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Usually in cocktail writing we think in terms of microtrends: the latest techniques (barrel aging cocktails, fat-washing), the latest categories (mezcal, pisco), popular flavors or ingredients (falernum, smoke), and the latest bar themes (high-volume cocktail bars, tiki). We don't talk too much about the macro-trends. In my latest post for FineCooking.com, I discuss one of the biggest macro-trends: that cocktails are getting better in general, with fresh ingredients, respect for the classics, and more knowledgeable bartenders. Also, there's a recipe for the Sage 75 from the Vesper Bar at the new Cosmopolitan in Vegas. Read more →

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I try to link to all my writing available online, but you really only see two-thirds or so of it. And even if you could see it all, most of us couldn't read it because it's in German. I am a regular contributor to Mixology magazine, based in Berlin, and for this magazine I write these insanely long stories usually about a single cocktail. I've written 2000 words about eggnog, 2500 on the Blood and Sand, and 4000 words on the Mai Tai. All of it gets translated into German so when I see the print version I can't read... Read more →

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Last week I spoke on a panel in New York for the Vino 2011 convention. The event mostly focuses on Italian wines, but this year they also offered a cocktail seminar. The seminar was called “Renaissance of the Cocktail in America: Top Spirit Professionals Assess the Role and Opportunities for Italian Spirit.” The panel was moderated by Francesco LaFranconi and the other panelists were Anthony Dias Blue, Lamberto Vallarino Gancia, Paolo Domeneghetti, and Tad Carducci. I figure I may as well share my answers with people who couldn't attend the seminar. Question 1: As one of the industry’s most credited... Read more →

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For the second year of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, they are having people vote on which seminars they'd like to see. I hope the ones I've proposed are of interest, as I'd like to come to New York this May. To vote, simply go to this page and select a minimum of 5 and not more than 30 seminars you're interested in. You get one vote per email and you must do so before February 16th. (Shortcut: Search for "Camper" and click those three first.) My proposed talk topics are below: 23. Tequila is the New Vodka, Tequila is the... Read more →

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2010: The Year That Was

Looking back through my 2010 calendar, the year's theme was HUSTLE. In 2010 I visited 23 distilleries, bodegas, and blending houses. I traveled to Vegas twice, New York twice, Guatemala, New Zealand, Scotland twice, New Orleans, Spain, Germany, Portland, Kentucky, and Mexico twice. I had stories published for the first time in Wired, Penthouse, Executive Travel, 7x7, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Mixology, and Tasting Table. I continued to have articles published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Tasting Panel, Beverage Media, Caviar Affair, SilverKris, and Fine Cooking. On top of all that, I blogged here on Alcademics almost every day... Read more →

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Off-Topic: Cell Phone Data Plans Abroad

I travel a lot visiting distilleries around the world. I need to check my email at least at night, but I also have fantasies of uploading pictures and video from my phone as I roam about during the day. When I'm in a place without wi-fi, I'd have to use an international data plan. So I decided to price those out for the top three US carriers. These are only the data plans, not voice roaming. I hardly use the phone for phone calls so I don't worry about that much. As far as I can tell the international phones... Read more →

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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 →

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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 →

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