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Toronto Cocktail Week runs October 1-7, 2013. I'll be there for part of that week and giving three talks at the Drake Hotel, and they're all *free* so come on up! TCW ICE ICE BABY SEMINAR A look at the ice obsession Ice is an element in nearly every cocktail in the world; it's kind of a big deal. But until the mid-1800s, it wasn't a factor in drinks at all. We'll take a look at the history of ice and how it changed cocktails forever, creating the category of Juleps and Cobblers in particular as well as "American drinks"... Read more →

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In my previous experiments with making colored ice balls, I found that the color from food coloring in water didn't evenly distribute, even though it made pretty patterns. But when I visited the new MKT Bar at the Four Seasons in San Francisco, I had a drink with an ice ball with well-distributed color. It was made of cranberry juice. Surprised, I froze some of my own ice balls by filling the molds with juice - I tried grape juice, cranberry juice, and Vitamin Water. All had nice and even color distribution. So this is a good trick for adding... Read more →

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

One of Alcademics' readers figured out a simple way to make perfectly clear ice balls by using a silicon ice ball mold, a piece of wire, and a pot of water. His name is Craig Belon and so he calls it the Belon Method. No actual parrots are required. Artwork by Craig Belon, as are all photos in this post except the next one. The method is this: 1. Get yourself a silicone ice ball tray like this one that comes in a pack of six. 2. Over a pot of water (or better yet, a cooler as that will... Read more →

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

Hello from Tales of the Cocktail on Tour in Buenos Aires! I am attending three seminars today held at the lovely Intercontinental Hotel. (Then the rest of the time I'll just be in bars.) The first seminar was a talk by David Wondrich called Drinking the Americas from Punch to Prohibition Below are notes I took in the seminar, mostly unedited, but let me know if these raise any questions and I'll try to answer them. When Columbus arrived some South American and North American peoples had localized fermented beverages but not really any trade or exchange in them. When... Read more →

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

I was interviewed recently for a story in a magazine for the iPad/iPhone called The Magazine. During the interview we were joking that I'm the Ice King of the Internet. The quote didn't make it into the story, but I've adopted that as an official title. Hail your new king! In the story, writer Alison Hallet covers the history of ice in drinks, current ice machines, how bars are using big ice, and how to make big ice at home (with my cooler strategy). I get too much credit for bringing an iceberg from Newfoundland to last year's seminar at... Read more →

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

A few weeks back I was talking to Charles Joly, beverage director of The Aviary in Chicago, about ice. (This happens a lot.) We were talking about the cooler method I use to make clear ice. The Aviary has a Clinebell machine that makes 300 pound blocks of sexy, clear ice that they then cut up into various shapes for drinks, so they don't need to use the slow-ass cooler method, BUT they also have a blast freezer. I'd always wondered if you could make clear ice fast using the cooler method in a blast freezer, and luckily Joly was... Read more →

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