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April 2009

New Kentucky Derby Cocktails

Bulleit Bourbon asked a few bartenders to come up with new Mint Julep-adjacent cocktails. I posted three of them to Alcademics RecipeFeed: Bulleit Train by Jackie Patterson Bare Back by Mindy Kucan Back in the Saddle by Mindy Kucan What's always fun with Diageo recipes is that they have to go through corporate lawyers, so all their drinks have less than 1.5 ounces of alcohol in them in total. On the press release I got each one says something like "recipe contains .6 ounces of alcohol" so I guess each drink serves two people. Right. Personally I would prefer a... Read more →

Finally, A Swine Flu Cocktail

Seriously, it's been like four days since the swine flu outbreak and nobody has created a cocktail in its honor? Oh wait, here's one: Drink writer Robert Haynes-Peterson came up with this awful-sounding recipe that involves tequila (Mexico, get it?), bacon-infused bourbon, limoncello, and lemon. If the flu won't make you vomit, perhaps the Swine Flu Cocktail will! Read more →

Bountiful Bourbon

Jason Wilson writes a big story for the Washington Post about bourbon. It's a good read overall, but particularly for this gem of a quote: Heaven Hill, for instance, uses the same yeast strain and mash recipe for all 150 of its bourbon products. "The only difference in our brands is age and proof," Hafer said. Wow on both accounts. I don't know quite what to say about that. What do you have to say about it? Read more →

Tequila Week: A New Tequila Book

I received a review copy of Joanne Weir's new book Tequila: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails, and Bites . The book has a release date of Cinco de Mayo, but it's already on the market. There are over 35 cocktail recipes in the book by folks like Joel Baker, Jim Meehan, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Dominic Venegas, Andy Seymour, Lucy Brennan, Audrey Saunders, and Julio Bermejo. I noticed the recipes are fairly heavy on Chartreuse, Aperol, and egg whites, all of which are A-Okay with me. Most of the drinks are not terribly difficult, nor terribly obvious either. This is my... Read more →

Derby Designs

Limited-edition bottles in honor of this weekend's Kentucky Derby. Woodford Reserve: Woodford Reserve Bourbon is the “Official Bourbon of Kentucky Derby 135” and has served as the official bourbon for the past eleven years. Capturing the adrenaline-filled world of horse racing through the eyes of a jockey, Woodford Reserve, an award-winning small-batch bourbon, is honoring the country’s favorite horse race with the release of its limited edition 2009 Kentucky Derby bottle featuring artwork by retired jockey Tom Chapman. Early Times Pre-mixed Mint Julep: In recognition of its “Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby” designation, Early Times commissioned renowned equine artist... Read more →

Alcademics in India

Alcademics was mentioned in The Telegraph, a newspaper in Calcutta, India, in a big story on cocktail blogging. Also mentioned were CocktailChronicles, TheLiquidMuse, KaiserPenguin, SpiritsAndCocktails, MyAchingHead, IntoxicatedZodiac, and Cocktailians. The global takeover continues! Read more →

Alcademics En Espanol

The Alcademics global onslaught continues! This time the site has been mentioned in the Spanish magazine Vinos y Restaurantes. My Spanish translation skills aren't what they used to be, but I'm pretty sure it says, "Alcademics is the most awesome cocktail blog in the universe, and everyone knows it." Read more →