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Featured Cocktail :: Pumpkin Pie Shooters

In Spirit Of The Festival on December 9, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Congratulations to Lauren De Santis from Capital Cooking for fearlessly showing off her bartending and mixology skills during the Spirit of the Festival‘s pre-event mixer hosted by Capitol Dish.

Capital Cooking's Lauren, with her Pumpkin Pie Shooter (photo: Emily Clack)

The exclusive meet-and-greet provided Capitol Dish guests a chance to sample the winning cocktails from this year’s contest, including Lauren’s Pumpkin Pie Shooter. Inspired by Lauren’s Pumpkin Pie Martini, this festive creation makes for a fabulous start to any holiday celebration or friendly gathering. Cheers!


Spirit of the Festival's pre-event mixer, sponsored by the Capitol Dish (photo: Emily Clack)

Try it at home with Lauren’s recipe:

2 parts 360 Vodka (vanilla or original)
1 part pumpkin pie simple syrup (recipe below)
1/2 part cream
Garnish:  graham cracker crumbs, whipped cream and dash of cinnamon

Pour the first 3 ingredients into a shaker full of ice.  Strain into shot glasses.  Top with garnishes.  One, two, three, shoot.  Yum!

Pumpkin Pie Simple Syrup

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 cinnamon stick
Dash nutmeg
1 teaspoon whole cloves

Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to  a simmer over medium heat.  Stir until sugar dissolves and then remove from  heat.  Add other ingredients and cool.  Store in a clear glass bottle or jar with a tight  fitting lid in the refrigerator.  Stir and strain before serving.


A Spirited Pre-Festival Tour

In Spirit Of The Festival on November 22, 2010 at 11:06 pm

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Above, images from our pre-festival tour.

Photos: Emily Clack Photography

We recently stopped by each of our festival restaurants to see what the chef and mixologist teams were cooking up. The results? Pure deliciousness!

A sneak peek at the slide show yields a tempting preview of the creative cocktails, spirit-infused dishes and culinary delights you’ll experience at this year’s Spirit of the Festival. Tickets >

Cocktail Contest

In Spirit Of The Festival on November 4, 2010 at 7:29 am

Do you have a signature cocktail? Do your mixing skills dazzle to the delight of your guests?

Submit your most clever cocktail recipe for the chance to see it featured during the Spirit Of The Festival mixer, a special one-hour, pre-event tasting! Contest rules >

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Event Highlights

In Spirit Of The Festival on November 2, 2010 at 2:45 am

On November 30th, we invite you to explore the versatility of five distinctive spirits interpreted by five chef-mixologist teams. Each union of spirit-infused food and cocktail pairings will be available to taste during the festival.

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Team Spirit

In Spirit Of The Festival on November 2, 2010 at 2:32 am

works of art : inspired cocktail garnishes


As part of the International Wine & Food Festival’s event calendar, “Spirit of the Festival” arrives this Fall with a series of intimate portraits of exuberant pairings. More >

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Festival Message

In Spirit Of The Festival on October 31, 2010 at 3:46 am