Previous month:
June 2013
Next month:
August 2013

July 2013

This year I was fortunate to attend Diageo's World Class Global Finals 2013, aboard the Azamara Journey cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea. This was my third World Class final, after Delhi in 2011 and Rio in 2012. This year I was working with DiffordsGuide.com to produce both a daily newsletter aboard the ship and information for an all-World Class write-up that is now online. Most of the time I was copying down recipes and reformatting them. By my count, there were 520 cocktails made in the challenges by the bartenders over a 5-day period. While we had a couple... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Over on DiffordsGuide.com, I wrote up a bunch of bars in Louisville, KY that I visited when I was in town for the Bourbon Classic. Photo Courtesy St. Charles Exchange The bars are: St. Charles Exchange Rye Meat Proof on Main La Coop The Silver Dollar Check it out over on DiffordsGuide.com. Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Today, Friday July 12, is the last day to purchase online tickets for Tales of the Cocktail seminars. There are still plenty of seats in my Water World: Water in Spirits and Drinks seminar, and I encourage you to attend. It's going to blow your mouth. In previous posts, we've seen that different mineral waters affect the taste of scotch whisky, bringing out flavors such as sweetness, grains, and briney notes. These can be regional Scottish waters, or just different brands of bottled water. In today's post I will go over what we'll taste in my seminar. 1. Bowmore 12... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Today's post is written by Lou Bustamante. Lou is a contributor to publications including the SF Chronicle, SF Weekly and Wine & Spirits. A partially batched cocktail at Rickhouse If the popularization of craft cocktails has a negative side effect it’s that it has set our expectations for a good cocktail pretty high. We want a great cocktail EVERYWHERE we go; not just the high end bars. The baseline even for a decent cocktail is not what it used to be. Just go into any airport or hotel bar and watch them make you a $20 cocktail with sweet and... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

The Auchentoshan Switch is a contest for bartenders with a pretty great prize: 14 days staging in one of two of the best bars in the world. The winning American or Canadian bartender will get to work at Nightjar in London, ranked the third best bar in the world. This bar has the most spectacular garnish presentations you will ever see. The winning bartender from the UK, Sweden, or Germany will work at The Dead Rabbit in New York, a spectucular new bar that has garnered raves from the press and industry folks. They have a vintage cocktail program that... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Hello from Italy! Last night I attended the unveiling of Martini vermouth's newly expanded visitors' center in celebration of their 150th anniversary here near Turin. Below is a brief photo tour of the center. The highlight of the renovated center is the museum, which includes a lot of brand history and advertising. There is also one of the largest and most valuable wine history collections in the world, replete with many wooden grape presses hundreds of years old. Plus ancient pottery and glassware from the ages. The new visitors center includes classroom areas (one of which is accessed through a... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Join Camper English at Tales of the Cocktail

This year at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans in July I'll be involved in five events. Come join me! The Bowmore event is free, as is the Merlet Sidecar competition (with wristband). The other three are ticketed seminars, and I think anyone who enjoys this website will really enjoy these educational sessions. The Taste of Islay: Bowmore, Bivalves, and Blindfolds Arnaud’s 813 Rue Bienville, New Orleans Tues, July 16, 2013 5:30pm – 7:30pm Please RSVP to BowmoreTales@savonacommunications.com. Include your full name, number of guests and company affiliation. Let’s go to Islay! Journey with us to the enchanting Scottish... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.