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I attended an awesome seminar on blue drinks at Tales of the Cocktail this weekend, lead by Sebastian Reaburn, Jacob Briars, and Phil Duff. Then I wrote a piece about it for Details.com, the website of Details magazine. It's my first story for the website. I learned a lot more in the seminar than is in the story, which is more of a trend piece. Fun facts: Phil Duff worked at the same bar Tom Cruise trained at to prepare for the movie Cocktail (not at the same time) The first known blue drink was a non-alcoholic soda called Soyer's... Read more →

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Alcademics reader Warren sent in snaps of the cocktail menu aboard Princess Cruises. These menus from 2016 are from the Regal Princess. Warren says, "There are a number of bars onboard with their own menus and a general menu. All bars seem to be able to make drinks off the general menu. Most bartenders can only follow the formula with heavy use of mixes. There are some good bartenders though, who seemed to welcome making classics and other drinks for me." Here is the main menu: First is Crooner's the martini bar. "As expected lots of vodka martinis and sweet... Read more →

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Though I haven't had the pleasure of drinking there myself, I love seeing each season's cocktail menu at 1886 at The Raymond in Los Angeles. I see: bottled cocktails, a rum-gin shrub drink, genever-basil collins, Battavia Arrack. See below for the menu. Summer Cocktail Menu 2012 Regional: Pimm’s “No. 6” with Vodka by the 1886 family Karlsson’s Gold Vodka and our Summer Pimm’s recipe topped with homemade sparkling lemonade. This bright spritzer rounds out our 1886 classic Pimm’s collection. Southern Belle Whistle by Greg Gertmenian & Pastry Chef, Jeff Haines This hand-crafted soda pop evokes memories of hot summers in... Read more →

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I am honored to have as Alcademics readers people who are just as huge cocktail nerds as I am. Many take on projects that I run out of time to do, pass along better information to me, or fill me in on the science I'm missing. Kevin Liu, who has recently started the blog Craft Cocktails at Home and also blogs at ScienceFare.org, tested a method of making clear ice that another reader left in blog comments. In this post, he discusses the science of clear ice and two methods to make it at home. The Igloo Cooler method, pioneered... Read more →

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This spring I visited 8 American whiskey distilleries, including Heaven Hill. Heaven Hill makes whisky brands Evan Williams (the second largest bourbon after Jim Beam), Elijah Craig, Bernheim Wheat Whiskey, Old Fitzgerald, Rittenhouse Rye, and Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey, plus they make and/or own Burnett's vodka, Hypnotiq, Lunazul tequila, and many other brands. They are the only company that makes all of bourbon, rye, corn whiskey, and wheat whiskey. They have nearly 1 million barrels in storage. Though the visitors' center and many rickhouses are here, the distillery is elsewhere - the distillery and many warehouses burned down in a... Read more →

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In yesterday's post I discussed how Noilly Prat vermouth is made, as learned on my visit to the vermoutherie in Marseillan, France. Today I want to talk about the differences between the types of vermouth they make. In most parts of the world, Original Dry is the only Noilly Prat. The Rouge is primarily for the US market, and the Ambre is available in a few liquor stores in Europe and at the distillery. (The Rouge is also available at the distillery.) Noilly Prat Original Dry One-year-aged clairette and picpoul wines, aged, fortified sweet mistelle wine the from muscat grape,... Read more →

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Though vermouth as an essential ingredient in cocktails, I never gave much though to its production, figuring it was just a simple infusion of herbs in fortified wine. It turns out there is a lot more to it than that. This June I visited Marseillan, France, the home of Noilly Prat vermouth. There, it is pronounced "No-ah-lee Pra" or "No-ah-lee Praht". This brand is considered the first commercial dry-style vermouth in the world, dating to 1813. The recipe was created then in Marseilles by Joseph Noilly. His son moved production to Marseillan in 1850 and his when his grandson-in-law joined... Read more →

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While Cuba's two most famous bars are La Bodeguita del Medio and El Floridita, there are many more to see, including a former Trader Vic's that hasn't changed its decor since. The Hotel Nacional The Hotel Nacional stands out as a dramatic and luxurious hotel, though one set apart from the old section of Havana. The hotel has several bars, including one with a gallery of famous bar guests. Monsignor This is a French-themed bar and restaurant, which was built as a copy of a bar in France. Emperador A similarly-ornate bar/restaurant, this one with more of a Roman emperor... Read more →

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