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January 2013

Who knew the Pantone color wheel was so inspirational to bartenders? Luca Ranzuglia sent me a picture of a Cointreau cocktail menu from around 1998 that isn't so much based on the Pantone color strips but the shape of the color wheel. Earlier this year a cocktail book came out called Miss Lilien's Cocktail Swatchbook. I didn't think the recipes were all that fabulous but the format was cool. A few months ago, Calooh Callay in London launched a CCantone cocktail menu. And last month, Trick Dog in San Francisco launched their own Pantone-inspired menu. It's a colorful world. We... Read more →

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I first heard about beer and wine syrups years ago on Jeffrey Morgenthaler's and Jamie Boudreau's blogs, and have enjoyed them in many cocktails since then. You know what might be good? Fino sherry and dry vermouth syrups- has anyone tried them? Perhaps that will be a project for another day. Anyway, I made a cocktail using a wintery mulled beer syrup from Nick's Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages on Tomales Bay near San Francisco. Their Manhattan is simply bourbon, oatmeal stout syrup, and Angostura bitters. Get the recipe at FineCooking.com. Photo by Kellie Delario courtesy of Nick's Cove Read more →

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Let's say you're a drink nerd who has the flu. You want to work mezcal into your schedule but how can you justify it when you're sweating through your sheets and spending all day watching soap operas? Houston Eaves, of Esquire Tavern in San Antonio, has the answer. In my lastest FineCooking.com recipe post I list his recipe for the Espadin Tea. It's a lot like a Hot Toddy using tea and Licor 43 as a sweetener. The drink calls for mezcal (I'm sure whisky would also work), lemon, Licor 43, and hot tea. Go get the recipe at FineCooking... Read more →

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In my recent story for Details.com, I listed a bunch of new bars opening in 2013. But there were a lot more I couldn't include for one reason or another. So here are more bars we're looking forward to this year: The Regent Cocktail Club in South Beach, Miami - With John Lermayer heading up the cocktail program. The Alder by Wylie Dufresne in New York - Some info here. South on Main in Little Rock, Arkansas - Chef Matt Bell and mixlogist Dave Burnette, in partnership with the Oxford American. Handle Bar in Berkeley - from the owner of... Read more →

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Over at Details.com, I wrote about some hotly-anticipated cocktail bars opening in the first part of 2013. They are: Raven & Rose Trick Dog Dead Rabbit Polite Provisions Attaboy Tiki Iniki Motel Three Dots and a Dash Julep Read it over at Details.com, and have a look at all the pretty pictures below that they didn't use despite making me track them all down. Motel, Austin Dead Rabbit, NYC Trick Dog, SF Julep, Houston Three Dots, Chicago Raven & Rose, PDX Attaboy, NYC Polite Provisions, SD Tiki Iniki, Hawaii (not the actual bar) Related articles Cocktails in the Champagne Style... Read more →

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Fernet is finding its way into hot cocktails this year. Here are three I've noticed in the last couple of months. Rich Coffee at Rich Table, San Francisco Fernet, Creme de Cacao, Sightglass Coffee, Brown Sugar, Pistachio Cream, Gold Dust Strato at Lounge at Atera, New York Coffee, cream and one and a half ounces of the bitter Italian amaro Fernet Branca. Robert Simonson of the New York Times says, "It’s insanely delicious. But, also, possibly, just plain insane." Miziers Demise at The Fifth Floor, San Francisco Fernet Branca, Strauss Milk, Dark Chocolate, Crème de Menthe, peppermint marshmallow This is... Read more →

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Chris Lane, formerly of Heaven's Dog and Wo Hing General Store, took over the bar manager position at Lolinda in San Francisco in December. (The original menu was done by Lane Ford.) Lolinda is a large, modern steakhouse owned by the same folks who brought us Beretta, Starbelly, and Delarosa. The cocktail menu is split between eight original cocktails (six of them Lane's) and nine classics including the Negroni and Americano. This is Lane's first full menu. Lane says his directive with the menu was to make the drinks as boldly flavored, modern versions of steakhouse cocktails. Most of them... Read more →

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