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February 2008

Tales website getting into shape

The Tales of the Cocktail 2008 website is finally shaping up, and now has a gallery of presenters and special guests. It is gallery of sexy, sexy people; most especially me. I am one of those presenters, giving a talk with Jeffrey Lindenmuth on "Regional American Cocktails." Are you coming to see me? Here is my bio: Camper English is a freelance cocktails and spirits writer for publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, Wine & Spirits, and Best Life, as well as the cocktail blog Alcademics.com. He has covered everything from urban moonshiners to drinks with maple... Read more →

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Caloric cocktails

Nutritional disclosures could be on the way for menus at S.F.'s chain eateries Boo! I feel like I should support listing caloric information on food and drink menus because that would encourage healthy eating and drinking, but I just don't. It's not like (most) people are unaware that the mocha-choco-latte has more fat and calories than the caffeine-enhanced water. Food and drinks are more than calorie-nutrient-caffeine-alcohol delivery systems. Requiring chains to have the information available on request? I think I'm okay with that. But when hotel bars have to list cocktail calories on their drink menus I have a feeling... Read more →

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Video, audio, paper, and web whisky

I just discovered the many whisky videos- most of them appear to be interviews- on WhiskyGuild.com. Scroll down. Also, if you're not listening to the WhiskyCast podcast, it's time to start. Last week they had an interview with Jonny McCormick, who wrote an article for Malt Advocate magazine about buying your own cask. Malt Advocate's publisher and editor John Hansell also has a great blog, on which Feb 24th's entry says he's boycotting writing about Irish whiskey until after St. Patrick's Day. I'll make no such promises. Labels: video, whisky Read more →

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Pisco sour and the mint julep of destiny

Guillermo Toro-Lira, author of the book Wings of Cherubs that searches for the origins and true recipe of the Pisco Punch, has turned his attention to the Pisco Sour. In this new post on his website he traces the family of Victor V. Morris, the drink's inventor. While it doesn't go too deep into the drink or the bar where it was made in Peru, there are some great anecdotes about mining, railroads, the Salt Lake-Peru connection, and how Victor's brother was killed over a girl and improperly-made mint juleps. Labels: pisco Read more →

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A shifty bunch

Those bartenders, they never stay put. If you've been in Bourbon & Branch, surely you've noticed Eric Johnson from Eastside West toiling behind the bar, and recently Thad Vogler of Jardiniere has been seen there too. When last we spoke he was just doing a few shifts a week while consulting. Speaking of consulting, Dominic Venegas from bacar, B&B, Range, etc. will be consulting on the forthcoming project Gitane- but you've got a long wait until it opens in May(ish). You'll have to wait forever to see Alberta Straub behind the stick in SF: She's moved to Brooklyn. Boo! Her... Read more →

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Orson and onward

Last night was the grand opening party for Orson, likely to be the only restaurant opening party this year to feature both a fashion show and a sword fight. But I was there to joust with the cocktails, so that's what I did. I had three drinks: a celery gimlet that tastes exactly how you think it would, a bourbon-based drink with many other ingredients that I do not remember (it was fantastic), and a drink with cocoa bean-infused something, sherry, Batavia arrak, and a flamed orange peel, which was also layered and delicious. Why don't I take better notes?... Read more →

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