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Earth Day is April 22 and Arbor Day is April 30th: What are you doing to celebrate? You could run out and plant a tree but that would be messy and dirt would be involved. Gross. Luckily several booze brands make it easy for you to do almost nothing while getting the full bragging rights of eco-activism. That's so American! Here are some ways you can help the earth while harming your liver: VeeV acai liqueur hosts the Treetini website, where you can learn locations of bars in which to order a Treetini- made with Veev, natch. For every drink... Read more →

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For some reason, the San Francisco Chronicle didn't choose the above title for my story that comes out Sunday August 30th. I can't think of why. More bars growing own cocktail ingredients Camper English, Special to The ChronicleFriday, August 28, 2009 Victoria D'Amato-Moran grows tomatoes, Asian pears, Fuji apples, blackberries, roses and many herbs in her South San Francisco garden. Sooner or later, everything in it winds up in her cocktails. "Except the zucchinis," she says. "I haven't figured out how to use those yet." The Bay Area has long been home to the farm-forward cocktail movement - initially personified... Read more →

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The organic vodkas continue to hit store shelves. Hopefully this trend will continue to the point at which the organic part won't be the selling point anymore, and you'll have the option of organic spirits or regular in everything, just like at the grocery store. Recently I found three new organic vodkas in my mouth: Blue Ice Organic: Though their other (tasty, bargain) vodka is made from non-organic Idaho potatoes, the new Blue Ice Organic is "made from 100%, locally harvested, organic winter wheat and pristine Idaho water." Shadow Spirits Organic Vodka: I found this at the American Distilling Institute... Read more →

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Glossy Booze is a round-up of cocktails and spirits stories in magazines. GQ (June) has a story on how to brew your own iced coffee, plus a recommendation for the Sodastream home carbonator. Men's Fitness (June/July) mentions Le Tournment Vert absinthe. In Playboy (June) they tell you how to make a Blue Blazer, recommend some summer brews, and have a story on rum with a few recipes. SOMA magazine (Spring 2009) more or less repeats the press release on Rubyy blood orange energy drink. Esquire (June) offers a package called The Collected Wisdom of Esquire as it Relates to Drinking,... Read more →

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Starting last summer, bartenders all over the country were playing with smoke in cocktails. Currently, many are playing with the smoky flavors of Islay whisky and mescal in drinks. The savory cocktail trends has been going on for a couple years. And now a few distillers are putting spicy and saucy flavors directly into the bottle. Hangar One's Chipotle Vodka is in its second year of (limited-release) production, and as I've said, getting some interesting use in cocktails. Chicago's North Shore Distillery also released a spicy spirit (they're not calling it vodka but it's an infused neutral spirit) in a... Read more →

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Why it's interesting: While nearly all gins are vodka that is infused with herbs and redistilled, Tru 2 Gin stops at the infusion- and proudly advertises that. (It's a light gold color because of this.) Also, I believe it is only the second organic gin on the market. The product is made by Modern Spirits, a company that produces a range of flavored vodkas, as well as the Tru Organic Vodka line. Like most gin (and many vodka) companies, they purchase their spirit elsewhere and blend and dilute it in-house. Here they use their creative infusion talents to turn this... Read more →

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Is big bad?

Jordan Mackay discusses liquor at Slow Food Nation last week in San Francisco, and seems to take issue with the choices of slow spirits. Prairie Vodka is owned by Phillips Distilling, Maker's Mark Bourbon isn't made from organic corn, and 4 Copas doesn't provide enough information on their website about their organic nature. All true, but this doesn't necessarily mean these brands are greenwashing. He then mentions small brands he wishes were represented, like Anchor Distilling, 209 Gin, Del Maguey mezcal, and Clear Creek's Eau de Vie of Douglas Fir. In the case of the fir eau de vie and... Read more →

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