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This spring I went to Avery Island, Louisiana, to see how Tabasco pepper sauce is made. Avery Island isn't really an island, but more of a dry mound (a salt dome) surrounded by wetlands. It's about 165 feet high and that makes it the tallest point in the Gulf Coast. The island is owned entirely by the Avery family, of which the McIlhennys form a branch. The first of them on the island was a man named Marsh, who built the Marsh House in 1818 that is still used for family weddings and other gatherings. Marsh wasn't a pepper sauce... Read more →

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Last week I took a shrub-making class, lead by Jennifer Colliau of Small Hand Foods and Aaron Gregory of 15 Romolo. (Blueberry-Raspberry-Thyme Shrub Ready for Vinegar) The class was co-hosted by CUESA, Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, who puts on the Ferry Building Farmer's Market, farm tours, and educational events and Urban Kitchen, a group that hosts affordable, single-purpose classes and workshops themed around the DIY Slow Food concept. (Jennifer Colliau and Aaron Gregory) Here is what I learned: The word shrub comes from a Persian word for a syrup with citrus and fruit in it, which is... Read more →

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(Photo courtesy of That's My Jamm) David Ruiz of Mr. Smith's makes jams and preserves just for cocktails. I wrote about it with a quick note about jam in cocktails historically, and in which bar you can find a mezcal drink with strawberry-raspberry-jabanero jam. Yumz. Read about That's My Jamm on Tasting Table. The story is here. Read more →

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I have been tracking how different not-obvious products and categories have been entering the world of cocktails, as I think this is a good indicator of how culturally important cocktails have become. Everyone wants a piece of the action. (Related: I got a ridiculous pitch today for cocktails made with the neon-colored Alize liqueurs that are somehow supposed to be era-appropriate for Mad Men. This says a lot about the cultural impact of Mad Men, and also a thing or two about the people marketing Alize...) I've tracked before how cruise lines, airlines, tourism boards, the National Peanut Board, a... Read more →

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(Craig Lee / Special to The Chronicle) My latest story from this Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle is now online. Quest for best orange liqueur comes full circle Camper English, Special to The Chronicle Friday, July 9, 2010 When a critic complained that the orange liqueur in the margarita at Tacolicious had an "off flavor," owner Joe Hargrave decided to do something about it. The margarita is the Marina district restaurant's top-selling cocktail. "After I was finished being (ticked) off, I decided we should see if this has merit," he said. Hargrave arranged a blind tasting of margaritas with different orange... Read more →

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A Treasure Trove of Todd Thrasher Recipes

Todd Thrasher of PX in Alexandria, VA is known for making all of his bar's mixers, from sodas to tonic water to bitters and tinctures. In a story this week in the Washington Post, Jason Wilson gathered up many of Thrasher's recipes. I can't wait to try the cranberry juice, which is so simple it's embarrassing. The story is here. Recipes: My Tahitian Dream Winter Tonic Water Jack Mauve Provincial Homemade Cranberry Juice Cold Buttered Rum Spiced Rum Homemade Grenadine Candied Key Limes & Lime Syrup Hibiscus-Vanilla Liqueur Read more →

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Glossy Booze is a regular Alcademics feature in which I note the coverage of alcohol in glossy magazines. Fine Cooking (August/September) has a story on beer cocktails written by Lew Bryson. Sherman's Travel (summer 2009) lists which Napa wines to buy now. In Gourmet (August) David Wondrich writes a story about (wait for it, wait for it, wait for it...) punch! Mutineer (August/September) has a multi-bartender feature shot at Edison in LA, wine date ideas, breakfast drinks, and minimalist cocktails by blogging's own Rick Stutz. Sunset (August) has a story on Canada's Okanagan Valley wine region and another on summery... Read more →

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Glossy Booze is a regular Alcademics feature in which I talk about the alcohol coverage in magazines. Gourmet (July) has a ton of liquor content this month: an essay on cocktail parties, a Negroni recipe, a brief mention of big ice, a recipe for Fresh Tomato Bloody Marys in a brunch story, Fresh Mint Juleps in an American party story, a Black and Tan recipe in an afternoon meal story, and several recipes for cocktail-flavored ice pops. (More ice pop recipes here.) Saveur (July) has six drink recipes on one page: Book Club Sangria, Kentucky Club Margarita, Michelada, Longhorn Bull... Read more →

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