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May I See Your Gin Portfolio?

For my latest story on SevenFifty Daily, I wrote about gin portfolios (navy, barrel, flavors, distillers editions, sloe, etc) - not just that they're now a thing, but why some producers decided to launch more than one gin at a time and how some imported gins offer a rainbow of flavors at home but just a bottle or two internationally.  Read more →

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Once Always Almond, Orgeat Has Gone Nutty!

In my new story for SevenFifty Daily, I wrote about how orgeat, the French almond syrup famously in the Mai Tai, is now being made with a range of nuts, seeds, and other ingredients. The story cites examples from around the country and we come up with a new working definition for orgeat. Check it out! Read more →

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Black Cocktail Alternatives to Activated Charcoal

While one could add a medication-interaction warning about activated charcoal, like an allergen label on a drink menu, there are other ways to color a drink black that don’t require a scary-sounding note. SevenFifty Daily asked bartenders around the country for cocktail-darkening alternatives and learned that black sesame seeds, cuttlefish ink, and black food coloring are among the ingredients being used. Read more →

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Allergy Labelling Approaches on Cocktail Bar Menus in the US and Abroad

We looked at labelling for nuts, seafood, soy, gluten, vegan/vegetarian, how these are listed on various menus or handled only in person, and look at a few unusual things that need to be labelled in UK bars.  Bars I spoke to include Trick Dog, the Proper Hotel, and the Tonga Room in San Francisco, Bar Clacson in LA, Bresca in DC, Saint Ellie in Denver, Bar Fiori in NYC, The Aviary in Chicago and New York, and The Hide Bar in London.  Read more →

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