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These are seven newish drink books that have arrived at Alcademics HQ for your consideration. Most of the below descriptions come from the book blurbs and are not reviews, as I'm about 30 books behind on my reading list. Nicholas Faith's Guide to Cognac by Nicholas Faith (Not sure why this book is so expensive on Amazon; it's only 132 pages. The Kindle version appears to be free.) Nicholas Faith’s Guide to Cognac is a directory supplement to Nicholas’s best-selling book Cognac: The story of the world’s greatest brandy. Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes... Read more →

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Anthony Parks from Bergerac in San Francisco made a drink inspired by deviled eggs at the Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender competition 2015 San Francisco finals. It was crazy in a good way. Read more →

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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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