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July 2011

Cocktail Menu: Jasper's Corner Tap in San Francisco

Opening Wednesday, July 27 is Jasper's Corner Tap, a beer-centric restaurant in the former Ponzu space not far from Bourbon & Branch in downtown San Francisco. I've got a peek at the beverage menu. As you can see, there are drinks designed by bartenders Kevin Deidrich, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Allison Webber, and Brian MacGregor. Suddenly I'm looking forward to this place. Click below for the menu. Shandy Gaff 9 Trumer Pilsner, Fentiman’s Ginger Beer. The Shandy Gaff originates in England and dates back to the late 19th century. In London slang for a pint of beer is a ‚shant of gatter‛.... Read more →

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While at Tales of the Cocktail this week, I was interviewed by Lisa Mullins on the BBC radio program The World. The link to listen to the interview is here. The segment is only about three minutes long. I spoke about different international bartending styles and trends, from Asia to London, and recommended that people try a Ramos Gin Fizz. Back home in SF, I am hankering for one again. Read more →

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I'll post more when I can get to a computer (I lost my power cord) so long story short: Hooray for Me! I win the best non-book cocktail author award last night at Tales of the Cocktail. That is awesome. Read more →

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These are notes for the H2O Cocktails seminar at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. I think this concept was pioneered by Kathy Casey, one of the seminar hosts. So, what are these H2O cocktails? Basically they're vodka drinks made with flavored water (not juice, no chunks) and no sugar. They come out to about 80 calories, all from the vodka. The waters used are infused with fresh ingredients, not commercial flavored waters. They retain the craftsmanship of a fresh muddled cocktail, and recommended being mixed with flavorful vodkas. Ultimately, I'm impressed with the concept. The drinks taste refreshing;... Read more →

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These are notes from the Tales of the Cocktail seminar "Vinegar : The Other Acid). Forgive the formatting and spelling- I'm typing this on my phone as I managed to lose my laptop power cord. Three other acids used is cocktails include citric (citrus), tartaric (unripe fruit), and malic (apples and grapes). Lime has the most acid of the citric group. Vinegar is a double fermented liquid. Base to alcohol, the alcohol to acetic acid. Balsamic is more acidic on the palate than white wine vinegar, yet they smell the opposite. They tried to correlate perception of sourness/acidity with pH... Read more →

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A fun event trend at Tales of the Cocktail: Big Drinks. This year there were: The World's Largest Kopstootje Toast (genever slurp) info here. Over 400 people took part. (This image courtesy of Bols) The World's Freshest Ramos Gin Fizz "by using fresh laid eggs, cream churned from a cow milked on-site and lemons picked from the tree, the Hendrick's Team succeeded in creating the ultimate definition of a fresh cocktail." The World's Largest Negroni. "On Thursday, July 21, close to 400 cocktail enthusiasts gathered to witness and taste the “World’s Largest Negroni,” a massive 30-gallon cocktail made of equal... Read more →

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Shhh! It's a Secret

These are notes on the Shhh! It's a Secret seminar at the Tales of the Cocktail convention. For alcohol products you have to list your ingredients, method, etc. to the TTB before approval - the whole recipe, in gernal. This isn't the same for non-alcoholic products. Lillet is in a category of tonic wine, rather than vermouth. In 1886 John Pemberton released a syrup with cola nuts and coca- Coca Cola. But one year before that there was John Pemberton's Nerve Wine Coca, a "tonic wine". This was changed based on the coming backlash against alcohol. In 1863 in France,... Read more →

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The Mysteries Wood Maturation at Tales of the Cocktail

Here are notes from the Mysteries of Wood Maturation seminar at Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans. "We want to keep the character of the base spirit, but we don't want to have vinegar. Wood helps us do that. It takes some of those acids out that we don't want." Dale DeGroff "We don't really know how far back barrel usage goes." Doug Frost. Theoretically you could throw it off a boat and it would float for a while. One person can roll it up a hill. "The very idea of bending staves is not way out -... Read more →

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