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June 2008

How to make a gin and tonic, if you have a lot of time and chemical equipment on your hands

Tonight I stopped into the Martin Miller's Gin & Tonic competition at Beretta. The winner of the event was Jennifer Colliau of Slanted Door, who had some sort of bitters frozen into ice that slowly changed the flavor of the drink as it melted. Clever. But the most interesting drink was designed by Joe Parrilli who works at Bacar. To make his drink, all you need to do is: 1. Make some dehydrated lime slices 2. Create spheres of tonic with gold cake decoration using molecular mixology techniques 3. Make some gelatin gin and tonic 4. Carbonate some gin 5.... Read more →

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Don't quit your day job

The title I wanted for this story in July's San Francisco Magazine was "Take a Shift Where You Eat," but I can see why they didn't go with that :) Don't quit your day job Thanks to new amateur hours, dilettantes can give their dream careers a trial run. By Camper English, Photograph by John Curley Most fantasy careers (astronaut, movie star, Mrs. Clooney) are a bit out of reach for the average desk jockey. But at least there are some new ways to take dream jobs in the service industry for a test spin.Read the rest of the story,... Read more →

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How to lose a drinking contest

Fla. Man Dies After Taking 23 Shots in 30 Mins. "Apparently [other bar patrons] were describing the shots as 'cherry bombs,'" said Callaway, referring to a shot of liquor that is typically made by combining cherry-flavored vodka with Red Bull, a popular energy drink.This begs the question: Are they sure it wasn't the Red Bull that killed him? Alcademics responsibility note: Drinking contests are dumb. Labels: energybooze Read more →

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EO SF: NO

I emailed with Dushan Zaric, an owner of Employees Only in New York, to ask about the rumor of a San Francisco outpost that's been going around town. The word is: "We are currently not working on a SF Employees Only although it is in our plans to eventually open up an EO there...a lot of people have been asking but I have no idea how they got this information." I have to admit that I'm glad to hear it. Though I have no problem with spreading a good thing around, local pride may may cause a little "We don't... Read more →

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Last night in London

The last night of our too-short press trip to London with Plymouth gin, we hit the town for a second night of barhopping. First up was Salvatore's at Fifty, a bar owned by legendary bartender and author Salvatore Calabrese. He told us stories of serving martinis to the queen, inventing the breakfast martini, and how his mother gave him his first hangover cure. The drinks were heavily vodka-based and full of citrus, unlike anywhere else we went in London, but each one had a surprising element or taste profile that really worked. I had two drinks with vinegar in them.... Read more →

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Plymouth

Hello chums. The Plymouth gin distillery, it turns out, is just as beautiful as they say, but much smaller than I imagined. Just one big copper pot still makes all their gin, and they don't even need to run it full-time. Beyond the distillery tour, the building holds a restaurant and a cocktail bar, so you can just pop on in and hang out with the gin. I'd probably spend a lot of time there I'd I lived here. Alas, time is short. Today we're doing a hike to Plymouth's water source, taking the train back to London, then hitting... Read more →

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Wish you were here

Last night we hit the London bars, stopping in to the Lonsdale, Trailer Happiness, Montgomery Place, then later Mahiki. I think Montgomery Place was my favorite, though I loved the Jersey Sangaree from Lonsdale. We tore up the dance floor at Mahiki late into the night, drinking out of coconuts and being jealous of the giant punch served out of a treasure chest(!). Now I'm on a train to Plymouth to see the gin being made. Of course, I'm still sweating out last night's gin. Mmmm juniper. Read more →

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