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Cocktail napkins have long served as the unofficial medium for spontaneous brilliance. From award winning films to Fortune 500 companies, some of the world’s boldest ideas have unfolded on a bar napkin. To help celebrate this phenomenon, Tuaca Liqueur is inviting artists of all types to share what ignites their creativity on what is arguably the perfect canvas for serendipitous inspiration. The idea is simple: Draw, doodle or illustrate whatever it is that inspires you on a 5x5 cocktail napkin. Once completed, snap a photo of your creation and upload it to a virtual gallery at Tuacaart.com for a chance... Read more →

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

This post is part of a mini-project looking at sweet and sour elements in cocktails, sponsored by PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur. I'm rounding up some thoughts and conclusions for this mini project on sweetness and sourness in cocktails, and proposing some ideas for future study. In this project we looked at: A look at basic tastes including receptors on the tongue for sweet and sour. How sweetness is an innate craving and how that makes us seek it out in our food and drink. Understanding sourness and how we measure acidity using pH. Rounding up the lime-to-sugar aka the sour-to-sweet ratio... Read more →

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

This post is part of a mini-project looking at sweet and sour elements in cocktails, sponsored by PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur. In recent years, bartenders have discovered that lime juice for cocktails tastes best not when it is first squeezed, but several hours afterward, typically something like 4-6 hours old. I believe it was Dave Arnold who first discovered this. He was testing whether limes juiced in a machine versus hand-squeezed were better (hand-squeezed won), and also found that 4-hour-old juice from both squeezing methods tasted better than fresh lime juice from either method; a fascinating and completely non-intuitive bonus. Since... Read more →

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

Lynn House is the National Brand Ambassador for PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur. In this email interview she talks about staying healthy in the job, up-and-coming cocktail cities, developing drinks for national accounts, and her favorite bar tool. You sustained a pretty severe bartending injury a while back. Is there any advice you'd give bartenders on avoiding injury in the workplace, especially in the era of heavier shaking ice? Last year I sustained “bartender’s elbow”, ie Tennis Elbow or tendinitis. It was during the James Beard awards and I shook approximately 800 cocktails. It was incredibly painful and I had to wear... Read more →

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

This post is part of a mini-project looking at sweet and sour elements in cocktails, sponsored by PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur. I asked bartenders on Facebook how they prepare their simplest Sour cocktail, like a Daiquiri, that calls for a base spirit, lime juice, and simple syrup. The goal was not just to get a Daiquiri recipe but the house standard measurements for Sour cocktails in general. I made sure to collect everyone's simple syrup recipe as that makes all the difference. The ratios are of sugar to water, so that 1:1 is equal parts by volume sugar and water, and... Read more →

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