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November 2008

The Craziest New Cocktail Menu in San Francisco

DOSA Fillmore opens on Friday, but the drink menu for the restaurant has been released. The cocktails were created by Jonny Raglin of Absinthe, and they look insane. I can't wait to try them. Batsman Martin Miller’s Gin, Darjeeling tea cordial, lemon juice & ginger beer, served over ice with a mint sprig 9 Bowler Marian Farms bio-dynamic Pisco, mango gastrique, “hell flower” tincture, served up with a lime twist 9 Juhu Palm DH Krahn Gin, coconut milk, lime juice, Kaffir lime leaf, bird’s eye chili served up with a spanked curry leaf 10 Bollywood Hills Sub Rosa Saffron Vodka,... Read more →

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I have a fondness for booze, as you may have realized, but also for shipwrecks and pirates. (Old pirates, not Somali pirates.) So I am particularly thrilled by the story of the SS Politician, a ship carrying 260,000 bottles of whisky that sank off the Outer Hebrides (islands off Scotland) in 1941. The local islanders rowed out to the partially-submerged wreck at night and stole all the whisky they could get their hands on. But the government was not happy about that so they searched peoples' homes and jailed some of them, even though they were just going to let... Read more →

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And you thought my Photoshop skills were challenged. Nirvino, which is a drink finding and rating website, hosts cocktail contests about every other week in San Francisco. The bartenders make enough drinks for the crowd, and the crowd votes for the winner on web-enabled cell phones. It's all good fun. Or at least it was. The image on the invitation for the next contest makes it clear drinks will be served by a Gigantic Terrifying Bartender who is standing on the basement floor to fit behind the bar at Bourbon & Branch. Order a Cosmopolitan in here and he will... Read more →

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I often forget that much wine is not vegetarian. They use egg whites, gelatin, and isinglass to clarify it. And while I'm all for using every part of the animal, I'd prefer it be used on something I'm not drinking. This blog has some more information on animal products in wine, and links to further information. This blog has information on animal products in beer. Read more →

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Last week I attended a dinner at Tres Agaves in San Francisco with Gabriel and Guillermo Gonzalez of Chinaco Tequila. Tres Agaves is hosting monthly distillers' dinners with a different tequila brand each time. Chinaco is a special tequila brand for a couple reasons. First, it is the only distillery located in Tamaulipas. Until the 1970's, all agave for tequila had to come from the state of Jalisco. Then the area was expanded to allow for more agave, and currently includes Jalisco and areas of four bordering states, plus part of Tamaulipas apart from the rest. The other reason it's... Read more →

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Last week I went to a trend talk at the J.W. Marriott hotel. The panel was made up of a hospitality space designer, a marketing firm head, an environmental style specialist, and a beverage specialist. But I internally translated all information into cocktail trends, since that's all I care about. I'll spare you the details, except this one: Zem Joaquin from EcoFabulous shared this trend: Get it while it's hot! Read more →

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Liza Weisstuch writes about Drink in the New York Times, the Boston bar without menus and with "The Cocktail as Theater." Jason Wilson of the Washington Post writes about apple cider. Here are some bourbon food recipes and a brief history of Maker's Mark. Drink Dogma has some information on mezcals. Wayne Curtis has a story in The Atlantic (they do drink stories?) about Fernet Branca. For those who don't know, San Francisco consumes 25% of the Fernet sold in America. Here's a list of all the absinthes available in the US. There are 32 with a bunch more on... Read more →

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