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March 2011

Alcademics is Influential

According to a recent study by eCairn, Alcademics.com is the most influential English-language spirits blog and the third most influential alcohol blog entirely. Cool! eCairn Conversation is a software tool for measuring influencers and conversations in social media. This allows brands to identify the separate online communities, look at what they're talking about, and see where they're located. This information/software can be purchased by marketing companies looking to reach bloggers and other blatherers on the web. I don't know what set of metrics they use to measure influence. It's certainly not pageviews alone as I don't win in that race,... Read more →

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In my latest post for FineCooking.com I talk a little bit about orgeat as a segue into posting the recipe for Dominic Venegas' Mi Ruca cocktail that helped him win the SF regional 42Below vodka cocktail world cup. (Photos courtesy of 42Below Vodka.) Most of what I know about orgeat comes from the research for a huge Mai Tai story I wrote for Mixology Magazine in Germany. And much of that information comes from Jennifer Colliau of Small Hand Foods, whose orgeat is so labor-intensive she only sells it to select clients, and Blair Reynolds, whose Trader Tiki orgeat now... Read more →

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Last week I went to Trinidad to report on the 2011 Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge. They flew in bartenders representing North and South America, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, India, Asia, Nigeria (though he had visa issues and couldn't attend), South Africa, and Trinidad & Tobago. I got a chance to sit down with most of the contestants for a quick interview to learn a bit about their drinks and their countries. Andy Griffiths from Cookie in Melbourne, Australia eventually won the day, and the $10,000 check. He told me that down in Melbourne they're working with barrel aged drinks now... Read more →

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In Ireland a few weeks ago, I had Irish Coffee three times in as many days. Irish Coffee was invented in Ireland and is credited to a bar at the Shannon airport. Then it was recreated in San Francisco at the Buena Vista. Its popularity in the US helped it travel back to Ireland where became popular around the country. At the Chapter One restaurant in Dublin, they have the most elaborate preparation of the Irish Coffee in town. They add Jameson Irish Whiskey and 2 tablespoons brown sugar to a pan and caramelize it for 10 minutes and grate... Read more →

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Music for Carnival

Yesterday I felt like the dumbest person on the island of Trinidad, because I was leaving it to come home on the first day of Carnival. When I booked my trip to the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge, I didn't do my research to see what I'd be missing. Oops! Here's how to feel like you're there: These are four of the major hits for Carnival I heard dozens of times already. Put on your headphones and join the party. Read more →

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New Irish Whiskies

All the Irish whisky brand owners conveniently announce their new releases in time for St. Patrick's Day. Here are new ones hitting the market. Rebreast 15-Year-Old New York, NY (August 10, 2010) – Pernod Ricard USA® and Irish Distillers, makers of Jameson® and Midleton® Very Rare, Redbreast®, Powers® and Paddy® Irish Whiskies, announce the arrival of Redbreast 15 Year Old Pot Still Irish Whiskey to the U.S. This distinguished and awarded pure pot still whiskey – the only traditional Irish pot still whiskey available today – will be available for sale in select retail and on-premise outlets throughout the U.S.... Read more →

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Hello from Trinidad! I'm here with the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge - an international bartender competition. I'll post more about Angostura, the rums made here, and the brand history on another blog entry when I get time. (But if you have any questions put them in the comments below and I'll try to get answers on Sunday.) Yesterday we toured the distillery and went to a party at Angostura's CEO's massive house on the water. (It has excellent parking spaces for one's yacht.) Just a quick note: I spoke with Angostura's new US importer for the bitters and am happy... Read more →

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