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All female cast unites for ‘Women & Whisky’ event at Roofers Union DC

On Thursday, August 28 from 6-8 p.m., Roofers Union (2446 18th St NW, Adams Morgan) invites whisky lovers and novices to a special tasting of Catoctin Creek whiskies paired with savory bites by Executive Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley. In a relaxed and intimate sit-down environment, Catoctin Creek master distiller Becky Harris and I will discuss the …continue reading

Caitlyn Laman in a final round of the Speed Rack national finals

What it takes to bartend like a girl (i.e. a boss) from Speed Rack winner Caitlin Laman, plus how to make two of her standout cocktails

If there’s one thing you can learn from rugby, it’s how to sling drinks like a boss. At least that’s what Caitlin Laman, 30, accredits to becoming Miss Speed Rack USA in a national competition in May that I had the pleasure of attending while visiting NYC for master mezcalier training. Speed Rack is a ladies-only …continue reading

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Why I’m judging the Merlet Sidecar Competition at Tales of the Cocktail, plus how to make a classic Sidecar at home

At my first book signing event last fall at Washington D.C.’s Jaleo, I led a tasting of four exquisite expressions by Camus Cognac and at the end, taught everyone how to make the Sidecar, which is one of my go-tos. Guests got to use their favorite expression (either VS, VSOP, XO or Ile de Ré) …continue reading

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Hangover prevention & remedies on ‘Let’s Talk Live,’ plus two bod nourishing recipes

Last week I went on Let’s Talk Live (Washington D.C.’s only local talk show) on News Channel 8 to chat about how to prevent and cure nasty hangovers that are bound to occur on and after July 4. In the “green room,” I  had the chance to meet other interesting show guests: Cathy Barrow, author of Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s …continue reading

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Booze for Babes descends on New Orleans with two unique events you MUST attend

I’m super excited to announce two Booze for Babes book events that will be taking place next week in New Orleans during Tales of the Cocktail, the world’s biggest spirits industry and cocktail festival. With one being at a day spa and the other at a high-end liquor and wine store, they’ll both be very different, …continue reading

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Only 2 more days to get Booze for Babes FREE on Kindle!

To celebrate the start of summer cocktail season, I’m giving away Kindle copies of my book, Booze for Babes: the Smart Woman’s Guide to Drinking Spirits Right through Saturday. Because even if you’ve already got my print book, or plan to purchase a signed copy (which looks adorable on your coffee table or bar), that thing weighs …continue reading


Can ‘the Love Bite’ take all? Top DJs to judge the Taste Prince George’s Best in Glass competition

Next Monday, June 23, I’ll be competing in a semifinal round of the Taste Prince George’s Best in Glass competition. It’s my first bartending competition EVER, and I’m pretty sure I’m the only competitor who doesn’t actually work in a bar or restaurant. But I’m confident I can knock this out of the park, so come …continue reading

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7 lessons you can learn from a distiller that have nothing to do with booze (well, sort of)

Writers and distillers have one sure thing in common: we like to drink. Okay, maybe there’s a second thing: people probably called us crazy when we made our career choices. Luckily we’re okay with both. Distiller Becky Harris and her husband and marketing master, Scott Harris, will tell you the decision to open Catoctin Creek Distilling …continue reading

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POSTPONED: Join us for a Father’s Day whiskey tasting & book party with Catoctin Creek at Roofers Union D.C.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed. Please be sure to sign up for my email list to the right, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook to be notified when the new date will be. Want to do something special and different for dad this year? Calling all daughters AND whiskey enthusiasts: …continue reading

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DC industree’s ‘Hail to the V’ brings together ladies in libations & food with Carla Hall and moi!

On May 29, I’m co-moderating DC industree’s Hail to the V event at E Street Cinema with The Chew host and Bravo’s Top Chef Carla Hall, Missy Frederick of Eater DC,  Anna Spiegel of Washingtonian, and Mary Beth Albright, a food writer and Next Food Network Star finalist. I’m totally honored to be helping host …continue reading