by a lick of salt, she chose to garnish her cocktail with a rim of coarse salt.  Sames moved to El Paso, Texas in 1958 where she was well known for her lavish parties.
Ratios: 2:1:1 = 4:2:2 (50% tequila, 25% Cointreau, 25% fresh lime juice).