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October 2009

Jay Barmann from SFist.com attended my talk at SF Chefs.Food.Wine and kept the handout. Today he's posted my categorization of nearly every type of cocktail program in the city, which is good, because formatting html is a pain. The categories I made up so don't get too hung up on them- it's just how I see them. Read it here. I've been thinking of giving that talk again, because PowerPoint is forever. Let me know if you're into it and maybe I can put something together. Read more →

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People seem to like my pumpkin cocktail recipe listing, so here are some cocktails made with apples. Zaya’s Hot Rum Apple Cider 2 qts. Unsweetened Apple Cider 1 (6 oz.) Can Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate (thawed) 1/4 c. Lemon Juice 1/4 c. Honey 2 Sticks Cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp. Whole Cloves 1 tsp. Coriander Seeds 1 Whole Nutmeg 1 1/4 c. Zaya Rum Combine the first 8 ingredients in a large sauce pan and cook on medium, stirring frequently until thoroughly heated. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. With a slotted spoon remove the Cinnamon Sticks, Cloves, Coriander and... Read more →

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This one is only available in California- sorry, rest of world! Craft Distillers, the Ukiah-based marketing group that makes Germain-Robin brandy and helps market other brands they believe in, has been importing Los Danzantes mezcal for a few years now, after Ron Cooper of Del Maguey introduced G-R's Ansley Coale to some artisan distillers in Mexico. They're now bringing in a new mezcal called Mezcalero- a whopping 168 bottles of it for sale in California only. Mezcalero is made in San Juan del Rio in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and distilled by Joel Antonio Cruz. As you may know,... Read more →

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I really like the 1800 Tequila Essential Artists series, for which artists submit their work to be included on tequila bottle labels. Well, they just announced their new batch: 12 new bottles culled from 15,000 online entries. You can see them all here. Some of my favorites from the new batch are below the jump, as is a link to a YouTube video of the series. And here is a fun animated video of all of the bottles: Read more →

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Ciroc is a grape-based vodka made in France. I sat down with the brand's creator, Jean-Sebastien Robicquet, at E&O Trading Company in San Francisco and learned little more about it and the two flavors launching this winter. I hadn't realized it before, but Ciroc is made a little bit like gin. About 95% of it is made from ugni blanc grapes that are distilled in a tall column still. Around 5% is made from more floral, aromatic Mauzac grapes in a smaller column still. Then the two are blended and redistilled in a pot still- that's the part that's a... Read more →

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A week or so ago I attended the San Francisco launch event for Don Roberto tequila, hosted by Junior Merino at Cantina. Don Roberto is made by the Orendain family in the lowlands of Jalisco, Mexico in the town of Tequila, at the La Purisima distillery. Merino says that this is Mexico's largest tequila distillery. (You can see the brands made at the distillery by putting in "1437" into the search box on Tequila.net) Despite the distillery having the high tech equipment like autoclaves and diffusers, Don Roberto is made in a more traditional style using hornos (ovens) to cook... Read more →

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More Pumpkin Cocktail Recipes

I have two more pumpkin cocktails to share. The first batch is here. Both of these drinks will be available in San Francisco bars soon, so even lazy drinkers can enjoy them. Drunken Pumpkin by Brandon Clements of Spruce (drink available in about a week) The Drunken Pumpkin combines the flavors of two holiday favorites, pumpkin pie and eggnog. The red pumpkin infused brandy paired with chai cream liqueur and eggnog create a rich, sweet, spiced libation that tell your taste buds it's that merry time of year. Ingredients: 1 ¼ oz Pumpkin infused brandy ½ oz Voyant Chai Cream... Read more →

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In an ongoing set of experiments I've been trying to make clear ice at home. I've tried: Distilled vs. Tap Water Melting and refreezing water Hot Water vs. Cold Water Carbonated Water vs. Still Water Horizontal vs. Vertical Container Shapes Releasing Air Trapped in Ice With some success on the last one. While what would be ideal would be to produce one giant solid block of perfectly clear ice, I haven't figured that out yet. However if the ice is going to be used to shake with or for cooling individual beverages, you don't need a giant block- just big... Read more →

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