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During Hawaii Cocktail Week, I attended a seminar called LA Confidential, held at Thirtyninehotel. Panelists were Julian Cox, Paul Sanguinetti & Cherish Mumme, all of Los Angeles. The talk was meant to illuminate trends and techniques popular in Los Angeles today. Here are a few notes I took. LA has more molecular cocktail programs - and more people accepting of them- than other cities. Examples include The Bazaar by Jose Andres and Ink by Michael Voltaggio. A good place to buy molecular mixology/gastronomy supplies is Modernist Pantry. Using goofy names for cocktails makes them less intimidating to guests. Julian Cox... Read more →

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Mia Sarazen has taken over the cocktail program at The Churchill in Los Angeles. Her introductory menu launched last week. “The Grand Alliance” : Plymouth Gin, Carpano, Campari, Maraschino “Hyde Park Fizz" : Nolet's gin, Bonal Quina, honey, lime, cucumber, basil, soda “Thirsty in LA” : Correlejo Reposado, Aperol, Ciociaro Amaro, mezcal rinse “The Iron Mule” : Russian Standard, ginger, lime, soda, bitters “Norman’s Cable Car” : Sailor Jerry Rum, housemade curacao, lemon, cinnamon&sugar rim “The Churchill Old Fashioned” : Old Fitzgerald bourbon, house bitters, sugar “The Statesman" : Famous Grouse, apricot, lemon, baked apple bitters, sparkling “Baby’s First Bourbon”... Read more →

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Though I haven't had the pleasure of drinking there myself, I love seeing each season's cocktail menu at 1886 at The Raymond in Los Angeles. I see: bottled cocktails, a rum-gin shrub drink, genever-basil collins, Battavia Arrack. See below for the menu. Summer Cocktail Menu 2012 Regional: Pimm’s “No. 6” with Vodka by the 1886 family Karlsson’s Gold Vodka and our Summer Pimm’s recipe topped with homemade sparkling lemonade. This bright spritzer rounds out our 1886 classic Pimm’s collection. Southern Belle Whistle by Greg Gertmenian & Pastry Chef, Jeff Haines This hand-crafted soda pop evokes memories of hot summers in... Read more →

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I contributed a few write-ups to Entrepreneur Magazine's annual Best Business Bars story. It is the July issue, hitting newsstands now. I wrote about Azucar Lounge in San Francisco, Drago Centro in Los Angeles, and ROOF at TheWit in Chicago. Pick it up at the newsstand or read it online here. Read more →

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I love the way this cocktail menu is written. It shows how the program is a collaborative effort by naming the bartender who has created each cocktail, and it names all the ingredients while describing the flavor of the drink in just a sentence. And the flight of Caprice cocktails made fresh, aged 4 months, and one year? Brilliant. Well done, Marcos Tello and team. 1886 is the bar at The Raymond restaurant in Pasadena. Photo by acuna-hansen 1886 Spring Cocktails 2012 Regional MacArthur Park Swizzle In honor of Brian Miller’s Tiki Night at Lani Kai in NYC, Marcos Tello... Read more →

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There are so many great-looking winter cocktail menus coming out it's hard to keep up. 1886 is the bar at The Raymond restaurant in Pasadena has some wild and delicious concoctions for winter. (Image courtesy of 1886) I see: edible cigarette, house-made mulled vermouth, a beer flip, and pistachio orgeat. Yums. The menu is below 1886 Winter Cocktail Menu ByMarcos Tello & 1886 Bar Team SEASONAL Con Abuelita A palate pleasing deconstruction of traditional Mexican Hot Chocolate – Just like grandma (abuelita) used to make. Served Hot...Thanks Jeff! Ancho-Chile infused Reposado Tequila, 1886 Hot Chocolate Mix, & Ancho-Chile Marshmallow Grog... Read more →

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This week I was in LA for two days and hit some bars with like-minded boozers. Here's a recap. I started off at Seven Grand for a whisky event sponsored by the LA Times. There I was in charge of mingling and answering questions: tough work. After a few glasses of scotch we headed to Bar/Kitchen in the O Hotel. That's a fairly casual restaurant with a small but excellent cocktail list. I had some risotto and a Chapter & Verse, made with rye whiskey, amontillado sherry, amaro, elderflower, and bénédictine. So good. Then it was off to The Varnish... Read more →

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