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May 2008

Items of Interest

- A vacuum tumbler to speed up the booze infusion process. - Spoon-straw (stroon?) from Little Branch. - You know how microbrews are all going EXTREME with bitter hops? Now Bruichladdich is aiming for the extreme peat with Octomore. - Angostura orange bitters are now available in the US! And is it sad that I'm excited about this? - Oregon's Lance Mayhew is smoking something crazy- cachaca. - How awesome are Double Cross vodka bottles that can fit on your bookshelves? -Esquire put up a lot of the content from their Best Bars in America issue, including people they'd like... Read more →

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Boozy movies: Sugar

While trying to find the History Channel's Modern Marvels episode on whiskey on Netflix and iTunes (no luck), I stumbled across their sugar episode. I figured it would include some information on rum, which it did. Molasses is a byproduct of sugar production that can be fermented and distilled into rum. The show did not touch on rhum agricole. I realize that I never posted about my trip to Martinique over a month ago. On Martinique, like many Caribbean islands, European settlers first planted tobacco, then switched to sugarcane when the market collapsed. On Martinique the sugar market also collapsed,... Read more →

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Literary hangover

The New Yorker dedicates five pages to the hangover. Most of the information is not new, but there are some interesting cultural anecdotes: Elsewhere on the international front, many people in Asia and the Near East take strong tea. The Italians and the French prefer strong coffee. (Italian informant: add lemon. French informant: add salt. Alcohol researchers: stay away from coffee—it’s a diuretic and will make you more dehydrated.) Germans eat pickled herring; the Japanese turn to pickled plums; the Vietnamese drink a wax-gourd juice. Moroccans say to chew cumin seeds; Andeans, coca leaves. Russians swear by pickle brine. An... Read more →

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Events in San Francisco

Here are a few San Francisco events clogging my inbox: May 22: 7 Leguas at Elixir's Cocktail Club. May 22: Mr. Smith's Whisky Club holds a tasting of Bowmore 12, Achentoshan 18, and Glen Garioch 3 Wood, with Guest Speaker David Stoop. May 24 and June 2: Uva Enoteca has begun hosting Introduction to Italian Wines classes. The first of the two dates is May 24. Join their mailing list for more info. June 4th: the Mechanics Institute Library (almost my favorite place in San Francisco except they don't serve drinks) is hosting a talk by Benjamin Wallace, author of... Read more →

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Going off-menu

It's over two weeks since I've been to Beretta, and I'm getting the shakes. I meet there last night for drinks and I find the menu lacking the cocktail I most want: the Rangoon Gin Cobbler. What to do, I ask Eric Johnson, my man behind the stick. Relax, says he, mixing me one, we change the menu all the time depending on the ingredients in stock. Fine, I go, and what else don't I see here? He says we were recently between piscos, so the menu isn't packing Punch, but I'd whip one out for you if you wanted.... Read more →

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Gin judging

Last night I helped judge the Hendrick's gin cocktail competition at Rye. Hendrick's likes to make things interesting in their events and marketing, so for this contest bartenders not only had to create a cocktail showcasing one of the botanicals in Hendrick's, they also had to recite a limerick to go along with it. The limericks were weighted heavily in the judging but luckily our top contenders were strong in both the poetic and taste categories. The winner of the contest was Sierra Zimei of the Seasons Bar at the Four Seasons with her Secret Garden cocktail consisting of grapefruit,... Read more →

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Beattie book and bar news

I ran into Scott Beattie of Cyrus last night at Absinthe's SF Cocktail Week finale event. He had big news to share- as of last weekend, he's no longer be working behind the bar there. He'll still be running the show, though, so your drinks will be just as tasty as ever. So from now on, he'll be a backseat muddler. In other news, his book Artisnal Cocktails: Drinks Inspired by the Seasons from the Bar at Cyrus, will be released in November. It's available for pre-order on Amazon.com here . He gave me a sneak peak at the contents... Read more →

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