Category Archives: Wine + Spirits

Preview: The Tippler and Pisco Portón

The next big thing in the Nashville cocktail scene may just be The Tippler, a massive three-level lounge/restaurant opening in August in the ground level of The Adelicia building in Midtown. Most recently the penultimate home of Fish and Co., the space has been closely watched by local foodistas anxiously awaiting the new tenant.

The Tippler is a spin-off of a very successful Manhattan establishment located in Chelsea Market. Known for artfully-prepared innovative cocktails and classic architecture, The Tippler aims to replicate that formula with their second location. On July 23, a gathering of Nashville mixologists and spirits purveyors got a sneak peek of the bar at a special event presented by Best Brands and Pisco Portón, the best-selling Peruvian liquor made in the oldest distillery in the Americas.

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Pisco is a distilled spirit made from eight different varietals of grapes, the only fruit-based white liquor as opposed to grain products like vodka and gin. Best known as the base for a tart Pisco Sour, this spirit can be used to create all sorts of interesting cocktails. The guests of honor at the event were Johnny Schuler, the head distiller at Pisco Portón and Dale DeGroff, noted mixologist and cocktail historian. Schuler and DeGroff regaled the assembled audience with tales of the history of the distillery, which dates back to 1684, and DeGroff mixed up a bowl of Button Punch from a recipe that was popularized in San Francisco in the 1870’s. The cocktail is mentioned in the writings of Mark Twain and Jack London, and the revelers at the launch party agreed that it has aged quite nicely.

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Other Pisco Portón cocktails were served as accompaniments to a four-course dinner prepared by the kitchen staff at The Tippler, a meal which promises good things for Nashville diners once the saloon doors swing open to the public. Best Brands Business Solutions Leader created several of the cocktail recipes and was kind enough to share one with Nashville Lifestyles readers.

Peruvian BBQ
1.75 oz Porton
¾ oz Lime Juice
½ oz maple syrup
1 dash of Bitter End BBQ Bitters

Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill. Serve up in a champagne coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with a basil leaf.

More about the Tippler in Nashville Lifestyles HOT LIST issue!

—Chris Chamberlain, NL contributor

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Tasting A Finer Tequila

While many consider Mexico’s independence an excuse to sling back cheap margaritas, we think a better use of your time (and liver) is to discover a higher-end brand of tequila. A recent tasting of Herradura’s line of blanco, silver, reposado and añejo had us reconsidering what we’re putting on the rocks with a rim of salt. ¡Salud!

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El Jimador – Spanish for “agave farmer,” this everyday drinking tequila is 100 percent blue agave that goes down easy but still has that rich, tequila bite. If margaritas are on the menu, reach for this Mexican best seller.

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 Herradura Silver – Tequila classifications say “silver” designations don’t need to be aged but Herradura lets theirs rest for about 45 days in American white oak barrels, giving it a hint of smoothness. Try this in a Paloma, mixed with a grapefruit soda like Fresca.

— Herradura Reposado – Sitting in oak barrels for 11 months gives this tequila (the first Reposado that appeared in the U.S.) its lovely amber hue but also imparts a soft, round finish.

— Herradura Añejo – This velvety juice is aged for more than two years (twice as long as the industry standard) giving it notes of smoke and caramel. Serve this chilled at the end of the meal to savor until it warms up in the glass.

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— Herradura Selección Suprema – With a pour from this elegantly cut glass bottle, you’ve moved beyond tequila and into the realm of rare, special occasion liquor—especially since bottles of this extra añejo can fetch upwards of $350 (Cantina Laredo has it for a steal at $48 a glass). Aged for four years, it rolls around the mouth like caramel and should only be enjoyed at room temperature.

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We’ve already got a recipe ready for you to try out your tequila new-found knowledge. Mix up a Herradura Brisa on NashvilleLifestyles.com!

Available at most liquor retailers and Cantina Laredo, 592 12th Ave. S. (615) 259-9282; cantinalaredo.com