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Here at Tales of the Cocktail in Buenos Aires, taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel, I have attended three seminars on one day. The last one was about the science of cocktails. Below are my notes- these are hard to translate from science slides to text, but here goes: The Science of Cocktails: Ice, Infusions, and Insight by Don Lee and Mike Ryan In cocktails being precise is more important than being accurate - it's better to have all drinks be exactly the same than have the occasional one be perfect. That's an argument for measurement in cocktails. Don Lee... Read more →

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Hello again from Tales of the Cocktail live in the Intercontinental Hotel in Buenos Aires! I just attended Beachbum Berry's seminar: Tiki Drinks from A to Zombie, and below are my notes. Please forgive any spelling errors - I was typing live. The golden age of tiki was from the end of Prohibition to the beginning of Disco. The 40 year drink trend inspired cultural trends in clothing, design, architecture, and music, rather than those things inspiring cocktails. Tiki palaces were fine dining restaurants- the most expensive nights out. Big tiki restaurants were often designed by Hollywood art directors, had... Read more →

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Hello from Tales of the Cocktail on Tour in Buenos Aires! I am attending three seminars today held at the lovely Intercontinental Hotel. (Then the rest of the time I'll just be in bars.) The first seminar was a talk by David Wondrich called Drinking the Americas from Punch to Prohibition Below are notes I took in the seminar, mostly unedited, but let me know if these raise any questions and I'll try to answer them. When Columbus arrived some South American and North American peoples had localized fermented beverages but not really any trade or exchange in them. When... Read more →

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Come See Camper Speak at Tales of the Cocktail

I'll be giving three talks at Tales of the Cocktail this year, and tickets are now on sale. The seminars are: Advanced Sherry: Secrets, Lies, and Solera Thursday July 18 12:30pm — 2:00pm La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone Sherry is a popular cocktail ingredient, but how much do you really know about it? In this seminar, we’ll go far beyond the basic types and tastes of sherry (though we’ll certainly cover them) and into the production parameters and little-known secrets of this fortified wine. We’ll examine biological and oxidative of aging practices, paying particular attention to the orphan wine... Read more →

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Tales of the Cocktail Seminars Announced and I'm Giving Three This Year

Tickets are not on sale just yet, but seminar topics have been announced for Tales of the Cocktail 2013. I'm thrilled and anxious to be giving three talks this year. More details will follow in the coming months. The 2013 Seminars and Presenters: 19th Century Ingredients and Flavor Prof with Robert Hess 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes with Jamie Evans A Cook Walks into a Bar with Andrew Bohrer A Second Look at Flavors with David Cid ABC—Aging, Barrels and Climate Change with Wayne Curtis Advanced Sherry: Secrets, Lies and Solera with Camper English Agave Amigos: A Rare Spirits Tasting... Read more →

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I attended a good portion of a seminar called Anise: Treasure of the Mediterranean at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this July. Though I couldn't stay until the very end, the seminar was great. The speakers were Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller of Mixellany, Franesco LaFranconi of Southern Wine & Spirits, and Orietta Varnelli of Varnelli. Like all things at Tales of the Cocktail, my memory is spotty when it comes to the seminar, so here are my notes copied and pasted from my iPad. I hope someone writes a book on anise liqueurs (HINT HINT Mixellany) so... Read more →

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I probably won't be part of an enthronement ceremony too many times in my life, so I thought I'd make a big deal out of this one: I was inducted into the first American Chapter of the Ordre International des Anysetiers during Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this July. The Ordre International des Anysetiers is a charitable organization that seeks to revive the legend and traditions of the ancient guild of Anysetiers, founded in 1263 in France. Just ten of us were inducted: Southern Wine & Spirit's chief mixologist Francesco Lanfranconi, Tales of the Cocktail’s founders Ann and... Read more →

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I attended an awesome seminar on blue drinks at Tales of the Cocktail this weekend, lead by Sebastian Reaburn, Jacob Briars, and Phil Duff. Then I wrote a piece about it for Details.com, the website of Details magazine. It's my first story for the website. I learned a lot more in the seminar than is in the story, which is more of a trend piece. Fun facts: Phil Duff worked at the same bar Tom Cruise trained at to prepare for the movie Cocktail (not at the same time) The first known blue drink was a non-alcoholic soda called Soyer's... Read more →

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