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My latest post on FineCooking.com is about the Breakfast Martini, the modern classic created by Salvatore Calabrese. Marmalade, jams, jellies, syrups, shrubs, sherbets, etc.: It always comes back to preserves. One of these days I'll start learning how to make my own. Calabrese will soon be opening a new bar, Salvatore's at the Playboy Club in London. I'll be in London twice in the next three weeks so I'm hoping it opens, like nowish. Anyway, that story on the Breakfast Martini is here. Breakfast Martini Adapted from Salvatore Calabrese 2 fl. oz. Gin .75 fl. oz. Cointreau .75 fl. oz.... Read more →

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

Thanks to Tales of the Cocktail for sponsoring Alcademics! I'll be at the event, July 20-24 in New Orleans, for my fifth year in a row. Tickets are on sale now. This year I'll be one of five official Tales bloggers doing deep coverage of the event, and between now and then I'll be posting a few preview blog posts about seminars I'm looking forward to seeing. Will I tweet every drink every drink I have at Tales of the Cocktail again this year? Yeah, maybe. If you've never been to Tales before, I highly encourage you to come. It's... Read more →

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

The first three customers who sampled 200 rums at Smuggler's Cove were treated to a trip, not to a tropical isle, but to Portland, Oregon where they distilled their own rum. It was aged and bottled and labelled with pictures of the three guys, and the launch party is in early May. Amazing. The full press release is below. Here at Smuggler’s Cove, we’re proud of our carefully selected collection of 300 rare and premium rums. But we’re particularly excited to announce our latest addition: Triumvirate Rum. Made to celebrate the first three customers at Smuggler’s Cove to drink 200... Read more →

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

Last week I had the pleasure of hanging out with Erik Lorincz, Head Bartender of the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London. Lorincz was in town to give a short bartending presentation at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. (The Savoy is Fairmont Hotel.) We also ended up doing a bar tour of many of SF's top bars two nights in a row. (Somehow, I always end up giving bar tours of SF's top bars. I should get my official tour guide certification.) Lorincz is only 31 and has one of the most enviable positions in the industry,... Read more →

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

In my latest post for FineCooking.com, I look again at simple syrup. You may recall a few years ago I compared the spoilage time of simple syrup with different ratios (1:1, 2:1) and with a shot of vodka added as a preservative. Since then I've learned a couple of things. First off, you don't need to heat simple syrup to get it into a solution. 1:1 and 2:1 syrup will go into solution just by shaking the bottle of sugar and water. 3:1 syrup apparently will not go into solution without heat. The picture on this post is my attempts... Read more →

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

Cocktail Menu: Revival in Berkeley, California

Here is the cocktail menu from Revival Bar and Kitchen in Berkeley, which has a new full-bar program. The the PR contact: "Their cocktail program has been created in consultation with Corey Harrison, known for his current work at Quince in San Francisco. Prior to that, Corey worked at Farallon and Scott Howard." Cocktails Revival crafts modern cocktails developed from classic recipes and techniques,while using artisan spirits and ingredients. Farmer jane #6: Belvedere Vodka, rhubarb, Aperol, orange flower honey, meyer lemon bitters, sparkling wine $10 The Starlet - Brokers gin, Encanto pisco, apple-chamomile syrup, lemon, orange flower water, lemon tonic... Read more →

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

I've been thinking for a while now that the hilarious Honey Badger video, and the honey badger itself, should be honored with a cocktail or a shot. So I created one. The Honey Badger by Camper English 1 part Laphraoig single-malt scotch whisky 1 part Honey Flavored Whiskey, such as Wild Turkey American Honey or Jim Beam Honey Add scotch then honey liqueur to a shot glass. Say "Honey badger don't care," then down the shot. The drink is sweet coming in, but nice and smoky on the finish. It's kind of delicious. If you haven't had the pleasure of... Read more →

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

In my story in this Sunday's SF Chronicle, I discuss some ways that cocktail bars are trying to build drinks faster, and how nightclub-type spaces are trying to make better quality cocktails without slowing down. In theory, we appreciate the extra time and effort bartenders spend on their cocktails - using exact measures of ingredients, thorough shaking or long stirring, and general attention to detail. But alas, reality. "People are becoming more accepting of waiting for quality cocktails, but I don't think anybody really wants to wait for anything at all, ever," says Justin Lew. The story includes mention of... Read more →

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