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October 2010

I love reading bar menus and I think a lot of you do too. If you're a bartender anywhere in the world and would like to share your cocktail menu with Alcademics readers, feel free to send it to me. I'll only post the ones I think are interesting, so I apologize in advance if it doesn't make it on the site. Burritt Room, San Francisco, Fall 2010 Not all the cocktails are new on this menu, so I've only posted the ones I think that are. NOT TONIGHT Use a shaker one and half parts mandarin vodka; three quarters... Read more →

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This animation is about as exciting as it sounds. I took that ice block with the Chambord bottle frozen inside, and let it melt (since I don't have a punchbowl large enough in which to use it as a giant ice cube). It took all day to melt, and it didn't finish by the time it got dark so I put it in the freezer over night and started again the next day. Then I spent a million years making this animation in Photoshop. So pretend to enjoy it! [Just noticed the animated GIF may not work in all browsers.... Read more →

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

Yes, I am giving three talks in 28 hours next week at Portland Cocktail Week and Drink.Write 2010. Fun! Drink.Write: Cocktail Blogging: Ethics, the Law, and You Friday, October 22 @ 10:30am Disclosure laws, brand relationships and interacting with public relations firms can create a minefield of ethical challenges and legal risks for cocktail writers and bloggers. Recent changes to sample disclosure laws, identifying and managing potential ethical conflicts and minimizing risk will be discussed in this session. Paul Clarke and I will be leading this talk. We will discuss the topics above that are your ethical responsibilities as a... Read more →

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

Next week during Portland Cocktail Week, I'll be speaking about my favorite thing: ice! Rocks Off! Ice Seminar Sunday, October 24 @ 1:00pm Join some of the most creative minds in ice including Anu Apte, Evan Zimmerman and Camper English as they talk about their favorite cocktail ingredient: ice. They will discuss their innovative applications of ice including: Camper’s clear ice technique, Evan’s flavored ice, and Anu’s ice carving technique in this hour long session. With three of us there that means I only get to talk about ice for 20 minutes! Luckily for you, you've probably read most of... Read more →

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

Next week I'm giving a talk at Drink.Write 2010, the cocktail bloggers' convention held during Portland Cocktail Week. Cocktail Blogging: Where Do We Go From Here? Friday, October 22 @ 3:30pm: Explore the evolution and future of cocktail blogs with panelists who have successfully adapted their blogs and writing to leverage social media, support their own special projects, connect with new readership and maintain existing readership. In speaking with my seminar co-leader Darcy O'Neil, it seems that we think similarly about cocktail blogging: It's not going to make us rich on its own. Advertisers want to see zillions of hits... Read more →

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

The New Michael Mina Restaurant Cocktail Menu

The Michael Mina restaurant called Michael Mina has recently relocated in San Francisco and will be reopening in a few days. They published their first cocktail list, which is tiny- just 5 cocktails and 3 non-alcoholic drinks. It's quite the switch from the last venue when Borys Saciuk was in charge. None of these cocktails inspire me to crave them, but it may just be the way they're written as if to save adjectives. The Michael Mina group actually has an amazing beverage program across the restaurants, so I'm sure they're worth a try. thyme to change Skky vodka, velvet... Read more →

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

On Monday night I was one of the judges for the Germain-Robin Craft Method Brandy cocktail competition. We had nine entries, and six of them used eggs. That's a lot of egg drinks. A whole lot of egg drinks. And three egg drinks won. In third place (bottom drink in the photo below) was the Wake County Harvest by Victoria D'amato. It had the Germain-Robin brandy, plus walnut syrup, lemon, pumpkin-apple juice, and egg white. The garnish, not shown, was roasted pumpkin seeds in a basket made of spun sugar. In second place (middle drink) was Kyle Ford with the... Read more →

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