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December 2007

Busted!

It is an immutable law of lifestyle journalism that all articles about booze appearing in the run-up to New Year's Eve must give tips on either avoiding hangovers or curing them. So says Jason Wilson in today's Washington Post story on grapefruit drinks. So true. Last year this time I wrote about bartenders' hangover cures. Last week I wrote about non-alcoholic cocktails. Friday I have a story about brunch drinks. As a consumer, I've always hated the lack of imagination in lifestyle story programming, especially between Thanksgiving (celebrities who take two hours "giving up" their holiday to ladle soup), and... Read more →

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Lalique- So Chic!

By me, in today's SF Chromicle: Splurge on a $12,000 bottle of scotch Though the product isn't available until January, the whiskey lover in your life probably won't mind the IOU for this $12,000 Macallan 55-year-old single-malt Scotch packaged in a custom Lalique crystal bottle. The spirit inside is unusual for Macallan as it has more of an earthy, peaty profile than their younger whiskies, and the funky bottle on the outside is unusual in that there are only 420 of them on the market. (To get one, inquire at Macallan55@remyusa.com.) Labels: camper_clips, scotch, whisky Read more →

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Boozeless Cocktails

By me, in today's SF Chronicle: Drink Menus Explore Virgin Territory with Alcohol-Free Cocktails Camper English, Special to the Chronicle Bay Area restaurants and bars are increasingly devoting space on their menus to alcohol-free drinks. These concoctions are more complicated than simple sodas and juices, involving the same glassware, seasonal ingredients and fresh garnishes as drinks with the hard stuff. This trend of enticing consumers with nonalcoholic cocktails, rather than leaving it to them to request a virgin version of another drink, owes much to the current emphasis in better cocktail bars on creating drinks with seasonal ingredients. These fresh... Read more →

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It'll hurt if I swallow

Rather than waiting for a tasting sample to be mailed to me, or going all the way to Alameda to buy it from the distillery, I decided to buy a bottle of St. George Absinthe Verte on its launch day. (*update- It's 8:30 PM, and I just figured out today isn't Friday, the official launch day. I just got lucky that I found a bottle a day early.) I went to D&M Wine and Liquors and plopped down my credit card without asking the price. (I thought it was $75 like it as at the distillery, or less.) I paid... Read more →

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Free money

Here are two free ideas: 1. Some bar should start a low-calorie cocktail list. You could sell low-calorie rum and Cokes using Diet Coke and half the rum as usual. And you could charge twice as much for it. 2. Why hasn't anyone invented a chocolate chip cookie dough martini? Oops, too late, they have. Labels: bars, recipes Read more →

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Don't click here

Forbes.com has a list of "unhealthiest holiday cocktails," where they list the number of calories, carbs, and fat in a bunch of winter drinks. It's nice and shocking that a mudslide (at least the way they make it) has 851 calories, but overall I think this story topic is just annoying. There is no healthy cocktail. It's booze. Forbes has written this story before with highest-calorie cocktails and here they've spun it for the holidays. I think it's the word "unhealthiest" that bugs me, since there is so flip side to that. One could write about cocktails with the least... Read more →

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Frankenwine

The Economist has a nice article on genetically modified wine. They are creating what the producers want (disease-resistant grapevines) rather than making tweaks that also appeal to consumers. What sort of traits might consumers want, you ask? More reliable flavours for one thing. No longer need you doubt whether a wine truly does possess flavours of exotic coffee, chocolate, Asian spice, roast duck and blackberry and prune liqueur. Genes from those very animals and plants could be spliced straight into the grape's genome. Forget hours spent swilling, swirling, sniffing, gurgling and spitting—it will all be there in black and white,... Read more →

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