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October 2011

Wo Hing General Store opens Friday in San Francisco with Brooke Arthur in charge of the cocktail menu. I got a sneak peak at the drink menu. As you can see, it's a short menu with several interesting non-alcoholic drinks included. The menu is long so I've put it after the jump. Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: 1833 in Monterey, California

Restaurant 1833 opened in Monterey this summer. In addition to the below menu they also offer absinthe service with 15 different brands. Monterey is an unlikely spot for fine cocktails. It's good to know that there is now somewhere to go. The menu is long so I've put it after the jump. HOUSE REMEDIES PAIN KILLERS 10 These humble concoctions will numb your aches and lift your spirits. SEVENTEEN MILE EASTSIDE Tanqueray Gin / Aquavit / Mint / Cucumber / Fresh Lime / Agave Nectar / Soda / Rocks SHINER Four Roses Bourbon / Oloroso Sherry / Blackberry / Fresh... Read more →

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Poor Red's BBQ in the California gold country is famous for the Golden Cadillac, a cocktail created in 1952. Next year will be the drink's 60th birthday. It's a combination of Galliano, creme de cacao, and cream, thrown into a blender. Poor Red's sells them by the thousands. (They don't look this fancy at Poor Red's. Image courtesy of Galliano.) As you might imagine, it's not the most... nuanced drink in the world but should you find yourself in El Dorado (located between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe) it's one of those when-in-Rome cocktails. Here's some history of the drink.... Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: Le Bernardin in New York

Restaurant Le Bernardin in New York recently reopened after a renovation. They also have a new cocktail list. The cocktails mostly add gourmet touches to the classics. But the prices, ouch. The menu is long so I've put it after the jump. COCKTAILS The French Connection $16 Pimm’s, Yuzu, 5-Spice, Absinthe MLC Mezcal $18 Don Amado Mezcal, Kaffir Leaf, Lime Salt 51st Street Manhattan $18 Ginger-Rooibos infused Michter’s Rye Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Charleston Sercial Madeira Pisco “Gaudi” $16 Macchu Pisco, Bourbon Smoked Paprika, Saffron Tincture, Egg White Negroni 155 $18 Spring 44 Gin, Honey Bush Tea, Aperol, Dolin Sweet Vermouth,... Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: Manresa in Los Gatos, California

Restaurant Manresa in Los Gatos has an ambitious bar program, filled with fresh produce from Love Apple Farms where they get their produce. Note that they specify the Negroni is "over ice" as that is unusual for this area. The menu is long so I've put it after the jump. Manresa Cocktails Plum Clipper La Diablada Pisco / Red Plum Consommé / Lemon / Love Apple Thyme 14 Nectar From Cane Dimplomatico Venezuelan Reserva Rum / Love Apple Mint / Andy’s Orchard Nectarine Consommé 14 Shizuka Hendricks Gin / Fentimans Tonic / Green Chartreuse V.E.P / Love Apple Cucumber /... Read more →

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There are now two newish options for bartenders to get health insurance. 1. USBG The United States Bartenders' Guild now offers full insurance plans (previously they only had discount health plans that are not the same thing) through Custom Benefit Consultants. 2. RBA I also just leared of the Responsible Bartenders' Association, another bartender (and related professions such as servers) that offers health and other insurance through a company called HLP. What they did was partner with TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) to show that their member bartenders take responsibility seriously, which helped them negotiate insurance discounts. Thus you need... Read more →

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When I visited Copenhagen twice this summer, I was surprised to find one flavor all over the drink menus: eucalyptus. At 1105, they serve a drink called the Lady Eucalyptus, made with eucalyptus syrup, gin, lemon, Cointreau, and egg whites. At Salon 39, a very creative neighborhood bar/restaurant, they make their own line of bitters. Their eucalyptus bitters I saw all over town, helping drive this trend. They use them in their Gin & It, as well as in their version of Sam Ross' Penicillin. At the bar Rouge at the Skt. Petri Hotel, the bar program changed literally between... Read more →

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In the Solid Liquids Project I've experimented with various methods to dehydrate liqueurs into solids. I've found that not every liqueur does crystallize through conventional heating methods to boil off the alcohol and water. Ones that do not crystallize usually leave a thick, sticky, gummy glob at the bottom of their container. I have not figured out why some liqueurs don't crystallize, though I've had some theories. Here is my list of liqueurs I've tried to crystallize (most of them in silicone cupcake cups in the oven) and whether or not it worked. Liqueur Crystallization Liqueur Crystallizes? Notes Campari Yes... Read more →

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