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I've had several stories come out recently, so I thought I'd share them here. This blog is also my resume, after all. Friday I wrote about my recent piece in the daily email Tasting Table San Francisco. This one is about Encanto Pisco, brought to us by a bartender, a sommelier, and a distiller. Attention people attending Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this July: My story about what to pack for the week (for media, speakers, bartenders, PR, and brand reps) in the June issue of Tasting Panel Magazine is now online. In the July issue of Executive... Read more →

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A Peek at the New Clock Bar Menu

Clock Bar in San Francisco will be launching a new seasonal menu soon (probably Monday), with some great looking drinks on it. Here's a look at what to look forward to. (Subject to change.) I already tried the Carl and it was delicious. I bolded my favorite parts. BERRY SEASON / MAY-SEPTEMBER SOFIA’S KISS ............................................................... 12 lavender-infused vodka, yellow chartreuse, st. germain elderflower liqueur, fresh blueberries, peychaud’s bitters, fresh lemon served up with lavender SHORTEST STRAW....................................................... 12 bulleit bourbon, orange shrub, rose-geranium sugar, fresh strawberries served short over ice TENNESSEE SOUR SMASH......................................... 14 george dickel sour mash whiskey, fresh blackberries,... Read more →

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*Update* In the original post I mistakenly wrote that distribution/marketing for all St. George Spirits products was moving to Proximo Spirits. That was incorrect. This is only the case for Hangar One Vodka. I deeply regret the error and any resulting confusion. News from St. George Spirits, the makers of Hangar One Vodka, St. George Absinthe, the forthcoming Agua Libre rum, and other products: They've changed their distribution and marketing from Craft Distillers to Proximo Spirits. The company has not been sold and Lance Winters, Jorg Rupf, and Dave Smith will still be making the booze. I'm sure there will... Read more →

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Herbsaint is an absinthe substitute introduced after Prohibition. It was important in the Sazerac and other cocktails until absinthe was re-legalized in the US in 2007. Sazerac Co. reintroduces the original recipe for HerbsaintBy Todd A. Price December 19, 2009, 3:00PM A new bottle that looks antique will appear on liquor store shelves this week. In honor of the 75th anniversary of Herbsaint, the local Sazerac Company dug into its archives for the original recipe and recreated the absinthe substitute first sold in 1934. The story says that the proof will be raised back to 50% ABV and that instead... Read more →

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Hey, did y'all see the new Adam Lambert video "For Your Entertainment"? I sure did. As you'd expect, he dresses in all black with sparkly studded accessories and sings while people writhe around him. He also holds a snake. Less expected is the new symbol of rock star stature: an absinthe fountain. RISKY! You'll notice that the pouring absinthe fountain doesn't appear to have ice in it, and that given its color it looks like they put absinthe in the fountain instead of ice water, and that the other fountain appears to be filled with sugar cubes. No matter! What... Read more →

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Germain-Robin, a brandy maker based in Ukiah, California, has released an absinthe. This one is an absinthe blanche, meaning that it's clear because no additional herbs are infused after distillation. It's also much lower in proof than other absinthes (45% as opposed to up to 70%) and pleasingly bitter. I don't add sugar to any of the absinthes I have around the house, but maybe I would to this. On the other hand, maybe not. The aftertaste is ridiculously long and chalky and floral and rosy like the most delicious Milk of Magnesia in the world. They only sent me... Read more →

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Glossy Booze is regular Alcademics feature; a round-up of spirits stories in magazines. Details (June/July) has a story on punch and places to get it around the country, plus a small feature on Hauz Alpenz products. ReadyMade (June/July) has another story by Alex Day, this one on ice. Looks like some good advice on how to freeze and split a pan of ice. Town and Country (July) has a feature on new food and drink cookbooks for summer. GQ (July) has three fizz recipes: the Ramos Gin Fizz, the Rum Fizz, and the Gin Fizz. Mutineer (June/July) has a story... Read more →

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I decided to post an entrant into the competition to create a new Hotel Monteleone Cocktail. What I came up with is likely too simple to win the contest, but certainly not too simple to drink. When I think of New Orleans drinks, I think of rye and absinthe in drinks like the Sazerac and Vieux Carre. But given the 1949 opening date of the Carousel Bar, there probably wasn't much rye being made post-Prohibition. I lead with New Orlean's own absinthe substitute Herbsaint, which I always enjoy with robust fruit and berry flavors. I tried some Poir Williams drinks... Read more →

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