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October 2008

Tales of the Cocktail is an annual convention in New Orleans for bartenders and drink nerds. There are seminars and panels on various drink topics (all with drinks served) that are proposed and given by industry notables. A month or two ago I was talking about panel ideas with a small group of jive turkeys who would be submitting proposals for next year's Tales, including David Wondrich , the most popular drink nerd of all. People like him and Dale DeGroff and Tony Abou-Ganim are such superstars in the industry that I proposed they should get paid just to show... Read more →

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Zima is going to be retired. This is a sad, sad day for America. The most wonderful of malternative beverages, the wine cooler of the nineties, Zima, will be no more. I had a particularly messy and public love for Zima in the early 1990's right after college. In fact, Zima was there for me when I received my physics GRE scores in the mail and realized I wasn't going to get into grad school anywhere I had already applied. What a night that was! I think several people have an image of me crawling across the dancefloor of the... Read more →

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SF Event: Beattie Book Launch

If you live in SF and are planning on buying Scott Beattie's book , the time and place to do it is November 3 at Cantina. Hopefully the drinks served will be ones from the book, as Beattie cranks out some seriously delicious cocktails. Artisanal Cocktails: Drinks Inspired by the Seasons from the Bar at Cyrus by Scott Beattie $40 admission, includes cocktails and an autographed copy of the book Monday, November 3rd, 6 - 10pm Cantina 580 Sutter Street for more information, please visit: http://scottbeattiecocktails.com/ http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/10/03/WI6S1385C0.DTL Read more →

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I think the cachaca category is too tied to the Caipirinha, but I probably think that because the Caipirinha is a lousy drink. There I said it. But I love cacacha and am always thrilled to see something other than the Caipirinha made with it on drink menus. Coming to my rescue is Naren Young, a New York-based writer/bartender. He wrote this little ditty on the Top Five Cachaca Cocktails. Included in the list is the Caipirinha de Uva, a drink I've had and loved several times in different places. There is also the Pearl Button by John Deragon, which... Read more →

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Icefusions

Gourmet.com has a story about a bartender making ice infused with herbs and spices like dried cherry, cardamom, and clove, which open up in cocktails and add new flavors to the drink as they melt. I've had ice made from coconut water and bitters-infused ice before, but this is a new idea to me. Think of the possibilities! No seriously, bartenders- go think of the possibilities and I'll be happy to sample your experiments. Read more →

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Alcademics, now with actual links!

I finally created a links page. The permanent links page is here, but I wanted to finally recognize people whose blogs I read. See note below if you don't see your site here. Bartenders Who Blog: Listen to the Ice H Ehrmann Neyah White Jeffrey Morgenthaler Jimmy Patrick Jonny Raglin LUPEC Boston Jamie Boudreau Bourbon & Branch Beaker & Flask Lance Mayhew United States Bartenders Guild Drink Nerds: A Dash of Bitters Bunnyhugs Cocktail Nerd DC Drinks Dr. Bamboo Drink Boston Drink Boy Drinks Are On Me Infusions of Grandeur Intoxicated Zodiac Kaiser Penguin Gumbo Pages Moving at the Speed... Read more →

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