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November 2010

The new casual sister restaurant to Quince, Cotogna, has a drink menu designed by Lead Bartender "Buffalo" Jason LoGrasso. I stopped in for a few drinks. I started with the Cydonia Fizz (Apple Brandy, Quince, Almond, Lemon, Meringue) that was both interesting and accessible. Then I moved on to the Viceroy (Reposado, Gentian, Pineapple, Lemon, Chilli) that was garnished with a slice of radish. It was more acidic and lively than it sounds (was the pineapple gum fermenting? Because if so I like it that way...) and my favorite drink of the night. I had a non-alcoholic Negroni as a... Read more →

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The Orange in Pyrat Rum

A great rum mystery is finally solved! If you've had Pyrat rum, you've probably noticed its very strong orange taste- so strong that many people have wondered if something was added to the rum. Well, now we know why Pyrat tastes so much like orange. I was at the Patron tequila distillery last night meeting with their master distiller Francisco Alcaraz. He also developed the formula for Pyrat rum, which is made in Guyana. I asked Alcaraz why Pyrat tastes so strongly of orange. He said that like how Patron's Burdeos tequila spends time in an ex-Bordeaux wine barrel, Pyrat... Read more →

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I wrote a story for Tasting Table San Francisco on fifteen of the best cocktails the city has to offer- with recipes and bars to match. They represent the old and the new, from Pisco Punch to a hot Genever Punch, from classics like the Irish Coffee at The Buena Vista to the Candace at Prospect. Read it here. Read more →

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In my latest set of fun experiments with ice, I created fortune ice. I'd been meaning to do this for a while, but two things made it actually happen. First, I bought a Tovolo King Cube Ice Cube Tray to make 2-inch cubes. Second, I realized I could use my Label Maker for the fortunes. I was thinking that I would have to make fortunes then laminate them, but the label maker spits out labels that are plasticy on both sides. This is one case where I didn't want perfectly clear ice (learn how to make clear ice here) because... Read more →

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Book Review: Speakeasy by Jason Kosmas & Dushan Zaric

I received a review copy of Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric, and I can't wait to try some of the recipes in it. I was just going to review the book here, but the folks at Fine Cooking asked me to review it for them in this week's blog post. Better yet, they got permission to include three recipes from the book: Fall Ginger Smash Hemmingway Daiquiri West Side Things that make a great cocktail book (for me): Not stuffed full of classics and basics that you can find everywhere.... Read more →

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Finally, I'm appearing in the pages of Penthouse magazine. Oddly, they didn't ask me to model. That's not me on the cover. In the December issue of Penthouse magazine, I have a two-page spread on "Advanced Level Beer Gear," including some gift items like a homebrew kit, kegerator, and a dog collar that holds a bottle opener. So now you bartenders have an excuse to buy Penthouse and write it off as a work expense. You're welcome. Read more →

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The New Cocktail List at Gitane in San Francisco

Under direction of Bar Manager Alex Smith (Smuggler's Cove, Thirsty Bear, etc.), nearly all the cocktails at Gitane are changing over this month. Don't go rushing into the bar expecting to try them all tonight though: Smith says they're rolling them out five a week so that the menu will look like the below by the end of November. Gitane is a gypsy-themed restaurant with a tiny, gorgeous bar that specializes in sherry and sherry cocktails. I'm looking forward to drinking my way through the menu in a couple of weeks. List of New Cocktails - Gitane - Fall 2010... Read more →

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Please check out my latest blog entry on FineCooking.com. It's about making your own grenadine and the Jack Rose cocktail. Read it here, and feel free to comment (over there) on your own grenadine or Jack Rose recipe improvements. Read more →

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