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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... Read more →

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Drink.Write is a sub-conference of Portland Cocktail Week for writers, bloggers, and other interested parties, with daytime seminars on Tuesday and Wednesday October 23 and 24. Drink.Write is open to all writers/bloggers/bartenders, not just those who specialize in cocktails and spirits. Just RSVP in advance, please. Please RSVP to camperenglish@gmail.com if you’ll be attending, and let us know if you’ll be attending both days or just Tuesday or Wednesday. We just need your name, email, and affiliation/website. If you've already applied to Drink.Write via the Portland Cocktail Week website and received confirmation, you still need to drop me a line... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

San Francisco bartender Brandon Josie relocated to Portland, Oregon to take the job of bar manager at Riffle NW, a seafood restaurant. I posted the original cocktail menu here. This is a menu update with Brandon Josie in charge. These new drinks go live on September 6th. HOUSE COCKTAILS: Riffle Collins gin, lemon, lime, celery, absinthe, salt, soda Heights of Diamond scotch, amaro, grapefruit, dry vermouth Hovercraft pepper vodka, peach, lemon, honey, egg white Beach House rum, fino sherry, carmelized banana, coconut, lime Jerez Cooler muscatel sherry, sweet vermouth, lemon, quinine, white pepper, soda RNW Pimm's pimm's, watermelon, lemon, soda... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Seafood restaurant Riffle NW has opened in Portland, Oregon, with Dave Shenaut as the venue's Beverage Director. From the press release: The cocktail program celebrates un-aged spirits such as vodkas, agaves, and rums, but offers the full range of premium spirits. The bar will always offer both a wine and a cocktail on tap, along with select craft beer and hard cider. Shenaut's cocktail menu was created with dining in mind, organized by sections that correspond to the progression of a dinner, from light and refreshing to fuller and richer. A world-class ice program is a centerpiece at Riffle NW... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Yes, I am giving three talks in 28 hours next week at Portland Cocktail Week and Drink.Write 2010. Fun! Drink.Write: Cocktail Blogging: Ethics, the Law, and You Friday, October 22 @ 10:30am Disclosure laws, brand relationships and interacting with public relations firms can create a minefield of ethical challenges and legal risks for cocktail writers and bloggers. Recent changes to sample disclosure laws, identifying and managing potential ethical conflicts and minimizing risk will be discussed in this session. Paul Clarke and I will be leading this talk. We will discuss the topics above that are your ethical responsibilities as a... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Next week during Portland Cocktail Week, I'll be speaking about my favorite thing: ice! Rocks Off! Ice Seminar Sunday, October 24 @ 1:00pm Join some of the most creative minds in ice including Anu Apte, Evan Zimmerman and Camper English as they talk about their favorite cocktail ingredient: ice. They will discuss their innovative applications of ice including: Camper’s clear ice technique, Evan’s flavored ice, and Anu’s ice carving technique in this hour long session. With three of us there that means I only get to talk about ice for 20 minutes! Luckily for you, you've probably read most of... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Next week I'm giving a talk at Drink.Write 2010, the cocktail bloggers' convention held during Portland Cocktail Week. Cocktail Blogging: Where Do We Go From Here? Friday, October 22 @ 3:30pm: Explore the evolution and future of cocktail blogs with panelists who have successfully adapted their blogs and writing to leverage social media, support their own special projects, connect with new readership and maintain existing readership. In speaking with my seminar co-leader Darcy O'Neil, it seems that we think similarly about cocktail blogging: It's not going to make us rich on its own. Advertisers want to see zillions of hits... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Come join me in Portland, Oregon October 20-24. I'm speaking at and attending Drink.Write 2010, the cocktail bloggers' convention. The convention is put on by the Cocktails and Spirits Online Writers Group, a collective of some of the top cocktail bloggers internationally. More information is available here, and tickets are for sale here. The topic I'm speaking on is this one: Cocktail Blogging: Where do we go from here? Explore the evolution and future of cocktail blogs with panelists who have successfully adapted their blogs and writing to leverage social media, support their own special projects, connect with new readership... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.