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Chicago restaurant Scofflaw has updated their cocktail menu. Scofflaw is a gin-focused cocktail bar in the Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square featuring American craft beers on tap and small plate fare. The head bartender is Danny Shapiro. This is one of those menus where I read the drink descriptions and think, "I have no idea how that is going to taste." Intriguing. I see: banana orgeat, banana ice, strawberry soda. Wrinkled Tie - Tanqueray, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Escorial, Rhubarb Bitters Deerfielder - Old Grand Dad Bonded Bourbon, Fernet Branca, Vanilla Syrup, Angostura Bitters Ford Cocktail - Scofflaw Old Tom... Read more →

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During Hawaii Cocktail Week I attended a seminar called Designing Bars that Make Money at the cafe/gallery Loft in Space. The seminar was lead by Tobin Ellis of consultancy Bar Magic, Kate Gerwin of the bar Imbibe in Albuquerque (and also of Bar Magic), and Julian Cox of Rivera and several other bars in Los Angeles. Here are some notes on what I thought was interesting - with some of my thoughts at the end. Design and Philosophy Tobin Ellis says, "Everyone is saying 'I love craft cocktails but my next bar will be a sports bar that makes money.'... Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: 1022 South in Tacoma, Washington

Manager/owner Chris Keil sent me the Spring 2013 cocktail list for 1022 South in Tacoma Washington. I see: absinthe and beets, habanero/apple shrub, nettles, horny goat weed. Click the link below to read the full menu. LITERARY LIGHT IN AUGUST † apple brandy, habanero/apple shrub, lemon, ginger, carbonated.10 PANEM † vodka, housemade vanilla/ lime cordial, grenadine. 10 S/O † gin, absinthe, beet, housemade tonic water. 10 RECOLLECTIONS OF A ROGUE † bourbon, loganberry, ginger beer. 10 AGAINST THE GRAIN byrrh, cognac, sparkling wine. 10 H.R. 1022 bourbon, kola, housemade coffee liqueur, cream or soy. 10 VASILIKI † cognac, amaro, lemon,... Read more →

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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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