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!
Three stories I wrote for San Francisco Magazine on the past and future of Bay Area brandy.
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.
A bunch of new boozy books including ones on tequila, tiki, hillary clinton, southern drinks, and mocktails.
Ten articles by yours truly on drinking and bartending trends in the SF Bay Area.
Behold! Here is my round-up of all the cocktails and spirits books (plus a few others) that were released in 2017. This year, beyond the annual deluge of whisky books, there are books aping the bartender lifestyle (Drink Like a Bartender, Straight Up), more narrative books (I Hear She's a Real Bitch, By the Smoke and the Smell), and recipe books seeking to simplify the process (3 Ingredient Cocktails, The Imbible, Road Soda) rather than reveal the secrets of complex drinks from top bars. All in all, another great year for reading about drinking.
Tracing the facts and fiction about the history and origin of the Paloma, a cocktail made with tequila, lime, grapefruit soda, and a pinch of salt.
Four fall books for your reading pleasure.