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San Francisco bartenders are responsible for the creation of at least 24 different spirits, some available at retail and some reserved just for the bars. In the April 2014 edition of 7x7 Magazine, I have a story about them, with accompanying recipes online. Read more →

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A shortage of limes and immense spike in price is having some bar owners and managers worrying about the tough reality this poses: increase prices or find alternatives to fresh limes? Read more →

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In my latest story for Details.com (and my first one as official cocktail columnist for Details.com, hooray!) I write up 11 new bars opening within the next few months from around the country. The bars are: Melrose Umbrella Co., Los Angeles, California Sweetwater Social, New York, NY Jsix, San Diego, California Half Step, Austin, Texas Good Citizen, Seattle, Washington Sidecar, Jacksonville, Florida Barrel, Washington, DC ABV, San Francisco, CA Double Standard, Oakland, CA Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, Phoenix, Arizona Julep, Kansas City, Missouri Check out the story here! Read more →

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I've been bursting waiting for the Saveur 100 issue to come out so I could write more about Gamsei, a bar I visited in Munich this fall and included in the January issue of the magazine. The story is now online at Saveur.com, with a lot more info below. Gamsei comes from Matt Bax, the founder/co-founder of Der Raum and Bar Americano in Melbourne and Tippling Club in Singapore. From the write-ups of Gamsei, it sounded like a place with a lot of rules (you have to wear slippers inside, no sugar in the drinks, no photos allowed) but much... Read more →

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Kevin Dowell (formerly of Wo Hing General Store, Zero Zero, Rio Grande, Starlight Room, and many other places) has taken over the cocktail program at Mission restaurant and brunch epicenter Foreign Cinema, as well as at the casual bar Laszlo in the front of the building. That means 3 new cocktail menus: One for each venue and a third for brunch drinks. And they all launch tomorrow, January 4. Customers drink a lot of cocktails at both venues, but this venus and its clientele aren't on the cocktail snob circuit, so Dowell has made an effort to keep the drinks... Read more →

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Lynn House is the National Brand Ambassador for PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur. In this email interview she talks about staying healthy in the job, up-and-coming cocktail cities, developing drinks for national accounts, and her favorite bar tool. You sustained a pretty severe bartending injury a while back. Is there any advice you'd give bartenders on avoiding injury in the workplace, especially in the era of heavier shaking ice? Last year I sustained “bartender’s elbow”, ie Tennis Elbow or tendinitis. It was during the James Beard awards and I shook approximately 800 cocktails. It was incredibly painful and I had to wear... Read more →

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When bars began rolling out drink programs with cocktails on tap and bottled cocktails a few years ago, one big question was whether they'd start hiring less knowledgeable bartenders because they wouldn't need to do any high-level mixology anymore. So far the question has been moot because every bar (that I've seen anyway) that offers these pre-batched cocktails also lists made-fresh ones on the menu as well. Until now. Two new venues have opened where all the drinks are made in advance. At the end of November, Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach opened with a menu listing only... Read more →

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The newest restaurant from the Daniel Patterson Group is located in San Francisco but named Alta CA. It should be in soft opening mode any day now. The bar manager for the cocktail program is Ashley Miller, most recently of Hakkasan and TRES before that. Miller has put together a drink program highlighting seasonality, which is nice to find in San Francisco again with most bars focusing on the brown, the bitter, and the stirred. Miller worked with the teams at Plum and Haven in the East Bay to extend what they do there: make all the liqueurs, bitters, syrups,... Read more →

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