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July 2010

Twittering at Tales of the Cocktail

I am attending the Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans this week so posts will be sporadic and probably weird. I am attempting to tweet every drink I have at the event, which is turning out to be an ambitious goal and I've only been here one evening so far. Follow me on Twitter: @alcademics. Read more →

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I wouldn't make a fuss over a new beer and wine-only bar opening in San Francisco, but some friends of mine own it so I thought I would share the good news. The Sycamore opens Monday July 19th at 11AM. The Sycamore is open on the site of the former Cafe Prague, located at 2140 Misison Street at Sycamore Alley between 17th and 18th Streets. The Facebook page is here. The place has a small cafe-like room with benches, tables, and chairs in the front room. Plus there is a small patio on the back. The bar/restaurant will be open... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

(update! The contest was just extended until July 28) Hey you bartender! *waves dollar bill, snaps fingers* Hurry up! The deadline to enter the Appleton Estate Reserve Remixology Contest is July 26, which is the day after Tales of the Cocktail ends, which is the day you swear off drinking. So you should probably enter this contest now-ish rather than later-ish. Word on the street is that creativity is important in this one, so you might avoid choosing a Bob Marley song even though he is from Jamaica. Contest rules also state that you need to be a US citizen... Read more →

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For some reason I thought it would be fun and interesting to make dehydrated olives. It turns out that not only are they ugly, they also taste disgusting, like a savory salt lick. And they don't get any prettier when you put them in a drink. I also dehydrated some maraschino cherries and they came out sort of okay. They taste like candy, basically, and are very sticky. So now I just have to figure out what to do with them. Ideas? Read more →

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Bar Agricole Cocktail List Revealed

The SF Chronicle's Jon Bonne gets the scoop on Bar Agricole's forthcoming cocktail list. The story has lots of information about the bar/restaurant (one we've been awaiting for about 2 years). The bar is set to open August 15 or 16. So go read it. For those of you not lucky enough to have sampled Thad Vogler's cocktails at Slanted Door, Beretta, and other venues, here's the gist: Simple, local, organic, seasonal, custom-made ingredients; small twists on vintage cocktails; consistency and elegance. While the older style of California cocktails was sometimes called the "salad in the glass" style- tons of... Read more →

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The Locanda da Eva (Berkeley) Cocktail Menu

Opening July 20 in Berkeley is Locanda da Eva. The cocktails there were designed by Jacqueline Patterson formerly of Orson, Smuggler's Cove, and Heaven's Dog. They put a sample menu on the website so I've pasted it below. Improved Americano - Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, Campari, sparkling wine 9 Sorrento Cooler - Barbancourt 8 Year Rum, limoncello, amaretto, lemon, soda 9 Tilden Park Swizzle - Rhum J.M. Blanc, lime, honey, passionfruit syrup, Luxardo Maraschino 9 Delicious Sour - Calvados, peach eau de vie, lemon, egg white, soda 9 Shattuck Daisy -Tanqueray 10 Gin, lemon, grapefruit, honey 9 Boothby Manhattan -... Read more →

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The Safety of Milk Thistle

A few months ago, founder Mike McAdams of Drinkwel reached out to me. This product is meant to be a vitamin for drinkers rather than just a hangover cure. I told them that I was unsure about one of the ingredients in the mixture, milk thistle, as I'd heard reports that rather than being good for the liver it may actually cause harm. This caused a conversation that I thought I'd share. McAdams replied: It's also funny you mention milk thistle because that was really our only ingredient that had an interaction paper on it. I've taken it on and... Read more →

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(Craig Lee / Special to The Chronicle) My latest story from this Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle is now online. Quest for best orange liqueur comes full circle Camper English, Special to The Chronicle Friday, July 9, 2010 When a critic complained that the orange liqueur in the margarita at Tacolicious had an "off flavor," owner Joe Hargrave decided to do something about it. The margarita is the Marina district restaurant's top-selling cocktail. "After I was finished being (ticked) off, I decided we should see if this has merit," he said. Hargrave arranged a blind tasting of margaritas with different orange... Read more →

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