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California distilleries will soon be allowed to sell bottles of spirits as well as serve cocktails on-site. Here are what some distilleries are planning to do when the law goes into effect on January 1. Read more →

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Both Lou Bustamante and I reached out to Julio Bermejo for a comment on the lime shortage that is causing great calamity in the cocktail world. Bermejo's world-famous tequila bar, Tommy's Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco, goes through a heck of a lot of limes each week. Additionally, Bermejo has family and many contacts in Mexico to fill him/us in on what's really happening with the Mexican limes so often used here. He says: In the last three weeks, limes have gone from $23 / case to $110 per case. In my 29 years behind the bar I have never... Read more →

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

The LA Times reported yesterday that under a new food safety law in California, bartenders are required to wear gloves when handling garnishes. "Changes to the California Retail Food Code that went into effect at the beginning of 2014 require disposable gloves or utensils such as tongs, paper or scoops to be used when handling "ready-to-eat" foods, which include sushi, bread, deli meats and fresh fruit and vegetables. Basically, nothing that won't be cooked or reheated before it goes out to diners can be touched with bare hands." So I decided it was up to me to design some new... Read more →

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

When bars began rolling out drink programs with cocktails on tap and bottled cocktails a few years ago, one big question was whether they'd start hiring less knowledgeable bartenders because they wouldn't need to do any high-level mixology anymore. So far the question has been moot because every bar (that I've seen anyway) that offers these pre-batched cocktails also lists made-fresh ones on the menu as well. Until now. Two new venues have opened where all the drinks are made in advance. At the end of November, Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach opened with a menu listing only... Read more →

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