Cocktail napkins have long served as the unofficial medium for spontaneous brilliance. From award winning films to Fortune 500 companies, some of the world’s boldest ideas have unfolded on a bar napkin. To help celebrate this phenomenon, Tuaca Liqueur is inviting artists of all types to share what ignites their creativity on what is arguably the perfect canvas for serendipitous inspiration. The idea is simple: Draw, doodle or illustrate whatever it is that inspires you on a 5x5 cocktail napkin. Once completed, snap a photo of your creation and upload it to a virtual gallery at Tuacaart.com for a chance...
Over at Saveur.com they asked me to write up a quick guide to whisky, which sounds a lot easier to do than it is. I tried to hit the major categories and what's in them without making any mistakes. I'm sure you'll let me know if I did! Read it here. Related articles The Great Decline in Irish Whiskey When Pot Distilled Whiskey Is Not Pot Still Whiskey
In my research for yesterday's history of ice cubes I looked into the various companies that are making cocktail-specific ice, but didn't write much about them so I thought the least I could do is list them here. Some are scultpure ice companies that end up delivering to cocktail bars, while others are bartender-created start-ups. Feel free to add others that you know about in the comments, noting that we're looking for companies that create cocktail ice, not solely ice sculpture companies. Image: Chisel-It Mammoth Ice - Sydney, Australia (Ships to Australia) On the Rocks Ice – Vancouver, Canada Eskimo...
I have a big story on ice up today on ModernFarmer.com. It covers the history of ice in cocktails from the first person to sell pond ice internationally through to today's booming cocktail specialty ice businesses. I think you'll like it. Have a read. For all the stories about ice here on Alcademics, check out the Index of Ice Experiments. Related articles Zen and the Art of Japanese Cocktail Development Another Way to Make Clear Ice at Home
I wrote up a charticle for Saveur.com about which Irish whiskey you might like based on your preference of Canadian, American, and scotch whiskeys. Check it out here.
This is a post to inform you of a new index page of the ice experiments here on Alcademics.com. Many people come to this site searching for the secret to make clear ice but land on some page halfway though the effort, so hopefully this index will help guide people to an overview so they can skip right ahead to the answer. The Index of Ice Experiments page is here.
May 2011: Juniper bush in Tuscany, Italy. The berries are not ripe this time of year but here they are green. Learn more about juniper harvesting on my trip with Bombay Sapphire here.
Here's what landed in the inbox at Alcademics over the past couple of weeks: Booker's 25th Anniversary Bourbon Highland Park Freya Brugal Papa Andres Qui Platinum Extra-Anejo Westland Distillery First Peated, Deacon Seat, and Flagship whiskies Figueroa Mountain Paradise Rd Pilsner Breaker Bourbon 5 Year Rhum Clement Canne Bleue and Clement Select Barrel Related articles Alcademics Alco-Haul: Liquor + Book Arrivals at the Office 2/8/14 Alcademics Alco-Haul: Liquor Arrivals at the Office 11/23/13 Alcademics Alco-Haul: Liquor Arrivals at the Office 10/26/13 Alcademics Has a New (Physical) Address