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February 2013

Hey US Bartenders! Time to Apply for Diageo's World Class Cocktail Competition

Diageo's World Class bartending competition is an amazing event, and this year the finals will be held on board a cruise ship, sailing along the French Riviera and including stopovers in St. Tropez and Ibiza, before culminating in Barcelona. In order to apply to become a US finalist, you must first study three educational modules and pass tests on them, plus submit a recipe and a video. You can do that on the web at DiageoWorldClassUSA.com or by downloading an app for iPhone. Here's some info about the app: Use this app to join the World Class community and complete... Read more →

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Cocktail Specials for Chinese New Year in San Francisco

It recently occured to me that San Francisco has a good number of upscale Chinese bars. Most of them are doing specials for Chinese New Year, so here's a list of them. This year will be the year of the snake, which explains the drink titles. Brasserie S&P at Mandarin Oriental Lychee Lunar by Priscilla Young Beefeater Gin, Don Q rum, Sensei Lychee Falernum, fresh lemon juice, splash of crème de cassis, and soda water M.Y. China Stone Serpent VSOP Raynal, grapefruit juice, Cointreau, Cherry Heering, Peychauds, ginger, Belfast apple cider E&O Asian Kitchen: Bitter Bite by Carlos Yturria Campari,... Read more →

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Chocoscotch or Scotcholate?

Here's a drink from bartender Sune Risum-Urth of the Bar Ruby in Copenhagen (where I'll probably be this weekend!) that combines scotch with chocolate liqueur to delicious effect. It contains lightly peated scotch, apricot liqueur, and chocolate liqueur, with a cream top. Get the full recipe over at FineCooking.com. Read more →

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Small Hand Foods Syrups Launches Web Store

Delicious Small Hand Foods syrups have been hard to get in most parts of the country/world, but as of now it will be a little bit easier as the new web store has launched. Small Hand Foods is the brand by Jennifer Colliau, a Bay Area bartender who began making authentic orgeat and pineapple gum arabic (for Pisco Punch) when none was available on the market. She expanded the line to include grenadine, unflavored gum syrup, and raspberry gum syrup (plus the occaisional surprise). The small (8.5 ounce) bottles run for $12, which is less expensive than you'll find on... Read more →

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