HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Chef Patrick Evans Hylton helps us to celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month and shares some great food finds. For information , visit www.facebook.com/groups/VirginiaEatsAndDrinks
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CELEBRATING NATIONAL BOURBON HERITAGE MONTH
Virginia is the birthplace of American Spirits; the first distilled spirits in what would become English-speaking America occurred in 1620. September is both Bourbon Heritage Month and Virginia Spirits Month. To celebrate we craft what is recognized as one of the first known true cocktails.
Our Old Fashioned cocktail uses bourbon from Reverend Spirits by R.D. Wilhelm Distillery of Norfolk. Sugar cubes, bitters, orange, and cherries round out the recipe.
Here’s how to make it: in a rocks glass, also known as an Old Fashioned glass, add 2 sugar cubes or 2 teaspoons of sugar. Add 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a splash of water, 2-3 dark candied or canned cherries. Twist a 1-2 inch strip of orange peel over the glass and add. With the end of a wooden spoon, muddle the ingredients until the sugar is dissolved, and the cherries and orange peel is mashed, about 2-3 minutes. Fill glass with ice, and then pour in 2-3 ounces of bourbon. Stir and garnish with an orange peel and cherry on a cocktail pick.
VAEATS DEALS + STEALS STEINHILBER’S FAMOUS SHRIMP We’re starting a new segment called VAEATS Deals + Steals. In each segment we’ll highlight some bountiful bargains.
You’ve loved those delish signature Steinhilber’s signature shrimp for generations. The large fantail butterfiled shrimp are lightly battered and fried golden brown and delicious.
Now and through a limited time they are available for just $3 each; that’s 25 percent off. Enjoy them with Steiny’s signature sauce, akin to a remoulade, or If you pick up the shrimp for home, make our Classic Cocktail Sauce; we share the recipe here:
In a medium bowl, whisk 1 cup ketchup, 1 cup chile sauce, 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish, 1 tablespoon Asian hot sauce such as Sriracha, and 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice together until combined. Cover and chill for at least an hour before using.
For more on Steinhilber’s Restaurant, visit www.Steinys.com
FABULOUS FOOD FIND NEW MENU ITEMS AT COWBOY NEIL’S CANTINA Several new menu items have rolled out at Cowboy Neil’s Cantina. The Virginia Beach Tex-Mex eatery has a new appetizers, entrees, and desserts. A vegan appetizer option is the Impossible Egg Roll.
Entrees include a C-Dilla with Dipping Consomme’ and Tejano Stir Fry. Bolas de Felicidad is a gorgeous dessert. A fabulous cocktail menu includes The Chupacabra and Pink Unicorn
For more on Cowboy Neil’s Cantina, visit www.CowboyNeilsCantina.com