Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Indulge: March 27 is 'World Whiskey Day'

GT Fish & Oyster's signature Old Money (Photo: GT Fish & Oyster)

My mouth is watering just thinking about Whiskeys of the World, a one-night only event happening at Mercadito at 7pm April 2.

Whiskey master Kyle McHugh will take guests on a tasting trip of whiskeys around the globe, and $25 gets you appetizers and plenty of booze. The event is part of a monthly educational seminar series at the cocktail-focused restaurant and lounge, and I'm certain it will fill up quickly.

In the meantime, if you need something to quench your thirst, you'll be happy to learn that March 27 is World Whiskey Day. In honor of this momentous occasion, I've gathered five of my favorite whiskey-based cocktails in the city so that you can celebrate right now.

For instance, GT Fish & Oyster's Benjamin Schiller created a version of the classic Old Money that's been on the menu since the restaurant opened in 2011. It's barrel aged for three months with Benchmark bourbon, Aperol, Nux Alpina walnut liqueur and allspice.

Here are more of my faves:

It's Time Again For 'Arami Noodle Night'

(Photo: Arami)

Arami's "noodle night" happens every last Wednesday of the month, and so far it's gotten a pretty good reception from the area's foodie crowd.

March 27 marks the slick Asian spot's third installation,
and the menu will feature seven to eight ramen dishes, including staples such as the kimchi, Arami and vegan ramen. Look also for a few new creations.

What's especially cool is that diners may order half or full sizes, so it's a chance to mix it up a bit with several orders. The full sushi menu will also be available.

The staff has also put together a few new cocktails that should pair well with the dishes; shochu and whiskey drinks will be highlighted.

See the menu below: