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If you hadn't heard, your host Camper English is the Contributing Drinks Editor at Saveur Magazine now. Hooray! The current January issue is the annual Saveur 100: "Our favorite places, tools, ingredients, cookbooks, recipes, restaurants, and more." I have two small bits in the magazine. The first is on Amari (plural of Amaro) and cocktails to use them in. Read the story with tasting notes here and the cocktail recipes are in slideshow format here. For the cocktail recipes, I sourced them from: Max Grecco of Vasco in Sydney, Australia Renato “Tato” Giovannoni of Florerèa Atlántico in Buenos Aires Jackson... Read more →

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In my research on the Paloma I have come across many variations on the drink, so I thought I'd link to them here. Typically the Paloma is made with tequila (always use 100% agave!), grapefruit soda such as Squirt or Jarritos, a squeeze of a lime wedge and a pinch of salt. Esquire's standard recipe is here. A version using fresh grapefruit and soda water is here. Here are some Paloma variations from around the internet. Blood Orange and Thyme Paloma by Airda Molenkamp [recipe] Nuestra Paloma by Thad Vogler of Beretta, SF. It contains St. Germain, bitters, Cointreau, and... Read more →

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During Hawaii Cocktail Week at the bar The Manifest I attended a seminar lead by Takayuki Suzuki, in which Suzuki demonstrated several cocktails. It was terrific and I'll do my best to explain how so. I think I've observed modern Japanese bartending enough now to make a few observations about their style and philosophy: Four ingredients is a lot. They're not afraid of artificially-colored liqueurs as we are in other countries. Green and blue liqueurs are common in high-end cocktail bars Drink-making technique can reflect the philosophical goal of the cocktail, whereas in the US it's always just about what's... Read more →

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Over at FineCooking.com, I have shared a recipe from Nate Quiroga of Liberty in Seattle. The drink seems to be a variation on the Aviation. Instead of gin, which is scary to some drinkers, Quiroga uses vodka. But the price you pay is that he also replaces the maraschino liqueur in the drink with absinthe. This leaves the drinker to decide whether they're more afraid of gin or more afraid of absinthe. Personally, I like 'em both. Get the recipe over at FineCooking.com. Related articles Please Don't Hoard The Malacca Read more →

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I mentioned previously that I enjoyed a cocktail called the Handsome Jack at London's Experimental Cocktail Club. I believe it's a loose take on the Vieux Carre. The drink's creator, Chris Tanner, gave me permission to post it with a photo. Awesome. Handsome Jack By Chris Tanner, Experimental Cocktail Club Chinatown 20ml Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac 20ml Rittenhouse Rye whiskey 20ml Byrrh aperitif wine 15ml Aperol 3ml Green Chartreuse 3ml organic maple syrup 2x dash Angostura bitters 2x dash Peychaud's bitters Stir gently until diluted and strain into a chilled coupette, zest with a lemon and discard. Read more →

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