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July 2008

The gallery of shakerface

I love the faces people make when they shake cocktails- everyone has their own style. My favorite shakerface of all time is that of Tony Abou-Ganim, who gnashes his teeth and makes an orgasmic grunt every time he's got a shaker in his hands. He makes it sound like he Just Can't Wait to get that drink in the glass. Last night I judged a 42 Below vodka competition at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco and recorded the shakerface of the contestants. Here are some of the best- click for larger images: Labels: contests, events, SanFrancisco, vodka Read more →

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Tales round-up in the Washington Post

Jason Wilson did a terrific write-up of Tales of the Cocktail in the Washington Post. All in all, this remains the best place to find out about the state of the cocktail in America. And by all accounts, that's a fairly dynamic state.Amen! Tales of the Cocktail is a week's worth of information and a year's worth of homework. Labels: tales_of_the_cocktail Read more →

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Independent Bottlings

In this past weekend's Wall Street Journal, Eric Felten discussed independent bottlings of scotch whisky. I always thought independent bottlings were confusing to the consumer (and me), but it makes sense when he put it into historical context: Scotch distilleries traditionally did not themselves bottle or market their whiskies. They sold it by the barrel to brokers and blenders who mixed them to create blended whiskies such as Chivas Regal, Johnnie Walker and Dewar's. For decades, just about the only way to get a bottle containing whisky from an individual distillery -- that is, a single malt -- was from... Read more →

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SF is very GQ

GQ Magazine came out with a list of the 20 Best Cocktails in America in a nice big spread in the magazine. Four of them come from San Francisco bars- Elixir, Range, Beretta (pictured), and the Buena Vista. Unfortunately, the selections nationally are a bit inconsistent. Some of the picks are based on the bar or drink's history, some on the bar's location, some on the bar's vibe, and some on picking a great drink from a notable bartender like Eben Freeman and Audrey Saunders. Though they may all be good drinks to have in specific bars, I wouldn't say... Read more →

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Drinking at work

Ad Age reports that more and more agencies are installing in-house bars as employee bonuses. These are usually agencies that represent alcohol brands, so it makes sense (Can I use the word "synergy" here? That's so adsy of me!). Ad Age's list of agency in-house bars in New York, Chicago, LA, and St. Louis might make a good wish-list for job-seekers who like boozy perks. Labels: ads, trends Read more →

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Bang a pong

I've lived in San Francisco more than a dozen years and have been to the beach here less times than that. That's why we need beach-themed events to simulate the warm climates of Southern California. This weekend, the Guardsmen host a fundraising beach party, with the proceeds going to help at-risk youth attend indoor and outdoor educational programs. And as someone who works at home and lives next to a playground, I encourage you to help get kids away from me and into these programs, as their screaming makes it hard to concentrate. You'll not only be helping kids, you'll... Read more →

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avocado cocktails

The NYTimes reports on an avocado cocktail (with mescal) on the menu at Macondo in New York, an outpost of Rayuela. They also list a few other avocado drinks around the country: Several years ago, Lucy Brennan, the owner of Mint and 820 Lounge in Portland, Ore., noticed the similarities between avocados and bananas while mixing a banana daiquiri, and created an avocado daiquiri that remains on the menu. Avocado margaritas dot Texas cocktail lists. And Dale DeGroff, the author and former Rainbow Room bartender, devised a frozen tequila-based avocado drink five years ago.Along with the trend of putting drinks... Read more →

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