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In my recent story for Details.com, I listed a bunch of new bars opening in 2013. But there were a lot more I couldn't include for one reason or another. So here are more bars we're looking forward to this year: The Regent Cocktail Club in South Beach, Miami - With John Lermayer heading up the cocktail program. The Alder by Wylie Dufresne in New York - Some info here. South on Main in Little Rock, Arkansas - Chef Matt Bell and mixlogist Dave Burnette, in partnership with the Oxford American. Handle Bar in Berkeley - from the owner of... Read more →

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Fernet is finding its way into hot cocktails this year. Here are three I've noticed in the last couple of months. Rich Coffee at Rich Table, San Francisco Fernet, Creme de Cacao, Sightglass Coffee, Brown Sugar, Pistachio Cream, Gold Dust Strato at Lounge at Atera, New York Coffee, cream and one and a half ounces of the bitter Italian amaro Fernet Branca. Robert Simonson of the New York Times says, "It’s insanely delicious. But, also, possibly, just plain insane." Miziers Demise at The Fifth Floor, San Francisco Fernet Branca, Strauss Milk, Dark Chocolate, Crème de Menthe, peppermint marshmallow This is... Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: Demi Monde in New York

Demi Monde, a new bar project in New York's Financial District from Dave Kaplan and Alex Day, has opened. Eater has some great pictures of the inside. I see: lots of fizz, lots of brandy, and other French ingredients. Between this, the New York oufit of the Experimental Cocktail Club and Pour Vous in Los Angeles, I guess French cocktail bars are a thing now- at least in America. HEADS UP WATERMELON BLANC, APEROL, FIZZ 14 MISTER SPARKLE GIN, SHERRY, LEMON, BITTERS, ORANGE CREAM FIZZ 14 BILLY GOAT GRAPPA , C A LVADOS, CINNAMON, LIME, GRAPEFRUIT, FIZZ 14 EL CID... Read more →

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I am giving three talks at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic in New York on May 14th. I hope if you're in town you'll come hear them. First sign up for the Industry Invitational (all bar industry and media are welcome). These seminars require an rsvp and you can do that on the schedule page. It's all free. Filtration In Spirits Monday May 14, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm @ Beverage Media Room: Studio 3 - Second Floor (485 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018 USA) We don’t often speak about filtration in spirits, yet it is the defining factor in Tennessee... Read more →

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The bar Jbird is opening a new location in the Upper East Side. The cocktail program, as at the original location, is done by Jason Littrell and Marshall Altier of Genuine Leather Hospitality. Old-Fashioned Cocktails The Original; as defined in 1806; Spirit, sweet and a dash of bitter, stirred and served over hand-cut ice Coco Viejo Coco & Coffee Bean Aged Rum, Cane Syrup, Grapefruit Bitters $14 KSBW Bourbon, Lemongrass Acacia Honey, Aromatic Bitters $12 Thornybush Cocktail London Dry Gin, Elderflower Liquor, Kaffir Lime, Celery Bitters $14 North Garden Apple Brandy, Bourbon, Islay Scotch $12 Honey-Nut Old-Fashioned Roasted Peanut-Infused Bourbon,... Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: Jimmy at The James in New York City

Here is the menu from Jimmy, a bar on the 18th story of the James hotel in SOHO, NYC. I see: pumpernickel salt, cinnamon ice block, and one drink with beer, moonshine, orgeat, and Coke. What? It's hard to guess how these drinks taste from the menu as there are a lot of sweet flavors involved but a delicate hand can work wonders. Let me know if you've been there. SPECIALTY COCKTAILS HUDSON VALLEY HI-BALLL aird's Applejack, Bison Grass Vodka, lime, cranberry juice with a splash of gingerale, garnished with an apple slice and thyme $17 GRAPES OF WRATH Crop... Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: Le Bernardin in New York

Restaurant Le Bernardin in New York recently reopened after a renovation. They also have a new cocktail list. The cocktails mostly add gourmet touches to the classics. But the prices, ouch. The menu is long so I've put it after the jump. COCKTAILS The French Connection $16 Pimm’s, Yuzu, 5-Spice, Absinthe MLC Mezcal $18 Don Amado Mezcal, Kaffir Leaf, Lime Salt 51st Street Manhattan $18 Ginger-Rooibos infused Michter’s Rye Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Charleston Sercial Madeira Pisco “Gaudi” $16 Macchu Pisco, Bourbon Smoked Paprika, Saffron Tincture, Egg White Negroni 155 $18 Spring 44 Gin, Honey Bush Tea, Aperol, Dolin Sweet Vermouth,... Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: Prime Meats in Brooklyn, New York

Here is the cocktail menu of Prime Meats in Brooklyn. For those of you in San Francisco, you can have a taste of a few of the drinks from bartender Damon Boelte, as he's guesting at Beretta on Tuesday, February 22 and at sister restaurant Delarosa on Wednesday, February 23. The Documentary$10 Aged rum lim mint & branca menta rinse Old-Fashioned$9 Rye whiskey & house made bartlett pear bitters Clement's Shrub$13 Bourbon, fig preserves, lemon, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, apple cider & crackled black pepper Applejack Sazerac$9 Applejack, absinthe, maple syrup & peychaud's bitters The Good Word$12 Unaged wheat whiskey,... Read more →

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