Laurie was visited by John Reusing, owner of Bad Decisions, to hear all about the recent Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans. John shared some of his favorite finds, cocktails and stories from the week as they sipped and Ideal Cocktail and a traditional daiquiri made with El Dorado 12yr old Rum–not your Mother’s Strawberry daiquiri either! An Ideal Cocktail Dry Gin Sweet Vermouth Dry Vermouth Grapefruit juice 3 dashes of Maraschino cherry liqueur Equal parts Dry Gin, Sweet Vermouth & Dry Vermouth. One bar spoon of fresh grapefruit juice (from the grapefruit, not a bottle). Use Maraschino liqueur, not juice. Shaken and strained into a martini glass. Traditional Daiquiri 1.5 oz El Dorado 12yo Rum 3/4 oz lime juice 1/4 oz simple syrup Equal portions of each ingredient. Use good rum! Shaken and strained into a cocktail glass. Sips of the Week can be found (or ordered) in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else in the US by searching WineSearcher.com Upcoming Events 8/8 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy with Laurie Forster at VanDiver Inn in Havre de Grace, MD, Tickets are $70 each include reception, show with wine tastings and dinner wine pairing stations. Call for tickets before we sell out! 10/2 Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Dinner featuring some of Laurie’s favorite wines from Australia!