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I created the Golden Gate 75 cocktail in tribute to the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary. They are doing a whole series of events around the anniversary with a big party on May 27th. I had an idea: Golden Gate 75 is close to French 75. And if we swap out gin and lemon for Campari and orange juice, the color could match the famous "international orange" of the bridge! It took a lot of experimenting to get the color right. I couldn't make it happen with regular orange juice (Campari wants to go pink) but luckily blood oranges had... Read more →

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Last week was my third year attending the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association Meeting in Las Vegas. This event is where wine and spirits producers (brand owners) come to meet with their distributors. It's also the place many new brands come to try to find distributors in the first place. On the main floor is where much of the new or newly-imported brands show their wares in hopes of luring a distributor to pick up their products. And that's where you see what new spirits people think they can sell. Many fall into categories: luxury bottlings of spirits (often just... Read more →

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In my latest post at FineCooking.com, I list the recipe for the 23rd and Valencia by Traci Howell of Public House in Las Vegas. Those of you familiar with San Francisco will know that 23rd and Valencia is the location of the bar Beretta, and it turns out Howell adapted the drink from Beretta bartender Ryan Fitzgerald. It contains the lovely combination of Leblon cachaca, St. Germain, citrus, and a rinse of smoky scotch whisky. It tastes like drinking lemonade next to a barbecue. You could drink it by the vat. Get the recipe here. Read more →

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For the second year Alcademics is nominated for Saveur's Best Food Blog Awards in the Best Cocktail Blog category. I'd appreciate your vote. Go here to sign up or sign in (sorry), then back to the voting page. You'll see a big VOTE button at the bottom of the page. If you don't see that button, you haven't signed in to vote. I won't harass you to vote too much on Facebook as I'm getting kind of tired of always seeing that stuff, so please vote now and get it over with. And while you're clicking, you might want to... Read more →

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Today I'll link to two previous posts I did for Easter. The first is this colored ice that looks like Easter eggs, made with water balloons and food coloring. Go here to find out how I did it. If you're looking for a cocktail to use with this colored ice, may I suggest the Double Rainbow? And the second post was a use for bunny Peeps, because those things aren't really all that good to eat. The original post is here. Read more →

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I love the way this cocktail menu is written. It shows how the program is a collaborative effort by naming the bartender who has created each cocktail, and it names all the ingredients while describing the flavor of the drink in just a sentence. And the flight of Caprice cocktails made fresh, aged 4 months, and one year? Brilliant. Well done, Marcos Tello and team. 1886 is the bar at The Raymond restaurant in Pasadena. Photo by acuna-hansen 1886 Spring Cocktails 2012 Regional MacArthur Park Swizzle In honor of Brian Miller’s Tiki Night at Lani Kai in NYC, Marcos Tello... Read more →

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Over at FineCooking.com, I posted the recipe for the Sazeru, a version of the Sazerac made with Pisco (from Peru, get it?). I actually made the drink as part of the final exam for the five-day B.A.R. course I took a couple of years ago. We had to create a cocktail with just four ingredients, including garnish. As the only color in the drink comes from Peychaud's Bitters, it has a lovely pink hue. I decided to serve it up rather than on the rocks to show it off. It's important to use an earthy, rather than floral, pisco in... Read more →

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