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September 2009

The Molecular DNA of Classic Cocktails

I wrote up this blog post over at Tales Blog about one of my favorite talks at this year's Tales of the Cocktail, The Molecular DNA of Classic Cocktails. It was a great talk about how drinks like the Ramos Gin Fizz, Blue Blazer, and Clover Club are all classic cocktails that played with format and presentation, analogous to today's gelatinous drinks and foams. Read more →

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My latest story in San Francisco Magazine is online here. The pictures are way better in the print version. Beverages by the bowlful By Camper English, Photograph by Shaun Roberts Though punch predates the classic cocktails San Franciscans have been sipping for the past few years, it has taken a while for local mixologists to commit to it. But in this post-ultralounge era of quieter celebration and more complicated drinks, well-crafted booze in bulk makes a lot more sense than the overplayed bling of bottle service at nightclubs. With punch, you’re paying for an expertly prepared, jumbo-size cocktail, instead of... Read more →

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Oakland Names Official Cocktail

... and it's the Mai Tai. Or maybe not. (Apparently they don't fact-check the newspaper's blogs.) Instead it was official Mai Tai day in Oakland, and they're trying to get the drink recognized as the city's official cocktail. For a debate on the origin of the Mai Tai, read this, and for Trader Vic's version (in which he says he invented the drink at his Oakland bar) read this. Read more →

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I've attended San Francisco's Joy of Sake event for the past several years and have always been impressed. If you've gone in the past you'll remember it was hundred of sakes in a ballroom with food around the outside. This year they've changed it up quite a bit. It will be held at Yoshi's on Fillmore in San Francisco, there will be 100 sakes instead of 200+, and the event is less expensive at $50 in advance. If I'm reading the press release correctly, this year the sakes are just the award winners from the US Sake Appraisal. In the... Read more →

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