Summer Sippin’: Gin with House-Made Bitter Lemon and Soda

This week on Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen, I make a Gin with House-made Bitter Lemon and Soda! Home-made syrups give an added to touch when shaking/stirring up cocktails, both in the overall quality and flavor of the drink. And it’s super easy to make my House-Made Bitter Lemon when using the Vitamix Bar Boss Advance: cut up whole lemons (peel and all!) and pulse with sugar and water until smooth. Add this syrup with some gin and Perrier Natural Sparkling Water and you’re ready for some laid-back summer sippin’!

To good health! -Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on September 4th, 2012  |  Comments Off on Summer Sippin’: Gin with House-Made Bitter Lemon and Soda |  Posted in Amazon, Cocktails, Recent Posts, Recipes, Small Screen Network, videos

Stay Smitten with Summertime Sippin’!

This week on Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen: I shake up a Smitten cocktail! Fresh muddled in-season watermelons adds a great “cool” taste to the tequila’s bite while the dash of hot sauce adds a lil zing to the flavor. The Citrus Salt rim completes the sipping experience and works great as a garnish.

Remember: the hot sauce should be used sparingly and should enhance the flavor, not overpower it!

Salud! -Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on August 21st, 2012  |  Comments Off on Stay Smitten with Summertime Sippin’! |  Posted in Amazon, Cocktails, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes, Small Screen Network, videos

Time for Tales of the Cocktail!

Tales of the CocktailWe’re already nearly halfway through July, and that always means one thing to me – it’s almost Tales of the Cocktail time again! I’m getting ready to head down to steamy New Orleans at the end of the month for the premier spirit and cocktail event of the year, and looking forward to an exceptionally exciting time this year, because Tales is celebrating its 10th birthday – proof positive that some things only get better with age! There will be tons of fab events (including a birthday/kickoff party with cake and, of course, cocktails), seminars, demos and tastings to attend, and of course it is always a fantastic chance to network, meet new people, and catch all the latest buzz in the cocktail world. There are even excursions to go on, like swamp tours, bike and garden tours, and even a pig-butchering demo – oh my!

Continue reading at Amazon’s Al Dente blog!

Posted by Kathy Casey on July 18th, 2012  |  Comments Off on Time for Tales of the Cocktail! |  Posted in Amazon, Books to Cook, Cocktails, Foodie News, Lifestyle, Tasty Travels

Summer Sipper: VSOP Lemon Derby

This week on Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen, I shake up a VSOP Lemon Derby. This light and refreshing cocktail is perfect for the summer and combines fresh mint and lemon juice with Remy Martin VSOP and vodka. To top it off, I add a velvety Honey Lemon Foam!

Cheers! -Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on July 11th, 2012  |  Comments Off on Summer Sipper: VSOP Lemon Derby |  Posted in Amazon, Cocktails, Recipes, Small Screen Network

Celebrate with a Metaxa Sangria!

Summer and sangria are just two libatious things that are often synonymous. Great to sip on during long summer days (or nights), during parties and to celebrate the 4th of July!

On Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen, I share my Metaxa Sangria! This is a super-easy sangria to make all-year-round and is a great template to play with. It incorporates red wine with Metaxa (a Greek liqueur), fresh citrus, agave nectar and seasonal fruit (for this episodes, I use watermelon).

Ya sas! -Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on July 3rd, 2012  |  Comments Off on Celebrate with a Metaxa Sangria! |  Posted in Restaurants, Amazon, Cocktails, Foodie News, Recent Posts, Recipes, Small Screen Network

Inspired Sipping: Luxury Gin & Tonic

Make this a libatious summer with Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen™! Kicking off the 3rd Season of my cocktail show, I look back at a classic bar staple for a bit of inspiration.

My Luxury Gin & Tonic is my take on the classic gin & tonic. A fresh lime squeeze and Martin Miller’s Gin play well with my Quick Infusion Tonic Bitters (made with Monin Bitters and an iSi whipper), then topped with DRY Soda’s Blood Orange Soda. For a truly luxurious feel, I finish it off with a Cucumber Lime Foam and a garnish of microplaned lime zest!

Cheers! -Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on June 14th, 2012  |  Comments Off on Inspired Sipping: Luxury Gin & Tonic |  Posted in Amazon, Cocktails, Small Screen Network

Dishing with Kathy Casey: The Newsletter

Hello Sunshine!

After a busy winter and spring we are happy to welcome some summer sunshine and have lots of exciting projects and trips on the horizon. Here is a little of what we have been up to since our last newsletter.

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Tasty Travels

Since my trip back from Ukraine, I had about a week to relax at home before heading out again. This time my travels lead me to Ocean Shores, Washington to host the 6th Annual Razor Clam Festival! Ocean Shores is a small beach town on the coast of Washington; about a 3-hour drive away from the hustle and bustle of Seattle. Every year they celebrate this illustrious clam with a fun and tasty festival, from Blood Mary and beer booths, to arts and crafts, and of course a clam chowder cook-off. My team and I judged both the amateur and professional chowder cook-offs and seriously tasted over 45 chowders to choose the grand prize winners. Needless to say we were stuffed to the gills with chowder by the end of the day!

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Heather, Erwin and I tasting the first group of chowders!

Then it was off to California’s Napa Valley with teammates Heather and new sous-chef Jason for the Flavor Summit! Held at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, this industry-only event brings in the top leaders in the culinary world to discuss and taste their way through flavor-related topics. The campus is amazing and the seminars were enlightening! I attended with my client Paramount Citrus. We participated in the lunch, cooking up a Sweet Orange, Fennel and Arugula Salad with Citrus Grilled Shrimp and my Market Fresh Lime Agua Fresca with Berries (see below for the recipe). For the ending reception we crafted Liquid Kitchen Ultimate G & T’s (Gin and Tonics), topped with a Cucumber Lime Foam and a grating of lime zest.

Squeezing out some Paramount Limes for my Ultimate G & T!

Then it was off to Los Angeles again. This time for business meetings mixed in with some fun. While in LA, we checked out concepts and visited restaurants, including Bottega Louie where I was drooling over their amazing pastries and cupcakes. Check out the Macaron Tree below! The weekend was full of glitterati sightings at the SLS hotel in Beverly Hills where party goers for JJ McKay’s (Seattle party host extraordinaire) party were staying. JJ’s parties always bring in the who’s who of crowds and lead to the best networking ever. Guests flew in from all over the US, including partiers from Miami and NY to Dallas, San Francisco and Seattle.

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Bottega Louie’s Macaron Tree!

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The always faboo JJ McKay, myself, and producer Joe Gressis from Secret Handshake

Next stops: I’m off to Vancouver, British Columbia this week for work with the Fairmont Hotels and then New Orleans, Louisiana and Washington, D.C. Stay tuned for more tasty travel round up’s on my blog.


Serious Sippin’ with the Liquid Kitchen

Filming for the 3rd Season of Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen™ just wrapped up with Small Screen Network. We filmed 18 episodes in two days! Vitamix was our main sponsor this season and so expect lots of amazing, blended summer drink episodes, like my Liquid Indulgence (vanilla ice cream, espresso and salted caramel incorporated together and topped with a float of mezcal!) and a Blended Peach Whisky Sour! A Seattle LUPEC member was the top bidder to be a guest on Liquid Kitchen at a recent breast cancer fundraising event. So in honor of the ladies who love to imbibe I created the Green Goddess for an episode – Green Chartreuse, egg whites, fresh pineapple, silver rum, a touch of lemon and Bitter Truth Celery Bitters – yum! Stay tuned for these new episodes to be posted soon!

Lynn Becker
Special Guest and LUPEC Seattle member Lynn Becker and I shaking up a Green Goddess Cocktail!


Tasty & Libatious Reads – and Cooking up a New Cookbook

If you follow me on Twitter, then you may have caught wind that I just finished the recipes and am now shooting the photography for my 10th cookbook… all on deviled eggs! Stay updated with Twitter on my book’s progress as I tweet more behind the scenes of our photo shoots.

The new Food & Wine Cocktails 2012 book is out! This year I share my creative versions of the ever classic French 75. This cocktail book covers an extensive array of classic cocktails with featured mixologists’ personal variations. How about a Salted Maple (a Pisco Sour variation) or a Lord Bullingdon’s Revenge (a Sazerac spin)? There are also non-alcoholic options too! Make sure you get your copy today!

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And don’t forget to check out Sip Northwest magazine for all you Pacific Northwest imbibers, including bars to sip, recipes to make, and new spirits to taste. Here’s a sneak peak on one of my articles. You can also pick up a complimentary copy at my Dish D’Lish cafés at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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New Restaurant Fave!

New restaurants are popping up everywhere, but one of my new faves is Chef Greg Atknison’s Restaurant Marché located on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Greg is one of my all-time favorite chefs and I am so happy for him and his wife Betsy. The restaurant and menu totally embodies Greg’s signature style and flair. I enjoyed my recent birthday dinner there with the hubby and friends and was swooning by the time I left from total culinary bliss. If you have a trip planned to the Pacific Northwest or are a local be sure to make reservations and check it out. It’s a quick ferry ride across the Puget Sound and is close to the ferry terminal. Marché is open for lunch and dinner on Tuesdays – Saturdays. The menu changes with the seasons, featuring northwest cuisine and island goods (think amazing wild greens, crisp oysters, smooth-as-silk-chicken liver pate you want to rub on yourself!). Take a peek at this season’s menu items.

Restaurant Marche
Bainbridge Island’s newest hot spot!


Where to Catch Kathy Next:

Tales of the Cocktail – July 25-29, 2012 – New Orleans, Louisiana

The Flavor Experience – August 6-8, 2012 – Newport Beach, California


Cook Up Some Fun with Paramount Citrus!

Agua Fresca

Market Fresh Lime Agua Fresca
Makes 1 drink

1 1/2 oz fresh-squeezed Paramount Citrus lime juice
2 oz Zesty Lime Syrup (recipe follows)
3 oz chilled soda water
1 oz Market Fruit Berry Topping (recipe follows)
Garnish: long fresh lime zest twist or lime wedge

Fill a large tall glass with ice. Add the citrus juices and the Zesty Lime Syrup. Add soda water and stir. Top with Market Fruit Topping. Garnish with lime zest.

Zesty Lime Syrup
Makes 2 1/4 cups

3 Tbsp finely minced lime zest (with no white pith)
2 cups sugar
2 cups water

Combine the zest, sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a quick boil over high heat. Boil for 1 minute then remove from heat and let cool. Store refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.

Market-Fruit Berry Topping
Makes 2 1/4 cups

1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup small diced strawberries
1/4 cup raspberry puree

Mix ingredients together. Store refrigerated.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid KitchenTM

I hope you enjoyed my quick recap of what’s been going on lately. Make sure you join me on the weekends at Dishing with Kathy Casey on KOMO News Radio and check my corresponding blog with all the corresponding recipes and tips. –Kathy


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Posted by Kathy Casey on June 6th, 2012  |  Comments Off on Dishing with Kathy Casey: The Newsletter |  Posted in Restaurants, Amazon, Cocktails, Conferences, Foodie News, Fruit, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Newsletter, other, Recent Posts, Recipes, Small Screen Network, Tasty Travels

Cozy Up with Cocoas!

Sipping hot cocoa brings up cozy, winter memories for me: Now that’s a hot cocoa! (Photo by Kathy Casey Food Studios®)my mom mixing up Hershey’s cocoa powder with warm milk and a dash of cinnamon (or vanilla) in her old copper-bottomed Reverewear pan. Ooh and my favorite part! The big fluffy marshmallow floating on top… yum!

I still love making My Mom’s “Old School” Cocoa when it’s freezing out. Kids of all ages love it when they need something to warm up with or to relax to.

Cocoa is the perfect vehicle for flavor experimenting from fragrant spices like cinnamon and cloves to the totally unexpected profiles like Indian curry and cardamom.

For the recipes, continue reading on Amazon’s Al Dente Blog.

Posted by Kathy Casey on January 27th, 2012  |  Comments Off on Cozy Up with Cocoas! |  Posted in Amazon, dessert, other, Recent Posts, Recipes, Snacks