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Sloe Gin, traditionally, is sloes steeped in gin with sugar to produce a tart, berry-like winter gin, often sipped as a digestif. Sloes are small stone fruits related to the plum. While in the UK it's a homemade tradition that peoples' grandmothers are familiar with, in the 1970s and 80s commercial products (mostly used in the Sloe Gin Fizz) were just neutral alcohol with coloring and flavoring. Plymouth was the first brand I knew of to bring back a real infusion of sloes. 26% ABV. Since then, some other interesting new variations have hit the market. Greenhook Ginsmiths has a... Read more →

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

It's another fantastic month for drink books, with tomes on bourbon, cocktails from Seattle and New York and Iceland, plus an industry book and an illustrated one as well. Read more →

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

This year's Disaronno Mixing Star contest is less of a contest than usual, though there is still a casual challenge resulting in increased visibility/promotion for the entering bartenders, and one person from each of the nine countries will be invited to a to special event to present their cocktail to a wider audience. Simon Difford of Diffordsguide in the UK is taking the lead on this, but as I'm helping to judge the San Francisco regionals, here is some more information fine-tuned for the US competitors. How is Works In the US, there are five regions, each hosting a masterclass... Read more →

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

The Craft Spirits Data Project, which was announced at ACSA’S 2016 Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade Show in Chicago earlier this month, is the beverage industry’s first-ever comprehensive craft distilling study. The Project will quantify the number, size, and impact of craft spirits producers in the United States. Read more →

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