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The first three ingredients were spirit, sugar, and water. It was fourth one that changed drink history forever. The 75-millimeter M1897 was considered a dangerous weapon- until one mixologist did this. The customer wanted something stronger than his usual Americano. You won’t believe how the bartender responded. The waitress wanted a pink cocktail she heard about from a friend. What the bartender made her would change television history. They said he was getting too old to shake drinks, but in this argument it was the bartender who had the last word. He stopped in for a quick drink on the... Read more →

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I love beer makers' sense of humor. Here are some names of real homebrew clubs I found online. Carboy Junkies Barley Literate Foam Rangers Barley Bandits Just Brew It Malt Munching Mash Monsters Cleveland Carboys Knights of the Brown Bottle S_C_A_B_B_S (Sussex County Amalgamated Beer Brewing Society) Hops2It Manly Mashers Fermental Order of Rennaissance Draughtsmen Motor City Mashers BEAVR (Brewing Enthusiasts of the Antelope Valley Region) Grain2Grin Brew Free or Die (New Hampshire, of course) CRABS - Chesapeake Real Ale Brewers Society Maltose Falcons The San Andreas Malts Brewers United for Real Potables (BURP) The Dead Yeast Society The Boston... Read more →

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I attended an awesome seminar on blue drinks at Tales of the Cocktail this weekend, lead by Sebastian Reaburn, Jacob Briars, and Phil Duff. Then I wrote a piece about it for Details.com, the website of Details magazine. It's my first story for the website. I learned a lot more in the seminar than is in the story, which is more of a trend piece. Fun facts: Phil Duff worked at the same bar Tom Cruise trained at to prepare for the movie Cocktail (not at the same time) The first known blue drink was a non-alcoholic soda called Soyer's... Read more →

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As an ongoing part of my Solid Liquids Project, I have dehydrated various liqueurs into flavored powders and am now experimenting with new ways to use them. In yesterday's post I described how I bought a pill press to make tablets out of the liqueurs. I started with Angostura bitters, but then made additional "flavor pills" out of Campari, Midori, and Aperol. I was thinking that these would be fun flavor enhancers for drinks, especially champagne drinks. A cool presentation might be to give a guest a glass of champagne and a variety of flavor enhancers from which to choose.... Read more →

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You'll remember I spent a few months figuring out the best way to dehydrate liqueurs into flavored sugars. Now I'm finding new ways to use those liqueur-flavored sugars. Typically bartenders who use these dehydrated liqueurs sprinkle some on top of an egg white foam or use them as a rimming sugar on a cocktail glass. But I had the idea to use them as an optional flavor enhancer to cocktails - give the customer a drink and some powdered liqueur and let them add it if desired. (Some bars do this with bitters and tinctures.) So I bought some vegetarian... Read more →

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Today I'll link to two previous posts I did for Easter. The first is this colored ice that looks like Easter eggs, made with water balloons and food coloring. Go here to find out how I did it. If you're looking for a cocktail to use with this colored ice, may I suggest the Double Rainbow? And the second post was a use for bunny Peeps, because those things aren't really all that good to eat. The original post is here. Read more →

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Here are some random pictures and notes from my trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coast with Pallini Limoncello. Rome is a very, very crowded city, especially around tourist attractions. On our second day there we had a guide who was amazing and knew all the ways around the lines. That's the only way to do it. I had a gelato at San Crispino, supposedly the best in the world. I can't vouch for that, but my two flavors - whisky and honey- were delicious. The view from the King Victor Emmanual II memorial is great. (Look kids, it's the... Read more →

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