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July 2008

Glossy Booze- late July edition

From the glossy magazines that cross my desk... This month, nearly every magazine had one story on Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, one story relating to the Mad Men television show, and an ad for Bombay Sapphire. Odd. Food & Wine (August) lists of eco-friendly spirits with which to mix. Playboy (August) reports on a table-top beer tap that records how much you drink from it an bills you accordingly. Sunset (August) has a memorial to Robert Mondavi, and as part of their One Block Feast series made their own wine and brewed their own beer (pdf file)- which included growing... Read more →

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Drinking my way through SkyMall

Who doesn't love the awesomeness that is SkyMall? It's a catalogue filled with absolutely nothing you need and everything you want that you don't know you want until you see it and know that you can't possibly go on living without it. It's so good they should call it AirCrack. Anyway, I've been spending a lot of time on planes lately and decided to make a thorough investigation of all the drinking accessories in the catalogue. I didn't do it for me, I did it for you, my fans. What do you call a Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine for adults? A... Read more →

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Many margaritas

The SF Chronicle has a story today on variations of the Margarita, with or without triple sec, etc. Funnily enough we were just talking about this at Tales of the Cocktail. I think the consensus among experts like Jacques Bezuidenhout and Robert Hess (who were speaking on the Margarita at Tales) is that if it doesn't have an orange liqueur like triple sec, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier, such as the Tommy's Margarita with just lime, agave nectar, and tequila, it technically isn't a margarita. Still, they argued that it's necessary to explain what the drink is in terms people know... Read more →

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Sacto gets its own cocktail week

We've been seeing more Sacramento bartenders down in San Francisco lately, as they've started a sub-chapter of SF's United States Bartenders' Guild. Erick Castro from Lounge ON20 & Chicago Fire sent me information on Sacto's first Midtown Cocktail Week this August. The website is here, and this is the schedule: August 5th-11th Tuesday, August 5th: Cocktail Party Kickoff: Where: L Bar & Martin Miller’s Gin What: Appetizers and cocktails aimed towards local press, industry, city council, etc. Wednesday, August 6th: The Cocktail Dinner Where: 1. Mason’s & Grey Goose 2. Ink & Diageo 3. Mulvaney’s & Brown Foreman 4. Bistro... Read more →

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For every cocktail, a song

Somehow (probably by not owning a functioning television) I missed the whole Bacardi Mojito song/dance craze until someone told me about it a couple of weeks ago. Here it is on YouTube. It's catchy as all get-out so I can see why it's popular. It even has it's own dance moves- let's all do the muddle! I was looking for it today and found this dance video of young kids doing it- at what looks like summer camp or a middle school talent show. A girl plays the bartender in the corner and the kids all do synchronized club moves... Read more →

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This hot new thing called vinegar

I don't usually copy-and-paste entire stories from other sites, but this one appears to be only on the Gourmet Magazine weekly emailer. (sign up here). It's another story on vinegar in drinks! I'm going to have to try the Vinegar-ade. VINEGAR-ADE For a quick thirst quencher on a hot day, grab a bottle of fruit vinegar and think lemonade minus the lemons. Start with a tablespoon of vinegar in 8 oz of cold water and sweeten to taste. We love it with seltzer water, too. Play around with superfine granulated sugar, honey, or maple syrup. (You can even add more... Read more →

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The second annual Tales of the Cocktail swag awards!

Times change, swag changes. This year at Tales of the Cocktail, my swag haul was quite different than last year, but perhaps the presenters' bag o' swag was different than for the media. (Can't I be both?) This year I brought home 3 t-shirts, 4 drinking vessels, 3 types of garnish, 2 absinthe spoons, 8 mini bottles (I drank two in the room), and 2 keychains. Amazingly, I didn't get a single muddler, compared with last year's seven. For last year's awards, click here. Second Annual Tales of the Cocktail Swag Awards Oddest promotional tie-in: Rain Vodka's emery board (last... Read more →

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The taste of Los Angeles

I'd heard that Absolut was launching a Los Angeles-inspired flavor to add to their line of city-specific flavors that began with Absolut New Orleans (mango and pepper) last year. It made me wonder, what is the flavor of LA? I finally received the press release. Los Angeles tastes like "an all-natural symphony of blueberry, acai berry, acerola cherry, and fruity notes of pomegranate." I'm gonna say that's totally appropriate. After all, LA made pomegranate juice popular across the country when celebrities started drinking POM, and acai is another one of those "miracle" antioxidant foods along with blueberries. People in LA... Read more →

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