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May 2012

In my latest post over at FineCooking.com, I review and share a recipe from the new book Edible Cocktails by my pal Natalie Bovis, aka The Liquid Muse. The new book Edible Cocktails by Natalie Bovis (known in the cocktail blog world as The Liquid Muse) is a recipe book that builds drinks around fresh ingredients. The book doesn't merely call for fresh juices and herbs, it instructs readers on how to use fresh ingredients to make jams, jellies, syrups, infusions, liqueurs, and other mixers, and then use them in fresh-forward cocktails. Most drink recipes in the book include sub-recipes... Read more →

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Can I get you a drink? I am guest bartending at Jardiniere in San Francisco on Wednesday May 23 from 6-8 PM. I'll be making the Golden Gate 75 cocktail, a drink I created to celebrate the bridge's birthday. I wrote about that and shared the recipe here. All the money for the drink goes to charity - in this case to my volunteer group Hands On Bay Area. Please pop on by and see what I look like on the other side of a bar. Jardiniere is located at 300 Grove Street (at Franklin) in San Francisco. I hope... Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: Demi Monde in New York

Demi Monde, a new bar project in New York's Financial District from Dave Kaplan and Alex Day, has opened. Eater has some great pictures of the inside. I see: lots of fizz, lots of brandy, and other French ingredients. Between this, the New York oufit of the Experimental Cocktail Club and Pour Vous in Los Angeles, I guess French cocktail bars are a thing now- at least in America. HEADS UP WATERMELON BLANC, APEROL, FIZZ 14 MISTER SPARKLE GIN, SHERRY, LEMON, BITTERS, ORANGE CREAM FIZZ 14 BILLY GOAT GRAPPA , C A LVADOS, CINNAMON, LIME, GRAPEFRUIT, FIZZ 14 EL CID... Read more →

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In last week's FineCooking.com post, I put up a recipe from the new book Beer Cocktails, by Howard & Ashley Stelzer. As I said in the post I really like the book and the recipes are very original. "The drinks are divided into recipe categories by beer type: lagers, Belgian/trappist ales, stouts and porters, and other dark beers. They include ingredients like root beer liqueur, mezcal, and pistachio liqueur to go along with the brews, plus lots of fresh ingredients like herbs and berries. Many beer cocktails feel a bit forced, but these flavor combinations are pretty fun and I... Read more →

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In the June/July issue of Fine Cooking magazine I have a story about sangria. We kind of rewrote it a bunch of times and now it's mostly a list of tips on how to make a good sangria, but here is the intro. Traditional sangria is delicious, but it can also be a bit predictable: a pitcher of red wine with orange liqueur or brandy, slices of citrus, and sometimes a splash of soda for fizz. Recently, though, sangria has been showing up to the party dressed in new shades—pink, white, and even yellow—thanks to a base of rosé, white,... Read more →

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We Have Ice, And We Have Backup Ice

It turns out that Wayne Curtis has a lot of connections in the iceberg business. Wayne and I are co-leading a talk about Exotic Ice at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic on Monday, May 14th and we thought it would be cool to get some iceberg ice for it. Because the rate of precipitation in the Arctic is actually pretty low, it's not that hard to get some ice that is 10,000 or so years old. The air trapped between the thin layers of snow compresses as layers add on top of it, so when you pour a drink over iceberg... Read more →

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The new bar Midnight Cowboy has opened on the sight of Midnight Cowboy Oriental Modeling, basically a brothel, in Austin. The bar opened at the end of February. Below is the menu and below that, a press release about the bar. I see: Celery Julep! Josh Harris' Del Rio! Vinegar! house cocktails. $12 pisco sourgrass*- peruvian pisco,sorrel-honey syrup,lemon,tiki bitters,cracked pepper,egg white. courting two sisters- sweet and dry vermouths, tenneyson absinthe,orange twist. jinx remover- herbsaint,pineapple,hiver amer,tiki bitters,grated cinnamon, mint, crushed ice. hauptmann cocktail*- old tom gin,orgeat,fresh orange juice,orange bitters,egg white,peychauds mist. kalamazoo julep- dutch genever,house celery syrup, hammered ice,celery leaves,mint. carmine... Read more →

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I found the cocktail for last week's FineCooking.com column from the blog of Dylan Regan, who is riding a motorcycle across the country on his way to the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. The cocktail is from Bryan Dayton of Oak at Fourteenth in Boulder, CO. It contains Hendrick's gin, Pimm's, lemon and orange juices, honey syrup, and bitters. Photo by Dylan Regan The recipe is here. Or you can find this and other great recipes from Regan's road trip on his blog over on TastingPanelMag.com. Read more →

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