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April 2013

One of the most popular pages on Alcademics is the Airline Liquor Regulations page. It rounds up the rules of what liquor you can pack in your luggage according to various airlines. But no matter what the airlines say, you can't neccesarily transport the maximum amount of booze into every state in the US: your final destination matters. Travel + Leisure magazine took to the 'what you can pack' rules in their April 2013 issue. Here's what they had to say about it. Anything less than a liter is generally permitted duty-free. Thanks to the 21rst Amendment, it's up to... Read more →

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In the Water Project I'm studying water in spirits in cocktails, from the source water for fermentation through to the sparkling water we use to dilute drinks. As part of the latter research, I'm looking into deconstructing and reconstructing mineral water. Much of the work on this has been done by other people and I'll just be reproducing it here. In short, the mineral content of mineral waters is publicly available, so you can add minerals to your own water to recreate your favorite brand. You can either start with your tap water, taking into account its mineral content, and... Read more →

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During Hawaii Cocktail Week I attended a seminar called Designing Bars that Make Money at the cafe/gallery Loft in Space. The seminar was lead by Tobin Ellis of consultancy Bar Magic, Kate Gerwin of the bar Imbibe in Albuquerque (and also of Bar Magic), and Julian Cox of Rivera and several other bars in Los Angeles. Here are some notes on what I thought was interesting - with some of my thoughts at the end. Design and Philosophy Tobin Ellis says, "Everyone is saying 'I love craft cocktails but my next bar will be a sports bar that makes money.'... Read more →

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I attended Whiskies of the World in San Francisco this April and made a few discoveries. Here are some notes. Tasting Highlights: Exclusive Malts (and independent bottler new to the US) Littlemill 1988 24 year old was terrific. Mezcalero mezcal batch #7, which will be out soon, uses three different agaves. It is delicious. Gordon and MacPhail Old Puteney 21 Year Old was terrific, and Old Pulteney's own 21 and 30 year old expressions were a treat as always. Samaroli is an Italian independent bottler of both rare rums and scotch whiskies. I tied a Bunnahabhain and a Caol Ila... Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: 1022 South in Tacoma, Washington

Manager/owner Chris Keil sent me the Spring 2013 cocktail list for 1022 South in Tacoma Washington. I see: absinthe and beets, habanero/apple shrub, nettles, horny goat weed. Click the link below to read the full menu. LITERARY LIGHT IN AUGUST † apple brandy, habanero/apple shrub, lemon, ginger, carbonated.10 PANEM † vodka, housemade vanilla/ lime cordial, grenadine. 10 S/O † gin, absinthe, beet, housemade tonic water. 10 RECOLLECTIONS OF A ROGUE † bourbon, loganberry, ginger beer. 10 AGAINST THE GRAIN byrrh, cognac, sparkling wine. 10 H.R. 1022 bourbon, kola, housemade coffee liqueur, cream or soy. 10 VASILIKI † cognac, amaro, lemon,... Read more →

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During Hawaii Cocktail Week at the bar The Manifest I attended a seminar lead by Takayuki Suzuki, in which Suzuki demonstrated several cocktails. It was terrific and I'll do my best to explain how so. I think I've observed modern Japanese bartending enough now to make a few observations about their style and philosophy: Four ingredients is a lot. They're not afraid of artificially-colored liqueurs as we are in other countries. Green and blue liqueurs are common in high-end cocktail bars Drink-making technique can reflect the philosophical goal of the cocktail, whereas in the US it's always just about what's... Read more →

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The Industry Invitational is a part of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic reserved for bartenders, press, and other trade. (You must apply for it and pay a $15 fee if accepted but then it's all free.) I am giving three talks as part of the Industry Invitational. They are: The Barrel Around the World Saturday, May 18th, 11:30-12:30 In this seminar, we’ll look at barrels from their birth in the forests to their end as barbecue chips. We’ll study the types of trees used for barrels around the world, including American white oak, Oregon pine, Brazilian balsam, French Troncais, Limousin oak... Read more →

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Over at FineCooking.com, I have shared a recipe from Nate Quiroga of Liberty in Seattle. The drink seems to be a variation on the Aviation. Instead of gin, which is scary to some drinkers, Quiroga uses vodka. But the price you pay is that he also replaces the maraschino liqueur in the drink with absinthe. This leaves the drinker to decide whether they're more afraid of gin or more afraid of absinthe. Personally, I like 'em both. Get the recipe over at FineCooking.com. Related articles Please Don't Hoard The Malacca Read more →

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