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May 2011

Sponsor Shout-Out: The Fifteen G'Vine Gin Connoisseur Finalists

I'll be joining these fifteen bartenders in Cognac, France this June for the finals of the 2011 G'Vine Gin Connoisseur Program. Over 300 bartenders from 32 countries (!) competed for this, so a big congratulations to the finalists. They are: Jill Saunders (Beaufort Bar at the Savoy Hotel, London, UK) Terry Cashman (The Hoxton Pony, London, UK) Torsten Spuhn (Modern Masters, Erfurt, Germany) Rene Soffner (Roomers Bar, Frankfurt, Germany) David Gonzalez (Shikku Izakaya, Madrid, Spain) Gegham Ghazaryan (Xandom, Alicante, Spain) David Wolowidnyk (West, Vancouver, Canada) Rob Montgomery (Miller Tavern, Toronto, Canada) Michael Pazdon (Solbar, California, USA) Jeff Bell (PDT, NY,... Read more →

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Four Desserts in One Drink

(Image courtesy of WSWA) At the Iron Mixologist competition that I helped judge at the WSWA convention in Orlando last month, the most memorable cocktail of the day was created by Caterina Miltenberger, who works for Glazer's. The category was dessert drinks and the secret ingredient was mango. Miltenberger said her inspiration was mango sticky rice (mango and coconut), the Batida (an alcoholic Brazilian milkshake of sorts that often contains coconut and/or fresh fruit), creme brulee (imitated with Maker's Mark bourbon and vanilla in a syrup), and flan (caramel vodka). It sounds like it would be entirely too much of... Read more →

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Stovetop Ice Balls: A First Attempt

Now that we know one way to make crystal clear ice, what are we gonna do with it? One thing I've wanted to attempt is to make ice balls. These can be carved by hand, but that's a lot of work. The big copper ice ball makers make lovely ice balls, but these cost a ton of money. I've been trying to think of a new solution. When they send bars the copper ice ball makers, they send an ice cube tray that makes a big enough cube to use in it. Unfortunately that tray produces cubes that are cloudy... Read more →

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Great Garnish (And Ice) With Alex Kratena of the Artesian Bar in London

As part of the Bacardi Global Legacy Cocktail Competition, the ten competing bartenders underwent three days of education in London before flying to Barcelona for the big event. I was along for the ride. On our first day, Alex Kratena of the Artesian Bar at the Langham Hotel gave a talk on garnish. They have an extraordinary program that he shared with us. But since we all love ice here on Alcademics (see index of all of the ice experiments on Alcademics here), we'll start with that geekery first. At the Artesian they have two kinds of ice that are... Read more →

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Called It: The New Absolut Vodka Flavor

The new flavor of Absolut vodka was just announced, "an exotic blend of all-natural green, red, and yellow apple with fresh ginger combine to create ABSOLUT ORIENT APPLE." Apple and ginger, who could have guessed? Oh right, I did. In this post I finally put it together that all of the Absolut city flavors eventually become regular Absolut flavors with minor tweaks. I said: I'm gonna make a guess that the next Absolut flavor will contain red apple and/or ginger. Because that's what's in Absolut Brooklyn. BINGO. Read more →

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