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April 2009

Here is that Drink I was Talking About

You know how I was blogging about that great new drink that's unavailable because there wasn't enough Hangar One chipotle vodka to put it on the menu? Well, they heard the outcry, they delivered more chipotle, and now the Escondido Romano is on the menu at Nopa for all to enjoy as of yesterday. Hooray! Now go order 70 of them so I don't look like a jerk. Alcademics: Bringing positive change to drink menus since 2009. Read more →

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Winners of the SF World Spirits Comp

The winners of the SF World Spirits Competition were announced. Big surprises all around! Best in Show-White- Linie Aquavit, Norway Best in Show-Brown- Parker’s Heritage Collection Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky Best in Show-Brandy- Père Magloire Calvados XO, Normandy, France Best in Show-Liqueur Coole Swan Cream Liqueur, Ireland More winners: Best Vodka, Double Gold Medal, Dry Fly Vodka, Washington, USA Best Flavored Vodka, Double Gold Medal, Binboa Satsuma Vodka, Turkey Best in Show - White, Double Gold Medal, Linie Aquavit, Norway Best Gin, Double Gold Medal, Bluecoat Gin, Pennsylvania, USA Best Rum, Double Gold Medal, Angostura Rum, 1824, Tobago, Trinidad Best... Read more →

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You know how I made those cool ice balls before? Well, they really come out looking more like eggs, which inspired me to make some ice eggs for Easter cocktails. Again I just used water balloons filled at the sink. Note: I experimented with water to see if the powder inside the balloons was changing the taste of the drinks. It does a little, but this can be softened. Since I have to fill these from the tap, the influence of tap (versus filtered) water is present. But I noticed a big improvement when I rinsed these balloons after freezing... Read more →

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About a month ago I wrote a story for The Drinks Business, a UK beverage industry magazine, about vodka sales in the US. Some conclusions of that story were: Vodka sales are still up according to numbers released in January, but not up as much as in previous years that have seen big annual increases. Sales of the Super Premium (the most expensive) vodkas fell a bit in 2008, but sales of Premium brands like Smirnoff and Svedka increased. It appears people are trading down or discovering new vodkas in the premium category they like. (The categories are Value, Premium,... Read more →

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Hello, Wall Street!

Hey, did y'all see Alcademics quoted in the Wall Street Journal this weekend? Wahoo! Why Do Mocktails Fall Flat? By Eric Felten Last year the Dry Soda brand of very lightly sweetened fizzy drinks came out with a new flavor, "juniper berry," which it advertised as "the perfect 'non-alcoholic gin and tonic.'" Juniper, of course, is the distinctive, piney flavoring that distinguishes gin. And so might a juniper soda appeal to gin lovers? The definitive response came from drinks blogger Camper English: "The problem with non-alcoholic drinks is their complete lack of alcohol," he wrote at his site, Alcademics.com. "To... Read more →

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I'm giving away two pairs of tickets to the VIP Tasting event with the winners of Samuel Adams Longshot homebrewers. The event is April 16th at 6PM at Tiernan's on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. To be eligible to win, sign up for Alcademics A-Plus then send me an email that says "beer me" or something to that effect. You must be on the A-Plus list to win, and be 21 or over, of course. I'll give out the tickets Monday April 13th. (The event is not open to the public, unfortunately.) The Longshot six-pack is made up of beers... Read more →

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Since Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka launched last March, the imitators have been sprouting up left and right. Sweet Carolina has a range of additionally flavored sweet tea vodkas in mint, raspberry, and peach. And I think they're made in Maine. Value brand Burnett's (Heaven Hill) launched a sweet tea flavor in January. Diageo's Jeremiah Weed, which is a bourbon liqueur, launched a sweet tea vodka in February. Now, that's a fast-rolling trend! Read more →

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