Category Archives: Drink

Beer Thirty with The Bruery’s Smoking Wood, barrel aged Porter

It’s Friday, and do you know what time it is? That’s right, after another long, busy week, it is finally Beer Thirty. Today we are drinking a beer from The Bruery located in Orange County, California. The Bruery has been turning heads with many of their well crafted ales. Smoking Wood is an imperial style porter aged in rye-whiskey barrels. Make no mistake—this is a bold, strong, manly beer full of rich and layered flavor. This beer is big—bursting with robust flavors of beef jerky, molasses, campfire, and and star anise. The Smoking Wood is great on its own and would also be a great companion with smoked meats, barbecue, or a fine cigar.

To a Great weekend, Cheers! Eat, Live, Drink, Love, Be Merry, and Live Curated.

The Bruery

Citadelle Gin For The Perfect Gin And Tonic

Gin and Tonic – a spirited, historic classic.
Known for its dominate juniper and botanical flavoring, gin has a long and quite precarious history. The Gin and Tonic is an invention credited to the British East India Company, who believed the drink would help to treat and prevent malaria. The anti-malarial quinine contained in the tonic water proved to be very bitter and gin was added to make the drink more palatable. As a result, this classic cocktail was born.
Tonight we will be making gin and tonics (or in some countries the “G and T”.) The perfect companion to the tonic water and lime is a French gin called Citadelle. This gin is infused with 19 spices from around the world. The aroma, very fragrant and botanical, hits the nose very well. Taste is complex and floral but not overtaken by juniper. This maker prides itself on bringing the best global ingredients to produce the finest product. It’s not a surprise this gin is usually top billed at competitions around the world.

Gin and Tonic Recipe:

  • Gin
  • Tonic Water
  • Lime Wedge

citadell gin, gin and tonic, gnt, french gin

citadell gin, gin and tonic, gnt, french gin

citadell gin, gin and tonic, gnt, french gin

A perfect companion to a hot summer’s day or in my opinion… ANYTIME.

For more information on Citdelle – click here.


High West Distillery, 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan – A cocktail with style

It has been another long week-I thought Friday would never get here. It did. Let’s start this weekend in style with High West Distillery’s 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan. Being a huge fan of the The Traditional Manhattan, I was quite skeptical of this new spirit. There is no reason for skepticism as the barreled Manhattan is every bit as good, stylish, and classic as the original. To start, who would have thought that a distillery in Utah (of all places) was making excellent whiskey.  High West Distillery and Saloon was founded by Proprietor and distiller David Perkins in Old Town Park City. The 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan commemorates Utah’s role as the deciding vote to end Prohibition. Yes, that’s right, Utah!  High West has concocted a pre-Prohibition recipe of two parts rye whiskey to one part sweet vermouth and two dashes of bitters. It is then aged in an American white oak barrel for 90 days, allowing the flavors to integrate and develop before bottling. The end result is a smooth, sexy, spicy, herbal, well-balanced, timeless cocktail, rugged enough for a man, sexy enough for a woman. High West also captured the essence of this drink with it’s understated, custom packaging. The apothecary bottle with cork topper and classic motif exudes timeless old west attitude. My favorite way to enjoy is in a cocktail tumbler with a large ice cube.

This Curated Life - Highe West Distillery, 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan

Eat, Love, Drink, Live, Be Merry, and have a curated weekend!

High West Distillery’s 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan

Valentine’s Day Cheers to you and yours!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your significant other. We like to take the low key approach to this Hallmark Holiday here at This Curated Life. We recommend you grab your love, a fantastic bottle of vino, and enjoy some time together. Tonight we have acquired a bottle of 2006 Dominus from Napa Valley, California, and what we call the BIG ASS GLASS (Riedel Glassware.) This Dominus is a new world Bordeaux style blend. Big and fruit forward, but also elegant, balanced, and quite a long soft finish.

2006 Dominus

2006 Domius

2006 dominus

2006 Dominus

Cheers. We hope you have a fantastic Valentines Day.
Dominus Wines:
Reidel Glassware (the big ass glass):

Eva Solo and Intelligentsia Coffee

We love artisan coffee here at This Curated Life. We will be sharing many of our favorite roasts with you as well as our favorite brewing methods.Today we have chosen Intelligentsia Anjilanaka coffee and will brew with an Eva Solo.

Eva Solo is similar to a french press and makes a smooth rich cup of coffee.

We suggest getting a small food scale as this helps to measure the proper amounts of coffee to be ground.

Although we are not coffee experts, but rather nerdy enthusiasts who have found it to be true that all good coffee starts with the grind, our favorite grinder is the Virtuoso Preciso.

Ah… the perfect grind! Smells of light toasty caramel.

Fire up your kettle and you are ready to brew.

Soak and stir the grounds to extract the rich flavor of the perfectly roasted beans.

Don’t forget to download Intelligentsia’s Iphone app – it has the info you need for most types of brewing methods as well as timers to help you make the perfect cup of Joe. Intelligentsia’s website also has many resources and tutorials for brewing.

The timer is set with the Intelligentsia app to ensure perfect time and brew.

It is always a good idea to prime your coffee mugs with warm water before you pour your coffee. This helps to not shock the coffee and prevents any bitterness.

We now have a fantastic cup of Bolivian coffee!!! The Anjilanaka, Boliva from Intelligentsia is rich, smooth and delicate. A wonderful sweet mouth feel combined with a clean finish.

For more information on the coffee and products – see the links below.

Coffee grinder:
Eva Cafe Solo: