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These were some cool Martini vermouth ads in the museum that I saw on my recent visit. The same extra dry vermouth that makes marvelous martinis is something special on the rocks. Great straight...on the rocks. Martini & Rossi imported vermouth is so nice on ice! Easy to make, easy to take, it's the drink for sophisticated people. Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth is a mustissimo for Manhattans, too. Mmmmm! Related articles How Martini & Rossi Vermouth is Made: A Trip to Pessione, Italy Celebrating Martini Vermouth's 150th Anniversary and New Visitors' Center (Re)Introducing Noilly Prat Extra Dry Vermouth Read more →

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

As you can tell by that new banner ad to the left side of the screen, tickets are now on sale for the tenth annual Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans this July 2012. I've been going for the past seven or so years and love it. There are a ton of new ticket packages and promotions over at the Tales website worth checking out whether you're planning to attend everything or just a few parties. See you in New Orleans! Read more →

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

The latest music video from Madonna "Give Me All Your Luvin'" includes some product placement luvin' for Smirnoff vodka. It's far enough in the background that it's not entirely clear what the brand is, unless of course one is already familiar with these things. The full video is below. Smirnoff and Madonna did some work together this fall in a promotion called the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project, in which dancers auditioned to go on tour with Madonna. So I guess it shouldn't be a surprise. Of course, it's not unusual for pop stars to put liquor in their music videos,... Read more →

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

A couple weeks ago I was in Sitges, Spain for a quick visit to the Casa Bacardi. Don Facundo, founder of the company, was from Sitges. In their little visitors' center they had a bunch of vintage ads so I thought I'd share a few of them here. Read more →

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

Over at the Palate Press Ad Network they're hosting a contest in conjunction with the BNIC (Cognac Bureau), called the 2011 Cognac Writing Contest. The winner gets a trip to the Cognac Blues Passions Festival, which this year is hosting acts including ZZ Top, Moby, and Aloe Blacc. Second prize is five hundred bucks, which isn't too bad either. So: you write a post about cognac, submit it for approval, and they give you a stat counter on your post. The first round of the contest is based on number of hits for your post (so the sooner you get... Read more →

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

Top Ways Liquor Websites Fail

Nearly all liquor websites are terrible for those of us looking for product information, brand history, or recipes. These things, you would think, would be their prime focus. As I spend a lot of time looking for product information, I have to deal with these sites all the time. Without realizing it, I have switched to an operating mode where I won't go to the website but will hunt down the PR contacts for the brand to send me information. Sometimes the PR contacts literally copy and paste the information from the website into my email, but you'd be surprised... Read more →

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

Another year, another Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans, another chance to rank the swag! I started giving the swag awards in 2007. 2007 Tales of the Cocktail Swag Awards 2008 Tales of the Cocktail Swag Awards 2009 Tales of the Cocktail Swag Awards Once again this year they had a gifting suite rather than a swag bag, wherein you were able to fill up a sack with anything from the room. This is what made it home with me. I have a lot of swag around the house (and nearly all my jackets and t-shirts have a... Read more →

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