Find Seattle's best cocktails with Terry Jaymes and Katie Oon July 8, 2012 @ 11:43 am (Updated: 1:38 pm - 7/15/12 )
Terry James says he isn't a foodie, but he does love his gourmet cocktails. This week he's joined by the Seattle Kitchen Show's Katie O to investigate the best cocktails Seattle has to offer.
For many restaurant owners, cocktails are almost as important as the food. Owners must stock wine and beer that pair well with menu items, as well as unique signature cocktails that are such an important part of a meal.
"They want to connect, they want to have that 'in vino veritas' kind of moment that usually takes a couple of cocktails," says Katie O.
Chef Thierry Rautureau, of The Seattle Kitchen, cans fruit from his Mirabelle plum tree so that he can use the fruit and juices all year.
Seattle Kitchen co-hostTom Douglas, who owns restaurants Lola, Dhalia Lounge, Serious Pie, and Brave Horse Tavern among others, has recently hired an expert beverage director for his restaurants.
Seattle has a great nightlife scene with many bars and restaurants that make fresh, unique cocktails. With so much competition, individual talent and creativity matters a lot.
"Quite a few people take a great amount of pride in their bar tending skills. The level of effort that goes into a craft cocktail in this city is remarkable, it's really quite astounding," says Katie.
One of Terry's favorite cocktails is actually nonalcoholic. He recommends the sour cherry fizz at Palace Kitchen. Katie loves hers with a little kick, but agrees that Palace Kitchen is a great place for cocktails.
"It's such a bar-centric restaurant with that big horse- shoe bar and the tiles. And the later it gets, the better it gets," says Katie.
Terry's favorite cocktail of the moment is the "Poppy delicious" at Poppy on Capitol Hill. It takes advantage of the tequila trend, with flavorful cocktails reminiscent of margaritas - with plenty of heat.
"Tequila, red bell peppers, jalapeno, lime, curacao, it's spicy and I love this thing," says Terry.
Poppy also stocks a unique house-made cardamom cola for customers who don't drink.
For ambiance, it's hard to beat Canlis on Queen Anne Hill, though cocktails there are pricey. The restaurant overlooks Lake Union and has a piano player on staff to create a unique mood.
"I will always crave any cocktail from Canlis," says Katie.
Terry, on the other hand, craves the old fashioned cocktails at Rob Roy in Belltown.
"They do have the throwback cocktails and I love that," says Terry.
The atmosphere screams class and elegant drinks like the sandlewood saffron sour or the huntsman will impress visitors.
Recently, many craft distilleries have popped up around
town to compliment the hand-made cocktail culture in
Seattle. Katie and Terry both love the Oola
Distillery on Capitol Hill.
Listen to Terry Jaymes and Katie O on KIRO 97.3 FM's newest weekend show:
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