Mix This: The Stay Up Late with Max Seaman of The Varnish

October 16th, 2013 — 12:21pm

Stay Up Late
Stay Up Late
Adapted from The Stork Club Bar Book by Lucius Beebe, 1946

This drink is a very simple variation on a Tom Collins. The Cognac adds just a bit of richness, and rounds out the botanical flavors of the gin. It is perfect for the summer or warm fall seasons we enjoy in Southern California.

- 1.5oz of London Dry Gin, such as Beefeater
- .5oz full bodied Cognac such as Pierre Ferrand 1840
- .75oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- .75oz simple syrup (1lb super-fine sugar diluted into 22oz warm water)
- 2-3oz club soda
- Lemon wedge and maraschino cherry for garnish

Combine the first four ingredients in a shaking tin. Shake very quickly with a few small pieces of ice. Add 2-3oz of club soda to the tin and swirl to integrate. Strain into Collins glass filled with ice. Serve with a straw and garnish with lemon wedge and cherry.

Max Seaman, General Manager, The Varnish

Seven Grand DTLA Whiskey Society: Glenfiddich ‘Age Of Discovery’ w/ Mitch Bechard, Wed. 10/16, 7pm

October 14th, 2013 — 1:09pm

Glenfiddich Horz
This coming Wednesday, October 16th at 7pm, we will be hosting Mitch Bechard, U.S. Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich in to launch the new ‘Age of Discovery’ expression. There will be food and a Welcome Punch served at 6:30pm.

Officially this is a staff training, but they have offered a four seats to members of our Whiskey Society to attend.

If you would like to be included in the drawing to be one of lucky winners, RSVP on the link below. Preference will be given to paid-up members.

We will close the RSVP’s on Tuesday, 10/15, at noon. Winners will then be selected from a drawing, and notified by phone. Please include a phone number where we can reach you on Tuesday afternoon in your registration form.

Register Here!

To be clear, your RSVP gets you into the drawing, it does not get you into the event, unless you are the lucky winner. But don’t worry if you don’t get this one, we have two more 7GWS events planned for this month, and of course, Halloween, and you know how we do that around here!

The end of the year promises several more wonderful WS meetings, so now would be a good time to get up to date on your dues! (Maybe buy a membership as a gift for a whiskey-head friend!)

For more information on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society, hit the link beneath my signature. Memberships are $120 per year, payable at the bar, and allow you to bring a guest to any event.

Check out the Irelnad half of the photo/video blog I put together upon on return from the other side of the pond:

White-Knuckle Driving: Seven Grand Crew tours Ireland and Scotland- (Part One, Ireland)

We hope to see you Wednesday, if you are the lucky winner of this drawing!

Pedro, currently sipping Old Weller 107 Seven Grand Single Barrel.

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

Spirit Guide: Charles Bukowksi Pissed Here by Max Seaman

October 11th, 2013 — 12:26pm

Charles Bukowski
The Varnish embraces a vintage aesthetic, but it is Cole’s that owns the rich historical legacy.  Angelinos of all stripes have bellied up to the Red Car Bar for more than a century, and there is no better spot to spend a few hours people-watching.  Enjoy a cocktail and be quickly dissuaded of the notion that Los Angeles is a city populated entirely with tanned yoga practitioners. You will encounter any and every kind of person if you sip your Manhattan slowly enough; you will discover the kinds of people you never knew existed.

Two Cole’s customers are footnoted with bronze plaques mounted above the urinals in the men’s restroom: “Charles Bukowski Pissed Here” and “Mickey Cohen Pissed here.”

I was in the restroom recently when the door swung open and three young men in Dodgers gear staggered through.  “Wooooooo!!!” they hollered, apparently excited to relieve themselves.  “Fuck yeah! Wooooooo!!!”

The men quickly split formation, two of them stumbling into separate stalls as the third saddled up to the urinal next to me.

“Whoa – Charles Bukowski pissed here!” declared my new neighbor.  “That’s amazing, I love Bukowski! “I’M A POSTAL WORKER AND I LOVE CHARLES BUKOWSKI!!!”

He zipped up. “That’s so cool…I didn’t know he pissed here.”

Max Seaman, The Varnish, General Manager