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February 2011

Usually in cocktail writing we think in terms of microtrends: the latest techniques (barrel aging cocktails, fat-washing), the latest categories (mezcal, pisco), popular flavors or ingredients (falernum, smoke), and the latest bar themes (high-volume cocktail bars, tiki). We don't talk too much about the macro-trends. In my latest post for FineCooking.com, I discuss one of the biggest macro-trends: that cocktails are getting better in general, with fresh ingredients, respect for the classics, and more knowledgeable bartenders. Also, there's a recipe for the Sage 75 from the Vesper Bar at the new Cosmopolitan in Vegas. Read more →

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Ted Kilgore of Taste by Niche in St. Louis sent me the latest cocktail menu to match with the expanded bar/restaurant. He's doing barrel-aged cocktails, then making new cocktails with barrel-aged cocktails (and Old Pal with an aged Negroni). Plus: big ice, homemade vermouth, and a bartender-designed bar. I like the look of this menu and the little symbols for the drinks- shaken, stirred, or swizzled. I want to drink the El Maestro, Scandanavian Sun, Philabuster, and well, a lot of them. Read more →

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I added the US Air menu to the Airline Drink Menus page. Drink menus on planes seem unbalanced so much of the time. In this case, they have a selection of four wines- two chardonnays, a merlot, and a cab sauvignon (all from Chile)- and three beers, all wussy. They do have a tequila, which is rare, but of course it's a mixto. The first airline to have a 100% agave tequila will get major props from me. Read more →

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In the March issue of 7x7 Magazine, I have a story about Cocktail Snobs. Now that customers know so much more about cocktails some us are becoming fussy about them, never ordering from the menu but insisting on on-the-spot creations, trying to stump or school the bartender with obscure drink requests, and trainspotting mixology by parking in front of the bartender's station and asking questions about every drink being made. Note: I've been guilty of all these offenses at one time or another. Kindly read the story first, but one aspect I didn't get room to touch on much was... Read more →

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It turns out I went to a lot of pubs and cocktail bars in Dublin. Here were my favorites, should you ever find yourself there. Pubs The Long Hall- gorgeous Bruxelles - fun Kehoe's - classic Cocktails Exchequer - more of a restaurant though Bar with No Name - hipster party Harry's on the Green - high-volume American bar SABA - possibilities Just to See It Cafe En Seine - ornate Mercantile Hotel - indoor plaza Shelbourne - fancy To read some specifics about the bar, visit these blog pages: Drinking in Dublin, Part I Drinking in Dublin, Part II... Read more →

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SF Event: Drinks of the Eighties at Heaven's Dog this Saturday

From 9-1 this Saturday February 26th, Heaven's Dog in San Francisco will be serving a special menu of drinks from the 1980s. Naturally they'll be given upgrades in the Heaven's Dog style with bitters, organic citrus, and better liquor than you had the first time around. Below is the menu, but rumor has it they've managed to located some Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers too. Now excuse me while I rumage through my closet for my Members Only jacket to wear to the event. COCKTAILS AND DREAMS HEAVENS DOG SALUTES THE 80’S AND THE DRINKS YOU LOVE TO HATE SLOW... Read more →

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Dublin Cocktail Menus

Below are cocktail menus from some of the bars I visited in Dublin, Ireland. The Inn on the Green at the Fitzwilliam Hotel Harry's on the Green Saba (follow this link as I couldn't paste the drinks here.) Cafe En Seine The Exchequer Click below for the full menus. Fitzwilliam Hotel - Inn on the Green Note that this isn't the current menu. I tried to scan it to text but it didn't work well. The current menu is here as a PDF: Download Fitzwilliam Hotel Cocktails What looks to be an older menu from the website is pasted below.... Read more →

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Continued from yesterday's post, here are more bars I visited on my recent trip to Dublin with Jameson Irish Whiskey. The Doheny & Nesbitt is a traditional pub dating back to 1867. When I was coming in from the airport, my driver told me that there was a recent change in government in Ireland, and that would be the spot to go if you wanted to see politicians crying into their beers. Sounded good to me! We visited a couple of days after that and did not see any crying politicians; mostly people on dates, but the bar was nice.... Read more →

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