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Last week at the bar 67 Orange in Harlem, New York, I helped judge Cognac D'USSE's annual Culture Cocktails competition. The contest pulled six competitors from local Harlem bars and they, friends and neighbors packed into this tiny cocktail bar for the competition. And I do mean packed - the bar's capacity is about 35 people and there were over 60 in the room at one point. Luckily, I had a good view from my barstool along with my co-judges, blogger Paola Mathe from FindingPaola.com and model Diandra Forrest. I was definitely helping balance out all that beauty. The number... Read more →

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This week a company Cosmic Lifestyle Corporation announced work on a new space program to make cocktails in space a reality. The idea isn't to cater to astronauts, but rather for the much delayed space tourism industry expected to launch this year. We're not talking about sipping a drink Capri Sun style (prepackaged cocktails in a bag), but a stemmed drinking vessel that looks like a cocktail glass. Designed with grooves that hold the drink simply through surface tension rather than a physical barrier to keep it in the glass. The concept is based on the same kinds of principles... Read more →

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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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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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