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East meets West cocktails

Bacon Brothers Public House bartenders have switched up the cocktail menu with a surprising-for-the-location twist: Asian-inspired beverages. Fans of the former Dive ‘n’ Boar Gastropub where LTO Burger Bar is now may remember the “Shut Up & Drink Your Peas” from mixologist Chase Orsini-Liberatore in 2016.

“Shut Up & Drink Your Peas”

Chase and many of his memorable cocktails have found their way to Bacon Bros., and this is one of the newest additions. Creating the perfect shade of green, the ingredients are Hat Trick Botanical Gin, St. Germain, sugar snap peas, wasabi cordial, lemon. Don’t let the idea of drinking peas scare you – one taste and you’ll agree we should have been doing it all along.

Also new to the menu via bartender Matt Flowers are Antiku (Kaiyō Japanese Whisky, Macallan 12, Giffard Lichi-Li, Salers Aperitif, lychee gummy) and the Darjeeling Limited (Plantation XO 20th Anniversary Rum, Ramazzotti, garam masala cordial, pineapple, lime). The menu even includes an Indian-inspired mocktail from Chase called Rama Sita (curried mango shrub, spicy ginger beer, candied mango).

Bourbon, beef, and bacon

Now that’s a trifecta worth noting. Rick Erwin’s West End Grille is hosting Woodford in the Wild, a five-course dinner with bourbon pairings on March 26, 6:30 p.m. Cost is $85++ per person. On the menu you’ll find Linz tenderloin, crispy pork belly, a burger with pimento cheese a side-by-side wet and dry-aged Linz Heritage Angus, and a Woodford soaked cherry bread pudding. Woodford pairings by course will be Woodford Reserve Select, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Woodford Reserve Rye & Thomas Creek Trifecta, Woodford Reserve Straight Malt, and Woodford Oat Grain. Reserve your spot here or call 864-479-8983. The restaurant is located at 648 S. Main St. and offers valet parking.

Who runs the (wine) world?

Joe’s Place is celebrating International Women’s Month on March 28 by raising a glass to women who are making waves as winemakers and vineyard owners. During a wine class called “I Am Woman Hear Me Roar” from 6:30-8:30 p.m., guests will taste the best of women’s wines from across the globe. Cost is $40 and includes food, wines, and indispensable knowledge. Reservations are required. Call (864) 558-0828 or stop by the store at 2 Williams St. by March 26 to reserve your spot. Payment is due at the time of reservation.

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