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February 2011

Cocktail Menu: Clock Bar in San Francisco's New Spring Drinks

Clock Bar in San Francisco has released their new menu. CLOCK BAR SEASONAL COCKTAILS CITRUS & HERBS SEASON evergreen......................................................................... 12 fresh rosemary and thyme, junipero gin, stone pine liqueur and fresh lemon served up with fresh mint fool’s gold...................................................................... 13 fresh squeezed cara cara, campo de encanto pisco, pineapple juice, pineapple gomme syrup, aperol served on the rocks with an orange twist scarlet hooch............................................................... 13 local strawberry/cherry jam, neisson reserve rum, fresh squeezed orange juice, velvet falernum served tall with a lime twist frankmoon jean............................................................ 13 fresh kiwi, blood orange juice, knob creek bourbon, walnut liqueur, fresh lemon, amaro, benedictine... Read more →

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Here's something you already know: Sparkling wine + Floral liqueur = fun drink. I hadn't realized until I started writing my latest Fine Cooking blog entry just how many new floral liqueurs have hit the market. In recent years several new floral liqueurs have been brought to market, including St. Germain (elderflower), Esprit de June (grape vine flowers), Rothman and Winter Crème de Violette (violet), Crème Yvette (violet and berries), Fruit Lab Theia (jasmine), J. Witty Spirits Organic Chamomile, and Loft Liqueurs Organic Lavender. So, here is the rest of the story. Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: Bar Congress in Austin, Texas

Good cocktail menus in Texas are sprouting like oil wells. (Maybe tumbleweeds? I'm at a loss for good Texas analogy.) Adam Bryan, bar manager of Bar Congress in Ausin, sent me the menu. This bar is one of three venues in the Austonian residence tower and it just opened at the end of 2010. I like it because of the multiple vinegar drinks. HOUSE ANISE ANISE 1934 Legendre Herbsaint · Peychaud’s Bitters · Lemon · Bundaberg Ginger Beer CONGRESS GT Cascade Hopped Gin · House Quinine · Grapefruit Bitters · Seltzer PEAR SHAPED Ransom Old Tom · Poached Pear Reduction... Read more →

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I try to link to all my writing available online, but you really only see two-thirds or so of it. And even if you could see it all, most of us couldn't read it because it's in German. I am a regular contributor to Mixology magazine, based in Berlin, and for this magazine I write these insanely long stories usually about a single cocktail. I've written 2000 words about eggnog, 2500 on the Blood and Sand, and 4000 words on the Mai Tai. All of it gets translated into German so when I see the print version I can't read... Read more →

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In Friday's FineCooking.com blog entry, I have a little story about how I remember which vermouth is which: sweet, French, white, Italian, dry, red. I could never keep them straight until I came up with a mnemonic device. Read it here. Plus! There is also the recipe for the Bamboo cocktail. Read more →

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**Update: This story is no longer on the LA Times Magazine website, so I have pasted it here. In yesterday's LA Times Magazine I have a huge feature on sherry. (photographs by Nigel Cox) As a wine category, sherry has practically everything going for it: a tremendous range of flavors, a rich history dating at least as far back as the Romans, the ability to pair magnificently well with food and an increasingly hip status as a cocktail ingredient used by top bartenders. Most people, when they think of sherry at all, consider it an ingredient their grandmothers cooked with... Read more →

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On February 5, 1941, the SS Politician ran aground off the islands of Scotland. After a bit, the ship broke up and began to sink, so local islanders rowed out to help salvage its contents: over 20,000 cases of whisky. Unfortunately, the government considered the salvaging more like looting, and pursued those who took part in it. This story was told in the novel Whisky Galore , by Compton Mackenzie. (Mackenzie also wrote Monarch of the Glen , which became the basis for a long-running series on British television.) The book was then made into a comedy film called Whisky... Read more →

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Last week I spoke on a panel in New York for the Vino 2011 convention. The event mostly focuses on Italian wines, but this year they also offered a cocktail seminar. The seminar was called “Renaissance of the Cocktail in America: Top Spirit Professionals Assess the Role and Opportunities for Italian Spirit.” The panel was moderated by Francesco LaFranconi and the other panelists were Anthony Dias Blue, Lamberto Vallarino Gancia, Paolo Domeneghetti, and Tad Carducci. I figure I may as well share my answers with people who couldn't attend the seminar. Question 1: As one of the industry’s most credited... Read more →

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