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Fall Drink Books: Cocktails of Cuba, Hollywood, Hemingway; Scratch and Sniff Whiskey; Famous Bar Drinks, and More

So, so many drink books are coming out this fall. Here are the latest covering everything from Hollywood to Cuba to Manhattan to Paris; a photo book on bourbon and a scratch and sniff guide to the same; Prohibition liquor and two books on cocktails of the silver screen. Read more →

Cocktail Recipe: Handsome Jack by Chris Tanner

I mentioned previously that I enjoyed a cocktail called the Handsome Jack at London's Experimental Cocktail Club. I believe it's a loose take on the Vieux Carre. The drink's creator, Chris Tanner, gave me permission to post it with a photo. Awesome. Handsome Jack By Chris Tanner, Experimental Cocktail Club Chinatown 20ml Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac 20ml Rittenhouse Rye whiskey 20ml Byrrh aperitif wine 15ml Aperol 3ml Green Chartreuse 3ml organic maple syrup 2x dash Angostura bitters 2x dash Peychaud's bitters Stir gently until diluted and strain into a chilled coupette, zest with a lemon and discard. Read more →

A Few Bars in London: ECC Chinatown and Opium

Recently I was in London and explored several bars I hadn't been to previously, along with a couple I was excited to revisit. Experimental Cocktail Club in Chinatown Experimental Cocktail Club has bars in Paris including Curio Parlor, Prescription Cocktail Club, Beef Club & Ballroom, Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, this one in London's Chinatown, and in New York. Coming soon are Fish Club in Paris and a beach bar in Ibiza. I hadn't been to any of them until this visit in London. It was a Friday night and the streets were completely packed with people, but once I was... Read more →

A Tribute to Harry Craddock on the 50th Anniversary of his Death

In January I flew to London for an event to celebrate the life and career of Harry Craddock, author of the Savoy Cocktail Book. The event was sponsored by Plymouth Gin, which is mentioned by name many times throughout the Savoy. The tour was attended by Plymouth's distiller Sean Harrison, the top London bartenders, and a few special folks flown in from around Europe. Just a few of the bartenders presernt were Ago Perrone, Alex Kratena, Esther Medina, Gareth Evans, Geoffrey Cannilao, Stuart McCluskey, and Nick Strangeway. They helped bring over Erik Ellestad from San Francisco; probably the only person... Read more →

London Bars: Shoreditch and Around

In London, one of the best areas for bar-hopping is Shoreditch. It seems to be a nightlife neighborhood filled with smaller pubs and a few clubs with some of the city's best cocktail bars smattered about. Ones I've been to include in the neighborhood include Callooh Cally, Nightjar, Worship Street Whistling Shop, and Happiness Forgets. On my visit to these bars I took a long walk from my hotel, the budget-priced Tavistock Hotel that I'd recommend for those who can't afford the usual $350+/night rooms of London. (Even looking on AirBnB I couldn't find of anything much in neighborhoods I... Read more →

Cocktail Menu: Pollen Street Social in London

I met London bar/restaurant Pollen Street Social's bar manager Gareth Evans on a trip to Mexico, where all of his fancy cocktail ingredients had exploded on the way. They sure sounded delicious though. image stolen from PSS website Hopefully one day I'll get to try some of those fancy ingredients in person. Evans sent me the restaurant's new menu, and boy, does it also sound good. I see: banana-rum Manhattan, red berry and muscatel shrub, Coco Pops milk. RUMBULLION 13.50 PSS walnut-infused Smith and Cross and Appleton V/X rums, Cynar, lime, maple syrup, PSS orange bitters, white praline walnut SILVER... Read more →