The convention is a meeting of the second tier of the three tier system: the distributors who buy from the producers and sell to either bars or liquor stores as required by US law.
Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.
A round-up of new bar tools and a few mixers hitting the market.
My annual list of most all of the cocktails and spirits books that have been released. This year we see tons of whiskey books again, and a whole segment of bar-specific cocktail books and a new category of narrative cocktail history.
Blended Canadian, scotch, and American whiskies, pisco, cool-sounding syrups, vodka designed for mixing with soda water, and other new products launching now.
New mixers hit the market: A bitters gift set, seasonal shrubs, and color-changing tinctures.
Saveur magazine has an insert in the June/July issue that is a mini-magazine called Drink. I wrote a handful of stories for it, including this one on ginger beer and its many uses.
I was tasting some ginger beers for a story and noticed that a lot of them taste like dried pizza flakes in the finish -probably a sign that they added capsaicin or other pepper heat to the recipe. So I've listed the ingredients from the labels here and will add more as time goes on. (Or feel free to add them yourself in the comments if you have something handy.) Crabbies Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer - Malt beverage without ingredients listed except for natural flavors and caramel color. Bruce Cost Ginger Ale - Carbonated water, sugar, fresh ginger, citric acid...
I received the new cocktail menu from Brandon Wise of Imperial in Portland, Oregon and noticed that it has the following drink on it: Slings and Arrows: Dewars blended scotch, Lemonhart Demerara rum, Lemon, Mulled pinot noir syrup, Tony's homemade switchel. The last ingredient was described as, "House-made switchel, also known as swizzle or haymaker’s punch. A long forgotten ingredient, Wise’s nostalgic resurrection of this carbonated cross between sweet tea and apple cider is an appreciated addition to Imperial’s ingredient list." So, a switchel sounds a lot like a shrub, a (usually) fruit-and-vinegar syrup. I followed up with Wise to...