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Cocktail Menu: Goro and Gun in Houston

Opened last night in Houston, Texas is Goro and Gun [twitter], with a cocktail menu by Alexander Gregg. I see: orange-salt bitters, piloncillo sugar, cookie milk, Botox. HIGHBALLS Shoe Maker...........................$8 Genever, Old Tom , London Dry, Orange-Salt Bitters, Tonic (Restaurant slang for an individual who is particularly lazy, always looking for a shortcut, and trying to get away with shoe maker-y stuff) The Lifer................................$8 Blended Scotch, Lemongrass, Bitter Lemon Soda (Service Industry slang for someone who has spent their entire career in the industry and likely will retire in the industry. Lifers often once had dreams of being musicians, designers,... Read more →

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Recently on Facebook, I was engaged in a mostly-healthy debate about giving recipe credit on cocktail menus. Rye's cocktail menu from 2007 When we see a classic cocktail section of a cocktail menu, we know that the drinks in that section have not been invented in-house. But some cocktail menus are a single list of both classics and house creations, and that's where things get complicated. I have seen many cocktail menus that list modern classic cocktails like the Penicillin by Sam Ross and the Old Cuban by Audrey Saunders with no mention of the drink creators' names. When the... Read more →

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Michael Lazar at Hog & Rocks has introduced a new mini-menu to their cocktail program featuring the Old Fashioned made with different spirits and accent ingredients. PIMP MY OLD FASHIONED Bittered Sling (Eric Adkins) $16 Ch. briat hors d’age armagnac, gum syrup, bitters, grated nutmeg Anticuado $16 Casa noble reposado, agave gum syrup, orange bitters Oaxaca (Phil Ward) $16 Tres agaves reposado, del maguey ‘minero’ mezcal, agave gumsyrup, grapefruit bitters Kingston $12 Appleton estate 12 yr rum, sugar cane syrup, chocolate &orange bitters The Willet 8 $ 15 H&R willet 8 yr barrel strength bourbon, gum syrup, orangebitters House Rock... Read more →

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South at SF Jazz in the brand new SFJAZZ Center opens March 5th with "craft cocktails from the old south" by Bar Director Erik Adkins of Slanted Door, Wo Hing General Store, Heaven's Dog, and the forthcoming Hard Water. I'm excited to try the Battle of New Orleans (I love anise), Horse Thief Cocktail, and State Street Cocktail. Below is the menu. The Battle of New Orleans Buffalo Trace Bourbon, gum syrup, with dashes of anisette, absinthe and Peychaud’s and orange bitters on a hand cut ice cube. Tchoupitoulas Street Guzzle El Dorado 3yr rum, lime, Blenheim hot ginger beer,... Read more →

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Jose Andres, most notable in my world for The Bazaar by Jose Andres with its liquid nitrogen caipirinhas, has opened a new cocktail den in Washington, DC, fronted by Juan Coronado. The space is an extension of MiniBar next door. The cocktail program at barmini will be spearheaded by ThinkFoodGroup’s Cocktail Innovator, Juan Coronado, in collaboration with Research & Development Director, Ruben Garcia. Juan has worked closely with José and his chefs to craft a seasonally rotating cocktail list, classified by spirit, that’s as extensive (100 cocktails total) and thoughtful as the menu at minibar. Contemporary approaches and techniques, such... Read more →

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Sugar House in Detroit has launched a new cocktail menu with both seasonal drinks and 100 Classics "carefully selected & perfected for your consideration". I asked Dave Kwiatkowski what the criteria were for being on the list - Most popular? Essential? Best? His answer was a little bit more involved than I expected but interesting. I started out by picking my favorite classics (Manhattan, Sidecar, Gimlet, etc.) and made each one, dialing in the recipe until I was happy with the result. Once I had those (maybe 40 all in all) I started digging thru old books, looking for familiar... Read more →

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Who knew the Pantone color wheel was so inspirational to bartenders? Luca Ranzuglia sent me a picture of a Cointreau cocktail menu from around 1998 that isn't so much based on the Pantone color strips but the shape of the color wheel. Earlier this year a cocktail book came out called Miss Lilien's Cocktail Swatchbook. I didn't think the recipes were all that fabulous but the format was cool. A few months ago, Calooh Callay in London launched a CCantone cocktail menu. And last month, Trick Dog in San Francisco launched their own Pantone-inspired menu. It's a colorful world. We... Read more →

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