As you can tell by that new banner ad to the left side of the screen, tickets are now on sale for the tenth annual Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans this July 2012. I've been going for the past seven or so years and love it. There are a ton of new ticket packages and promotions over at the Tales website worth checking out whether you're planning to attend everything or just a few parties. See you in New Orleans!
Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.
The new bar/cabaret in Oakland, The Night Light, describes its design as "Captain Nemo's fantasy bordello." Sounds good to me. Here is the drink list. The Lambretta $10 Death’s Door Gin, Ketel One Citroen Vodka, Lillet Blanc, Fee Brother’s Orange Bitters, Stirred & served up with an Orange Twist Old Smokey $9 Single Malt Scotch, Maple, Angostura Bitters - Served up The Honeydripper $8 George Dickel No. 8 Whisky, Honey Syrup, House-made Sour, Brandied Cherries - On the rocks *Our Lady of the Sea $8 Zaya Rum, Cane Syrup, Fresh Lime – Served up **The Diamond Dove $8 Sauza Hornitos...
I wrote this piece on predictions for the Bay Area cocktail scene back in November for The Bold Italic magazine, and it has just gone online. They made it look super snazzy for the web. Predictions include: Shorter cocktail menus Hyper-local cocktail menus More Scott Beattie Cocktail party pop-ups Other cities taking the lead over San Francisco Give it a read and let me know what you think! (Especially about that last thing...)
Should you happen to be riding along with Seabourn Cruises sometime soon, you may find a story from me in your onboard magazine. I wrote a story about pastis, how is originated wtih absinthe, and what it's like today. I don't think the story will ever go online, so you'll just have to book a cruise to read it.
Opening on March 28th is Corners Tavern in Walnut Creek, California. The beverage program was done by Nicole Burke. "Nicole Burke, named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the Bay Area's "Up and Coming Sommeliers," will be heading up the beverage program. Burke is planning a wine list that pays homage to the classics of California, Oregon and Washington while also highlighting up and coming, avant-garde producers. She’ll feature craft breweries that are on the cutting edge – both in San Francisco and the East Bay - as well as a selection of Belgian and Trappist inspired beers...
I write the New Booze blog over at ShakeStir.com, an online community for bartenders. It's a great place to read about new spirits hitting the market or expanding distribution into new markets. March was a big month for New Booze. New products included: Stolichnaya Hot and Sticki Firelit Batch 5 Milagro Unico Tequila Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin White Pike Whiskey Spring 44 Spirits Caliche Rum Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Barenjager Honey & Bourbon Knob Creek Rye Read about all of them by following this link.
In my latest post over at FineCooking.com, I have a recipe for a port cocktail created by David Wondrich, author of Imbibe and Punch. It contains rum, port, orange liqueur, and lime juice. Go get some!
How much alcohol can you bring in your luggage? For most American airlines, the limit is five liters of spirits, and unlimited quantities of wine and beer (and other alcohol beneath 24% ABV). In fact, that's the general rule of the TSA, the Transportation Security Administration, of the United States. Their policy states: Traveling with Special Items Travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag. With the exception of medications, any amount of liquid including alcohol greater than three ounces must be packed in your...