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My annual list of most all of the cocktails and spirits books that have been released. This year we see tons of whiskey books again, and a whole segment of bar-specific cocktail books and a new category of narrative cocktail history. Read more →

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

We go through a lot of bottles in the beverage industry, and most of them go into the recycling bin or worse, the trash. However a few companies have designed bottles specifically to keep some of the glass out of the trash can for at least one more use. Read more →

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

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 →

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

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 →

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

I keep seeing bottles with oversized labels. The most common is Angostura Bitters, which was created that way by accident. (The full explanation is here.) The other bitters with an oversized label (typically consumed as a digestif rather than in cocktails) in Underberg. Then there is Basil Hayden's bourbon, which has only a partially oversized label. More recently, this line of wines was produced for Safeway grocery stores. The details on it are in the press release here. And even more recently, I saw this aquavit, which may or may not come from the bar Aqua Vitae in Oslo, Norway.... Read more →

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