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Book Review: Speakeasy by Jason Kosmas & Dushan Zaric

I received a review copy of Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric, and I can't wait to try some of the recipes in it. I was just going to review the book here, but the folks at Fine Cooking asked me to review it for them in this week's blog post. Better yet, they got permission to include three recipes from the book: Fall Ginger Smash Hemmingway Daiquiri West Side Things that make a great cocktail book (for me): Not stuffed full of classics and basics that you can find everywhere.... Read more →

The Vandaag Cocktail Menu

I've been hearing a lot about Vandaag lately, a Northern European restaurant in New York with an emphasis on Denmark and Holland. The cocktail menu looks interesting with lots of genever and aquavit cocktails so I thought I'd post it here. GENEVER COCKTAILS 13 VANDAAG GIN COCKTAIL BOLS GENEVER, GOLDEN ALE REDUCTION, BITTERS WITH A WASH OF KIRSCHWASSER & ABSINTHE B-SIDE SLING BOLS GENEVER, ROOBIS INFUSED VERMOUTH, LEMON, MARASCHINO & BITTERS WEST OF 2ND GENEVIEVE, MEZCAL, LIME, SUGAR CANE & POMEGRANATE MOLASSES AKVAVIT COCKTAILS 12 TURF WAR AKVAVIT, LILLET, MARASCHINO, ORANGE BITTER & ABSINTHE WITH AN OLIVE & LEMON TWIST... Read more →

On the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

It's about time I got around to talking about the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, as it happened a few weeks ago. I was only able to go to New York for 2 1/2 days but in that time managed to hit Cienfuegos twice, PDT once, Death & Co. twice, and Mayahuel twice. I love that they're all walkable from each other. The problem with having a big cocktail event in New York is that there is so much New York in New York. You spend all your time running around to catch up on the new bars and such, sometimes oversleeping... Read more →

Show your Shaker Face at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

Have you seen the Shaker Faces website? It's where bartenders show off their shakes. No, not "the shakes," but their cocktail shaking technique. It's a good time. So far the majority of featured bartenders featured on the site are from San Francisco, but if you're a bartender who'll be in New York for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic you'll have the chance to even out the geography. As you can see in the image above, the studio is open 12PM - 2PM Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday during the Manhattan Cocktail Classic at the Chinatown Brasserie at 380 Lafayette Street. As to... Read more →

Come See Me at the MCC (Or on your computer)

I'll be speaking on a panel about social media at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic early next week in New York. Bartenders, Bloggers, and Brands Event Date: 5/18/2010, 12:15 pm - 1:45 PM The Study at Astor Center, 399 Lafayette at East 4th Street with Lindsey Johnson, Jason Littrell, Camper English, and TBD Blogger This panel will explore how social media can best benefit everyone in the liquor industry. Lindsey, the CEO of Lush Life Productions- the leader in digital media creation in the liquor industry- will explain the best practices for brands as they take their first steps in this... Read more →

Painkiller NYC: A Quick Sneak Peak

Hello from New York! Last night I went to the friends and family preview for Painkiller, the New York bar from some of the people behind Dutch Kills. It turns out that they have a lot of friends and a very big family, because the place was packed! I didn't even make it to the back of the room. They're going for an urban tiki thing, with graffiti art, brick walls, and bamboo accents. They have skull shot glasses that are pretty awesome. (Aisha Sharpe gives her kiss of approval.) And a few kinds of tiki mugs (and the mug... Read more →

Japanese Bartending Technique

(Photo taken at Orgo in 2009) Last summer when I was in Singapore I had the chance to experience Japanese bartending for the first time. I went to Koffe Bar K, a chain with I think just one outpost in Sinagpore. They do ice ball carving there, though I didn't think to ask to see it. The menu was a giant picture book of mostly-awful looking blue and green drinks, but my friend always orders classics like the Sazerac there. I had the only good Singapore Sling I would drink in Singapore. Before making the drink, the bartender pulled down... Read more →

Glossy Booze: Early November Edition

Glossy Booze is a regular Alcademics round-up of booze stories in magazines. Details (November) has a story on underappreciated red wines. Imbibe (Nov/Dec) has recipes for homemade eggnog, drinks with figs, and party drink recipes, a comparison of witbiers, a story on Greg Boehm of, one on barleywine, another on bargain sparkling wine, fancy hot chocolate, and a travel piece on drinking in Hawaii. Malt Advocate (Fall 2009) has stories on Japanese Whisky, Australian whisky, water in whisky, GlenDronach, and drinking in Bardstown, KY. Men's Journal (November) has stories on California blended wines and good Canadian Whisky. Food &... Read more →