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July 2011

Here is the official list of the 2011 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards winners. 2011 Spirited Award Winners American Bartender of the Year Kenta Goto, New York City, New York (Tie) Sam Ross, New York City, New York (Tie) Best American Brand Ambassador Jacques Bezuidenhout, Partida Tequila Best American Cocktail Bar Drink, Boston, Massachusetts Best Bar Mentor Audrey Saunders, New York City, New York Best High Volume Cocktail Bar Rickhouse, San Francisco, California Best Cocktail Writing - Author Camper English, San Francisco, California Best Cocktail Writing - Non Book Imbibe Best International Brand Ambassador Dan Warner, Beefeater Gin Best... Read more →

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What is Fernet?

By far the most famous type of fernet is Fernet-Branca, but there are other fernets on the market. So what is fernet, generally speaking? (Thanks to commenter Scott who wrote in on the "Shhh It's a Secret" seminar at Tales of the Cocktail write-up for asking the question that I never thought to ask.) I asked John Troia, co-founder of Tempus Fugit Spirits. They have a fernet coming out, Angelico Fernet. Here's what he says. I’m sure there may be varying degrees of opinion, but we feel that the following is reasonably consistent with our research and that of others:... Read more →

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Below is the new menu for 1886 Bar at The Raymond in Los Angeles (Pasadena, really). (Photo courtesy of 1886) (If you see a link below, click it to read the menu.) 1886 Summer Cocktail Menu REGIONAL Zombie This drink’s first version was created at Don the Beachcomber of Hollywood in 1934 by Don Beach, creator of the “Tiki” movement. Limit 2 per customer. (A blend of three rums, passion fruit, Demerara syrup, fresh lemon, lime & pineapple juice) QB Cooler “QB” stands for Quiet Birdmen, a drinking fraternity of aviators founded by seven WWI pilots in 1921. However, this... Read more →

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Camper English Speaking at SF Chefs Food Wine Industry Series

I'm giving a talk geared toward restaurant owners at next week's SF Chefs Food Wine next week, along with H. of Elixir and Duggan of Cantina. It's a little bit freaky in this day and age to walk into a notable restaurant only to find they haven't bothered to put out a cocktail menu, or the one they hand you is filled with flavored vodka drinks written by the beverage distributor rather than a bartender. We'll be talking about how a few simple changes to a cocktail program can make a big difference for a restaurant in terms of increasing... Read more →

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This is turning into a pretty good month. Alcademics was just given a Best of the Bay Award in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. BEST LIQUOR LOWDOWN Why is it that we like to read about food and drink so much on the Web? In no other Internet area, except maybe porn, is the meeting of the weightlessly virtual and the essentially physical so addictively fruitful. And while crackerjack local liquor expert Camper English's Alcademics site doesn't tear off your panties with glossy cocktail shots, his entertainingly detailed descriptions of the latest drool-worthy liquors will have you practically licking your... Read more →

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Top Cocktail Searches

I thought this was interesting enough to share: According to a press release I got from Yahoo! here are recent top drink searches. According to Yahoo!, Top Searched Summer-Inspired Alcoholic Drinks, past 30 days: Mojitos Margarita Budweiser Sangria Tequila Heineken Blue Moon Miller High Life Corona Pina Colada Mixed Drinks Dos Equis Martini Skinny Girl Margarita Who knew so many people were searching for beer? Seems like you could just go to the store and pick some up. Also: According to Yahoo!, Top Searched Cocktails, past 30 days: Vodka Cocktails Champagne Cocktails Manhattan Cocktails Rum Cocktail Low-Calorie Cocktails Mojito Cocktail... Read more →

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On Tuesday I got a preview of the drinks at Jasper's Corner Tap, opening Wednesday in San Francisco. The bar is headed up by Kevin Diedrich, most recently of The Burritt Room, but drinks on the menu also come from the other bartenders Brian MacGregor, Kimpton Hotel Group consultant Jacques Bezuidenhout, and Portlad-to-SF transplant Allison Webber. The focus is on cocktails that contain beer, to pair with the gastropub theme and the 18 beers on tap. I had a few drinks from the menu. (Full menu is here.) Of the ones I tried, my favorites were: Shibuya Shake (Beefeater 24... Read more →

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For years, the only piscos available were the single-grape quebranta and the blended acholado, often with quebranta at its core. Now we can find all eight approved Peruvian pisco varietals and several different acholado blends. In my latest story for the San Francisco Chronicle I talk about the wide range of piscos now available and a few cocktails in which to try them. Pisco - so much to know, there's more to tell Camper English, Special to The Chronicle Sunday, July 24, 2011 Cocktail recipes that call for pisco almost never specify details on the spirit the way that whiskey... Read more →

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