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May 2009

This week's blogging is all going to be about San Francisco Cocktail Week, so get used to it! Last night was the opening event at Le Colonial (the former site of a Trader Vic's, if you don't know). I was worried about attendance at this first event since it was a Monday and all, but I shouldn't have been. There were so many people they ran low on (but not out of) booze by the end of the night. Luckily the last remaining drink was the Mary Pickford that I was loving. They also served a Pisco Punch, (one other... Read more →

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Tales of the Cocktail- Win a Free Stay at the Monteleone

Calling all Tales of the Cocktail attendees: Invent a drink and you could win four nights' stay at the hotel this year. The details: The Hotel Monteleone is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Carousel Bar on May 21, 2009. From 1949 until about the late 60’s or 70’s there was a drink on the specialty drink menu called the Monteleone Cocktail. Unfortunately, we have no idea what the exact recipe or ingredients were. The Hotel Monteleone is hosting an online contest to accept drink recipe nominations for a new official Monteleone Cocktail. The recipes will be judged by VIPs... Read more →

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San Francisco Cocktails, Past and Present

It's unusual for me to miss days of blogging, but I've been busy writing up some stuff for SF Cocktail Week. Check out these pieces I wrote and let me know if I'm missing anything big (or am completely full of beans). San Francisco's Historic Cocktails and Barbary Coast Saloons Connecting the Past to the Present: Modern Cocktails in San Francisco Read more →

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It's been a while since I've done a Glossy Booze- a round-up of alcohol stories in magazines that come to my house- so this is a big one. Coastal Living (May) lists three frozen drinks for summer. Food & Wine's big May travel issue lists 7 Best Bars, crisp new chardonnays, 5 terrific chablis, has a story about going to wine school, and one about New Zealand's next great wine frontier. Imbibe (May/June) has a big fat story on stocking the home bar, plus drinking in Las Vegas, smoked beers, aged coffee, and climate change and wine. Playboy (May) has... Read more →

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I've got seven books to give away to people on the Alcademics A-Plus email list. All you need to do to enter is sign up for the list. First up, I've got five copies of the new paperback edition of Wall Street Journal writer Eric Felten's book How's Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well . I reviewed the hardcover in the San Francisco Chronicle a while back: Eric Felten's "How's Your Drink? Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well" (Agate Surrey, $20; release date Nov. 28) is written in the breezy tone that defines his... Read more →

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Bar School Classes During SF Cocktail Week

For those of you getting pumped for SF Cocktail Week next week(!) you should know that the schedule of classes is up on the website, along with full descriptions and links to buy tickets. Classes are on Thursday May 14th and include: House-made Ingredients Instructors: Jeff Hollinger & Neyah White 6 pm to 9 pm $40 Includes Sample Cocktails and Snacks Prepared by Absinthe’s Kitchen Absinthe Brasserie & Bar’s Private Dining Room 388 Hayes Street, San Francisco Gin Today Instructor: Jon Santer 3 pm $40 Includes two cocktails Russell’s Room @ Bourbon and Branch 501 Jones Street @ O’Farrell, San... Read more →

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Mixologistas

Eric Felten has another great story in the Wall Street Journal; this one on women bartenders past and present. Felten says there's "not really" any particular feminine approach to creating drinks- that women bartenders make them about the same as men. I agree for the most part, but I also think that women win disproportionately more cocktail contests than men, and that they're not winning because of their gender. I think that too many men go into cocktail contests trying to make a technically difficult and challenging-tasting cocktail, but the drinks that win contests are not those drinks- the winning... Read more →

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