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July 2011

Tales Seminar: The Global Drinks Business

These are notes from The Global Drinks Business seminar at Tales of the Cocktail, lead by Phil Duff. Please don't treat these facts as absolute or fact-checked - I'm typing fast and mistakes could be made. In the Middle East, the duty-free market is enormous. "The world drinks locally." The overwhelming majority of spirits are consumed in the country in which they are made. The world drinks whisky (not always scotch, but something that tastes like scotch), vodka (at every level. The first market out side the USA for Absolut was Russia.), and soju. In the Phillipeans they drink 27... Read more →

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Tales of the Cocktail Seminar: Let's Not Sugar-Coat It

These are some notes from the seminar: Let's Not Sugar Coat It at Tales of the Cocktail. Sugar Beet Syrup: 2 pounds of sugar beets, shredded, 32 oz water: In a pot combine sugar beets and water, over a med heat cook the beets until mixture becomes thick. Remove from heat, strain through fine mesh, discard solids. Should have the consistency of honey. Stone fruit: Great example of fructose Rickey Ricardo: 1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin, 1 oz Cantaloupe juice, 3 oz Coconut Water soda, 1/2 lemon, 1 oz Lemon Juice: In collins glass, squeeze and drop half lemon into glass,... Read more →

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Tales of the Cocktail Seminar: How to Build a Cutting-Edge Ice Program

Here are notes from the first seminar I've attended at Tales of the Cocktail. How to Build a Cutting Edge Ice Program Christy Pope - Cuff & Buttons, worked at Milk & Honey Chad Solomon - Same as above, but also Pegu Club Richie Boccato - Opened an ice company out of Dutch Kills Joseph Schwartz - opened little branch Notes Glacial ice: because of the pressure from accumulating snow, the ice is compact and squeezes out all the air in it. - Water and Bismuth are only atoms that expand when they freeze. Good Ice vs. Bad Ice Good... Read more →

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Live from New Orleans!

I'm here at the Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans for my sixth year in a row. I'll be blogging daily here on Alcademics and of course posting stuff to the Alcademics Facebook group. And, Back By Popular Demand! I'll be tweeting every drink I have at Tales of the Cocktail again this year. My Twitter handle is @alcademics. Here is what I consumed last year. Wish me luck! Read more →

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I was in New Delhi all last week working both on reporting on the Diageo Reserve World Class Global Finals here on my blog and helping Simon Difford and his (ass-kicking) crew write a special edition of the online magazine and produce the official book that will come out later. Still working on that, actually. Over at DiffordsGuide.com, take a look at the write-ups on: Short bios of all 32 World Class Competing Bartenders The "gurus" and their challenges: Gary Regan, Salvatore Calabrese, Peter Dorelli, Dale DeGroff, and Daniel Estramadoyro. Read here. Quotes about the winner, Manabu Ohtake. A few... Read more →

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Last night was the announcement of the winners of the World Class competition in New Delhi, India. The winners of the challenges and regions are: DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2011: MANABU OHTAKE, THE TOWER’S BAR BELLOVISTO, JAPAN REGIONAL WINNERS 2011: ASIA PACIFIC DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2011: MANABU OHTAKE, THE TOWER’S BAR BELLOVISTO, JAPAN LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2011: JESUS CABRERA, MEXICO EUROPEAN/MIDDLE EAST DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2011: HEINZ KAISER, DINO’S AMERICAN BAR, VIENNA, AUSTRIA CHALLENGE WINNERS 2011:... Read more →

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Sorry I've been too busy to blog the last couple of days - there is so much going on here in New Delhi that I've been barely keeping up. In about 6 hours, which will be around 9AM California time, the winner of this competition will be announced. I've been incredibly impressed and sometimes astounded with the quality of the bartenders here, so I am sure the winner will do the contest, his or her country, and bartenders everywhere proud. I won't have a chance to blog about it for a day or so, but please tune in to Alcademics's... Read more →

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