Kindred Spirits Party at the North Market Mix and Shake

Kindred Spirits Party at the North Market Mix and Shake

The sold out North Market Mix and Shake

Mix and Shake poster

… was one hot and heavy party …

Mix and Shake partygoers

… turning up the heat with nine local distilleries for its first of a kind spirits event in partnership with the Ohio Distiller’s Guild.

The party started with an immediate stop at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for sample scoops — and then more sample scoops — and well, let’s just say Jeni’s lends itself to copious sampling and is the new official ice cream of Now It’s Dark!

Mix and Shake Jenis Splendid Ice Cream

On an ice cream high, we moved on to get our “Don Draper” mac daddy experience at Watershed Distillery with an old fashioned.

Mix and Shake - Watershed Distillery

Local comedian Morgan Nicole and Drink Up Columbus blogger Cheryl Harrison stopped over to say hello …

Mix and Shake Morgan Nicole Cheryl Harrison

Morgan Nicole, Cheryl Harrison

Wandering around in a specific direction to ensure “complete coverage” for our readers took the NID team over to Middle West Spirits (OYO) who seemed to be having a great time mixing and passing out olive-skewered samples.

Mix and Shake Middle West Spirits

Our attention quickly turned to The Fish Guys for the most amazing oysters we had ever tasted. These beauties were epic and caused our opinions to forever change about a great experience. Though there are many different types of oysters, and we are told as many different specially designed knifes to open them, Delaware Bay oysters from the Fish Guys set the bar higher for a great choice. Of course, it takes about five raw oysters to really know for sure that they are great…

Sipping our drinks we continued onto Pistacia Vera. They passed out heavily macaroons which are french confections made with egg white, icing sugar, sugar, almond powder and food coloring that has ganache, butter cream or jam filling. The cherry macaroon we tasted was delightful.

The authentic Vietnamese restaurant Lan Viet Market served tasty crab balls in a light broth. Lan Viet is my favorite spot for lunch in the North Market.

Lan Viet Market crab balls

The Portside Distillery team shared some of their award winning spiced rum in a Winter Warmer mixed drink.

Mix and Shake Portside Distillery

Foolery was happening at Tom’s Foolery Distillery, as the drinks were shaken and not stirred.

We loved the color and flavor of Buckeye Vodka‘s Raspberry bucken mule.

The ever gracious Rick Harrison Wolfe, executive director of the North Market, greeted NID and posted for a picture.

Mix and Shake Rick Harrison Wolfe

Rick Harrison Wolfe

What’s a party without music, as the Derek DiCenzo Trio brought the fun of live music to the party.

Mix and Shake Derek DiCenzo Trio

Derek DiCenzo Trio

The North Market is the perfect dining destination because even the most diverse group of friends can find food to enjoy together in a lively atmosphere.

Other participating distilleries included: Belle of Dayton Distillery, Dayton; Indian Creek Distillery, New Carlisle; Mill Street Distillery, Utica, and Stillwrights Spiced Rum, Fairborn.

The North Market is open Sunday and Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more go to http://www.northmarket.com

Tony Bentivegna

Tony Bentivegna writes reviews, articles and photographs for NID Magazine and can be reached at [email protected]