Mixing it up in downtown Phoenix with Whiskey and Bourbon


WHAT:   Do you have what it takes to be a Malt Master? Have you dabbled with bourbon but want to expand your mixology skills? Whatever level of expertise, you’re invited to join mixologist Matt Tobey and refine your cocktail skills from 5 to 7 p.m. in District American Kitchen and Wine Bar on Thursday, July 18, 2013. Sample whiskey and tasty tidbits, enjoy new cocktail recipes, and learn how to make brandied cherries.


Mixologist Matt will guide guests on how to make two whiskey cocktails. First, Matt will show off his Arizona Hickory Smoked Old Fashion, a cocktail that recently debuted on District American Kitchen and Wine Bar’s spring libation list. Guests will first sample the whiskey, then review the tasting notes and finally move on to making the cocktail.

This cocktail includes hickory smoked Woodford Reserve bourbon, house brandied cherries and locally sourced honey. Mixologist Matt will even describe and show guests how to create brandied cherries. Yum!


For the second cocktail, mixologists Matt will pour a slightly different whiskey or bourbon and compare it to the first. This second cocktail will be less involved and easy for beginners.


Complementing appetizers will be offered during the event. Happy hour snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase. Complimentary three-hour self-parking with validation is available in the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel parking garage, which is adjacent District American Kitchen and Wine Bar.


Event cost is $10.00 upon entry. Please confirm attendance here: http://on.fb.me/126Hpko


WHEN:   Thursday, July 18, 2013

5 to 7 p.m.


WHERE: District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, in the Wine Room

320 N. Third Street, Phoenix AZ 85004


MORE:  www.districtrestaurant.com

              Arizona Hickory Smoked Old Fashion recipe and image below.

Arizona Hickory Smoked Old Fashion



  • 2 ounces hickory smoked Woodford Reserve bourbon
  • Singh Farms honeycomb, dime-size piece
  • 1 house brandied cherry
  • 1 half-moon slice blood orange
  • 4 dashes blood orange bitters


To start, you need to smoke the hickory wood chips:

  1. Soak hickory wood chips in water for two hours.
  2. Place a pound of soaked hickory wood chips on a large sheet pan and cover with a perforated sheet pan.
  3. Place a pound of soaked hickory wood chips in perforated sheet pan and cover with lid.
  4. Place all of this over medium heat until yellow smoke starts to poor out of the top (around 20 minutes depending on the stove), which shows the natural oils are leaving the wood. Check it constantly to make sure you don’t burn the wood.
  5. Remove the hickory wood and let it sit for two hours.

Next is the infusion:

  1. Fill a Mason jar with the smoked hickory wood chips.
  2. Fill the Mason jar with Woodford Reserve bourbon and shut tight.
  3. Let the bourbon and hickory chips set for four days, this will allow time for the bourbon to take on a slight wood and smoky taste.

Last is to build your drink:

  1. Place a dime-size piece of Singh Farms honeycomb, brandied cherry, half-moon slice of blood orange and four drops of bitters into a shaker.
  2. Slightly press all ingredients with a muddle. Take care not to muddle the blood orange peel too aggressively. You want to release all the ingredients without turning it into mush.
  3. Add the hickory smoked Woodford Reserve and stir.
  4. Strain the drink into a rocks glass with either an ice sphere or frozen whiskey stones.
  5. Garnish with a large piece of blood orange peel, brandied cherry, and small sliver of honeycomb.

The Arizona Hickory Smoked Old Fashion cocktail will be available for $12 at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar throughout the spring season. Photo Credit: Kelley Karnes.


About District American Kitchen & Wine Bar

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar is designed to meld into the fabric of the downtown Phoenix core, embracing its inherent energy with open-air patio seating, local artwork, and live entertainment or DJs. Open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner, the restaurant serves the best of innovative American heritage cuisine, wines, beers, and classic cocktails. District American Kitchen and Wine Bar features a rooftop garden, supports local food purveyors, and offers a wide selection of sophisticated yet accessible regional fare. Patrons can expect new twists on classic favorites as well as traditional favorites reinvented. District American Kitchen and Wine Bar is located at the northwest corner of Third Street and Van Buren in the heart of downtown Phoenix. For restaurant reservations, please call (602) 817-5400 or visit www.districtrestaurant.com. Twitter: @DistrictKitchen. Facebook: www.facebook.com/district.kitchen.

This delicious recipe by Matt was provided by Katie Brashear.

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