« November 2009 | Main | January 2010 »

December 2009

Energy Drinks and Alcopops

I enjoyed reading this long article on alcoholic energy drinks, written by Kit Stolz for the Ventura County Reporter. After reading the long report about the sales, marketing, and consumer base of "alcopops" - caffeinated energy drinks- it seems to me that these are more like modern-day wine coolers, in a modern day world where young people probably consume five times as much caffeine as they did in the 1980's when wine coolers were all the rage. I'm not so sure that people who were sneaking Bartles & James peach coolers in high school should be rallying to ban Rockstar... Read more →

Get Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF.

Herbsaint Original Recipe

Herbsaint is an absinthe substitute introduced after Prohibition. It was important in the Sazerac and other cocktails until absinthe was re-legalized in the US in 2007. Sazerac Co. reintroduces the original recipe for HerbsaintBy Todd A. Price December 19, 2009, 3:00PM A new bottle that looks antique will appear on liquor store shelves this week. In honor of the 75th anniversary of Herbsaint, the local Sazerac Company dug into its archives for the original recipe and recreated the absinthe substitute first sold in 1934. The story says that the proof will be raised back to 50% ABV and that instead... Read more →

Get Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF.

SF New Bar: Delarosa

I recently visited Delarosa, the new restaurant in San Francisco's Marina District by the owners of Beretta and Starbelly. The Beretta connection is crucial, because this new venue seems like an expansion of the other. I'm surprised they didn't call it Beretta North. (Lane Ford at Delarosa. Photo courtesy of Delarosa.) Most of the pizzas offered are the same as at Beretta, including the Margherita with Burrata that I always get. Some of the appetizers are also similar, but at Delarosa they've added a fried food section (at least I think that's what "fritti" means), a panini section, and spiedini... Read more →

Get Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF.