In the digital magazine version of the new Drinks International, you can find my stories on trends in bars/cocktails in New York and San Francisco, including things like catering to Instagram, slushie-formatting everything, bars-within-bars, and absentee bartenders.
A dozen new drinky reads for fall including books on the Bay Area, New York cocktails, 3-ingredient drinks, cocktails on the road, Canadian whisky, Champagne, and drinks of movie spies.
It's a cocktail in a water cooler that you can have either hot or cold depending on which knob you press.
An interview with Tom Walker, last year's Bacardi Legacy winner.
Last week New York bar PDT's Jim Meehan launched an app called PDT Cocktails, containing 400 recipes. At the end of 2011, Jim Meehan published the beautiful PDT Cocktail Book, which contained 304 recipes. So I asked Meehan, "Is this just the book's recipes plus 100 additional recipes?"
Jura brought together 12 Brooklyn artisans to co-collaborate on Kings County's first single malt Scotch whisky. Jura Brooklyn has been aged up to 16 years in American White Oak Bourbon, Amoroso Sherry and Pinot Noir casks.
A couple of years ago now, I said I was looking for "less perfect simplicity, more ridiculous fabulousness" in San Francisco's cocktails, no matter the cost. Thomas Waugh created something close to that for the drinks at ZZ's Clam Bar in New York. All the drinks are 20 bucks and some are garnished in metal pineapples or a coconut piled on a stack of ice and leaves. Here's a report.
Bi-coastal bartender Dominic Venegas has put together the drink list for The Winslow in NYC, which opened last night. San Francisco residents will remember Venegas from his stints everywhere from Range to Bacar to Smuggler's Cove. In NYC, he also bartends at NoMad. I don't see the cocktail menu for The Winslow online, so here it is. Note the heavy emphasis on the Gin & Tonic (official drink of 2013!) and the Light Cocktails section. ￼Gin & Tonic A selection of gins to be paired with fruit, spice, botanicals, and the perfect tonic to help showcase their characteristics. Ford’s Gin..................................................................10...