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December 2007

Brunch drinks

By me, in today's SF Chronicle: Daytime Cocktails for New Years Brunch Camper English, Special to the Chronicle New Year's Day often arrives with one pondering the previous night's indulgences and the resulting aftereffects. On the upside, this can also be done with a cocktail in hand. Whether consuming them to nurse the previous night's hangover or just to pass the lazy New Year's holiday, adults have a free pass to enjoy cocktails before noon on Tuesday. Typical brunch cocktails include the bloody Mary, mimosa, screwdriver and Irish coffee, with fresh derivations of these standards now on morning menus throughout... Read more →

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Free crazy juice

Neyah of NOPA found this on Craigslist in the 'collectibles' section: FREE St. George Absinthe Verte Reply to: sale-518688964@craigslist.org Date: 2007-12-24, 1:40PM PST I waited in front of the door to St. George Distillery at the defunct Alameda Naval Station for 4 (count 'em F-O-U-R) days in the freezing wind and cold, waiting for the HISTORIC moment to arrive: the first U.S. distilled absinthe since 1912 available for legal purchase. Alas, the much awaited 11:00AM hour tolled on the 21st of December of the year 2007. The distillery doors flung open, smashing my frozen nose, but I was not deterred!... Read more →

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Chow.com has an informative and actually useful story on hangover helpers. Most articles on this subject suck, but the Traci Vogel pulls the science together with the urban legends. Personally, I think Alka-Seltzer's Morning Relief is an excellent product, combining stomach-settling fizziness with headache-reducing aspirin and caffeine. I have a hard time tolerating coffee if I'm hungover but I'll have the caffeine headache without it. I do several of those other things too (greasy food, mostly) and I'm glad to see many of the cures I've improvised scientifically justified. Obviously, prevention is the best cure. It's surprising how many people... Read more →

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Video Bartender: The Entertainer

A long time ago, I decided to add every bartending and liquor DVD available to my Netflix queue. Well, they all finally hit the top of the line and I'm getting them in the mail. I did the same thing with wine DVDs about six months back, thinking I'd get a story out of it (no sale so far...) to great success. But as I don't think anyone will want to buy reviews of cocktail DVDs, I'll post them here instead. Project! Here is the first. The Entertainer, 2004 Kyle Branch, who writes a recipe column for Tasting Panel Magazine,... Read more →

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The bounced booze email Hall of Shame

For the third time in a week, the email address on a spirit company's website bounced back as an invalid address. As I contact a lot of brands, this happens a lot. Boy it's frustrating. Note to PR people- please check the email address on your clients' websites. If it doesn't work, you're missing press opportunities. And if you're afraid of spam, just set up one of those graphic identifier thingies (I use it for the comments for this blog) to weed it out. I'll keep adding to (and hopefully subtracting from) this list as time goes on, but here... Read more →

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