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June 2009

New Version of New Book on Old Drinks

Several years before the craze in classic cocktails really took off, Ted Haigh wrote the book Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails that helped allow it to happen. The book was essential to learning about lost ingredients and drinks, many of which have now made a comeback. People have recreated the drinks and approximated the vintage spirits in the book since then, and new versions of old spirits have come back onto the market. Since so many of the drinks are no longer lost, it was time for an update. And it sounds like Haigh did a doozy of a job... Read more →

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And the Nominees Are...

The annual Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Award nominees were announced this weekend- and I'm one of them! The other writers in the category each have multiple books to their credit out based on years of research, while I'm all, "Hey y'alls! Drinks is good over here!" So it really is an honor just to be nominated. The winners will be announced on July 11th at the awards ceremony. It's a lot like the Oscars except everyone is drinking and nobody can remember the next day who won. Best Cocktail Writing Criteria: Great journalism is one of the best ways... Read more →

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Another Carrot Cocktail

For some reason I am obsessed with carrot cocktails this year, despite not having consumed any. Here's an earlier post about carrot cocktails, that refers to another post about carrot cocktails. Here's another recipe that came in the G'Vine newsletter that sounds tasty to me. Carrots and gin, yum! G'ZANAHORIA Ingredients 1 part G'Vine Floraison 1/2 part Fresh carrot juice 1/3 part Fresh lime juice 2/3 part Fresh pineapple juice 1/6 part Agave nectar 1/3 part Cointreau Instructions Pour all the ingredients in a shaker. Add ice, shake and strain into a cocktail glass (Martini). Garnish with an orange wheel... Read more →

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Killing You Softly, With Coco Lopez

Is Your Bartender a Terrorist? If you're in Bermuda and a Chinese bartender serves you a $12 dollar Pina Colada, then he is probably a terrorist trained in Afghanistan who later took up the profession to kill you. So say the brilliant minds at Fox News seen in this video. More accurately, he was illegally imprisoned by the US for several years and dumped on Bermuda, but whatevs. This doesn't seem like a likely scenario to me. I've met some grumpy bartenders in my day, but not, you know, terrorist grumpy. Read more →

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Alcademics Giveaway: The King of Vodka

I'm giving away five copies of the new book The King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the Upheaval of an Empire , by Linda Himelstein. To win a copy sign up for Alcademics A-Plus (remember, this email list is only for giveaways and never any junk) and await instructions. I haven't had a chance to read the book yet, but luckily Steve Weinberg of USA Today did. Here's what he has to say: As a writer for BusinessWeek magazine during the 1990s, Linda Himelstein covered the story of a family with Russian roots, the Smirnovs. Their ancestor,... Read more →

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Whisky and the Environment

The Scotch Whisky Association released a statement [pdf] announcing that they've agreed on green commitments including reductions in fossil fuel usage, packaging weight reduction, and sustainably harvested wood for barrels. They have goals to reach by 2020 and 2050. I still hold out hopes that our bourbon producers will start moving towards non-GMO corn and working towards similar goals. Read more →

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