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March 2010

This St. Patrick's day, instead of [overused green beer reference], try something different! Avoid the crowds of [condemnation of college student behavior] and instead enjoy [statement of superiority even though you're participating in the same Hallmark Holiday of drinking]! Here are places to enjoy [stereotypical Irish drink] but served in new ways! Guinness float at St. Francis Fountain. It's a vanilla ice cream float with Guinness instead of root beer. The Black Friar's Pint at The Fifth Floor Restaurant. This crazy cocktail developed by Jacques Bezuidenhout contains Guinness spiced with cardamom, Plymouth gin, Lustau East India Sherry, bitters, and egg... Read more →

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I have a story in the new March/April issue of Fine Cooking magazine. It's about the variety of ways to sweeten cocktails with raw sugars, maple syrup, agave, honey, etc. Pick up a copy to find a Mamie Taylor variation with evaporated organic cane sugar by Thad Vogler of Bar Agricole in San Francisco, an agave-sweetened refresher from Ted Kilgore of Taste by Niche in St. Louis, and a honey champagne bittered mojito variation from yours truly. I hope to blog some more information on various types of raw sugars I learned about while researching the story, as it might... Read more →

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(Solid Bloody Mary with vodka-fused pear cherry tomato, micro celery, dried roasted tomato and lemon rind, and other ingredients.) What a treat! On Sunday, May 7, a group of bartenders and a lucky journalist or two were treated to a full-day sensory analysis workshop at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, sponsored by Absolut vodka. (Tasting mat for multiple vodka tasting flights.) Vodka is one of the most difficult spirits to taste and differentiate, so the early portion of the evening was focused on honing tasting and taste description skills. I will be writing about that for a magazine,... Read more →

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We had a sudden and wild hailstorm in San Francisco Today. We all know that special occasions call for special cocktails, so I made one and served it in a glass full of hail. San Francisco Hailstorm 3 ounces bourbon (Old Crow Reserve) 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth (Martini & Rossi) 1/2 ounce Trader Tiki's Don's Mix syrup Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a glass filled with hail. Read more →

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Now Trending: White Whiskey

Hey, have you heard about the white whiskey? Probably! SF Chronicle: White whiskey drips into the mainstream Washington Post: Of microdistillers and moonshine New York Times: White Dog’s Day Foodista Blog: Knocking Back Moonshine with Max Watman Here are some brands of white whiskey: Corsair Artisan Wry Moon Death's Door White Whiskey Hudson Valley New York Corn Whiskey Wasmund's Single Malt Spirits I think there are more brands. What am I missing? Read more →

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My first story written for 7x7 Magazine is now online. Castro's Last Stand Long a bastion of bad drinks and a good time, the city’s biggest party neighborhood is slowly but surely learning how to wield a muddler. by Camper English While the Tenderloin, Mission and Haight are reveling in white whiskeys and raw sugars, in the Castro, bartenders are still called bartenders, and the drink of choice is more likely to be an appletini than something made with absinthe. From Martuni’s to Moby Dick, drinks in the gay sector are still mixed with vanilla vodka, Long Island Iced Teas... Read more →

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You may have noticed something funky in this month's glossy San Francisco city magazines. Jordan Mackay, long the wine and spirits writer for 7x7 Magazine, has a piece in San Francisco Magazine. And if you picked up 7x7 Magazine you may have noticed a story by me in it, and I've been writing for San Francisco Magazine for five years. Then again, you may not have noticed at all. People were constantly asking about my 7x7 stories and I have little doubt Jordan was often questioned about San Francisco Magazine. In other writer switch news, Eater San Francisco writer Paolo... Read more →

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