Sips of the Week
The Cointreau Rickey
2 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Garnish: Lime wedge
Combine Cointreau and lime juice in a highball glass and top with Club Soda. Stir briefly.
Cointreau Berry Rickey
Ideal during Autumn when bramble berries are at their ripest.
2 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
5 mint leaves
4 oz. Club Soda or Seltzer
Muddle the berries and mint in a Highball glass. Add Cointreau and lime juice with ice and top with club soda. Stir briefly and garnish with a mint sprig and berries.
Available now on the menu at Bourbon Steak in DC
1.5 oz. Cointreau
¾ oz. Fresh lime juice
1 oz. cold Earl Grey Tea
2.5 oz. Club Soda
Build in a wine glass, and serve with lime shell
A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Winn Roberton always found himself enthralled by food, geography and foreign languages, so it’s no surprise that wine and spirits became his passion. Working in restaurants while attaining a music degree at Penn State, he found himself lost in maps of France, Italy and California and subsequently honed his service skills as a server and bartender in Las Vegas’ mainstay restaurants such as Nobhill, Craftsteak, and Carnevino.
Roberton is also a regional brand ambassador for Cointreau, and is currently on the wine team at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak in Washington, D.C., where he oversees the wine cellar management, staff trainings and floor service. He is currently studying for the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced exam and hopes to make some noise in upcoming sommelier and mixology competitions.
Tim O’Hare, Regional Director for the Learning & Development Department Charmer Sunbelt Group
Tim has a favorite quote from Ernest Hemingway that just about sums up his relationship with wine and grapes. “ Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon.
Tim has earned Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Specialist of Spirits, and the Certified Wine Educators from the internationally recognized Society of Wine Educators.
Read Laurie’s Which Wine is Witch? Blind Tasting Party for Halloween article to learn how to host your own Halloween Wine Tasting Party!
10/5 Laurie is a featured presenter at the Greenwich Food + Wine Festival.
10/19 Laurie is a featured presenter at the Autumn Wine Festival in Salisbury, MD.
We’ll be back next week to find out about the upcoming Autumn Wine Festival in Salisbury MD, Oysterfest in Baltimore and how to navigate a wine list!