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For my latest feature in the LA Times Magazine, I asked bartenders from warm-weather cities to share their recipes for cool cocktails. The bartenders are Larry Rice from Louisville, Bobby Heugel from Houston, Erik Simpkins from Atlanta, Todd Thrasher from Alexandria, Anthony Schmidt from San Diego, Rhiannon Enlil from New Orleans, and Michael Shearin from Los Angeles. (Photography by Bartholomew Cooke for LA Times Magazine) Cool Factor The Dog Days Just Howl for Long, Tall, Cold Libations By Camper English Different times of the day, changing atmospheric conditions and succeeding meal courses all call for a specific type of cocktail.... Read more →

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Infusions: Now Officially Legal in California

*Update* California State Senate Bill SB 32 has been passed and signed into law, taking effect immediately. Thanks to the people who worked hard to make it happen. This bill was introduced in response to a sudden crackdown by the ABC (Alcholic Beverage Control) on infusions, homemade bitters and tinctures, sangria, and other 'rectified' drinks at cocktail bars in San Francisco. Most bar owners did not know that these common practices were illegal and the crackdown set off a bit of a panic. My take on the issue from February 2010 is here. (I can't believe it's been that long... Read more →

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In my weekly recipe column for Fine Cooking, I talk about rye whiskey's comeback and list the following delicious recipe. Bulleit Rye Blinker By Contemporary Cocktails 1 fl. oz Bulleit Rye .25 fl. oz Raspberry Liqueur .75 fl. oz Fresh Lemon Juice 1.5 fl. oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice .5 fl. oz Simple Syrup Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a Collins glass with new ice. Garnish with a grapefruit peel. As I was late on my deadline, I whipped up that drink for today's breakfast. It hit the spot. Here's the full story should... Read more →

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Every Drink I Had at Tales of the Cocktail 2011

Below are the tweets sent out as I was recording every drink I had at Tales of the Cocktail for the second year in a row. The totals are: Wednesday: 18 Thursday: 41 Friday: 28 Saturnday: 19 Compared to last year, this looks like a ton more drinks. But really I kept it to small sips and tastes for the most part. I came home feeling less poluted than usual, so don't let the numbers terrify you. Tales is for amateurs too! Thursday was the big day again, due to the Diageo happy hour event. I had the same number... Read more →

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The next step in the Solid Liquids project is to look at the various methods people are using to dehydrate liqueurs down to sugars. After searching the interwebz, here are some techniques I found. I don't think the original DrinkBoy forums are online anymore- at least I can't find them- but that's where this technique first came to my attention several years ago. Bartenders in Australia were dehydrating Campari and other liqueurs and making powders out of them. Oven Baking Pour the liqueur on a baking pan, perhaps with a silicone matt on it (for easier removal of solids) and... Read more →

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I've spent some time researching powdered/dehydrated liqueurs online to see where and how they've been used. Turns out: all around the world. Below are the few I found. It seems that for the most part these dehydrated liqueurs are used as a powdered rims on cocktail glasses, as garnishes sprinkled on top of egg white drinks, and in one case as a popcorn flavoring. Araka in Clayton, Missouri uses Campari powder to rim glasses. The bar Mea Culpa in Ponsonby, New Zealand, had the following drink on their menu: ANGEL DUST - Cherry & orange macerated Rittenhouse Rye, Liquore Strega,... Read more →

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(Sponsored) Exclusive Invitation for Bartenders from Beam Global

This is a sponsored post by Communispace. Beam Global Spirits & Wine would like to extend an exclusive, professional invitation to you. In partnership with Communispace, we have a private online community of 300 bartenders who act as direct advisors to key decision-makers for the company, and we would like you to consider becoming a part of this group. As a member of this exclusive advisory community, you'll agree to log in and contribute your thoughts (via surveys, discussions, chats with industry leaders, etc.) an average of 5-15 minutes per week at whatever time is convenient for you. In addition... Read more →

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Announcing Sponsored Projects on Alcademics

After many months of work, I'm happy to announce the launch of Sponsored Projects on Alcademics.com. My home experiments and longer research projects here, such as figuring out how to make clear ice, have been some of the most popular content on Alcademics, and also the most satisfying to do. Thus, I found a way to do more of them- by finding sponsors for specific projects. Sponsored Projects may last just a few months or indefinitely, and relate at least tangentially to the sponsoring brand or portfolio. This month I am launching the first two Sponsored Projects: The Sugar Project,... Read more →

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